Magnificent Kenya holidays
Situated on the east coast of Africa, on the edge of the Indian Ocean, Kenya is one of the key countries on the continent for watching wildlife in its natural environment. This is where the mountainous highlands of the Great Rift Valley and the plains of the Masai Mara straddle the Equator to provide Kenya holiday makers with untold magical moments.
Time your trip to coincide with the wildebeest migration in the summer and you’ll be treated to one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet. Alternatively, take a safari in southern Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and prepare for huge herds of elephants as well as some sensational views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania.
The majority of Masai Mara safari tours will start from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. From there you’re just a short flight or five-hour overland drive to the closest entry point. And what a treat lies in store on your arrival. This is where you’ll find vast swathes of savanna plains pitted with lone acacia trees for as far as the eye can see. From June to October these protected parklands provide one of the greatest shows on earth as waves of wildebeest, zebra and antelope attempt to migrate across the crocodile-infested Mara River. Outside of the summer, hippos, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas can all be seen on safari alongside the largest populations of lions on the planet.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has become synonymous with not only Africa’s Big Five but also as one of the best places to capture the scale of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Game drives in Amboseli National Park open up a series of extra special ecosystems from where to watch animals in their natural habitat. Swamps, woodlands and the vast crater of Lake Amboseli – that only fills with water during the masika rainy season from March to May – provide untold opportunities for wildlife watching. From flamingo fringed lakes and huge herds of elephants to staying in a luxury safari camp overlooking a watering hole, it’s no wonder Amboseli is Kenya’s top spot for wild experiences.
The flight time from the UK to Nairobi is around nine hours.
Kenya’s coastal areas experience a tropical climate whereas the inland savanna plains are usually hot and dry. The higher you go, the colder it gets and travellers should be prepared for seasonal changes in the highlands. The rains fall in Kenya from March to May and during November and December.
Kenya is only a couple of hours ahead of the UK.
The official language of Kenya is English. However, Swahili is also commonly spoken alongside more than 40 different tribal and ethnic variants.
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