Experience the unique romance of Kenya – a land of sun-baked plains, lush forests and expansive grasslands, immortalised in films like ‘Out of Africa’ and ‘Born Free’. For a classic safari experience, there’s nowhere better.
Head out on a thrilling game drive in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Track the Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo - and come face to face with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Marvel at the colourful spectacle of the thousands of powder-pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru, and admire the gentle grace of the elephants that roam around Amboseli National Park.
It’s not all wildlife, though. Kenya is also home to some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches – picture soft white sands lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. A couple of days beside the water makes the perfect ending to your Kenya safari.See All Holidays to Kenya
But English is also Kenya's official language.
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10-15% is usual.
Kenya Shilling (KSh) 1KSh = 100 cents - If you can obtain this prior to departure it is recommended to do so, as it can be difficult to exchange large amounts of US$ at the lodges; however you will require US$ for the entry visa on arrival. US$ notes dated 2003 or earlier will not be accepted.
A range of food is available, including good-quality meats, local fish and a wide variety of tropical fruits.
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220- 240 volts, 50 Hz. 3 square pins (as in the UK)
There are four main weather zones: western Kenya which receives the most rainfall; the temperate Rift Valley and Central Highlands; the semi-arid bushlands of north and eastern Kenya; and the humid coastal regions. Casual clothing is perfectly acceptable as you will be on safari and travelling in 4x4 vehicles each day.
For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
British citizens require a visa for entry. This should be applied for locally on arrival, at a cost of US$50. For passengers travelling with Voyages to Antiquity, on an itinerary that includes Kenya - a visa should be obtained (as shown). A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
From London to Nairobi is approx 9 hours
Aberdare National Park
Given the vast array of wildlife to be found in Kenya, it should be little surprise it is often referred to as the best safari destination in the world, so in coming here you'll be able to glimpse creatures that you have previously only ever seen on nature documentaries.
Visit the Aberdare National Park and you can be certain of seeing some captivating creatures. Buffalos, black rhinos and baboons all call the park home, as do hundreds of species of birds, including the golden-winged sunbird.
Elephants are typically found around waterholes and salt licks, and these majestic creatures are often an intimidating presence for other creatures who are looking to get a drink.
Situated in Kenya's central highlands, the park encompasses a wide variety of landscapes - ranging from bamboo forests to towering mountain peaks - so a trip here is the perfect chance to capture dramatic natural scenery on your camera.
Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha
Even more fantastic wildlife can be seen at Lake Nakuru National Park. Regarded as something of an ornithologist's paradise, every year thousands of flamingos come here to feed on the algae that live in the body of water. However, by going on a big game drive you can also spot black and white rhinos, lions and leopards.
Lake Naivasha National Park, meanwhile, contains a similarly diverse array of wildlife. Keen birdwatchers will be in their element here as more than 400 species - including woodpeckers, cuckoos and hawks - have been seen flying in the vicinity. However, there are also plenty of land-based mammals to keep an eye out for, among them hippos and colobus monkeys.
From here, you can visit Crescent Island - a private game sanctuary situated in a partially-submerged volcanic crater - where herds of zebras and gazelles roam, before spending the night in a comfortable lodge.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
While the above reserves make for splendid safari trips, they perhaps pale in comparison to the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve - or the Mara as it is referred to by the locals.
The famous wildlife migration take place between August to October and sees millions of wildebeest, zebras and other creatures cross over the Mara River in the search for fresh grazing pastures.
Here, you'll find all of Africa's 'big five' creatures - lion, black rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard - as well as other animals such as crocodiles and baboons, so in any direction that you look on this classic Kenya Safari, you're bound to see something exciting.
However, there is much more to Kenya holidays than just amazing safari excursions. You can travel to Nairobi - the country's capital - and visit attractions such as Uhuru Gardens and the Nairobi National Museum, before relaxing in your luxury hotel.
You may even get the chance to meet members of the Masai tribe during your trip, who are perhaps best known for their brightly-coloured outfits and traditional jumping dance.
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