Kenya safaris entirely bring absolute thrill and inspiration of true Africa. The word “safari” originates from Kenya in addition to being a theatre of human evolution. A safari in Kenya often incorporates adventures, wildlife encounters and beach experience in the finest coastal beaches. When you plan and book your Kenya safari with us, you stand a chance to have diverse experiences. This includes exploring the country’s scenic National Parks, Reserves and conquer higher elevations.
Why safari in Kenya?
Enjoy the big 5 game with Engabi
Safaris were not only born in Kenya, but the word itself (‘Safari’) is translated as a “Journey” or “Expedition.” The big five game expedition is all about spotting the African elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos right in their natural habitat. Ideal places to find these amazing mammal species include Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo NP and others. While at Samburu Game Reserve, there are special Big 5 game species to encounter: Reticulated giraffes, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebras, long-necked gerenuks, and Somali ostriches.
Embark on a memorable hiking adventure in some of the incredible sites in Kenya and experience the country’s beauty while conquering great heights. Key areas for hiking safaris include Mount Kenya where you will trek up through the glaciers till you get to Point Lenana 4985m. If you are looking at something gentle, then Mount Elgon has you covered. This volcano and a park lies between Uganda and Kenya border. As a park, it protects plenty of wildlife including 240 bird species, elephants, primates, and more.
Other areas include Mount Longonot, the mountains of Aberdare National Park, Karura Forest and Kakamega Forest. These are perfect for day hikes with local guide.
Come witness the Great Migration
The Great Migration is by far a special experience on planet earth, always recorded from July to October. During this period, more than 1.5 million wildebeest together with 1000s of zebras, gazelles make a powerful crossing through the crocodile-infested Mara River to Masai Mara in search for pasture and water. Huge concentrations of these mammals flood the savanna plains of Masai Mara while they are also trailed by cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas and other predators.
Snorkeling or diving on the coastal area
At the coast, there is a remarkable opportunity for adventure seekers to experience the best of snorkeling or diving. This is memorable as you soak yourself into areas with whale sharks, reefs, dolphins, swordfish play. The best sites for snorkeling or diving include Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve.
Kenya safaris are better spiced by the thrilling cultural experiences. Our cultural safaris in Kenya allow you meet different people, explore their unique cultures and traditions as well as get ultimate entertainment. The must visit communities on cultural tour in Kenya include the Maasai warriors community, Samburu, Gabra, Sakuye, Konso, Waata, El Molo, Garee, and others.
How to choose the best Kenya safari operator?
Finding the right safari operator in Kenya or any destination is always a challenge. But here are some interesting tips to guide you choose the best Kenya safari operator;
Why should you choose Kenya as your safari destination?
Kenya offers amazing bush and beach safari experiences with multiple accommodation option for visitors’ overnight stays. It is a destination full of captivating experiences and remarkable sightings. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Kenya as your safari destination;
Diverse wildlife and the great migration
Kenya is a loveliest destination for every safari goer in Africa. It offers incredible opportunity for nature lovers to immerse themselves into the wilderness area with diverse wildlife, especially in the country’s finest parks and reserves. Myriad of wildlife to encounter include the African elephants, cape buffaloes, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, topis, birds, and more.
Experience Kenya’s breathtaking landscapes
Kenya’s landscape is absolutely breathtaking featuring the Great Rift Valley, extensive beaches, rugged mountain areas and savanna plains with diverse wildlife. The montane areas with rugged beauty include Mount Kenya, Tsavo West and Amboseli with breathtaking views of the legendary Kilimanjaro Volcano.
Unique Swahili and Maa culture
Kenya is a country where Swahili is most spoken and even the word safari is derived from Swahili meaning journey or expedition. Interestingly, Kenyans are always ready to take you through their spectacular country while you spend quality time with Swahili family. Experience the rich culture, enjoy stories told by elders while in the Masai Villages and also discover the fascinating history of mixed cultures of Arab, Indian and African influences.
Combine your bush experience with coastal beach holidays. Kenya is strategically situated and at its coastline, there are multiple beaches worth relaxing from including the Diani beach.
What to see on your safari in Kenya?
Wildlife –Kenya holds diversity of wildlife species for you to encounter. These include the big 5 game; African elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos; Special 5 game of Samburu –Grevy’s zebras, Reticulated giraffes, Somali ostriches, Beisa Oryx and Gerenuks.
Birds – over 1158 species of birds have been confirmed in Kenya and include flamingos, yellow billed storks, African open billed storks, Jackson’s francolins, Clarke’s weaver birds, and Hinde’s pied babbler, Taita thrush, Tana River cisticolas, Sharpe’s long claw and others.
Mountains –view the spectacular mountains in Kenya including Mount Kenya (5199m), Mount Elgon, Satima, Longonot, Mount Kulal, and others.
Where to stay on a Kenya safari?
On Kenya safari, visitors can book budget, midrange and luxury safari lodges for overnight stay. The popular accommodation options include Severin Safari Camp, Salt Lick Safari Lodge, Angama Mara, Elephant Bedroom Camp, Kicheche Mara Camp, Giraffe Manor, Mara Plains Camp, Kichwa Tembo Camp, Saruni Samburu, Saasab Lodge, Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Little Amanya Camp, to mention but a few.
Best time to visit Kenya
Kenya is one of the countries crossed by the Equator thus experiences moderate climatic conditions throughout the year. To observe the best of wildebeest migration at Maasai Mara, the most ideal time is from July to September. This is also the preferred period to go for big 5 game safari. December through February –this is the ideal for observing wildebeest as they give birth.
How much is a Kenya safari cost?
The cost of Kenya safari varies depending on a number of factors including type of accommodation, activities, length of stay and more. On budget, a safari may cost about USD 150 to 300 per guest per day, midrange goes from USD 300-600 and high-end can be available at USD 600-1000.
Is it safe to visit Kenya?
Kenya is a safe destination to consider visiting for a holiday although keen attention should be paid on the areas close to Kenya-Somalia border. To keep up-to-date, plan and book your Kenya safari with your trusted safari operator; Engabi Tours and Travel.
Best places to safari in Kenya
The best places to consider for a safari in Kenya are countless. They include Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East and West NP, Nairobi city, Nairobi National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Meru NP, Laikipia, Longonot, Lake Naivasha, Samburu National Reserve, Mount Kenya and more.