How to plan your first budget Safari in Kenya
Kenya is one of the best places to go on safari in Africa. We’ve produced a short guide on all you need to know to help you decide if it’s the perfect safari destination for you. Here are the things to consider:
1. Flying In
The City of Nairobi is the safari starting point for South and central Kenya. Eldoret is preferred for North Western Kenya safaris while Mombasa is Ideal for all coastal tours. All these have an international airport which you could consider while making your flight plans. If you’re planning a short trip, making Nairobi National park your first stop would be very ideal and convenient.
2. Best Time To Go
Kenya can be visited year round but the peak game viewing time is during the months of July to September. This is the ideal time during which the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’s’ Wildebeest migration happens. The wet months between June and October when thinner vegetation makes it easier to see the animals. However the green season during the rains is an equally rewarding time to visit with lush vegetation, young animals, prolific birdlife and occasional spectacular thunderstorms. Birdwatching is best done after the rains have subsided and the young nestlings a learning to fly around.
Neutral bush colours of green and khaki are recommended when on safari and wearing layers allows you to remain comfortable as conditions change throughout the day. When travelling in winter warm jackets are essential for evenings and early mornings and hats and even gloves should also be considered. A hat to keep off the sun is recommended at any time of year.
Many nationalities including UK and US passport holders do not require a visa. You can get your visa on arrival in most cases. Ask your travel agent.
5. What To Pack
A camera with spare memory cards is a must to capture some of your amazing safari experiences and wildlife encounters. Binoculars are also essential especially for close up viewing of the wonderful variety of birdlife that you will see.
6. Where To Stay
Kenya has numerous wonderful camps and lodges, many of them in private concessions offering more exclusive experiences. Karibuni Villas in Malindi’s coastal shores offer comfortable serviced villas… a traveler’s delight. If you’re in Nairobi on a budget, you can check out Airport View Plaza Hotel and pick one of their rooms for a night’s stay.
Kenya has a wide variety of exciting ways to explore the landscape, the people and view the wildlife. From swimming in the warm, sandy beaches to more exhilarating horse riding, quad biking or helicopter trips, to traditional game drives and boat cruises and the chance to take exciting walking safaris or explore on foot with tour guides and the Maasai, Kenya has something for everyone.