Comprehensive Safari Guide for Kenya

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Kenya is a beautiful country that truly represents African wilderness! A safari in Kenya is a wonderful experience where you get to explore scenic views, observe majestic wildlife and embark on adventurous experiences!

This comprehensive safari guide for Kenya will make it easier for you to plan your next trip to Kenya!

Best Time to Go

To get the best out of your Kenyan safari, it’s a great idea to go anywhere from June to October or December to March. These months mark the dry season for Kenya, during which wildlife is easier to spot because the vegetation is sparse and the animals gather around water bodies.

June to October is the more popular season, so the safari destinations can get pretty crowded during this time. If you want to go on a budget and avoid the crowds, you should try going anywhere between December and March. These months are also the best for birdwatching!

Elephants at Amboseli National Park

Elephants at Amboseli National Park, Image Source: AbercrombieKent.Com

Duration of Stay

To get the best out of your Kenyan safari, it’s a good idea to spend 6-7 days here! You can explore all the major national parks and cities and have a great time!

Best Safari Destinations in Kenya

Here are some of the best safari destinations in Kenya:

  • Masai Mara National Reserve

Spot leopards, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, hippos, elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife in this beautiful Reserve! You can also catch the Great Migration of wildebeests here and spot black rhinos occasionally.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Antelopes at Masai Mara National Reserve, Image Source: SafariFrank.Com.Au

  • Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is known for the beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro that it has to offer! Although the Mountain itself is in Tanzania, Amboseli NP offers the most stunning views of this wonder. It’s a must visit for photographers! You get to capture wildlife like lions (even tree-climbing lions), buffaloes, elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, and over 400 species of birds!

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Reserve, Image Source: AndBeyond.Com

  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to millions of flamingoes! Other than the flamingoes, it’s also known for having a large population of black rhinos and white rhinos. You can also spot the Big 5 here as well as the rare Rothschild Giraffes. 

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park, Image Source: Kenya-Experience.Com

Lake Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya for birdwatching because the Lake is a breeding ground for many birds.

  • Tsavo West National Park

Observe red elephants and enjoy scenic views of the Chaimu crater at this splendid national park. Don’t forget to check out the Shetani Flow too! Explore the Mzima Springs where crocodiles and hippos bathe.

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park, Image Source: SimaSafari.Com

Packing Guide

If you want an adventurous and smooth safari in Kenya, you must pack right! Nothing can ruin a great safari experience like forgetting your camera at home or not sleeping properly because you don’t have enough warm clothes.

So, let’s get to the safari packing guide!

Here are a few clothing items you’ll need:

  • Warm jacket
  • Comfortable shirts with long sleeves
  • Tracksuit
  • Safari boots – 2 pairs, one extra just in case
  • Socks – 3 pairs
  • Undergarments – one pair for each day

Here are a few electronics/gadgets to pack:

  • Memory cards – keep an extra or two if you love taking pictures
  • Batteries – keep extras
  • Power bank – this is a must!
  • Adapter – make sure you take a 3-pin-to-2-pin plug with you too
  • Chargers – a safari essential!
  • Torch/Headlamp – for night game drives

Other essentials to pack:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunblock
  • Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Mosquito net 
Backpacking for Safari

Backpacking for safari, Image Source: JarthazTours.Com

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Kenya and have an amazing safari experience! Don’t forget to read Take the Best of Kenya Safari for more details!

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