Kenya is one of East Africa’s premier safari destinations, with massive open savannah regions hosting a huge breadth and depth of classic African wildlife. Over 10% of the country is protected in some form or other, and national parks in Kenya rate as some of the best in the world. A safari in Kenya almost guarantees you a sighting of the big five African animals of lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard. Alongside these big-hitters are hundreds of other species of African animals, and some of the world’s most diverse bird-life.
Straddling the equator, Kenya is dominated by the Rift Valley – a huge range of valleys strung along a 5,000km crack in the earth’s crust that runs through East Africa. Within the Rift Valley are Africa’s highest peaks – in Kenya these are the volcanoes of Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon. East of the Rift Valley are the coastal plains, whilst the north of Kenya is made up of arid wastelands. The prime safari destinations in Kenya are the Central Highlands and areas within the Rift Valley. The south of the country hosts the great migration of plains animals and their predators each year between June in November. In short, safaris in Kenya are up there with the best in terms of wildlife and scenery.
Self drive safaris are an option in many national parks in Kenya, though to enjoy full access to the most remote (and tourist free!) areas you’ll need a 4WD car or jeep. If you fancy taking a tour or arranging your own guide and/or driver have a look at our list of safari tour companies in Kenya before arrival in the country.
Alongside safaris and wildlife spotting, a visit to Kenya allows you to easily extend your safari with a visit to a resort on the Indian Ocean coast, or with an activity such as trekking, hiking, sailing or diving.