Before you make your memorable trip to Kenya, here are a few Kenya Travel Tips…
Kenya Travel Questions and Answers
Q1: When should I travel to Kenya?
There is no specific answer as to when to travel to Kenya. Kenyan weather really determines when one will visit this nation that straddles the equator. Below is a month by month guide to better decide your Kenya travel.
January: Clear, hot days and warm nights make this high season popular for safaris and diving.
February: With the wildlife seeking water points, this is a good safari season.
March: Hot, increasingly humid weather gives way to rains and lower rates.
April: You may have facilities to yourself in this more affordable low – or ‘green’ – season.
May: As vegetation runs riot, the colours and light are great for photography at this time.
June: Cloudy, cooler weather makes for more comfortable conditions, especially higher up.
July: Kenya’s ‘cool’ season sets in and migrating wildebeest start arriving from the Serengeti.
August: The Great Migration fills the Mara plains – and school’s out, making for busy parks.
September: The clearing skies signal the start of hot, dry weather with little chance of rain.
October: Hot, mostly dry and not too busy, this is many people’s preferred month for a safari.
November: The ‘short rains’ usually start in the second half, so this is low season.
December: The short rains usually finish by mid-month, and landscapes often look their best.
Q2: Where will I visit during my Kenya Travel?
Kenya is stunningly beautiful, from the wildlife teeming parks and reserves, to the pristine sandy beaches, the gorgeous Mount Kenya & the Great Rift Valley not forgetting its colourful culture and friendly people. You will definitely go on a safari to see wildlife or take a hike up Mount Kenya before you end up on a white sandy beach. A walk with local tribesmen especially the Masai or Samburu men will be rewarding too!
Q3: How will I get around in Kenya?
Getting around by air
Kenya Airways air services connect Nairobi with regional cities, but smaller air charter companies fly you into remote air strips in the parks, reserves and conservancies.
Most of your safari will be in latest-model minibuses or four-wheel drive vehicles. Everyone will have a window seat for best game viewing and photography. Every vehicle has its own professional driver/guide. One pair of binoculars and guidebooks is furnished to enhance your viewing pleasure. Roads outside major cities are often dirt or gravel and may be bumpy or dusty. You may happen to get temporarily stuck in a muddy patch if there is a heavy rain. It’s all part of the adventure and your driver is an expert in dealing with tough driving conditions.
Getting around by rail
Rail service has cut travelling time from 18 hours (the old train service) to just 4½ hours. It’s faster, cheaper and safer than taking the bus.
Hiring a vehicle to tour Kenya is an expensive way of seeing the country, but it does give you freedom of movement and is sometimes the only way of getting to more remote parts of the country. However, unless you’re sharing with a sufficient number of people, it’s likely to cost more than you’d pay for an organised camping safari with all meals.
Q4: Where will I stay during my visit?
There are a variety of accommodations ranging from budget hotels, budget camps, midrange hotels/ lodges, tented camps and luxury tented camps/ lodges. It depends on your budget and level of comfort you are looking for. Booking well in advance will secure you a place.
A single supplement is a fee imposed by hotels, lodges and camps on single travellers. Tour prices are quoted based on two people sharing accommodation. If someone takes a room by themselves they have to pay the per-person price plus the single supplement fee. It is the excess cost you pay in occupying a room designated to take two people by yourself alone.
Q5: How is Kenyan food?
Great International cuisines is available at all the hotels you will be staying. Special dietary requirements are catered for throughout Africa if you need. Please give us advanced notice so that we can make arrangements with the lodges and camps you are scheduled to stay at. Most restaurants offer selections for vegetarians, depending on their forte. Local specialties can be surprisingly good! With the exception of a few lodges, halaal and kosher food is not available at most camps/lodges.