Without a doubt, Kenya still holds firmly the title of the best African country to go on a safari. Yearly, thousands of safari goers jet in to see the country’s great wildlife areas and spectacles like the Great Wildebeest Migration. Due to the mild climate, wide open spaces, and abundant wildlife in heavyweight destinations like Tsavo, Massai Mara and Amboseli, Kenya delivers sensational safari experiences any time of the year. So here are expert tips to ensure your Kenyan safari is unforgettable and seamless!
GET YOUR VACCINATION AND PAPERWORK DONE
You may be wondering, “What paperwork? Well, depending on where you’re coming from and what passport you hold, you may need to prepare some paperwork in advance of your trip to Kenya in order to avoid any issues at the airport, such as visas or vaccinations. You can apply for an e-Visa online through the official Kenya e-visa website or contact your nearest Kenyan embassy for assistance if necessary. PassportHealth is a fantastic website for travel immunization information because it breaks down every vaccination needed for each country.
CREATE YOUR TO-DO LIST
While In Kenya you are guaranteed a lifetime adventure, not having a to-do list might mean a rushed and stressful experience that will cost you more especially if you’re here for a short trip. Therefore, I highly recommend picking one ‘bucket list’ and rolling with it. For instance, if you love watching the Big Five in action (elephant, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinoceros), you must travel from July to October dry season. If you love birds, the best time to visit is during the wet seasons, you will be able to spot hundreds of species, and you will have lower-cost travel. On that note, I recommend booking a safari through a reputable and knowledgeable local tour company. This will ensure that all your travel needs are met, such as airport pickups, hotel transfers, photography of your trip, game drives, tour guides, meals, and park fees.
GET THE TIMING RIGHT AND KNOW WHAT TO PACK
Before traveling to Kenya you need to know what the season will be. Kenya has a hugely diverse weather system, meaning you can experience hot highs, cold lows, and ever-changing weather forecasts. Packing layers is a must. If you are planning to camp in the national parks remember it can get freezing, very quickly Camping, meaning you will need to pack something heavy Also don’t forget to pack some waterproof layers, a good hat, sunscreen, and of course, sunglasses! Arm your pack with spare batteries, chargers, and any clothes you need. Carefully consider your camera and safari gear before embarking on your trip. You’ll need a zoom lens to get the clarity and quality you’re looking for. To get great shots in the wild, you’ll need to go large.
Going on a safari in Africa is one of the ultimate travel goals for many people, especially animal/nature lovers. The only problem is, it can also be the biggest expense in your entire African trip. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Doing research on the different types of hotels from 4- Star comfort, 4-Star Luxury to 5-Star Luxury, will help you come up with a comfortable budget before booking any tours and travel. Don’t be shy to chat with your Africa Safari Expert about your budget and what you hope to get out of your vacation to Kenya.
GO BEYOND SAFARIS AND DISCOVER KENYA’S COASTLINE
Although Kenya’s national reserves are wonderful, the country is also home to a breathtaking coastline with lovely small towns. Diani Beach on the south Coast is voted Africa’s leading beach destination The pristine beaches are vast and are peppered with some of the best restaurants. You may also opt to visit Kenya’s north coast, which is home to notable attractions such as the Bamburi Beach Hotel the archaeological site of Gedi in Malindi, Watamu Marine National Park
ENJOY YOUR SAFARI
With these expert tips, we hope your Kenya Safari experience is one for the books!