How to enjoy a big five safari in Kenya this summer
Summer is months away but you are already thinking of a getaway. This time, you yearn for a new experience. Something different from the past.
Want something pristine, adventurous, and exotic? The answer - a safari in Kenya!
Yes, Kenya with its many, natural game reserves. It is the well explored but still mysterious haven of wild beasts.
From the Elephant to the Buffalo, Leopard, Zebra, Giraffe – and others. All roaming, free as the wind, a camera click away from you.
The documentaries said so but not everything
A safari in Kenya will take you back in time to the untouched magnificence of nature – free and untamed.
You will walk, drive or fly above stunning landscape spreading as far as the eye can see. While flamingos in their thousands stride about in shallow lakes.
You are out of bed by 6 am to a cup of tea or coffee to see the sunrise across the plains. With herds of hippo grazing by the river banks.
Through documentaries such as the BBC’s Big Cat Diary, millions have learnt about the wild part of Africa.
But the mysteries and excitement are best experienced in person. So before you grab your mobile and announce your holiday plan, let’s find out more about the Kenyan safari.
The country - Kenya
Kenya is in the eastern part of Africa and about 8 hours by air from Heathrow Airport. With beautiful sceneries and amazing wildlife, Kenya is a tourist destination you don’t want to miss.
Once experienced, you will love to return to the expansive white sand beaches or take snapshots of the snow-capped mountains.
Places to visit
With almost 60 national parks and game reserves, Kenya has a lot for the tourist. Below are some of the popular destinations.
Masai Mara Game Reserve (Noted for its wildebeest migration
Meru National Park
Amboseli National Park
Samburu Game Reserve
Visiting the five at home
For many people on a safari to Kenya, seeing the big five at ‘home’ is a major highlight. The big five comprise; the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. One of the best places to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat is the Masai Mara.
On the vast grasslands, you will catch the big cats taking a nap under the shade, stalking or chasing their prey.
Between July and October, you will witness one of the most amazing sights of animal migration with over 2 million wildebeest moving from neighbouring Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara.
At Amboseli, you can watch zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and leopard’s in their natural habitat. Dazzling against the spectacular backdrop of the Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tourists are allowed in with a valid passport, a return ticket and funds to cover their expenses while in the country. A good approach is to consult your Local High Commission for specifics of visa requirement.
The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KSh). International Credit Cards such as Master Card, American Express, and Visa are accepted in most places.
There is so much to see and enjoy in a Kenyan safari. So do you want a taste of adventure in summer? See the live cast of the animal documentaries you have loved? Get set for a safari in Kenya.