Magical Kenya
Magical Kenya

Why Visit this destination?

KENYA is a beautiful country located in Africa with East Africa covering approximately 58,000 sq kilometers with a population of about 52, 570,000 million (2019). It encompasses savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. Its home to wildlife like Lions, rhinos, elephants. On the Equator majestic Mount Kenya 5,199m with its snow-capped peaks rises above endless grassland plains. To the north is the rugged and remote Northern Frontier District including Lake Turkana. To the west is Lake Victoria, the largest of Africa’s lakes and the source of the Nile. The famous Masai Mara to the south west is the Northern extension of the Serengeti. To the south the Indian Ocean coast offering sandy white beaches, and turquoise seas protected by a fascinating coral reef. Kenya has considerable land area devoted to wildlife habitats, including the Masai Mara, where blue wildebeest and other bovid participate in a large scale annual migration. More than one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras participate in the migration across the Mara River. The Big 5 game animals of Africa Lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephants can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara in Particular.


Kenya’s climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate inland to arid in the north and northeast parts of the country. The area receives a great deal of sunshine every month. It is usually cool at night and early in the morning inland at the highest elevations. The long rains season occurs from March, April, May & June, the short rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The temperature remains high throughout these months of tropical rain, the hottest period is February and March leading into the season of the long rains, and the coldest is in July until mid-August.

Weather & Climate

It’s generally sunny, dry and temperate most of the year in Kenya despite being situated directly on the equator. Central Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau is situated at an altitude that keeps temperatures comfortable. Coastal areas are obviously hotter, but the ocean breeze helps to maintain pleasant conditions for most of the year. There are two rainy seasons—the heaviest rains (called masika) usually fall from mid-March to May and a shorter period of rain (called vuli) occurs in November and December. January and February are mostly dry, although there may be a chance of rain. The dry season, with cooler temperatures, lasts from May to October. Many travelers assume that because they are traveling to Africa, it must always be warm. This is not the case in Kenya during the night and early morning, however, particularly in June, July and August. You can expect days to be absolutely beautiful, temperate and sunny, but nights and early mornings will be chilly, possibly near freezing, so we recommend you bring warm layers you can peel off as it warms up through the day. A lightweight down jacket or fleece pullover is ideal. Gloves, hat, scarf and warm long pants are also essential at this time of year for early-morning wildlife drives.

Best time to Visit

One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country's dry season, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation.

Travel Advice

If you’re planning a safari adventure to Kenya, there’s a few things you’ll want to know before you get there, like what type of plug you’ll need, whether you need to get any vaccinations and when you need to tip. We’re here to help with our Top Travel Tips that provide all the information you’ll need for your holiday.


What’s the food like in Kenya?
Kenya might not be a big name on the global culinary map but it certainly has its fair share of dishes worth trying. The main staple in the Kenyan diet is ugali, a grainy paste made from cornmeal that is eaten with stews and other sauce-based meals. Beans and corn also make regular appearances in Kenyan cooking. The most popular dish in the country is probably irio – green peas and potatoes that have been mashed together with corn added in for texture.

Meat often features in Kenyan meals and is usually cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, chillies and vegetables. Goat and beef are the most popular choices but fish and chicken are also widely eaten, this particularly applies with nyama choma, which is chunks of roasted meat served with irio or rice.


Safe eating while travelling in Kenya
Be wary when eating outside of high-end lodges as sometimes the quality of the meat and the way in which it has been prepared might not be suitable for a sensitive western stomach. Also be aware that food hygiene in Kenya is much more basic than you will be used to so if something looks unclean, old or badly cooked, it is best to avoid it altogether. It is also a good idea to avoid ice in your drink and eating salad as these might have come into contact with unhygienic water.


Is it standard to tip in Kenya?
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Kenya but be aware that most people in the service industry earn very little and depend on gratuities to make up their income. Safari guides should be tipped the equivalent of about USD $10-15 per person per day and a few dollars should go to the driver, cook and porters. If you eat in a restaurant then 10% on top of the bill is a suitable amount to leave. When it comes to taxis, rounding up the fare is a nice way to show your appreciation, especially if they have successfully navigated the chaotic streets of Nairobi or Mombasa for you.



The Top Highlights

Top places you must visit in Kenya include the following;

  1. Masai Mara situated in the southwest of Kenya with both wildlife and the Maasai tribes. Home to an excellent year round concentration of game wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous great migration. The surrounding Maasaiconservancies give the chance to spend time with this fascinating people, with bushwalks, village visits
  2. The Great Rift Valley 9,000km long rift valley has shattered Africa, leaving behind a trail of lakes, islands and lush oases. 8 Lakes sprang up in Kenya, Naivasha has over 400 bird species, Elementaita is a deep blue soda lake attracting white pelicans and Baringo has a floating restaurant, geological activity continues in the rift, with hot springs and steam vents bubbling from the deep
  3. Hells Gate National Park lies south of Lake Naivasha, north-west of Nairobi named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It’s known for its wide variety of wildlife and its scenery, this includes the Fischer’s tower and central tower columns and hell’s gate gorge. Birds of prey including the rare lammergeyer can be found here and a maasai cultural Centre reveals the life of the surrounding communities
  4. Lake Nakuru is one of the rift valley lakes at an elevation of 1,754m above sea level, it lies to the south of Nakuru in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by Lake NakuruNational Park. The lake’s abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore, including numerous predators, giraffes and buffalo and both black and white rhino. But it’s the birdlife that provided Nakuru’s most fantastic scenes
  5. Mombasa a coastal city in southeastern Kenya along the Indian ocean known as the white and blue city in Kenya. Is as colorful and complex as its vibrant markets, above all Mombasa is a gateway to Kenya’s coast including its own Nyali Beach and Mombasa Marine National Park. Glass bottom boat tours, diving with whale sharks, snorkeling and fishing are all within easy reach.
  6. Tsavo East & West form Kenya’s most broad protected area sheltering around a 1/3 of the country’s elephants and captivating landscpaes, Kenya’s biggest park and one of world’s largest game sanctuaries. Tsavo is one of the less populated game areas in Kenya and is perfect for those who want a pristine wildlife experience. The highlight of the park is the spectacular Mzima Springs where crystal clerk water flows through volcanic rock.