How to have an amazing trip to Kenya
Kenya is one of the most adventurous and varied countries in Africa to visit where you will experience incredible sensations. People go to Kenya to be completely immersed in the vastness of the country, admire the sun-bathed luxurious landscapes and one of the richest and most impressive fauna on the planet. A safari in Kenya is the guarantee of som many unique experiences and a real proximity to its natural beauty and African fauna. From lions to giraffes, unusual encounters await you during your trip throughout the Kenyan wilderness. Meeting with the Maasai people is always a privilege and also an unforgettable experience. Far from what you usually expect the landscape to be like in Kenya (Savannah and steppes), the coast also offers idyllic and incredible scenery by the Indian Ocean coastline. The nearly 500 kilometres of white sandy beaches bathing in clear blue waters are the perfect place for relaxation and lazying around. You will definitely experience incredible moments during your trip to Kenya!
Frédéric's tips, Local guide in Kenya
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The many national parks and natural reserves have a large wildlife population that is one of the last preserved biodiversity on Earth. The population is very kind and welcoming but also diverse: the Kenyan population is composed of more than 40 cultural communities, both ancestral and traditional, like the Turkana, Samburu, Maasai.. and modern, like the Kikuyu or Luo. Offering a diversity of landscapes, astonishing sceneries with different types of terrains, such as mountains, deep valleys, high plateaus, tropical forests, lakes and deserts, Kenya is definitely heaven for nature lovers.
There are no security issues in the reserves or the national parks located far outside urban centres. You will be supervised by local guides and only taken to safe places where the guide or the organiser have privileged relationships with local populations, who are usually very keen on welcoming travellers.
A full safari day includes transportation, an entrance fee which is donated for the protection of wild animals, supervision, accommodation and meals. Every tour operator has its own specifications in order to guarantee their service which can vary according to the number of participants, type of requested accommodation, type of vehicle, the personnel's salary level and the level and quality of customization needed to meet each client's or groups specific requests. Prices have to be calculated in the fairest possible way so that it advantageous for everyone: guides, clients and tour organisers.
The seasons are punctuated by heavy rainfalls twice a year, in November and then from April to June. During the dry season (January-March and August-September) the vegetation is scarce, paths are dusty and animals are gathered around watering spots, observation is therefore easier. During and after the wet season (April- July and November-December) there are less visitors, temperatures are lower with fantastic colour contrasts thanks to greener landscapes, however, it is more difficult to observe animals.
It is strongly advised to be accompanied by a professional guide in order to optimise your chances of seeing wild animals which are not easy to spot in the park. Renting 4x4 vehicles is not very common and rather expensive, roads and paths in Kenya are usually difficult to drive on without having experience of the field and of driving in Africa.
As in all the continent, the population enjoys nourishing food. Meals are often rustic, but always convivial. In the outback, people eat a lot of vegetables and fruit: beans, potatoes, green bananas, corn... On the coast, many restaurants offer dishes with fish and seafood. Even though people eat lamb, chicken and beef, eating meat is too expensive for most Kenyans. Spicy food enthusiasts will find what they are looking for in Indian restaurants where many of the Indian subcontinent specialities are proposed, such as the famous tandoori chicken.
Kenyan craftsmanship reflects the authenticity of the country. In every Kenyan city, markets are particularly lively and attract many tourists thanks to the variety of products available. Handmade bracelets, silver jewellery or wooden sculptures often representing scenes of daily life, you will definitely not come back empty handed!
What we dislike : -Security issues in certain regions -the cost of the trip.
What we like the most: -The richness of the fauna -the landscape diversity, -the beauty of the coast.