The vast plain’s of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of Kenya, with a number of safari centres running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Visits to rural villagestravellers can also choose to join various volunteer projects makes Kenya a destination not only for the mind but also for the soul.
Things to know before visit Kenya
Kenya has a warm and humid climate in the coastal region while in the north and east it is hot and dry. If you visit the central highlands you will experience humid and cool weather. The country faces a long rainy period between April and June as well as a short rainy season between late October and mid-December. The daytime temperatures in most parts is quite warm since it is near the Equator.
No trip to Kenya is complete without a visit to the great Masai Mara. Experience the vast rolling grassland dotted with varied animals from huge herds of Zebras, the wildebeest to the enigmatic Lion, Elephants, Zebras and much more. Those of you who are interested in birds, can feast your eyes on some of the most vibrant and colorful birds in Mara. Indulge in individual safaris for an exclusive experience of the Big Five ( lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard) or take a shared one but definitely spend maximum time looking out for these beautiful creatures.
Popular for the pink Flamingos that throng the waters of Lake Nakuru-, this wide spread water body is a home ground for many other birds as well. Often called the Bird Watcher’s Paradise, the lake is nestled in between bushy and wooded grasslands and contains a wide ecological system within it including the white and black rhino, hippos, lions, leopards and also the endangered Rothschild's giraffes. Enjoy the picturesque view acacia forest, waterfalls and the rocky escarpments while feasting your eyes on the dainty Flamingos.
World renowned for the breathtaking sight of hundreds of tusked Elephants, Amboseli is one of the elite national parks in Kenya. Set against the magnificent background of Mt Kilimanjaro, this park hosts other animals like Zebra and the wildebeest too. If you are lucky you might sight the elusive Leopard, the grand lion and the majestic Zebras as well. This park also has the unique distinction of being home to 370 varieties of birds species.
The most popular national park in Norther part of Kenya, Smaburu, is divided by the Ewaso Ngiro River- a magnet for animals who are often sighted quenching their thirst on the river banks. You can spot rare species of animals and birds in this park such as the Grevy's zebras, blue-legged Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk – gazelles and the beisa oryx.
This snow capped equatorial peak is an African marvel. It is the second highest peak in Africa. Its ragged peaks are covered with snow while its slopes are densely covered with forests. You could scale it or simply stare at it in awe. The forest is ideal for gaming as well. You can spot varied wildlife and birds, giving the wildlife enthusiasts another gaming park to explore.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Kenya it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter as the power sockets being used are type G. The standard frequency is 50 Hz and standard voltage is 240 V.