Safari ("the journey" in Swahili) could only be born in Kenya. Large spaces embodied by the immense Maasai Mara reserve, paradisiacal beaches lined with coconut palms as at Diani Beach, but also lush tropical forests, dune deserts, glacier perched at 5,000 m at the top of Mount Kenya, Kenya is an invitation to start. A majestic setting to observe with his Kenya tourist guide a wild and abundant fauna in about sixty national parks and nature reserves. The animals of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) await you there but you should not hide all the others, on land, around lakes like Nukuru and Naivasha and in marine reserves like Kisite off Wasini Island, in the Indian Ocean. Travelling to Kenya is also about meeting local people and their fascinating ethnic diversity, in Nairoibi, Lamu, Mombassa or in the Great Rift Valley province, the official cradle of humanity.

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When to go to Kenya?

The best times to go on safari in Kenya are in January and February, as well as August-September. It is particularly during these periods that the great migration of millions of wildebeest between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti plains takes place, approximately between July and September in one direction, and in December-January in the other. The ideal is to avoid the two rainy seasons, the great one between April and June, and the small one between November and December, during which some roads are impassable and animals less visible in national parks.

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Safaris in the reserves of Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo or Lake Naivasha are on the menu of all travel agencies. It is the means of transport that differs from one safari to another, in a 4x4, on foot, on horseback, on motorcycle or even in a hot air balloon. Accommodation during safaris is provided in campsites or lodges in or near reserves. Many agencies also offer to conclude your trip with a stay on the beaches of the Indian Ocean, at Diani Beach or to Mombassa.

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There are direct flights to Nairobi and Mombasa. It is not allowed to enter national parks without a guide for safety and environmental protection reasons, so you will always have to go through a local agency, large or small. Solo, you can go further off the beaten track and into the main reserves and venture out to Lake Victoria or the Rift Valley, for example.

It is easy to travel in southern Kenya and cross the country from east to west. There are many air links, the road network is rather dense, a train links Mombasa and Kisumu via Nairobi and reliable and punctual buses serve all cities. On the other hand, travel in the northern regions is much more difficult. Public transport is almost non-existent and the condition of roads and tracks is often deplorable, even in the dry season.

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When to travel?

The best times to go on safari in Kenya are in January and February, as well as August-September. It is particularly...
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Weather forecast

On the weather side in Kenya, temperatures vary on average from 12 to 24°C in Nairobi (for an annual average above 2...
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Budget

The local currency is the Kenyan shilling (Ksh) but hotels and tour operators also accept dollars and euros. For a lo...
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Formalities

Nationals of the European Union, and therefore of France, must pay a tourist visa at the price of €50 for a period...
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Health

The yellow fever vaccine is required to enter Kenya and a certificate may be requested from customs. Malaria is very...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are direct flights to Nairobi and Mombasa. It is not allowed to enter national parks without a guide for safety...
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How to get organized?

Safaris in the reserves of Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo or Lake Naivasha are on the menu of all travel agencies. It i...
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Getting around

It is easy to travel in southern Kenya and cross the country from east to west. There are many air links, the road ne...
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