Epic Wildlife Safaris: Top Destinations, Activities and Tours

The Ultimate Kenya Wildlife Safari Guide: Safaris, Tours and Experiences

With its vast savannah plains teeming with Africa's iconic wildlife, Kenya is the quintessential African safari destination. This comprehensive guide provides everything you need to plan an epic Kenya safari adventure.

Why Go On A Kenya Safari?

As the birthplace of safaris, Kenya offers some of the best game viewing opportunities on the planet. Its parks and reserves are home to the Big Five: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards. Besides this, Kenya has a spectacular diversity of wildlife and birdlife set against the backdrop of majestic landscapes. A Kenya wildlife safari lets you experience it all.

Best Places for Kenya Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara National Reserve

Famed for the annual Great Migration when millions of wildebeests traverse its plains, the Masai Mara delivers phenomenal game viewing. The reserve teems with lions, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and abundant plains game.

Amboseli National Park

At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli provides unrivaled views of Africa's highest peak. It also hosts one of the continent's largest elephant populations, that roams its swamps and woodlands.

Tsavo East & West National Parks

Kenya's largest park, Tsavo, is divided into east and west sections. Renowned for its formidable man-eating lions, leopards, lesser kudus, oryxes and other unique species, Tsavo offers remote wilderness and fantastic photo opportunities.

Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Reserves

In Kenya's arid north, these adjoining reserves feature rugged landscapes dotted with acacia trees. They provide refuge to distinctive northern specialties like Grevy's zebras, reticulated giraffes, gerenuks and Somali ostriches.

When to Go on Kenya Safari?

Kenya is good for safaris year round but the best wildlife sightings are during the annual Great Migration from July to October when millions of wildebeests and zebras traverse Masai Mara. The dry months of June to October are ideal for easier game viewing when wildlife congregates around water sources.

Kenya Safari Tour Options

Safari Activities

Game drives, bush walks, village visits, sundowner cocktails


Luxury lodges, intimate tent camps, budget camping


Private safaris, small group tours, family holidays, honeymoons

Safari Extensions

Kenya's tropical beaches, Zanzibar island, and Kilimanjaro climbs

Booking Your Kenya Safari Holiday

Use the expertise of a specialist local tour operator like Savannah Wanderlust Expeditions to craft an amazing bespoke Kenya safari encompassing its diverse wildlife parks and authentic cultural encounters. Their expert guides and comfortable vehicles ensure an outstanding trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to see the Great Migration in Kenya?

The migration takes place in Masai Mara reserve every year from July to October. This is the best period for viewing the spectacle.

What is the typical cost of a Kenya safari package?

Kenya safari costs vary greatly depending on lodging choices and itinerary, but average $200 to $500 per person per night. Travel in the low season for better rates.

What vaccinations are required for a Kenya safari?

Yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio vaccinations are recommended when visiting Kenya. Malaria prevention medication is also advised.

With its legendary wilderness and unique species found nowhere else, Kenya offers the quintessential African safari. Start crafting your very own dream adventure by exploring its remarkable national parks!

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