HOME OF THE SAFARI
With its incredible diversity of landscapes and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the world – it’s no surprise that Kenya is where the concept of safari was born. Kenya quite simply is the land of African superlatives. From the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, flamingo ringed soda lakes and the Indian Ocean coast, to rolling savannah, vibrant tribes, shimmering desert and big-game wildlife, it simply has no match. Blessed with a huge array of activities – from ballooning and horse-riding to bushwalking, camel trekking, helicopter safaris and vintage biplane excursions
Kenya will always be a fantastic holiday destination.
The Facts – Republic of Kenya
Area 580,367 sq. km (224,081 sq. mi.)
Capital city Nairobi (population 4,000,000)
People 42 different tribes including Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo and Kamba
Languages Swahili and English
Religion Christianity, Islam and others
Government Constitutional democracy
Why choose Kenya?
• Unique combination of wildlife, stunning landscapes, white sandy beaches and a rich cultural diversity
• Located in the hub of East and Central Africa with many international flight schedules allowing easy access
• Some of the best game viewing experiences in the world including the Great Migration
• Home of the concept of safari
• High standard of accommodation and service
National Parks and Principal Sights
Kenya is home to some of the best national parks and game reserves in Africa with diverse ecosystems, including Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu and Meru. The jewel in its crown is the Masai Mara, the stage for the annual wildebeest migration when over two million wildebeest and zebra move between the Mara and Serengeti in Tanzania in search of greener pastures.
We can arrange Private Camping experiences upon request in carefully selected locations in Kenya.
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
The Masai Mara National Reserve lies in south western Kenya and is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in
Tanzania. It is named after the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar. Mara means spotted in the Maa language, the language spoken by the Maasai here. The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, a fault line of some 3500 miles (5600km) long from Ethiopia’s Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique The Masai Mara’s rich ecosystem of open savannah, woodlands and treelined rivers attracts a spectacular array of wildlife. At the western border of the park is the impressive Siria Escarpment which, together with the acacia dotted plains, creates a landscape of stunning beauty. Game viewing is excellent all year round in the Mara. It is famed for its Big Cats, as well as the remainder of the Big Five. The famous wildebeest migration is one of the natural wonders of the animal kingdom and is traditionally present in the Mara from around July through September.
Kenya’s capital city lies just south of the equator and enjoys a spring-like climate. It is a modern city, yet its main avenues blaze with colour from tropical bushes and vines. Nairobi became established by 1907 and quickly grew as a farming community. It also attracted world attention as the centre of big-game safaris for the rich and famous. Both Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport are in Nairobi and today it is a business and conference centre for East and Central Africa, as well as a starting point for most safaris in Kenya.
Just outside the city centre is Nairobi National Park with zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, lion, rhino and cheetah. Other attractions include the National Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum which gives a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya.
Kenya Visa Information
This information serves as a guide only. Travellers should check visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements can vary.
Visas are required for foreigners from most Commonwealth countries and European Union countries as well as the United States.
Please visit http://www.kenya.visahq.com for a full list of nationalities which require visas for entry into Kenya.
The climate in Kenya is mainly characterised by warm days and cool evenings.
December to March are usually the warmest months of the year, while June to August are the coolest. April and May often see intermittent rains. During this time the landscape is at its greenest, and the game is therefore more scattered. From September to November the days are warm with short rains falling in November.
Vaccinations & Malaria
The following vaccination is compulsory:
- Yellow Fever – you will need the relevant certificate as proof to enter Kenya. In addition, most countries will require proof of this on your return home from Kenya. Please be aware that it takes 10 days for the vaccination to be deemed effective.
Malaria is prevalent in coastal and low lying areas – below 1 800 metres above sea level. Segera Retreat, for instance, is considered malaria-free due to high altitude.