Kenya Safari Holidays & Tours
Join us on a Kenya safari holiday
Vast, stunning, diverse: Kenya safaris with Newmarket Holidays deliver a slice of the wild – alongside a big chunk of comfort.
This means you can be rugged and intrepid on a Kenyan grand safari, knowing later you’ll be in your luxury accommodation watching animals quench their thirst. If you want, you can combine a safari holiday with a beach holiday and spend some time by the cerulean Indian Ocean.
Once you’re on your Kenya safari holiday it’s easy to see why this African nation captures the imagination of so many. Not only is it home to some of the most incredible landscapes on earth, but the massive array of wildlife you’ll get the chance to see (and occasionally interact with) is nothing short of breathtaking.
There are a fair few different spots that you can head to with a Kenya safari package, from the otherworldly lava flows of Tsavo West National Park to the beautiful plains and hills of the Masai Mara. And that’s not mentioning the stunning game reserves that sit just outside of major population centres like Nairobi and Mombasa, as well as the buzzing cities themselves, full of cultural highlights and some of the most incredible street food you’ll ever have the opportunity to sample. Safari holidays in Kenya really do have it all.
Where to go on a Kenya safari holiday
The sky’s the limit when it comes to things you can do on your Kenya safari tour. From marvelling at mountainous landscapes to watching exotic animals in their natural habitat, with the help of your experienced tour guides you’ll forge memories that will last a lifetime. And with Kenya safari and beach holidays it’s not just about getting more in touch with your wild side – you can relax by the sparkling Indian Ocean, or enjoy thriving cities like Nairobi and Mombasa with their pulsing centres, where you can find out more about the people that make this country so special.
Go birdwatching on Lake Nakuru
The number of bird species that call the area around this vast lake home is in the hundreds. With that said, their most famous (and easy to spot) residents are the striking pink flamingos, who dot the shores year-round. Other birds to look out for while crossing the glittering water are the Madagascar pond-heron, the Pallid Harrier, the Greater Spotted Eagle and the Grey-crested Helmet-shrike. The best time to see the creatures is morning, when you’ll also be treated to a marvellous musical performance.
Journey into Masai Mara and see an abundance of wildlife
Masai Mara is the safari destination. Teeming with a diverse array of wildlife, the reserve is a firm favourite of safari lovers of all kinds, from first-timers to seasoned animal watchers. With its exceptional populations of important animals like lions and elephants, and its rugged, varied terrain, it’s a truly wild place full of incredible things to do. If you’re lucky enough to be around in September, you might get to see the Serengeti migration of wildebeests and other animals.
Get in touch with Kenyan culture in farming villages
Throughout your Kenya safari holiday you’ll get the opportunity to meet locals in the small villages that exist in the vast plains and rolling hills of the various reserves. While the main aim of safari is of course to see exotic animals in their natural habitat, learning more about the people who’ve called these lands home for generations will help you to gain a deeper understanding of Kenyan nature, and how they interact with it. Support them by buying local crafts, or just hear what they have to say – your life will be enriched for the better.
Things to see on a Kenya safari holiday
There’s no doubt that Kenya safari holidays are magical experiences all round, whether you’re lucky enough to catch the thundering great migration of wildebeests in Masai Mara, or you get up close and personal with crocodiles and hippos in Tsavo West. Even your kenya safari lodges can form a part of your sightseeing, with some luxury accommodation overlooking watering holes, allowing you to watch animals congregate while you’re in complete comfort. And then there’s the awe-inspiring landscapes, thriving cities, and idyllic beaches. Kenya is truly an astounding nation, jam-packed with unbelievable things to see.
Food and drink on a Kenya safari tour
Kenya is a foodie dreamworld. Vast acres of fertile farmland combine with an incredibly long shoreline teeming with life to ensure quality, local ingredients are bountiful and delicious. Kenya’s unbelievably diverse population also means that there’s plenty of different cuisines to dig into, with regional and tribal favourites aplenty. With that said, there are some national staples, like nayama choma, which is meat cooked over an open fire. Usually made from goat, this Kenyan classic is hearty, filling, and comes with a number of different sides that explore the country’s wonderful vegetable and grain options.
Ugali is another national treasure. A kind of thick, starchy corn porridge, it can be torn into chunks and used much like bread with a soup, leading to a delicious ball of flavour. In terms of snacks, there’s the sausage-like mutura, grilled over coal to give it that delightful smoky taste. Veggies and vegans are in luck, too, with incredible meat-free dishes like sukama wiki and irio.
Kenya is famous for its tea and coffee, so you can’t visit without trying some of the local brews. Another must-drink is the famous dawa-cocktail. Sweet and refreshing, it’s one of the most popular drinks in the country for good reason – as is the famous Tusker beer, and both are perfect after a long day of safari.
Where to go on a Kenya Safari Holiday
Frequently asked Kenya safari questions
Here are a few questions you might have.
What should I wear on safari in Kenya?
While on safari in Kenya you should wear long, loose clothing that will both keep you cool and protect you from the sun. Make sure to bring bug spray too!
What is the best time of year for a Kenya safari?
The best time for a Kenya safari is September as then you’ll have the opportunity to see the surging migration of the wildebeests in the country’s south. However, any time from June until October works well, as that’s when it’s a bit drier and animals congregate more.
Is Kenya a good place for your first safari?
Kenya is an excellent place for your first safari as the infrastructure is well honed, and it has all the animals you’d want to see, including the Big 5.
How many days should I stay in Kenya for a safari?
That really depends on you! We’d recommend at least five days for the actual safari element, if not more as there is so much to see and do. If you’re staying on the beach in Mombasa we think at least three days will help you to really unwind. And while Nairobi has plenty to see and do, three days is enough to get in the highlights.
What is the best safari in Kenya?
It’s hard to say what the best safari in Kenya is as they all have their perks – even the Nairobi National Park, which is much smaller than most but iconic for its cityscape backdrop. With that said, Masai Mara and Tsavo West are two of the most popular and busy reserves for a good reason.