Safari in Kenya
Why should you go?
Kenia is the perfect destination for anyone who loves nature and the animal kingdom.
When should you go?
The best months for wildlife spotting in Kenya are during the Dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and the herds remain until October before moving back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. However, decent wildlife viewing is possible all year around:
✶ Best time: June to October, January to February
✶ Peak season: July to November, January and February (Some of the parks get very crowded, especially the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru)
✶ Low season: March to May
✶ Best weather: June to October
✶ Worst weather: March, April and May
Malaria & vaccinations
Vaccinations are highly recommendable.
There is the severe threat of malaria throughout the country, with exception of high-altitude areas over 2,000m such as Nairobi. However, most safari parks are high-risk zones. The highest risks for infection are during the rainy season from September to April.
How to get there?
We flew from Brussels directly to the nation’s capital Nairobi. We stayed in a hotel just out of town away from all the crowds.
As we only had 7 days for our total trip, we flew a day later directly to the "Masai Mara" nature reserve with a domestic flight.
The location of the park is remote in comparison to others, which makes flying the most attractive option.
During our three-day safari we stayed in luxury tents in Kilima Kamp. Breakfast and dinner were cooked in the camp and in the afternoon we enjoyed delicious picnics during the day trips. It doesn't really matter where you stay because you will spend most of your time in the reserve. We visited the park during low season, and sometimes drove alone fly ourselves for hours, which gave us really a wonderful feeling.
On our first day we got spoiled and rapidly saw the Big Five. Apart from these great breathtaking animals, you will also be surprised by ostriches, crocodiles, cheetas, zebras and giraffes along the way.
During the trip, you will also regularly come across Masai, the nomadic tribes that still live in the reserve. Despite the growing modern civilization, the Masai manage to preserve their age-old traditions. Their cattle is extremely important to them, you will see them take the whole herd of animals out to find the best grass spots. You might think it is quite dangerous between the lions and the crocodiles but the Masai fear nothing and soley respect all animals. Masai almost exclusively live off of their cattle, they eat their meat and drink their milk and blood.
On the last day, after a weldeserved chill-out day at the hotel, we enjoyed another day trip to Lake Naivasha and went sailing won a boat among the hippos. I highly recommend this trip!
✶ To save costs, you can drive to Masai Mara by car. Albeit, this is a six hour long and bumpy drive on unpaved roads.
✶ It is not recommendable to walk alone out on the streets as a tourist at night. Furthermore, hotels will advise you not to get out after sunset without the company of a guide.
✶ Always negotiate about the price of products and for services. Negotiating is culturally rooted, so be aware of this to avoid paying too much. Make sure you always have a bit of cash in your pocket. It is not always possible to pay with a credit card.
Belgian citizens can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 3 months. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months.