Kenya in East Africa is the home of the African safari. Kenya's people are as diverse as the landscape and include the frenetically modern denizens of Nairobi, the old-world Islamic Swahili people on the coast, and the proud Masai and Samburu pastoralists. On the coast, jungle-bound ruins pay testimony to an ancient trading culture that flourished while Europe was embroiled in the Middle Ages.
The capital city, Nairobi, is colourful and bustling, whereas the coastal city Mombasa has been a trading port for centuries. Swahili and English are widely spoken. The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling. Major credit cards are accepted, as are travellers cheques. Kenya is 3 hours ahead of GMT.
The climate of Kenya varies - the coast is humid, hinterland and northern plains dry and hot and the mounatin and plateaus cool. January to March are popular months, with a dry and hot climate, richly abundant birdlife in the Rift Valley lakes and wildlife congregatinga round watersources. June to September also experience dry weather. The rains fall mostly from April to June and October to December, causing certain roads to become inaccessible. The Great Migration begins in Tanzania in July, when the animals head north to the Masai Mara for greener pastures.
See Kenya safari lodges and tours below in the best Kenya safari destinations.
The Amboseli National Park is located about 200km south-east of Nairobi in Kenya, and is easily accessible by road or air....more
Laikipia Plateau stretches across the western part of Mount Kenya and serves as an entry destination to explore northern Kenya....more
Lake Naivasha is located right outside of Naivasha in the Nakuru County of Kenya, and forms part of the Great Rift Valley....more
Lake Nakuru National Park is built around the Lake Nakuru and is located near the town of Nakuru in Kenya....more
Lake Victoria is situated at the border of western Kenya, in the core of the spectacular African continent....more
Masai Mara is situated in Narok County in Kenya, and is adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The famous Great Migration of wildebeest...more
Masai Mara National Park is located southwest of Kenya, and can be accessed by air and road transfers. This Kenya wildlife park is...more
Meru National Park is situated east of Meru and is one of the most popular parks to visit on Kenya safaris....more
Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya and is the second highest mountain in all of Africa. The mountain has 12 remaining glacier and 4 secondary peaks...more
The gateway to East Africa, Nairobi in Kenya is a kaleidoscopic urban hub of activity and raw energy. Ambient side street cafes, colourful markets...more
Samburu National Park is situated on the edge of the Ewaso Ngiro River in Kenya. This untouched and semi-desert area can be accessed by road and air...more
Tsavo National Park is a semi-arid region located southeast of Kenya in the town formerly known as Taru Desert. The A109 road and railway...more