Kenya Safari Facts Overview

Kenya Facts: Discover This Amazing African Country!

Kenya is one of the best Safari destinations Africa have offered to the Safari enthusiasts. There are a lot of Kenya Safari Facts which you really need to explore while in Africa. The best thing you can witness here every year is; the annual wildebeest and zebra migration across the Tanzania border in Kenya. It is one of the nature’s spectacular events in the world and can be experienced only with Kenya Safari Tours.

Interesting facts about Kenya Safari - Attractions in Kenya:

Maasai Mara Game reserve

The Maasai Mara is one of the most famous of Kenya’s game reserves offering space to all the big fives. It also has more of other predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs. Maasai Mara is one of the best places to spot lions in Africa. It is famous for its spectacular natural phenomena of the great wildebeest migration and makes it the best time to visit Kenya Safari.

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. It is an awe-inspiring sight with series of peaks covered with snow and slopes covered with dense forests. It is a challenging technical climb to reach the top. However, any fit trekkers can reach to the lesser peak point easily.

Lamu Island

This is located at the Kenya’s northern coast and is a good destination for people who like to explore history. You can also enjoy and relax in the beach. It is recognized as UNESCO world heritage site for the best quality of its colonial and Swahili architecture and now is the main destination for Kenya Safari Tours.

Kenya Safari Facts for Kids:Wildlife and animals you have always associated with Kenya from books and movies. But to witness Kenya in real sense is so beautiful full of Savannah and landscapes

  • Kenya is home for hundreds of wild mammals and bird species.

  • It is always a known Kenya Safari fact that we can witness all big five, like; Lion, leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Cape buffalo while on Safari.

  • However also note that the little five in Kenya are the rhino beetle, buffalo weaver, Ant lion, leopard tortoise and the elephant shrew.

  • There are also a huge variety of bird species which you can spot on a regular basis.

Kenya Safari Facts | Kenya Geography

Kenya is located in East Africa, its terrain rises from a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean to mountains and plateaus. Most of the Kenya people live in the highlands.

Nairobi, the capital is located at the altitude of 1,700 meters. The west of Nairobi land descends to the Great Rift Valley, a 6,400 km tear in earth’s crust. This valley in Kenya has a string of Lakes; Lake turkana, Lake loigipi, lake baringo, lake bogoria, lake Nakuru, lake elementaita, lake naivasha & lake Magadi in the south.

Kenya has 5 different vegetation zones.

Facts about Kenya | Food in Kenya

The Kenyan Food is made of most ingredients grown in the country on large scale farms. The main food of Kenya is Ugali, made of maize meal. The meals in Safari exceed the international standards. The main local food you should not miss according to Kenya Travel guide is;

  • Nyama Choma

    A traditionally Roasted Meat served on the bone.

  • Githeri

    A food made of Red Beans and Maize

  • Chapati

    Flat bread made of wheat flour usually fried on a flat pan.

  • Samosas

    A fried pastry containing a meat or vegetable filling.

  • Mokimo

    Mixture of mashed potatoes and green vegetables sometimes include maize and beans.

There are also few other Kenya Safari Facts which attracts you to Kenya and explore the beautiful destinations and enjoy your vacations making memory with safari, technical trekking and relaxing in the beaches.

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Frequently asked questions

Kenya Safari FAQs

The cost of Safari normally depends on the number of days you have to spend in the country and what type of accommodations would you like to choose and what type of Safari would you like to go with. The Kenya Safari cost will range from $500 to $5000 per person according to your choices and preferences.

There are few extra costs for additional special activities if you prefer, like; Hot Air Balloon, Night game drives, Birding Safari and other activities. Tipping in Kenya Safari is also followed by most of the travellers and you will need to include it in the Safar cost.

Kenya welcomes you year around with its diverse nature and wildlife habitat. There are 2 main seasons in Kenya; Dry and Wet season. The best time to visit Kenya Safari is on dry season which is from June to September and December to January.

The length of the Safari depends on what you want see, what is your holiday duration, budget and if you are travelling for the first time. The normal spending time in the Safari is 7 to 9 days. The longer you spend time in the parks; it is more likely to spot wild.

You will be able to see most of the wild animals and birds in Kenya. However, the most important ones are Big5 and Big9. The Big5 are; Lion, Leopards, Rhino, Elephant and Cape buffalo. The Big Nine are; Big Five and Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Zebra. This is one of the most important Kenya Safari Facts.

Kenya Lodge Safari and hotel accommodations range from deluxe, world-class properties to local inns, full-service tented camps, game-park lodges, beach resorts and camp grounds. You can go with properties that are Mid Luxury and above.

It depends on which state you are coming from it could take upwards of 36 hours to get from the US to Nairobi.

Example: If you are flying from Los Angeles to Nairobi with Air France and had one layover in Paris. That first leg will be 11 hrs. Paris to Nairobi would come up to 9 hours.

The price is decided according to your choice of airlines and seat preference. There are flights starting from $700 for base level economy. The flights are long and typically overnight. This is the best time to use those credit card or airline points to upgrade to business class and enjoy the every worth of it.

There are no major requirements of vaccinations to visit Kenya. However, if you are travelling from a country which is affected from Yellow fever, then you will need to carry a Yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Kenya. The other recommended vaccines are; Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Malaria and Rabies.

As pet the Kenya Travel guide, the best Safari in Kenya is; Game drives and bush safari, Beach Safari, Bird watching and more. The best safari destinations in Kenya are; Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mount Kenya, Tsavo National Parks, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mombasa Beach, Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo spring National Reserves.

The Safaris in Kenya are 100% safe. Riding around in the open air vehicles on game drives is one of the coolest experiences. At times you will be within 5 to 6 feet of lions but never once you will feel scared. The Kenya guides are very experienced and know how to read these animals.

Additionally, if anything were to happen to a guest a guide can lose their license entirely, so they will not put you in a situation that would ultimately harm you. It’s important to trust them and listen to their directions!

The Safaris are organised in the National parks and conservation areas. The best safaris of Kenya are arranged in Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and other main national parks.

Both of the countries has the similar way of tourism with all the wilderness and landscapes, but Kenya got into the tourism industry very earlier than Tanzania, so Kenya would be a preferred place for Safari in Africa. You can also opt for Kenya Tanzania combined safari.

Yes, Kenya is an expensive country to visit as a tourist. The gap between what locals earn and what you spend as a tourist is also very large. The minimum salary in Kenya is only 20038 sh, which amounts to $186, while as a tourist we already spend $186 per day. This makes Kenya even for Kenyans themselves very expensive.

Yes, if you request with specific needs, the safari and accommodation facility will be available for a wheel chair passenger. The diet requirement can also be arranged. The guides and drivers are experienced to take care of specially able people.

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