Plan a dream Kenya tour with Tourlane, and book your flights, transfers, accommodations, and safaris all in one place! Kenya is considered to be the birthplace of the safari, which means journey in Swahili - one of Kenya’s official languages. Home to the "Big Five," Kenya beckons nature lovers from around the world - the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Amboseli National Park are the perfect places to spot rare and endangered wildlife sightings. Below are some of our sample Kenya tours - although every Tourlane trip is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
How many days to tour Kenya? We recommend at least one week
Timezone: East Africa Time (EAT)
Currency: Kenya Shilling (KES)
Official languages: Swahili, English
Visa required for U.S. citizens: Yes, which are obtainable upon arrival
Do I need vaccines to tour Kenya? Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information
Airports with direct flights to the USA: Nairobi (NBO)
Lapped to the east by the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s wooded savannas, equatorial mountain tops, great lakes, and wildlife preserves captivate you as you get off the beaten track. Immerse yourself in mass wildlife sightings in one of 50 national parks. Allow Africa’s second highest mountain Mount Kenya—17,058 feet—to transfix you with its jagged facade that contrasts sharply with the rolling greens of surrounding lowlands. Prepare to enter a striking land that is home to the Masai people.
The Masai Mara Natural Reserve is a standout attraction famed for its diverse wildlife and shifting landscapes. An ecosystem of abundant migration, the Great Migration is central to the reserve’s popularity, as zebras, wildebeest and more migrate to and from Tanzania. The Big Five, as well as crocodiles, hippos and cheetahs—just to name a few—can also be found in this wilderness wonderland.
Africa’s snow capped Mount Kenya—17,058 feet—draws admirers from all over the world. Take camp at the foot of this dizzying spectacle and explore the Mau Mau caves. Cross a river by footbridge and climb to the top of a waterfall with views of rapids. Wander the wave like curves of Mackinder Valley before tackling Mount Kenya, and later, return to a warm campsite fire with newfound friends.
Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro—which soars 19,340 feet—Amboseli National Park is the ideal African location to view free-roaming herds. Known as the home of the African elephant, the park guarantees jumbo size sightings. Several types of safaris are possible (there are five wildlife habitats) here. Regardless where you choose to go, 600 bird species, cheetahs, giraffes, leopards and wild dogs ensure rare sightings and unique landscapes.
Fueled by the Galana River that supports diverse wildlife, the Tsavo East National Park gives you the opportunity to spot crocs, hippos, dik-diks and the occasional leopard. The park itself is divided into two parts, east and west: While the former is dusty and dry the latter is wetter with swamps and springs hosting buffalo, elephants, and black rhino. Look out for the lava trail found here.
The best time for viewing wildlife in Kenya are the dry season months that run from June to October when you can see the great migration of wildebeest. The bush is also less dense at this time and waterhole gatherings more frequent. The wet season, November to May, provides greener scenery and a great chance to spot newborn wildlife.
If you’re looking to spend time relaxing on the country’s beautiful beaches, Kenya’s geographical location on the equator and the Indian Ocean means it has favorable weather year-round for beach vacations.
One of the best places to discover Kenyan food is in the capital, Nairobi. Here, in the vibrant and ever-changing capital city, you’ll find all the essential dishes that visitors should try during a Kenya tour. If you’re a meat eater, be sure to try nyama choma - which is Swahili for roast beef. Ugali is a popular side dish to go with this - and the main staple of the Kenyan diet. If you love fish, then try fried tilapia - a freshwater fish that originates from Lake Victoria. Feel the Asian influence on Kenyan cooking by trying a wa kupaka - a rich coconut curry featuring shrimps and prawns.
Although Kenya is famous as a safari destination and for its national parks, it also has a beautiful coastline along the Indian Ocean that is well worth visiting. If you fancy a beach vacation in Kenya, we recommend visiting Diani Beach, with its pristine white sands and palm trees. If you’re interested in doing sports during your Kenya tour, Diani is a great place for surfing, kitesurfing, and skydiving.
Close to Diani is a more secluded beach called Gazi Beach, perfect for travelers who want something peaceful and calm during their Kenya vacation. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something with more of a buzz, then head to Nyali Beach, Kenya’s most popular beach that is close to Mombasa. The coral reefs of Mombasa National Park are within easy reach and a great place for travelers looking to snorkel or scuba dive.
With game reserves like the Masai Mara, Kenya is one of the world's leading safari destinations. East Africa in general is a great place to go on a safari vacation; many countries in this region offer something extraordinary. If you'd like to go on safari in more than one East African country, consider our East Africa Safari Tour which includes Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania.
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