Kenya is not your typical package holiday destination. For many, a safari in Kenya is a once in a lifetime experience with memories that will stay with them forever. This can often put a lot of pressure on your trip, so here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your holiday.
For the ultimate experience in Kenya, you really need to get up in the air. There is nothing in this world like a trip over the Masai Mara plains in a hot air balloon at dawn and a champagne breakfast to finish off the trip. You can also fly between locations during your holiday to get the most out of your time and to see this beautiful country from above.
To enjoy a real safari you have to get out and about and see the animals in their natural habitat. You can’t beat getting up close and personal with the wildlife when you travel in an open-top 4X4 or minibus. Be prepared for a bumpy ride though as you will be going off the beaten track so you can spot animals in their natural habitat.
In a country full of unique experiences this isn’t really hard to try something different. However, how about timing your trip between July and September when you have a good chance of witnessing the incredible wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara – hotly pursued by predators looking for an easy feast.
While you may not automatically think of a safari to Kenya as a particularly child friendly holiday, Kenyans really know how to look after families. If you search around you can easily find family accommodation, such as interconnecting tents, babysitting services and dedicated family safaris. Safaris are also a great way of combining an exciting holiday adventure with teaching your children about nature and different cultures.
Some of the finest accommodation in Kenya can be found in the traditional tented safari camps in the heart of the Masai Mara. You might be surprised at the level of luxury, with some camps featuring sunken baths, 24 hour tent service, telescopes for wildlife watching and restaurants with impressive wine cellars.
Make sure you book your Kenya safari with a reputable company and they arrange your safari with quality guides and tour operators. This not only gives you the peace of mind that you and your family will be well looked after, it also means you will get a more enjoyable and rewarding safari experience.
A safari is a very active holiday with lots of travelling, activities and adventure. Make sure you take the time to relax – it is a holiday after all. You may be staying in a tree house in the middle of a forest or in a tented safari camp, but there is always time for a bit of pampering. This could be a luxurious spa treatment or enjoying a glass of champagne in a sunken bath.
There are many other activities to enjoy when you are in Kenya – you don’t have to be on safari 100% of the time. You could tee off and enjoy a round of golf with a view of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro or go waterskiing across the freshwater lakes of the Rift Valley.
Some travellers like to split their holiday up into an adventurous safari followed by total relaxation at a luxurious beach resort. Most people don’t even associate Kenya with beaches, but they have some of the best in the world – if you like white sands, turquoise waters and windswept palm trees that is.
These are just a few ideas from a country that offers so much. When you plan your once in a lifetime Kenya safari make sure you get an itinerary that suits your needs so you can the most out of your trip.