Kenya: Safari Activity Holiday
Mountains, deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches, coral reefs and wildlife
Kenya is the number one destination in the world for a safari holiday. This is no surprise, as it has 59 spectacular national parks and game reserves offering visitors unparalleled opportunities to view the wildlife in its natural habitat. The biggest attraction is the Maasai Mara National Reserve for those wishing to see the Big 5 on a safari holiday in Kenya, and the best viewing months are between July and October when the land is driest. This is also the time for the great wildebeest migration from Tanzania, when balloon safaris are also available to view this spectacle over the Maasai Mara plains. The Amboseli National Park is also very popular, where it is possible to view large elephant herds with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background. At 22,000 sq km, the Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya, divided into West and East by the Nairobi to Mombasa road. Although less visited, this park offers a dramatic landscape and a good selection of wildlife, and its proximity to the coast makes it an ideal place to visit whilst enjoying a holiday at one of the beach resorts.
The vast Laikipia plateau north of Mt Kenya has become another excellent destination for a safari holiday in Kenya, where old farmlands have been turned into new game sanctuaries containing large herds of elephants and the highest population of endangered species including the black rhino, Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.
There is a wide choice of accommodation available for a safari holiday in Kenya with many campsites available for budget travellers, and for those seeking more comfort and luxury there are the lodges and tented camps in beautiful locations situated around waterholes. One of the most reliable and well established operators in lodge and tented camp safaris is Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombiekent.com). Let’s Go Travel (lets-go-travel.net) has prices and descriptions of a wide range of hotels and lodges, and also has its own safaris and excursions. There are also other types of safari holidays in Kenya, such as bird-watching, trekking, cycling, fishing and camel safaris.