A Kenya holiday offers perhaps one of the best introductions to safari, with plentiful wildlife and big game, thrilling migrations and an incredible choice of activities. There’s also the opportunity to twin your holiday to Kenya with a stay on the coast, or on the paradise islands of Zanzibar or the Seychelles.
Kenya is both familiar and surprising. Many will have seen the country depicted on countless wildlife documentaries, its enormous savannah stretching away into the shimmering horizon, teeming with wildlife. But to see it in person is to understand its true beauty and wonderful contrasts: of snow-capped Equatorial mountains; rich red earth inhabited by vibrant cultures; dense forests; and blissful beaches to rival the Indian Ocean’s most tranquil atolls. Staying in a mobile tented camp or rustic lodge affords the best way to see Kenya’s stirring landscapes in all their glory; rise early to watch the morning mist uncurl from around the knotted acacia trees as the savannah melts into view. Many of the lodges in Kenya have won awards for their design and facilities, offering not only a comfortable place to rest your head but well-thought out programmes of game drives, learning experiences and cultural tours. From safari spotting to hot air balloon rides over the savannah, to dipping your toes in the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s variety is vast.
Wildlife holidays to Kenya
Most people are spurred on to book Kenya holidays thanks to the country’s immense population of wildlife. The highlight of any safari holiday to Kenya is surely the chance to get front-row seats to the annual Great Migration, watching the huge herds of wildebeest thundering tirelessly across Kenya and into Tanzania, returning later in the year and always pursued by predators. Overland migration sees 1.5 million wildebeest chase the rains in search of grazing, and the annual circular pilgrimage is said to be one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on Earth. As well as following the perpetual cycle of movement between the Serengeti and Masai Mara, you could choose from any number of activities to spot wildlife in Kenya. Game drives can be done on foot or in safari vehicles, or even on horseback. Enjoy an early breakfast on the banks of the Mara river and watch the hilarious antics of the hippos. Learn how to track a lioness and her cubs with a local guide, or join reformed ex-poachers to visit the endangered white rhino. Kenya’s abundance of wildlife ensures that encounters are always spectacular.
Cultural holidays to Kenya
As well as Kenya’s abundance of wildlife, the country has many cultural facets worth exploring. Discover the traditions of the colourful Maasai tribes with guided walks through Maasai villages constructed from cow-dung built huts, where you can throw yourself into the music and dancing of this famously warm and welcoming people.