When you hear Kenya, apart from great athletes, what else comes in your mind? For me, it's a beautiful country with a good sense of culture. If you have never seen a cheetah hunt in the wild or a lion facing a Masai warrior and they just pass each other like it's no big deal, then when you visit Kenya you get to witness these scenarios just like a movie.
Here's How to Plan Your Safari in Kenya
Spare vaccinations for a minute, visas and choosing where to stay is not that easy. In a nut shell, planning a safari in Kenya can be hectic. The newbies, the process of planning a safari can be daunting. The logistics are understandably complicated. It comes with a lot of questions. What time of the year is best for each destination? Some may ask how many days should you go for? Deciding on which camps to stay can also stress you. My advice to travelers is to know their budget and take vaccinations in advance.
Get a Kenyan visa prior to visiting, and the good news is that technology has made it easier as you can do that online. A copy of your hotel confirmation and ready flight information is key, as you'll need to attach the documents to the online e-visa form on application. The cost, including a processing fee, is $51 per person. It’s also possible to apply for a visa at the airport when you arrive in Nairobi, the cost is approximately $21, but most people prefer to avoid the headache by doing it in advance. To avoid being vaccinated on every trip a Passport Health is a fantastic resource for travel immunization information.
Choosing what to bring on a Kenyan safari can be overwhelming. The breezy mornings fade into hot afternoons—and then, few hours after you've peeled off your scarf and designer coat, the sunset chill requires you to bundle up yet again. So what’s the way around these? The secret to a successful packing strategy? Layering. And, perhaps more importantly, being practical about how you optimize your space.
You just have to play with your fashion instincts. Its advisable to avoid black or blue clothing on safari, since dark colors is known to attract tsetse flies, an insect native to tropical Africa, A field jacket may served you well on your trip, the deep pockets leave plenty of room for antibacterial wipes, binoculars and other accessories. Packing cubes would also come in handy. They not only keep your belongings neatly organized, but they also compress items to help maximize space.
Combat-style boots strike the perfect balance between fashion and function. You’re going to be spending hours in the African heat, and you might suffer from the sun with zero apologies. Protective eyewear is also crucial! Eyewear prevents dust from getting into your eyes throughout the game drives.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KENYA
One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season, which also coincides with the Great Wildebeest Migration - among the seven world wonders. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer tourists and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation. December in particular is a great time to travel to Kenya, the rains are short and you have the chance to see newborn animals, perhaps that’s amazing. Only the peak of the ‘long rains’ in March, April and May are often very wet. You can opt to pop around July to watch the wildebeest and zebra migrate at the Mara for a great scenery.
OVERNIGHT IN NAIROBI
A night in the 'city under the sun' is an amazing experience. Depending on when you arrive, you’ll typically fly into Nairobi and spend the night before heading to your destination the next day. In Nairobi, there are five star hotels and state of the art restaurants. The accommodations are perfect—rooms are classy, there are Le Labo amenities, you will get a phenomenal morning breakfast spread. At some bars, there’re live music bands as you have wine and cocktails all served to your precision.
After your overnight schedule, Wilson Airport might serve you well, most of the shorter, regional flights depart from there. Flight times vary depending on where you’re headed and how many drop-offs the plane makes, but they can be anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour.
CHOOSING A CAMP
One of the most hectic aspects of planning a safari is choosing which camp to stay at. Depending on a ‘budget adventure’ moreso on accommodation, which can always be swapped for something more basic, its necessary to achieve the desired insane experience. Just to Sample out, Sanctuary Retreats Olonana, often recommended by most of travelers, truly exceeds expectations. It is perfect for an authentic safari experience paired with the comforts of a five-star resort. Daily meals takes place during specific times and there are set menus. Rooms are stunning and have every amenity luxury travelers expect, like Wifi, toiletries, and a minibar. The 14 rooms are situated on the Mara River, so you’re able to see some pretty crazy things right outside of your window— You can watch hippos splash around in the water from the comfort of our bed.
THE FUN EXPERIENCE
During Your downtime, you can have some rest, have leisurely lunches and cocktails, visit a Masai village nearby which most of our clients find it fun. The Maasai culture is one of a kind. You can take coffee in the van for the morning drives. Perhaps Cold beer will also come in handy to quench your thirst during the day as you enjoy the sunset cocktails for a beautiful sun downer. Picnics will make you appreciate the beautiful nature as you create unforgettable memories.
IMPORTANT TIPS TO KNOW
• Decide what time of year you want to go.
• Decide how many parks you’d like to visit during your safari.
Different parks can have higher chances of seeing different animals so visiting a combination of parks is a popular choice to maximise the number of animals you see in the wild.
• Decide whether you want to self drive the game drives or head out on the game drives provided by the lodges.
Most of the accommodation and lodges will have game drives that you can pay a fee and book on to moreof an excursion.
• If you are going to self drive the game drives, you need to decide whether you’re taking charge or are hiring a guide with your vehicle.
• If one has a driver guide it is more advantageous.
• It is advisable to take antimalarial tablets, to avoid being sick of Malaria.
• Do your research in the internet about the current prices when it comes to entry fee and hotel charges, to cater for your budget, as most are subjected to change quite often.
There's no such thing a bad time of year for a Kenyan safari. The action here never stops. There are advantages and disadvantages to all seasons of the year; the best time to go really depends on what experience you’re looking for.