What Is Kenya Known For?
You’ve probably heard of Kenya, but it is a destination that is frequently under-visited, despite all of the travel treasures it holds. When looking for an adventure, what could be better than to head to a place that has mystery, culture, geography, and wildlife like no other place on earth?
This East African country is known for its landscapes and wildlife, with tourism being a top contributor to the nation’s economy. In addition to its coastlines, lakelands, mountain highlands, savannah, and the great Rift Valley, it’s also the home of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration.
A classic Kenyan safari will begin with a stop in Nairobi, with excursions including the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen Museum or the Langata Giraffe Center. The trip won’t be complete without exploring the wonders of Samburu, the magic of Ol Pejeta, and the awe-inspiring wildlife of the Masai Mara.
Aside from the classic Kenya safari experience, there are trips of all kinds specializing in families, honeymooners, seniors, and more. Depending on your experience, there are safaris focused on luxury, wildlife and everything in between. Don’t forget to ask about our Great Migration packages, shorter day trips and mountaineering safaris!
Some of our Kenya safari travelers choose to pair their adventure with a stop in Zanzibar Island in neighboring Tanzania. With completely different cuisine and architecture, it’s the perfect place to soak up your remaining time in Africa.
Best Time To Visit Kenya
July to September is the most popular period overall, as it is ideal for game-viewing, with early September almost certain to coincide with the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara. October, November and March are the months with the clearest seas for snorkelling and diving.
While April and May are known to be part of the wet season, this shouldn’t deter your travel plans: the rains usually come only in short afternoon or evening cloudbursts, and the landscape is strikingly green and fresh even if the skies may be cloudy.
Our destinations are carefully selected to give memorable experiences through exciting encounters with animals and nature. This results in tours aimed to give the best wildlife opportunities at the destination, accompanied by our expert safari guides and always spending as much time as possible in nature.
With the philosophy, “take memories; leave only footprints,” our priority is to protect and preserve each unique destination for its people, wildlife, and future travelers by finding meaningful ways to reduce our environmental footprint.
When you embark on a tour of Kenya with Odyssey Safaris, you get insights and wildlife interactions that turn your once-in-a-lifetime journey into a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience.
Types of Kenya Safari Tours
Our process for customizing a private tour of Africa exclusively for you is both personal and thorough. During the planning process, we will listen carefully to determine your interests and desires for your trip so we can provide you with some initial options that fit your needs.
Great Migration Safaris
When the rainy season comes to an end in the southern Serengeti, usually at the end of May or first of June, Over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebras and gazelles begin moving north in search of greener plains for grazing. Continuously until November, but peaking in August and September.
When it comes to small group travel, our scheduled departures offer unmatched value while never compromising the quality. These itineraries are carefully curated with the proper logistics and best destinations allowing you to enjoy an intimate small group atmosphere and the associated cost savings.
When it comes to family vacations, heading to the nearest theme park is not what we have in mind. It’s really probably not the kind of family excursion you’re looking for either.
These itineraries were created around specific wildlife events and their focus on the breath of species in Africa for the wildlife safari enthusiast.
Safari Animals in Kenya
Aside from the “big five”, which can be found on wildlife safaris like Masai Mara, a few more of the top Kenya safari animals you will find include the lesser kudu, African oryx, Kirk’s dik-dik, and the banded mongoose. There’s nothing lesser about the lesser kudu, which are majestic, chestnut-colored antelopes with 11 to 14 white stripes on their backs. Also in the antelope family are the African oryx, which strikes an imposing appearance thanks to its long, distinctive horns (but don’t let their docile disposition fool you.)
Although they look like miniature deer, dik-diks are small antelopes that never get bigger than 12 to 16 in. Meanwhile, the banded mongoose – also known as “the African animal so nice they named it twice” – are carnivores that travel in packs.
Best Safari Attractions in Kenya
It’s not every day you see one of the seven wonders of the world, and here you will see one of them – the Great Migration. Part of the Serengeti plains, it’s known for the well-know wildebeest migration as well the stomping grounds of the Big Five (rhino, leopard, elephant, lion, and buffalo). One of the greatest pieces of wilderness in the world, you can see a great diversity of majestic mammals, which are easily accessible. These include the Masai giraffe, impala, zebra, topi, and gazelles.
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Located in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its bird watching. Even if you don’t consider yourself a birdwatcher, it’s possible you’ll be an enthusiast after finishing this magnificent location. One of the most unforgettable images you’ll leave with are when flocks of flamingos and lesser create a pink stretch across the lakeshore. There are more than 400 bird species at this world-renowned park, including stork, egrets, plovers, and pelicans. It’s also one of the rare places you can see a white rhino or a Rothschild giraffe.
Amboseli National Park
Romantically situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is famous for its tremendous variety of big game. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from lions, cheetahs, wildebeest, and giraffes to baboons. The world’s tallest freestanding mountain and heftiest terrestrial mammal are the key attractions of Amboseli National Park. It is from here that one obtains the most inspiring views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro as it towers above the animal-rich plains of East Africa.
More National Parks & Game Reserves
If you’re still seeking more safari opportunities, check out these other top Kenya safari destinations, particularly Samburu National Reserve. This classic safari includes all of the big five except for rhino and is located adjacent to the unfenced Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Other notable stops include Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park, two adjoining classic parks that include all of the big five and have low wildlife density.
When choosing your parks, we recommend that you research the wildlife, birds, best time to visit, and climate ahead of time to ensure you find exactly the type of experience that you’re looking for. Or, just ask one of our Kenya safari experts for some of their top suggestions!
Top Places to Visit in Kenya
Nairobi National Park
If you want to go on a safari, but are a little bit in a hurry, go to Nairobi National Park! It’s close to the city centre and a really special place, where you can spot lions, zebras, Giraffes and many other animals, whilst still seeing the shimmering skyline of Nairobi in the background.
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A fantastic end to an outstanding safari experience, enjoy your resort stay which includes walks on the beaches and excursions to Mombasa Marine Park for snookering and swimming with the dolphins. From nightlife to poolside leisure, there’s something for everyone.
The Giraffe Center in Nairobi started as the nonprofit African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya, a rehabilitation project to rescue the Rothschild Giraffe. At the center you learn more about this amazing animal while actually feeding and touching them from an elevating viewing house that also serves as the education center.
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Located in a secluded area of the Nairobi National Park the orphanage cares for baby elephants and other orphaned species with a dedicated team of conservationists. The orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976.