Kenya located in East Africa is one of the world’s leading travel destinations its great scenery, magnificent wildlife and a pleasant year-round climate. Kenya’s capital is Nairobi and its other main towns are Nakuru, Kisumu and the port city of Mombasa. Kenya has dozens of cultures, tribes and sub-tribes. It is also well known for its fusion of wildlife, its range of topography and its extremes of climate.
The Kenyan climate is subtropical. Rainfall is very low normally there are long rains in April and May and shorter rains in November and December but this pattern changes as well. The dry season is great for wildlife viewing and safari in Kenya for months of June to October and January to March. Kenya also boosts superb foot-print free beaches and warm tropical waters thus offering a complete safari vacation experience for a tourist visiting Kenya.
A Kenyan Safari is a truly African experience combining the animals in the plains such as the Masai Mara, the beaches of Mombasa or Malindi and the Rift Valley. Kenya also has beautiful unspoiled beaches, thriving coral reefs with their glorious colors, memorable mountain vistas, and ancient Swahili cities.
Best Time to Visit Kenya
The Best Time to Visit Kenya is from July to September and early October, during this time it is dry season in Kenya which is also great for seeing the Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras which happens every year. The Kenyan climate is subtropical. Rainfall is very low normally there are long rains in April and May and shorter rains in November and December but this pattern changes as well. The dry season is great for wildlife viewing and safari in Kenya for the months of June to October and January to March. Kenya also boasts superb foot-print free beaches and warm tropical waters thus offering a complete safari vacation experience for a tourist visiting Kenya. June to September is one of the best times for viewing wildlife in Kenya, during this time you will also experience the great migration in Masai Mara.
What is the best time to see the Great Migration in Kenya?
The best time to see the Great Migration and do a safari in Kenya is during the dry season period that is between the months of July to early October every year. During this period in the southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater the vegetation is sparse and dry, the waterways are as well dry this forces the wildebeests and Zebras to migrate to the North plains that is southern part of Masai Mara National Park to search for fresh vegetation and water giving you a great opportunity to see the wildebeests migrating in big numbers. During the Migration the wildebeests and Zebras rear their young ones, this is not simple given the fact it is more of 3000 miles’ journey which is tiresome making it a life and death migration, many die due to exhaustion giving a chance to other carnivore animals to ease their search for food like Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions. Of the above dry months August and September are the best months to see the Great Migration given the fact this is good time as well to experience the river crossing during the migration, late October the rains will resume in Tanzania and the herds will start their journey back to southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater grassland plain areas.
Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park is a place of majestic peaks, woodlands and falls. It is located in the central highlands, west of Mount Kenya, Nyeri District Central province of Kenya 160km from Nairobi. Aberdare National Park covers 767 sq km with unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty in the national park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest. The Aberdares that’s makes Aberdares National Park is an islolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s falls. Activities and things to do include Mountain Climbing, Camping, Hiking, walking safaris, game viewing, night wildlife viewing and fishing.
The major attractions at Aberdare National Park include Lesatima Peak, Kinangop Peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin Hills, Elephant Hills and the Table Mountains and one of Kenya’s Rhino sanctuaries.
Aberdare National Park is home to most of the large mammals, including some Black Rhinos. The park has endangered species including the rare bongo, giant forest hog, packs of the now very rare wild dogs and endemic mole rat and mole shrew. Other game includes Leopard, several endemic bird species, reptiles and insects.
How to Access Aberdare National Park
By Road; Aberdare National Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side (160km from Nairobi). The main towns from which the park can be approached are Nyeri (154km from Nairobi), Nyahururu (188km from Nairobi) and Naivasha (87km from Nairobi).
By Air; There are scheduled domestic flights from Nairobi to Aberdare National Park. Mweiga Airstrip is next to the park headquarters while Nyeri Airstrip is 12km from Mweiga headquarters.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to the beautiful pink flamingos which leave in a very shallow, strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of woods and grasslands next to Nakuru town, most tourists visit this park to see the flamingos and wildlife in this park. The park is one of the best places to see flamingos and the beautiful landscape which includes areas of marsh and grassland alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woods and rocky hillsides covered with euphorbia forests. Lake Nakuru occupies about a third of Lake Nakuru National Park surface area with other parts of the park covered with savannah vegetation home to various mammals and birds.
Where to stay in Lake Nakuru National Park
Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during your visit to Lake Nakuru National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking details. Options in Lake Nakuru National park include Lake Nakuru SOPA Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge and Naishi Guest House among others.
How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park
By road: The Park is 160km north-west of Nairobi after Nakuru town. From Nairobi take the A104 road, the park headquarters are 4km south of Nakuru town from Kenyatta Avenue.
What is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park?
Safaris in Lake Nakuru National Park are done all year round and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.
Masai Mara National reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is widely recognized as the jewel in the crown of Kenya’s tourism industry. It plays a key role in preserving the world’s greatest migration of large mammals. The reserve is regarded as the most spectacular wildlife viewing area in Kenya with over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species. Safari in Masai Mara National Reserve will give you an opportunity to shoot great wildlife numbers including the dominant inhabitant that is the wildebeests. In July each year over 1.5 million wildebeests along with large numbers of Zebras and Thompson’s gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to search for fresh pastures in the Masai Mara before going back in October.
What to film in Masai Mara National Reserve.
The reserve is surrounded by local community group ranches serving as dispersal areas. The communities have allowed their land to be used as wildlife conservancies to earn tourism-related revenue. This is another great area for filming in Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Mara is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the Big Five, Cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, balck backed and side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthog, topi, elands, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, oribi, reed buck and zebras. 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species have been recorded in this reserve including the annual migration of wildebeests which involves over 1.5 million animals.
Tourist activities include Game viewing, camping, night game drives, guided walking safaris, visits to Masai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast and horse riding near the boundary of the reserve.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is the largest National Park in Kenya it was established in 1948 and it is commonly known as the Theatre of the wild best for those interested in seeing all the Big 5 animals. The Park is divided into East and west intersected by the Nairobi to Mombasa railway and road. The park has interesting and diverse habitats, wildlife and scenic mountain landscapes. Tsavo East is an easily accessible and popular park attracting large numbers of tourists annually. Its scenic features include its large herds of Elephants and other wildlife and its striking natural landscapes and structures. Tsavo west National Park has a more varied topography and more diverse array of habitats than Tsavo East National Park. Safari in Tsavo National Park will give you an opportunity to explore both sides of the park, wildlife including all the Big 5 animal and Cheetahs, its pristine habitats including open plains alternating with savannah bush and semi-desert scrub and acacia woodlands providing you with great scenery to shoot.
What to see in Tsavo National Park?
Tsavo National park is best known for its large herds of Elephants and other wildlife which include Leopards, Cheetahs, wild dog, buffaloes, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, plains game, crocodiles, mongoose, hyrax, dik-dik, lesser kudu and porcupine. The park also has a prolific birdlife with over 600 recorded bird species.
The park is also home to the beautiful Yatta plateau which is about 300 km in length is one of the world’s longest lava flows. Lugard falls on the Galana River, Caves with potential for geological and cave exploration and hiking, Mzima springs and underwater hippos and fish watching, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Lake Jipe, Mountain Kilimanjaro, diverse birds and plan species.
Where to stay in Tsavo National Park
Lodge options to stay in during your visit to Tsavo National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for details. Accommodation options in Tsavo National Park include Patterson Safari Camp, Galdessa Camp, Kilaguni Serena Lodge, Ngulia Lodge, Severin Safari Lodge and Voi Safari Lodge.
Kenya has many cities and towns to visit and explore the city day and night life in Kenya. Are you planning to visit Kenya and spend a night in Nairobi, Mombasa or Eldoret, there is much to see in these cities including tasting local foods in local Restaurants, shops, explore office buildings, and government buildings are all a common features of Kenya’s urban center? Contact us here we will help arrange for you a Kenyan Authentic Safari.
Eldoret Kenya’s fifth largest city
Eldoret is located in the Rift Valley region of Kenya and is the capital of Uasin Gishu County. Eldoret is the fifth most populated urban area in the country after Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Ruiru. Eldoret is an up-country market town in Kenya, population approximately 500,000 situated at an altitude of 2,103m above sea level on the Uasin Gishu Plateau, some 200 miles North-west of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The surrounding landscape is predominantly agricultural (wheat, maize and dairy cattle) and the town’s ambience reflects this, although in the last few years other types of industry have been encouraged, and Eldoret now has factories producing cotton goods, knitwear and suitings, among others.
The climate of Eldoret is the best in Kenya and must be one of the most agreeable in the world. From April to September it is always a rainy season then October to April the weather is clear, bright and sunny.
Attractions in Eldoret
Some of the major things to see and do in Eldoret in Kenya include, Eldoret Golf center to play Golf, Eldoret Naure and Culture Centre, Hindu temple and Koromosho, Lakes Bogoria and Baringo (two of the Great Rift Lakes) Bogoria boasting hot springs and flamingoes, Baringo offering a wealth of birdlife. – are within two hours drive of Eldoret; Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf) is an easy five-hour drive away all have residential lodges for visitors. Kisumu, on the shores of Lake Victoria, is easily accessible.
How to get to Eldoret
Eldoret can be accessed by road or by flight. Main roads to other large towns in the area are also all-weather tarmac. Eldoret has an airstrip for private and small commercial planes, as well as an International Airport with a twice daily air service to/from Nairobi, and the flying time to Eldoret is 55 minutes.
Accommodation in Eldoret
Accommodation at the Poa Place Garden & Resort in Eldoret is offered in several styles of cottages which all offer tranquility and privacy and is the best place to stay. Whether a tourist, honeymooner, a group, family, or just a leisure lover, you will find a suitable accommodation option. Each cottage is fully air-conditioned and fitted with in-room safe, mini-bar, en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV with satellite service, and a private terrace.
The Poa Place resort offers host facilities and wonderful accommodation options, with satisfactory services and a conducive environment. There are different room types depending on one’s preference which include non-smoking rooms, suites, and family rooms.
The Kenyan coast is one of the best snorkeling places in Africa located located along the Indian Ocean comprises of Mombasa another Kenya’s Capital City inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili among others tribes. Are interested in spending time on the beach after your safari in Kenya, the Kenya Coast is the best to go, it is famous for its spectacular beaches, tropical waters offering various water sports experiences such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and kite surfing. Eco Adventure Safaris will organize for you all contact us here.
Visiting the Kenyan Coast will give you an opportunity to explore various towns like Diani in the South, and Kilifi, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu in the North and in Mombasa. Other notable places to visit on the Kenyan Coast include the Diani Beach, Malindi is where Vasco da Gama picked up his pilot to navigate with the monsoon winds to India, Watamu is a small fishing village community and East Africa’s first Marine National Park and other settlements and fishing villages such as Mwandimu and Magunda located in the south of the province.
Kisumu Kenya’s third largest city
Kisumu is Kenya’s third largest city located on the shores of Lake Victoria home to wide streets and fine colonial architecture. Kisumu offers many items to include in the series for your shoot ranging from life in the urban centre to wildlife. You will also have an opportunity to visit fishing villages along Lake Victoria towards the broad waters of Homa Bay and wildlife in Ruma National Park
It is also home to Kisumu Impala Sanctuary a walking sanctuary and holding area for animals which require special protection in this densely populated area. Herds of impalas and zebras roam freely in the sanctuary. Other animals include lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bush buck and buffaloes.
What is the best time to visit Kisumu?
Kisumu can be visited throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to March and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November. January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot and wet and July to October is very warm and wet.
Malindi is the second largest urban centre in the Coastal region in Kenya. It is a town situated on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya.
Visiting Malindi will give an opportunity to experience the Indian Ocean and the coat of Kenya, the Pillar of Vasco da Gama and in the old town of Malindi.
What is the best time to visit Malindi?
Visiting Malindi is possible throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to March and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November. January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot and wet and July to October is very warm and wet.
Mombasa is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean known for its beaches, world class beach resorts and its historical significance great place for snorkeling and other water sport activities. It is the most popular and second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi. Mombasa is one of the best places to visit in Kenya, great to explore the Kenyan culture, history, golf, water sports and beautiful world’s finest beaches.
History and culture
For those who love historical architecture, one of the key visitor sites to visit in Mombasa is Fort Jesus, near Mombasa old town. It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century to repel attacks by local people and foreign invaders who objected to Portuguese control of East Africa’s trade routes. The fort is still there providing visitors with a snapshot of life in the days of the slave trade.
Old town Lamu is the longest surviving settlement in Kenya and also the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Now classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site the town is full of history and culture. Motorized transport is not allowed in the narrow streets, where people move around on foot or by bicycle or donkey.
You can as well visit the local communities on the coast where you will find a warm welcome from the local people giving you an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history of these communities and their enduring cultural traditions.
Mombasa is home to some of the world’s finest beaches with miles of pristine white powdery sand bordering the Indian Ocean. There is a great choice of Holiday opportunities from quiet, secluded getaways on private beaches to open holiday stays at the larger resorts and hotels. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach, ride a camel or take a dip in the warm, translucent waters.
The colourful marine parks and reserves are excellent locations for snorkeling and diving. These parks provide an opportunity to see the Aquatic life along the coast and in the Indian Ocean. The cost is well endowed with marine wildlife boating no fewer than eight marine parks. The Kisite and Mpunguti marine parks offer protection to more than 250 recorded species of fish and over 45 varieties of coral reefs. This makes it great place to see coral reefs and various fish species.
Where to stay in Mombasa town
Beach hotels and lodge options to stay in during your visit in Mombasa town range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. These include Reef Hotel Mombasa, Papillon Lagoon Reef Hotel, Travellers Beach Hotel, PrideInn Express Nyali, Afrika Pearl and Spa, Bahari Beach Hotel among others. Contact us here for reservation details and booking.
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and largest city in Kenya it was formerly known as “Enkare Nyrobi” a Maasai phrase meaning cool waters. Nairobi has many hotels of all categories, lively markets, malls, museums, cultural centers, snake parks, sanctuaries and wildlife parks, stadiums and golf courses with Nairobi National park in close proximity this makes it one of the most beautiful international cities in the world. Nairobi City is one of the major entry points by Air in East Africa which has made it a major economic centre and hub for filming in East Africa. With just a few kilometers drive from Nairobi you can find busy business districts, urban slums, rural areas, industrial neighborhoods, historical and colonial houses, farms and wildlife parks which offer great opportunity to visit. Nairobi city has great history of its colonial past up to Independence times making it great for those who focus on history, nature, science and modern society.
Top Places and things to do in Nairobi City, Kenya
Kenya is truly a beautiful country. It tells a story of contrasting landscape, treasured wildlife, all year round sunshine and hospitable people and its major hub is Nairobi. The following are the major spots of the city great for filming each has its unique aspect of History, Geography and Culture, some are located within the city and others in the city environs.
The Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum is an archive of Kenya’s history, geography and culture, the museum gives you an opportunity to have an in-depth insight about Kenya and what it has to offer. At the museum you will be able to film tradition Kenyan cultural artifacts, rare minerals, stuffed birds and live snakes among other attractions depicting Kenya’s history.
The Nairobi National Park
The park is located just 7 kilometers away from Nairobi. Nairobi National Park is unique in being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to the capital city. The park gives you an opportunity to film the country’s beautiful and diverse wildlife. The park has over 80 recorded mammal species including buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile and hippos, over 400 bird species can be spotted in the park. The park is also known as one of the most successful Kenya Rhino sanctuaries.
Giraffe Manor, dine with Giraffes
Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, it is one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Kenya. The most fascinating thing about the Giraffe Manor is the resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who at times visit the hotel in the morning and evening that poke their long necks into the windows in a hope to receive some food and treat. This is great a place to visit during your safari tour in Nairobi and a night stay here can be included as part of the complete tailor made safari itinerary in Kenya.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is another great place to visit in Nairobi; it is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya. It is located amidst the lush vegetation of Nairobi National Park, it was established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abandoned or injured in Kenya. Animals received at the Orphanage centre go through a medical extermination followed by treatment before entering a feeding and rehabilitation program.
Nairobi Safari Walk
The Nairobi Safari Walk is a showcase for Kenya’s parks and reserves allowing visitors to discover what they can expect to see across the country. On this walk you will have an opportunity to see a sample of the country’s rich animal life up-close including the rare bongo, white rhino and albino zebra as well as cats, antelopes and primates.
The Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum is a former home of coffee planter and author Karen Blixen, this provides a window into the country’s colonial history. At the museum you will explore the museum’s coffee plants, facilities, agricultural college, and memorabilia describing the country’s past.
The Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC)
Nairobi city is a hub for business leaders, diplomats and international exhibitions which are hosted in the Kenyatta International Conference Center. Visiting the KICC will give you an opportunity to capture and show a glimpse of Nairobi’s present and future as a center of business in Africa.
The Ngongo Hills
The Ngongo Hills present a different between urban modernity and beautiful undisturbed nature which is present in Nairobi. At the Hills you will be able to see where areas the edge of the city meets Kenya’s lush rural landscapes.
Kibera Slum in Nairobi
Kibera slum is the largest slum in Nairobi. It offers an opportunity to experience the day to leaving of Kenyans in the slums, at this slum there is also an opportunity to see giraffes roaming a savannah near to the city.
Where to stay in Nairobi City
Lodge options to stay in Nairobi range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for details. Lodges in Kenya Include New Kenya Lodge, Ngongo House, Giraffe Manor, Osoita Lodge, Konar House Lounge among others.
What is the best time to visit Nairobi City?
Nairobi can be visited throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to March and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November. January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot and wet and July to October is very warm and wet.
Knowing the Kenya weather and climate is very important during planning your trip to Kenya, this will help you understand how the weather and climate will be during your trip in Kenya. Kenya has a pleasant, tropical climate but has large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including altitude, topography and presence of Lake Victoria in the western circuit. The hottest and most humid part of the country is the coast. Other low-lying areas, such as the western and southern parks, are also hot but less humid. The rest of the interior is much milder and cools down significantly at night. Kenya has a distinct Dry and Wet season.
In general Kenya has mostly tropical climate making it much warmer during the day and cooler at night. Kenya has two seasons the dry and wet season which occur on specific month throughout the year. The climate is influenced by the topography and vegetation areas at high altitude.
The dry season in Kenya is generally from June to October, and from December to March every year. During this time is always the best for wildlife Game viewing. During this time as well it can still rain especially in the tropical rain forests.
The wet season in Kenya occurs in the months of November, April and May every year, during this time the average temperatures hover around 28°C/82°F in the afternoon and 16°C/61°F in the morning. During this time a limited number of camps are open and operational.