Kenya – the Great Migration
The Masai Mara is the playground of one of the world’s most impressive animal shows, during the annual Great Migration. During this time, millions of wildebeests and zebra set off in search of greener pastures, while wary predators wait for their chance.
Your customized itinerary will show you Africa’s nature in all its glory and let you experience the ultimate safari vacation in Kenya. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy focuses on the conservation of the rhino, with the magnificent Mount Kenya, that provides a stunning backdrop.
Or Laikipia, where you can roam the terrain on foot or mountain bike and then set up camp in the wilderness. You might also want to include a trip to the vibrant crater lakes of the Great Rift Valley with their frescoes of pink flamingos or take unforgettable photos of elephants passing by Kilimanjaro.
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- The Maasai Mara is famous for the Great Migration, where thousands of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson gazelle come and go from the Serengeti from July to September
- Amboseli National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see large herds of elephants up close
- Tsavo West is more topographically diverse, offering some of Kenya’s most beautiful scenery
- Lake Nakuru in central Kenya is famous for its huge flocks of pink flamingos
- Sunbathe on the white sand of Watamu Beach and dive the coral reefs of Malindi and Watamu
Climate and travel season Kenya
January through March bring hot days and yellowing grasses to the plains of Kenya, while low river levels mean that hippos are much more visible. In March, when the planes are at their driest, pregnant animals are calving and hungry predators circle with full intent. Towards the end of the month, the clouds begin to thicken until the sky turns black and spectacular storms appear on the horizon.
With the rains, the greenery explodes, the grasses shoot up and the forests come to life. In April and May, you’ll see rare wildflowers, tropical butterflies and brilliant rainbows dominate the landscape, creating the perfect backdrop for wildlife viewing. You may see calves joining herds on the plains, while big cats are never far away.
Dry weather returns to Kenya in June. The air is then completely free of dust, making this one of the best times to take perfect photos. Food and water are abundant for both predators and prey.
July marks the beginning of the great migration, one of the most spectacular sights in Kenya. The wildebeest, migrating north from Tanzania, first arrive in a trickle that soon becomes a flood, as many thousands follow.
In August, the migrating herds spread out across the vast Mara Reserve as crocodiles feast on those that didn’t make it through the rivers. Meanwhile, noisy hippos bicker and fight nearby.
In September and October, the migrating grazers now make their way south, braving treacherous rivers and long yellow grasses.
Kenya Travel Info
To enter Kenya, you will need a valid, machine-readable passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date and has 2 blank pages. You will also need a copy of your yellow fever vaccination card.
Visas are best applied for in advance through an official online visa application portal. Currently, visas on arrival are still issued alongside the online application process, but this is to be phased out, so check before choosing this route.
Malaria occurs throughout the country. Please contact your family doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis when planning your trip to Uganda.
The currency in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KES). You can pay everywhere with American dollars (USD), which is recommended. Credit card payments are accepted at most lodges.
Banks and exchange offices often only accept US dollars when exchanging money, the Euro has obviously not yet become widely accepted.
Since small airplanes have only limited space in the cargo hold, a maximum weight of 20kg including hand luggage is allowed. The luggage must also be soft travel bags. Hard-sided suitcases are not allowed.