Kenya Tours

The Masai Mara & Flamingos Await!

Fulfill your dreams of wild Africa with our Kenya tours. Sleep in the bush under the African skies, sip a sundowner by your campfire. Witness the awe-inspiring migration of more than one million wildebeests and zebras during Masai Mara tours.

Admire thousands of flamingos at one of Kenya’s soda lakes or take a walking safari with local tribes-people. Explore remote areas when you travel to Kenya, including crocodile-infested rivers by horseback, climb majestic Mt Kenya, or go paragliding over the Great Rift Valley. After your wild adventure, unwind on endless stretches of white sandy beaches. Cruise on the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean to secluded pristine islands.

Your Kenya safari will provide a treasure chest of memories.

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Best Time for Travel to Kenya

Look out for tropical weather during your tour of Kenya!

Kenya is divided by the equator and is characterized by a tropical climate. It is hot and humid on the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. The best travel time for Kenya travel depends on what you want to do.

Overview of the climate in Kenya:

  • Hot months: January to March
  • Long rains: April to June
  • Cold months: June to August
  • Short rains: November to December. It is rarely raining all day. Short, heavy rainfalls are usually replaced by sunny periods, which makes this time in Kenya very pleasant.

The climate in Kenya is often ideal, although the coast can be very humid and there are hot, desert-like conditions around Lake Magadi, and in the northern areas of the country around Lake Turkana. Most regions in Kenya have temperatures between 22°C and 33°C a day, and they rarely drop below 13°C at night. Even during the short rains, the humidity during the day is mostly low and the sky is clear enough to see the Milky Way at night. During the coolest months of June, July and August temperatures in Nairobi are around 16°C, which can drop to about 10°C in the Aberdare region and the Mount Kenya massif.

As an individual travel provider, we are happy to advise you on your Kenya tour and private safaris in Kenya. Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.

 

Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Kenya

1. The ultimate experience of every safari in Kenya! Witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara National Reserve, where millions of antelopes, zebras and wildebeest cross the savanna landscape from July to October.

2. With a little luck you can see the Big Five in Tsavo East National Park! This park is less developed than its western counterpart. Hippos and crocodiles are also found here. The variety of species and the endless bush landscapes are a highlight during your trip to Africa.

3. The northern coast of Kenya, traversed by dream beaches, is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures and relaxation. Discover a colorful underwater world when you go snorkeling, or soak up the sun on one of the palm-lined beaches.

4. Bird watching in the Amboseli National Park is particularly varied due to the 400 plus native bird species. The park at the foot of the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro is also one of the best places to see African elephants.

5. Witnessing the flamingos at Lake Nakuru is a very special natural spectacle. Over one million of these graceful birds can be found fishing in the lake for their feast of delicious algae.

6. The old town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The unique architecture reflects Portuguese, Arabic and Indian influences. This almost car-free town has preserved its charm to this day, and is particularly interesting if you are seeking more of a cultural tour of Kenya.

7. If you are yearning the great outdoors then we recommend a hike in the foothills of Mount Kenya, Kenya’s second highest mountain. In addition to the fantastic views of this snow-capped mountain range, you may also see rare rhinos.

8. An insider tip from our experts in Africa: The journey to the remote Lake Turkana is painstaking, but a most worthwhile adventure. Once you have made it, the world’s largest desert lake awaits you, surrounded by a surreal landscape. Be on your guard for sharp teeth! Nowhere else in Africa are there so many Nile crocodiles as in Lake Turkana!

9. In the rough and rocky landscape of Samburu, you can witness giant elephant herds that follow centuries-long hiking trails. On the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, numerous other animal species find shelter from the dazzling heat of Northern Kenya, including rare Grevy zebras and Beisa antelopes.

10. Fans of the book ‘Out of Africa‘ ​​should plan a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi. This is where the shootings of the movie of the same name were filmed. You will not only learn about the life of the famous Danish author, but also the changing history of Kenya.

Even though for many travelers a safari in Kenya is the highlight of their trip, the country offers much more than wildlife viewing. Experience outdoor adventure, beach relaxation and a lively culture and history.

We can create an ideal itinerary for your Kenya tour, so you will not miss any of these highlights!

History of Kenya

Did you know that Kenya is considered by paleontologists to be the first inhabited place on earth? A population of hunter-gatherers existed around two million years ago before herders and then Arab seafarers arrived in the 700s along the coastal regions. Renowned Portuguese explorer Vasca de Gama was the first European to reach Kenya in 1498, and then dominated and controlled the coast for two decades. The British took control of Kenya in the late 19th century after mapping the region.

By the 1920s, an East Africa Association had been formed that campaigned for power to go back to native Kenyans and that founded schools. Despite fighting in the Second World War, the native Africans were treated second class and an uprising (Mau Mau) took place. Kenya attained complete independence in 1963 and joined the Commonwealth. Jomo Kenyatta, who had previously been jailed by the British, became the country’s first president.

During one of our Kenya tours, you will find that despite a history of obstacles including a drought in 2009, the country today is growing rapidly and developing fast.

Culture in Kenya

Kenya’s culture is colorful and diverse!

Experience harambee! A Bantu word that means togetherness, is exactly what drives Kenya. Community-focused, the family structure is incredibly important. Kenya tours introduce you to a melting pot of people, where traditional and modern norms mark its unique character today, bursting with linguistic and cultural diversity. The current estimated population is about 46.7 million. Over 40 ethnic groups reside in Kenya, the largest being the Kikuyu, who migrated to Kenya at the turn of the 18th century. 

In the major cities and towns, you will notice a mix of tribal, Western and Islamic dress styles, often accessorized wonderfully with traditional, colorful jewellery.

In smaller villages, the local communities have preserved their traditional dress and some of the nomadic and pastoral peoples such as the Maasai, Samburu and Turkana wear simple cloth pieces and skins, blended with incredibly elaborate bead and metal jewelry, often worn on the head or arms.

Kenyan culture revolves around music, which is a fusion of African, hip-hop/street, India and European beats. Drumming is a passion by the Akamba and Mijikenda peoples and can you experience this art for yourself particularly by the coast. Or you can discover benga, a musical style integral to classical Kenyan music.

There is a lot of a capella (unaccompanied) singing to be enjoyed in Kenya, promoted primarily by the Maasai and Samburu peoples. You might also notice the influence of Congolese rumba during our Kenya tours.

Heavily influenced by European, Arabic and Islamic settlers over the centuries, the majority of Kenyans (two-thirds) are Christian and 15% of Kenyans are Muslims. With beliefs, particularly among the ethnic peoples that spirits live on, respect and reverence for deceased ancestors is quintessential. English is the official language spoken in Kenya, while Kiswahili is the national language of Kenya.

Top Travel Tips:

  • Jambo! (How are you?) is the most popular greeting in Kenya and is usually pursued with a handshake and an inquiry into health, family and business. If you do not inquire, you may be considered ill-mannered.
  • When you meet elderly or esteemed people, you should grasp the right wrist with your left hand to show your respect. You should also not eat before them when dining together.
    Muslim men/women do not always shake hands with women/men.
  • If names are unknown, ladies over 21 years of age are generally called Mama, whilst men over 35 years of age will be called Mzee.
  • We recommend you give small gifts, such as pastries, flowers, or sweets, to your hosts whenever you are invited home. In rural areas, tea and coffee is a common and appreciated gift. Never use your left hand to give.
  • Cleanliness is an important part of the culture, so do wash your hands before and after eating. When dining, it is polite to finish everything on your polite.
  • In Nairobi guests have an opportunity to visit the Masai Market, a local market that offers a variety of curios, jewelry, handmade articles, leather goods, African batik fabrics, kikoys, kangas, shukas, paintings, soapstone carvings and pottery. With the popularity of tourism in Kenya, there are curio shops in all major cities.
  • Bargaining is not only a commonly used practice but also a necessary one. Unless you are in a high-end store where prices are fixed, please feel free to bargain on your Kenya tour.

Cuisine of Kenya

Your safari in Kenya: start the day with a full breakfast before exploring the exciting wildlife

The varied cultural influences in Kenya are seen most prevalently in the country’s cuisines. Only on the coast will you discover a distinctive regional culinary style. On your Kenya safari, you’ll find that many of the foods are simple yet often quite heavy and starchy and include potatoes and rice.

You can enjoy some traditional foodstuffs during one of our Kenya tours, including:

  • Ugali: a cornmeal dough, usually served with chicken, beef, goat or vegetable stew
  • Irio: mashed green peas and potato, with corn kernels
  • Githeri: boiled beans, corn kernels, mixed vegetables and seasoning
  • Wali Wa Nazi: white rice with grated coconut, served with fresh fish/chicken curry or vegetables and popular along the coastline of the Indian Ocean
  • Sukuma Wiki: collard greens or kale, cooked in oil with diced tomatoes, onions, and seasoned with mchuzi mix – a secret Kenyan food flavoring salt
  • Matoke: plantain/banana stew (originally from Uganda)
  • Mutura: a real Kenyan sausage – goat intestine wrappers stuffed with ground meat parts and goat blood, boiled and then grilled. This is a must try for the adventurous gastronome!
  • Nyama Choma: roasted/grilled feast of mutton, goat or beef

With a strong Indian influence, it is not unusual to enjoy curries, chapatis (flatbread), pilau, samosa and bajias (seasoned, deep fried vegetables/potatoes served with chutneys).

During your private Kenya safari, you’ll find that generally most dishes are prepared in European style. Camps and lodges in the parks and game reserves take guests on full board basis or fully inclusive, therefore all the meals are provided.

Top Kenya Travel Tips – Cuisine:

As the weather in East Africa can be hot and dry and you will be doing various activities during the day we advise you to drink as much water as possible to prevent dehydration during our Kenya tours. We advise our guests against taking water directly from the taps, streams or rivers. Particularly near residential areas the water can contain pathogens. We recommend that you buy water from major shopping outlets.

The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan private and luxurious safari experiences for the most unique Kenya tours. 

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