Best time for a luxury safari in Kenya
In all honesty, there is a better time to visit Kenya. The time where the spotting of wild animals is made much easier and even enjoyable and of course, with the absence of rainfall! That is during the dry season which starts from June to October.
Nonetheless, the best time to visit Kenya cannot be answered in a simple sentence of June to October, The truth is the best time will depend on your interest and what you’d want to experience while in your Kenya safari trip.
If you love birding for example, and you’re interested to see the large flocks of native East African birds welcoming their visiting friends, the migratory birds from Asia and Europe, then there is no better time than November, December as well as March to May.
Having said so, Kenya can be visited all year round. So, really, while it is universally agreed that the best time to do Kenya luxury safari trip is during the drier months, your interests towards doing a safari should dictate your best time to visit Kenya.
How to get into Kenya
Kenya is easily reached by flights and if you are looking for better places to find flights to any of the East Africa countries for your luxury safari, you may need to get some ideas from Sky scanner as well as Expedia.
Having said so, traveling to Kenya, the main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). From there, most of the parks can be reached in less than 5 hours’ drive, or even by the quick means of domestic flights like; Airkenya, Mombasa Air Safari, Safarilink, Fly540, Kenya Airways, and eastafrican.com
Also, there is Moi International Airport, which is just 9km West of Mombasa.Travel requirements
Before getting to Kenya for your luxury safari, the most important requirements you should have are;
If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or stay there for more than 6 hours you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine. The yellow fever endemic countries are:
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, and Venezuela.
You need a valid visa
Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival. However, if you ask me, applying your Kenya visa days before your travel is more advisable and this should be your priority.
You can go ahead and apply for your Kenya Visa by visiting the Embassy of Kenya website.
Shorts and a T-shirt are perfectly adequate daytime wear on safari, but long trousers and warmer clothing might be required at mornings and nights, to protect against cold and against mosquitoes. Generally, August/September are hot months (30 °C to 33°C and a little cooler in the mornings and at night).
The predominantly Islamic inhabitants of the coast and offshore islands are used to tourists and are reasonably tolerant of Western dress codes. Nevertheless, it is still advisable for women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies). Long dresses and skirts are better than trousers while in the cost (Zanzibar/Pemba islands). Avoid clothes with too bright colors (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
Binoculars are essential to watch distant wildlife in the game reserves. For most purposes, 7×21 compact binoculars will be fine, but birdwatchers will find a 10x magnification more useful, and should definitely carry a good field guide.
If you wear contact lenses, bring all the fluids you need, possibly a pair of glasses as a fallback – many safarigoers find the combination of sun, dust, and dryness irritates their eyes.
Things to do in your Kenya luxury safari
There are several good reasons why you should put Kenya on your bucket list and especially, for a luxury safari.
Explore the world’s greatest wildebeests’ migration in Masai Mara Nature Reserve while witnessing the live predating by angry crocodiles and very hungry big cats.
Go and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Nakuru National park while witnessing the rare black and white rhino
If cycling is your thing, why not go to the Hell’s Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha where wildlife viewing while cycling is absolutely out of this world.
Like Kilimanjaro Mountain? Amboseli National park gives you the stunning views of it while treating yourself with remarkable herds of elephants in your luxury trip in Kenya
Elsewhere, Meru national park is known for its stunning scenic environment and truly, there is no pristine land in Kenya than the one in Meru
Laikipia Plateau on the other hand offers you the unique opportunity to explore the private game reserves of the country where black and white rhino as well as orphan elephants are as friendly as your home pets.
For those who look for a different taste, Aberdare National park has unique tree hotels giving the visitors an opportunity to see view the wildlife while resting in these unique tree hotels.
Go and see the huge flocks of birds e.g. flamingos in Lake Nakuru, Naivasha & Lake Manyara National parks.
How about tracking the endangered mountain gorillas across the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park? In fact, the two countries, Uganda & Rwanda has retains almost half of the remaining of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Is seeing the big 5 animals among your wishes, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Selous, Ruaha, Amboseli and Nairobi National Park.
If you’re a kind of an adventurous fella, climbing Mt Kenya is an experience that will forever live with you. Cultural tours where you’ll meet the local people is another unique experience you can jump in while in your Kenya luxury safari.
After doing safari and or mountain climb, there is no a better way to end your luxury East Africa safari than going and lie in the clean beaches of Lamu.
Where to stay in your Kenyan luxury holiday
In your Kenya luxury safari, there are the best accommodations you should consider staying. In fact, these are the properties we recommend and since we have a good business relationship with them, you’re going to get the best deals if you book with us.
Kenya Luxury Safari Cost.
While the luxury safari in Kenya may differ from traveler to traveler due to different preferences in accommodation, transport, number of stays, number of people in a group, nonetheless prices start somewhere from $400 a day and go all the way to $820 per day per person.
Planning for a Kenya Luxury tour
So, if at any point during this short guide on Kenya luxury safari, you have a question about something I didn’t cover to your satisfaction, please hit contact us and ask me anything. Truly, I’m here to be your personal resource as you find your Kenya travel partner.
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