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Introducing Kenya

What comes to mind when you imagine Kenya? If you think of slender giraffes, wild-maned lions, and herds of zebra and wildebeest migrating across the open savanna, you're not wrong—but there's more to Kenya than the safari vacation you've been dreaming about. Beyond being one of the best places on earth to view the "Big 5," Kenya also offers gorgeous Indian Ocean coastline to explore, cultural engagement with Masaai tribespeople and other local experiences, and the opportunity to witness incredible conservation efforts at wildlife rescues in Nairobi and beyond. 

When is the best time to visit? 
The general consensus about Kenya is that there are two seasons, dry and wet, dictated more by rainfall than by fluctuation in temperature. But in reality, weather in Kenya is more nuanced than that—and depending on altitude, seasonal monsoon winds, and proximity to Lake Victoria, you may experience rain at any time of year. All that said, the most popular travel times are December-January and July-August, typically the driest and best for viewing wildlife. Other times of year have their perks, though: wet conditions mean abundant flora, lower prices, and fewer safari groups crowding the national park roads.

How many days do I need?
Due to the unpredictability of animals in their natural habitat, patience is key: the more time you spend, the more likely it is that you'll observe a wide range of wildlife. Safari tours can range from a single day to multiple weeks, though three to five days per park is enough for most people. A popular option for travelers keen on safari is to spend a few days in the famous Masai Mara reserve and a few days in another of Kenya's parks—or combine your time with a trip to Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Kenya
Travel specialist Susan Deslaurier
active 1 day ago

Susan Deslaurier

My joy is creating authentic and enriching experiences that go beyond “viewing” a faraway land, providing a cultural bridge with local people that leads to life-changing experiences for travelers....

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Travel specialist Joseph Njoroge
active 6 hours ago

Joseph Njoroge

Kenya should be on top of every adventure traveler's list, with over 40 wildlife National parks and reserves, the annual wildebeest migration crossing from Serengeti to Masai Mara, the great...

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Travel specialist Howard Spencer-Wilson
active 8 hours ago

Howard Spencer-Wilson

I co-own and manage the African Travel Gateway, where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client satisfaction?...

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Travel specialist Stella Kariuki

Stella Kariuki

I am a business owner and managing director at Africa Online Safaris. I am passionate about travel and believe in offering clients value for their money. We strongly believe in giving back to the...

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Trip Reviews for Kenya

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East africa highligts, Kenya - Sep 4 - Sep 18, 2018

Traveler: Stacey M. - Local specialist: Joseph Njoroge

Kimkim was new to me, living in Melbourne, Australia. The entire process was a flawless one, with Kimkim connecting me directly to Joseph a local expert in Kenya. Joseph arranged and organised our dream experience and was there every step of the way, from finalising the trip details to making our holiday one to remember! Nothing was too difficult, and even being able to adjust our itinerary along the way to make the experience special and flow seamlessly. We experienced the parks of Kenya... read more

Kimkim was new to me, living in Melbourne, Australia. The entire process was a flawless one, with Kimkim connecting me directly to Joseph a local expert in Kenya. Joseph arranged and organised our dream experience and was there every step of the way, from finalising the trip details to making our holiday one to remember! Nothing was too difficult, and even being able to adjust our itinerary along the way to make the experience special and flow seamlessly. We experienced the parks of Kenya and Tanzania, saw the big 5 numerous times, and have some truly amazing photos and memories of the wildlife and people of Africa! We conquered Mt Longonot and rode bicycles through Hellsgate (riding alongside Zebra's and gazelles to name a few of the animals) followed by a guided walking tour through the gorge-truly memorable. I have already recommended both Kimkim and Joseph to all of our friends and will definitely be using the site when planning our next adventure-Thank you kimkim and especially Joseph!

Masai mara safari and zanzibar beach vacation, Kenya - Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2018

Traveler: David B. - Local specialist: Susan Deslaurier

So my wife and I decided to spend our honeymoon/1st year anniversary on an African safari in Kenya, then to Seychelles, and Dubai on the way back home (Los Angeles).
I could not have asked for a better travel agent. Communication was very simple using the kimkim chat room, even though she was on Kenya time and I was at home. She guided me through everything and made the whole experience very simple and enjoyable.
She arranged our driver, Richard to pick us up from the airport and took... read more

So my wife and I decided to spend our honeymoon/1st year anniversary on an African safari in Kenya, then to Seychelles, and Dubai on the way back home (Los Angeles).
I could not have asked for a better travel agent. Communication was very simple using the kimkim chat room, even though she was on Kenya time and I was at home. She guided me through everything and made the whole experience very simple and enjoyable.
She arranged our driver, Richard to pick us up from the airport and took us to all the places we wanted to go including the Giraffe Center, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and also do some volunteering at a local primary school to help give back to those schools in need. Richard is very kind and professional. He made us feel very welcome and comfortable throughout our stay in Nairobi.
The safari camps that Susan had me choose from were all very nice. I am happy we chose to go with the Tawi Lodge at the Amboseli National Park (our favorite part of our entire trip). The service was better than we could have asked for and it felt very serene and intimate. The Serena lodge at Masai Mara was more of a hotel resort but had the most spectacular views of the bush.
After our stay in Kenya, we went to Seychelles and stayed at the beautiful Hilton Northolme Resort and had a lovely time. The views of the Indian Ocean were beyond amazing. Susan also had set up an airport pick up and drop off service there.
We headed to Dubai after our tropical island getaway. Although Susan's services stopped at the Seychelles part of our trip, she recommended me to another travel agent who booked my international flight from home to Dubai and Seychelles to Dubai and back.
Overall, I am so very glad we decided to use kimkim as our travel agency and got lucky that we were able to work with Susan. She exceeded our expectations and allowed us to have the best vacation of a lifetime. Thank you

Wildlife and adventure, Kenya - Aug 5 - Aug 17, 2018

Traveler: Yuruani O. - Local specialist: Susan Deslaurier

Susan was wonderful with helping us plan our trip. She really listened to what type of experience we were looking for and made it possible. I’ve traveled to over 20 countries, but Kenya was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had. If you are going to Kenya, follow Susan’s recommendation, and go to Maji Moto! That was an experience of a lifetime. I will gladly recommend Susan for anyone looking to travel to Kenya.