Straddling the equator and with a temperate climate, Kenya offers a bewildering choice of destinations and experiences. With landscapes that vary from rolling savannah and mountain forests to stony parched deserts and a tropical coastline, it is these habitats that harbour some of Africa’s most incredible animals and a safari, meaning ‘journey’ in Kiswahili, is a highlight for many visitors.
The principal draw card on Kenya safari holidays is the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, but there are numerous other interesting species. Some of the game parks and reserves, such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli, are world famous for their plains game, while thousands of flamingos live on the Rift Valley lakes, and the verdant woodlands are home to primate and a profusion of African birds.
If you time your visit right, you may coincide with the Great Migration when over a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra and Thompson’s gazelle head north from their breeding grounds in Tanzania’s Serengeti – one of nature’s truly amazing sights. Even without the migration, however, the game viewing is superb on Kenya safari holidays.