Kenya Safaris Overview
Kenya is the classic safari country where it all began. The Masai Mara Game Reserve remains the most prolific area in all of Africa for big cat viewing and arguably the best game viewing overall. Seasonally the already top wildlife viewing is augmented by a large portion of the great migration pouring into Kenya (typically later July into October).
Kenya is diverse, with vibrant culture and a wide range of activities possible. Quality walking, biking, horseback riding, and cultural experiences are all available. The creation of Community Conservancies has really lifted the quality offered in Kenya. The Conservancies bordering the Masai Mara often have even better game viewing than being in the reserve and they have a restricted number of camps with rights to use the Conservancy areas ensuring a non-crowded experience. This allows for quality with off-road driving, night drives, and walking at many camps. Laikipia in Central Kenya, has become an outstanding place for game viewing of rare species like African wild dogs and Grevy’s zebra, as well as offering great adventure with diverse activities, which is outstanding for active travelers who want more varitey than a heavy dose of game drives.
Kenya has been the target of terrorist attacks from a Somalia based group Al-Shabaab that are affiliated with Al-Queda. No attacks have occurred in any of the safari areas. They have been mostly confined to the Kenyan coast and northeastern Kenya near Somalia, those are places we do not send any guests. There has been a few incidents in Nairobi, though none that target tourists. Nairobi security is now excellent and city hotels have airport like security so we believe our itineraries in Kenya are very safe and we continue to recommend safaris in Kenya. In fact, the downside to Kenya used to be crowding, now we often have game drives inside the Masai Mara with less vehicles then we even see in Botswana private concessions, making it the best game driving in all of Africa.
A trip to Kenya can easily be combined with safari in Tanzania or Rwanda or Uganda for gorilla and chimp trekking.