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As one of Africa’s iconic safari destinations, Kenya is nothing but spectacular. This East African gem includes the Masai Mara National Reserve, which plays host to the annual Great Migration. More than 2 million wildebeest and zebra make their way from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara every year – a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness. 

Still searching for the bush break of your dreams? Consider nearby Tanzania, home to the incredible Arusha National Park, and the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar

Travel to Kenya

Kenya is a place of fascinating cultures. Visit a local village and learn about the Maasai, the Samburu, and the Kikuyu people, as well as their unique cultures and lifestyles. The safari experiences in Kenya are interlaced with that of the Kenyan people, many communities of which are deeply involved with sustainable travel and livelihood protection.

Kenya is also renowned for its fantastic beach holidays down on the Mombasa coast and surrounds. With palm-fringed, white sandy beaches, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island. The coral reefs in the waters around popular Diani Beach make for breathtaking snorkelling. Keep the whole family entertained with a safari and beach holiday in Kenya.  

Kenya makes for a perfect honeymoon destination, with plenty of romantic tented camps, sleep outs, and lodges available in the various parks and reserves.  

There is incredible game viewing throughout the year, however, should you want to be there for the Great Migration it is best to go in the dry season which lasts from July to October. Browse our Kenya holiday packages below and start planning your 2024 Kenya travel. 

  • Sail on a traditional dhow: Sail the Lamu Archipelago on a traditional Swahili sail boat or dhow. These were once the main form of transport between East Africa and India.
  • Central Island National Park: In the middle of Lake Turkana is a fascinating island that plays host to the largest colony of Nile crocodiles.
  • Go Scuba Diving or Snorkelling: The Kitsite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is a wonderful haven for aquatic life. The best time to go is between August and March when the water is calm.
  • Giraffe Encounters: Visit the rare and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at the AFEW Giraffe Centre, which is located on Giraffe Manor hotel grounds.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve: A top tourist attraction in Kenya and home to the exceptional annual attraction of the Great Migration from July to October.
  • Hot-air Ballooning: A unique and fun way to explore Kenya is to take a hot-air balloon ride over the distinct landscapes.
  • Pack smart for Kenya, it’s not always hot.
  • Don’t rush it, take some time to soak in Kenya 
  • Respect local communities, by asking before taking their pictures and learning the local language – at least the basics. “Asante” means thank you, and “Jambo” means hello. 
  • Tipping is appreciated. 
  • Malaria tablets should be taken as a safety precaution, as malaria can be contracted in Kenya.
  • There are about 50 national parks and reserves in Kenya.  
  • You can see Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli in Kenya. 
  • Kenya is the leading destination for safaris. 
  • Kenya is known as a destination to see the Great Migration of wildebeest.  
  • Many great athletes come from Kenya and are known for their long-distance running. 

Need to know

  • Visa Information: South African passport holders can visit Kenya for tourism purposes and obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport or apply for an eVisa online before their trip. The visa allows for various durations of stay, but it's essential to check the latest visa requirements and regulations before your trip, as they may change. 
  • Plug Types: Kenya primarily uses Type G electrical plugs, which have three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. The standard voltage is 240V, and the frequency is 50Hz. It's recommended to carry suitable adaptors if your devices use different plug types. 
  • Currency: The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). Currency exchange facilities are available at airports, banks, and exchange offices. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in major cities and tourist areas, but it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments and remote areas. 
  • Time Zone: Kenya is in the East Africa Time Zone (EAT), which is UTC+3. It's important to adjust your plans and schedules accordingly when travelling to Kenya. 
  • Health Precautions: Depending on the regions you plan to visit in Kenya, you may need vaccinations for diseases like yellow fever and malaria. It's advisable to consult a travel clinic or healthcare professional for the most up-to-date health recommendations and to ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and medications. 

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