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Why visit Kenya, and what are the major attractions?
A multitude of outstanding wildlife is the main reason to visit Kenya: this is the Masai Mara country, famous for the great migration of wildebeests and zebras. But while this can only be seen a few months a year, Kenya is excellent for game viewing (and thus visits) all year round. National parks and game reserves are numerous, and so is the number of different animals to spot.
Apart from the Masai Mara, there’s Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East and Tsavo West, all with superb wildlife watching almost guaranteed. Kenya is Big Five territory, with healthy populations of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos. The birdlife is also outstanding, as is the cultural element – this is the land of the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and other tribes. The sheer number of habitats, too, make for wonderful scenery: think endless horizons in the Masai Mara, tropical forests in Kakamega, starkly beautiful parks in the north of the country, and peerless Kilimanjaro views from Amboseli.
What does a Kenyan safari cost?
It all depends on what sort of safari you want and can afford. Kenya has more variety than most African safari destinations, with excellent options at the lower end of the pricing scale (from 175 USD per person per day) and ofcourse on the higher end with luxury Kenya safaris (up to 1000 USD per person per day).
Whilst accommodation is partly what determines the cost for many travelers, the price you pay for your safari also depends on how you wish to travel between the various parks. Road travel is the easy choice and relatively cheap. Air transfer is expensive, but dramatically reduces the amount of time you spend on the road and maximizes the amount of time in the parks themselves. Lastly, it’s good to realize that most Kenya safari packages include accommodation, food, national park fees and game drives.
How is the wildlife viewing in Kenya?
It varies from park to park. Most of the more popular parks – Amboseli, Masai Mara, Samburu and Lake Nakuru – have fabulous wildlife-watching opportunities. Dense wildlife populations in all of these parks make them good all-round safari destinations that enable you to see many animals and species in a short period of time.
Other parks are more specialist – such as Kakamega with its birds and primates, or Saiwa Swamp with the sitatunga, a swamp dwelling antilope. These parks allow you to tick off hard-to-find species of the list, usually without crowds of tourists surrounding you. A more exclusive Kenyan safari experience is possible in for example the conservancies of the Laikipia district. Here you pay more, but (with the exception of Ol Pejeta Conservancy) crowds are non-existent and wildlife watching is excellent. As most of these conservancies are former farmlands, you can get off-road as well, meaning that you’ll get a lot closer to the animals than you will in a national park.
How safe is a Kenya safari?
For the most part, a Kenya safari is safe, but there are some important things to know. Nairobi and, to a lesser extent some other Kenyan cities have a reputation for violent crime. Most people visiting these cities hardly notice this, but it does happen often enough to mean that you should always be careful and follow local advice when it comes to your safety. You can minimize the risk by spending little time in Nairobi and other cities – Kenya’s charm rarely resides in its major urban centers – and by never traveling at night.
The danger from wild animals is minimal; most Kenya safari trips and operators have excellent safety records, and you should be fine if you follow the safety briefings and instructions from guides.
How do I select a reliable Kenya tour operator?
The best way to choose a Kenya safari is to read all about the safari experiences of other travelers – the chances are that their reviews will answer many of your questions (before you’ve asked them) as well as speak to the professionalism of the various operators with whom they’ve traveled. Otherwise, it’s extremely important that you contact any tour companies with whom you are considering traveling before you make a booking, and ask any questions you may have. This could be anything from the mode of transport, frequency of meals or daily safari schedules to the languages spoken by your guide or how many other travelers will be in your vehicle. Be as specific as you can. Not all operators offer customized Kenya tours, it’s true, but there’s no substitute for being informed. The operator’s willingness to answer questions can be a good guide to their dealings with people on safari.
What sort of hotel can I expect on a safari?
As a general rule you can say the higher your Kenya safari prices, the better your hotel. At the lower end, campsites are usually basic, sometimes crowded and not always in the best locations within the national parks or reserves. They are however well priced and often have ample facilities such as showers and toilets.
Lodges are the mainstays of the Kenya safari scene and the quality varies considerably – many lodges within the reserves and national parks have excellent locations but are ageing and in need of renovation, while others are luxurious and recently overhauled. In tented camps, including mobile camps, you’ll sleep in large, walk-in tents – they’re like lodge rooms in terms of size but with canvas for walls and floor. Canvas tents mean that you can hear the sounds of the African night. Most lodge rooms and tents of this kind have comfortable (not camp) beds, sometimes a desk and usually a private bathroom; some even have an outdoor shower with no roof but walls that protect your modesty.
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Activities and Excursions
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