WHAT IS THE BEST SAFARI IN KENYA?
We believe the key to an epic safari in Kenya is getting away from the crowds. Kenya is one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in the world, so naturally tourists flock here. However, being among so many other people can seriously devalue the authenticity of your experience.
We champion the lesser-visited parts of the country, like the Laikipia Plateau, the conservancies on the fringes of the Masai Mara or the Matthews Range where tourists are a rarity.
To really get a tangible sense of freedom, we recommend visiting the Laikipia Plateau. Rather than being a conventional National Park, this area is made up of a collection of independent working ranches. This means less rules, and more possibilities for exploration. Staying in Laikipia often leaves the impression that you have visited friends – family hounds might join you on game-drives and a swim in the river might replace the more common-or-garden siesta.
Refreshingly in northern Kenya, man and wildlife do merge. While there are undoubtedly challenges, if there is a model whereby traditional pastoralists, commercial farmers and wildlife can all coexist, this is it.
HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND ON SAFARI IN KENYA?
This all depends on what you’d like to see and how many areas you’d like to visit. Ideally we’d recommend a minimum of seven to nine days in the game-rich areas. This gives you a good chance of encountering the animals you’re hoping to see and also the time to visit a few, very different, parts of Kenya.
It’s also important to factor in some recovery time. If this is your first time on safari, you may be surprised how long and tiring the days can be. Activities tend to start early in the morning as this is the coolest time of day. To make sure you don’t burnout, we always recommend having some downtime, perhaps even adding on a trip to Kenya’s idyllic coastline for some recuperation at the end of the trip.
IS KENYA A GOOD FAMILY SAFARI DESTINATION?
Not only is Kenya a great destination for first-time safari-goers, it’s also an exceptional location for families. Away from the lure of Xbox, YouTube and social media, children can reconnect with nature, immersed in the wilderness with nothing but incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife.
There are so many experiences that will inspire young ones, and arguably more importantly, keep them entertained.
Take a camel safari in Laikipia alongside Samburu Guides, for example. On this safari, you’ll navigate across Laikipia’s wilderness in the company of expert guides and crew, walking or riding on camels as you make your way between the camps. Your children will also meet and live alongside semi-nomadic Samburu people, learning about their way of living which is so different to their own.
HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND ON SAFARI IN KENYA?
The length of time you should spend on safari in Kenya depends on what you want to see, how much time you have available, budget and whether this is your first time on a safari.
Ideally you would spend around 7 to 9 days in the parks. You may not see all of the animals you were hoping for in one day, this is wildlife after all! Therefore, the longer you spend in the parks, the more likely you are to come across a variety of game.
Kenya has a number of different wildlife areas, both national parks and concessions. The National Parks and Concessions can vary greatly in terms of terrain, wildlife and activities. The National Parks offer a host of exciting wildlife and game drives during the day are the activities available in the lodges within the parks. The concessions have a fantastic wildlife too. However, other activities such as walking safaris, night drives, horse riding, camel riding, boat trips, bird watching and visit to local communities are available whilst staying in the lodges within the concessions.
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The best time to visit Kenya is during the Dry season from late June to October (these are the best wildlife viewing months).
For many travelers, a safari in Kenya is the
highlight of their trip – after all, you cannot get a more exhilarating and enriching wildlife
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