Safari in Kenya: prices, when to go and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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One of those unforgettable adventures, the Safari in Kenya allows you to explore the landscapes of Africa, enjoying the spectacle of nature and admiring exotic animals such as the Big 5: elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes.
"Living" a Safari in Kenya is a unique opportunity to spend an alternative holiday in total relaxation, with the tranquility and silence that only these places can give.
Obviously, to make a trip like this you have to organize yourself well and especially knowing the climatic conditions. For this, I have collected several for you below useful information to better plan your Safari in Kenya.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. When to go: climate and best time
  3. Safari in the Masai Mara
  4. Amboseli
  5. Tsavo National Park East
  6. Tsavo National Park West
  7. Turkana lake
  8. What to wear and what to pack
  9. User questions and comments
  10. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 48,46 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Languages: Swahili and English
  • Local currency: Kenyan shilling (Ksh or Kes) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = 118,14 Kes (1 Kes = € 0,0085)
  • Weather: Kenya has three types of climate, namely hot and humid along the coast (averages of 26/27 ° C), temperate in the west and southwest where there are mountains, parks and plateaus (averages 24/25 ° C ); torrid in the northern part with average temperatures around 27 degrees
  • vaccinations: there are no mandatory vaccinations, but those for yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhus and especially antimalarial prophylaxis are recommended
  • Entry requirements: Italian citizens must have a passport with a residual validity of at least six months and a tourist visa. The stay is limited to three months
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    When to go: climate and best time

    Kenya has different climates according to the areas however, in general, for safari, the recommended months are undoubtedly February and March, followed by June / September.
    The dry season in February and March allows you to enjoy all the wonder of nature and exotic animals, mainly between January and February you can see the migrations of different species of birds.
    instead, between June and September thousands of tourists come to witness the spectacle of the great migration, when wildebeest, zebras, antelopes and gazelles move from the Masai Mara to Tanzania in search of vegetation.

    On Lake Turkana, in the northern part of Kenya, you can admire the wonderful pink flamingos, in particular in the periods July / September and January / March.
    Finally, in Tsavo National Park it is possible to spot, among others, the so-called big five (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes) from August to February.


    • hot and humid along the coast (averages of 26/27 ° C), the long rainy season is from April to June, while August / September are the best months; the sea temperature is around 27/28 ° C all year round;
    • temperate in areas where there are parks and plateaus (averages 24/25 ° C), the rainy season is between March and May, consequently January / February and June to September are the most favorable months;
    • torrid in the northern part, with average temperatures around 27 degrees, the rains are irregular and sporadic (the greatest probability is March / May and October / December). The relatively coolest months are July and August.

    Best time

    • June / September for Masai Mara wildebeest migration;
    • mid August / late October to see elephants and rhinos at the Amboseli park;
    • July / September and January / March to observe pink flamingos at Lake Turkana;
    • June / August and January / February for the coastal areas and beaches.

    Period to avoid

    • March / May in the highlands and national parks, to a lesser extent October / December as rainy seasons;
    • April / June is the wettest period on the coastal areas;
    • for the northern area there are no real unfavorable periods, the climate is always hot.

    1 - Safari in the Masai Mara

    The Masai Mara can be said to be the natural extension of the Serengeti, one of the protected natural areas of East Africa. The name of the reserve derives from that of the Masai people (who inhabit various areas in the Serengeti plain) and the Mara River.
    This is where the greatest number of safaris take place and, the fact that the sighting of the big five is almost guaranteed, makes the park a must for those venturing on a Safari.

    The park is totally located in the great Rift Valley at an altitude ranging from 1.500 to 2.200 meters. The peak of rains is between April and May and, at times, the storms make some areas of the park inaccessible.
    At the Masai Mara there is an exceptional activity of hippos, lions and rhinos, but above all the spectacular migration of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes.

    In addition, there are game drives (both with driver and independently, in compliance with the park rules) to have the opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat. It is generally done in the early morning, late afternoon or night.
    Keep in mind that the Masai Mara is one of the most expensive and largest parks in Kenya: it has many more trails than other parks, so it is easier to approach animals. This kind of safari is ideal for those who have a few days to spare and want to stay close to Nairobi.

    • Best time: from June to September
    • Recommended duration: at least 3 days and 2 nights
    • Average price: starting from € 800,00
    • Safari recommended: Masai Mara: 3-day safari from € 590,00

    2 - Amboseli

    The Amboseli Park is located in the Rift Valley, on the border with Tanzania, ed it is home to the very rare black rhino, as well as the majestic African elephants, but not only. There are cheetahs, gazelles, zebras, lions, hippos, ostriches… and lots of birds (over 400 different species) above the ponds! Here too you can spot the sought-after big five.
    It is the ideal place for an animal photo safari, with the imposing Kilimanjaro in the background. The views are truly fascinating: the mountain, the expanses of lava with the superb acacias, the dry bottom of the lake, the birds' nests.

    It is advisable to start the adventure in the Amboseli park early in the morning, because when the sun comes up you can see the two volcanic peaks of Kilimanjaro well lit, while during the day they are often covered with clouds. Don't forget binoculars, because animals aren't always on the trails.
    Although the fauna of Amboseli is abundant, it is a bit difficult to observe why cars are not allowed to leave the tracks and it is forbidden to get out of the car. Game drives can always be done accompanied by a guide, who decides the safety distances to be kept towards the most dangerous animals.

    • Best time: July / September, January / March
    • Recommended duration: 2 days and 1 night
    • Average price: starting from € 300,00
    • Safari recommended: 2 day safari to the Amboseli Park from € 350,00

    3 - Tsavo National Park East

    Tsavo East National Park is another unmissable destination for spotting animals and is characterized by its famous red soil. The vegetation is lower and sparser than in Tsavo West, so it is easier to spot animals.
    This is one of the few places in the world where large herds of buffalo and elephant can be observed as well as giraffes, zebras and hyenas. There is no shortage of animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards present in good quantity on the territory.

    Tsavo East is the most suitable park for those traveling to Kenya for the first time and wants to go on a one or two day safari, without giving up the thrill of diving into this magical world. Game drives can be done, but it is mandatory to follow the dirt paths, it is not possible to go into the green ("off-piste" are prohibited). Furthermore, it is forbidden to walk inside the park and leave the lodges or tented camps after 18:00.

    • Best time: from August to February
    • Recommended duration: 1 night and 2 days / Park East + West I recommend 2 nights and 3 days
    • Average price: starting from € 200,00 / Tsavo East + West from € 400,00
    • Safari recommended: From Mombasa: 3-Day Safari to Tsavo East and Salt Lick from € 590,00

    4 - Tsavo National Park West

    Tsavo West National Park includes a wide variety of landscapes: from swamps to natural springs, from rocks to rolling plains. It has truly unique panoramic views, such as the volcanic lava hills and Mzima Spring (series of four natural springs), full of hippos and crocodiles. Compared to Tsavo East it has a more humid climate.

    To this spectacular scenery, animals like lions, elephants, hyenas, leopards, black rhinos, zebras, giraffes that move in boundless spaces.
    Tsavo West Park is famous for "man-eating lions", that is male lions without a mane.
    Here too you can do game drives, but as in the east it is mandatory to follow the paths, it is not possible to go "off-piste" into the green. Furthermore, it is not possible to walk inside the park and leave the lodges or tented camps after 18:00.

    • Best time: from July to October
    • Recommended duration: 1 night and 2 days / Park East + West I recommend 2 nights and 3 days
    • Average price: starting from € 200,00 / Tsavo East + West from € 400,00
    • Safari recommended: Four day safari to Amboseli and Tsavo from € 690,00

    5 - Lake Turkana

    Lake Turkana is a large lake in central-eastern Africa, located in the Rift Valley: it is the largest permanent desert lake, as well as the largest alkaline lake on the planet.
    Lake Turkana is home to hippos, perchs and there is the highest concentration of Nile crocodiles in the world.
    In this place you can enjoy a wonderful landscape and the surrounding nature: water springs that sprout from time to time feeding streams, rainforests where colorful orchids bloom, cave graffiti among the rocks. But the most interesting are certainly the pink flamingos that crowd the waters of the lake and the many migratory birds.

    In this area there is a more arid and drier climate than the rest of Kenya, with temperatures around 35 degrees throughout the year and peaks of 50 ° C. More, it is particularly adventurous to get there and go on safari, due to the wear and roughness of the terrain, often muddy. This is a truly extreme place, hard to forget!

    • Best time: July / September and January / March for flamingos / November for migratory birds
    • Recommended duration: 2 nights and 3 days
    • Average price: starting from € 600,00

    What to wear and what to pack

    The rule is to wear clothes with colors close to those of nature, such as khaki, brown, dark green, beige. Avoid bright colors as they could scare the animals. Always carry a hat with you to protect your head from the sun, sunscreen, sunglasses.
    During the day, t-shirt, bermuda shorts, closed shoes are fine; for the evening a k-way and a light sweatshirt.

    If you go to the highlands, bring something heavier for the cold. In the evening, wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid mosquito bites.
    In general, for the plateau I recommend layered clothing and raincoat for possible showers. For reserves, neutral colored clothes and comfortable canvas shoes. For the mountains wear trekking shoes and, for the top of Mount Kenya (all year round), suitable clothing for the cold. Don't forget a mosquito repellent.

    • Recommended clothing: neutral, light and breathable clothes, light sweatshirt for the evening, closed shoes
    • Useful accessories: cap, sunglasses, umbrella, repellent, sunscreen, binoculars

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