What to see absolutely in Kenya and discovering the most beautiful itineraries

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Joel Fulleda
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Located in East Africa, close to Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia, the Kenya is one of the most visited and appreciated African states from a tourist point of view, thanks to the natural wonders that distinguish it and the incredible landscape variety: we move from the mountains to the rainforests, to the savannah that gradually becomes a desert area. In fact, one of the main attractions of Kenya are the wild animals that populate it savana: not only therefore the large herbivores (gazelles, elephants, giraffes) but also the big cats, first of all leoni e leopards that dominate their natural habitat undisputed.
If you are thinking of making a holiday in Kenya, we leave you some useful advice as well as two possible itineraries that you could replicate during your African stay.



Index

  1. Useful info and necessary documents
  2. When to go: climate and best time
  3. How to reach us
  4. Getting around
  5. 10 + 1 Things to see absolutely
  6. 10 days itinerary: The best of Kenya in 10 days
  7. 15 days itinerary: Kenya - between safaris and beaches
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Useful info and necessary documents

  • Airports available: among the main international airports that allow direct and non-direct connections from and to Europe, there are the Moi International Airport in Mombasa (served by Kenya Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Alitalia and Ethiopians Airline), and Nairobi Kenyatta International (also served by Air France).
  • Entry requirements: Passport, return ticket. Seen.
  • When to go: climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate in kenya is basically varied, in fact it presents three different climatic typologies that divide the country: along the coastal area it is hot and humid, temperate in the vicinity of mountains and plateaus and arid and dry in the desert area concentrated in the north. In general, the temperature and rainfall determine the alternation of two main seasons during the year: from October to March, the Arabian winds determine the arrival of the hottest season with temperatures that can even exceed 40 ° in the desert areas; from April to September, however, the cooler winds from the Indian Ocean bring with them wetter days and average temperatures around 25/30 °. As for rainfall, they are often irregular, appearing in the form of showers or afternoon thunderstorms.
    • Best time: the best time to visit the country is certainly the summer, from June to September, due to the more acceptable temperatures than usual (although January-February are considered the best months for diving, since the sea is calmer and clear).
    • Period to avoid: if possible, it would be advisable to avoid the period between March and May, due to the high temperatures and possible flooding that can occur especially in inland areas.
    • Trip duration: the minimum duration for a trip to Kenya is at least 8-9 days, although the ideal would be two to three weeks.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Air Italy, Ethiopians and Alitalia operate direct connections with Kenyan airlines which allow flights from Milan and Rome. The duration of a direct flight is about 7/8 hours.
      Flights Rome-Mombasa from € 518,16 - Flights Rome-Nairobi from € 429,37 - Flights Milan-Mombasa from € 497,18 - Flights Milan-Nairobi from € 375,14
    • From the main European capitals: There are several scheduled companies that connect the main European capitals to the two large airports in Kenya, usually making one or more stopovers. Some of the most popular are, for example, KLM, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates Airlines. (The duration of the journey by choosing the option of a flight with a stopover can last from 11 to 14 hours on average.)

    Getting around

    Kenya is a rather large country to travel around, so it is necessary to plan in advance all the destinations you want to reach and the relative movements. For the transfers between Mombasa and Nairobi, the best option is definitely the plane, alternatively there is also a rail link (train a bit run down but timetables, routes and
    very clear and well respected stops)

    If, on the other hand, you are more inclined to a road trip that takes you to travel many kilometers, you can rent a car. However, car rental is not recommended due to the rough roads and some unsafe sections for tourists not accompanied by locals.

    Keep in mind that, by relying on an organized tour, you will not have to worry about the means of transport since the agency and / or the organization you rely on will take care of everything: at the most, you will have to make sure you reach the place of departure of your tour from the airport. From the airports there are no connections with trains and buses but only taxis and tuk tuk.

    Finally, if you prefer to dedicate your stay to a limited area, such as the coastal one for example, you could think of rent a scooter in order to move quickly between the various beaches you would like to visit.



    10 + 1 Things to see absolutely

    As we have said, Kenya is a country rich in natural wonders and things to do / see are certainly not lacking to ensure you an interesting trip, perhaps different from those you are used to. Among the many, we have therefore selected ten unmissable things that you just can't miss if you are nearby. Most of these attractions are often included in many organized tours.

    1 - Masai Mara

    Il Masai Mara is perhaps one of the most famous nature reserves in the country, located in the southwestern part. As it is a wildlife reserve and not a national park, it is managed directly by the local authorities and is especially popular in the period between April and May when the phenomenon of Great migration of wildebeest and zebras, which has always been considered a spectacle of extraordinary beauty.

    However, the icon par excellence of the Masai Mara is definitely the lion, which here lives in large herds. Inside the reserve, it is possible to stay in lodges or tented camps, living in close contact with (and in full respect of) the African nature. For the more adventurous, it is also possible to make a balloon safari lasting about an hour and a half to fully enjoy the landscapes of the reserve (consider that in this case you should get up early, as the balloon tours take place at dawn!).


    2 - Nairobi

    Capital of Kenya, Nairobi it literally means place of cold water and is located among the 10 most populated cities of the African continent. Located at a height of over 1600m, the city has a relatively mild climate and, in the northernmost part, still hosts an area of ​​original forest, the Karura forest.

    Among the most particular areas that characterize the capital, we point out the Central Business District, where Nairobi's main administrative and commercial activities are based. Other interesting neighborhoods to visit, recently built, are Upper Hill and the Westlands, where some of the tallest skyscrapers in the city are concentrated.


    3 - Nairobi National Park

    Not far from the capital, there is the Nairobi National Park, one of the very few parks to be built so close to a metropolis. Within it, it includes two main types of habitat (the river forest, near the river, and the savannah), which has led to the presence and development of many protected animal species. Here, for example, it is possible to admire examples of the so-called Big five: the lion, the leopard, the black rhino and the buffalo (the elephant, unfortunately, is not present).

    In the areas near the river courses, however, rhinos and crocodiles are sighted. For tourists, it is a very interesting place to get closer to the local fauna: in addition to the traditional safari mode, there are also walking safaris and a visit to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, an institute that helps orphaned puppies. or injured.


    4 - Malindi

    Malindi is a popular tourist destination located 120 km northeast of the city of Mombasa. There are many interesting things to see in Malindi, give it to you historical ruins to national parks. The city was founded in the 14th century and was visited by Vasco da Gama in 1498. It was on that occasion that the famous Vasco da Gama Pillar was erected, a column that testifies to the friendship that was established between the local population of Malindi and the 'explorer.

    5 - Diani Beach

    Not only natural parks, but also heavenly beaches and a dream sea. In Kwale County, Diani Beach is one of the most important tourist-seaside centers of the country, 25km from Mombasa. Full of shopping malls, restaurants and luxury hotels, this area is popular especially for the white beaches that contain the best of the Kenyan coast washed by the Indian Ocean.

    Diani Beach is ideal for both lovers of watersports (snorkeling and scuba diving are highly recommended due to the presence of the beautiful coral reef), but also for relaxation and fun: the area is also sought after for its lively nightlife and the "all inclusive" villages. Avoid the high season, due to the high tourist turnout.


    6 - Tsavo National Park

    Another protected area not to be missed is the one that is part of the Tsavo National Park, opened in 1948 with an area equal to that of the whole of Tuscany.
    Thanks to his biodiversity, the park is considered by many to be one of the most precious in the world and is undoubtedly a paradise for the animal and plant species that populate it. Among others, baobabs and palms as regards the flora; some specimens of local fauna housed in the park, on the other hand, are jackals, baboons, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, ostriches, antelopes and zebras.
    Together with the contiguous Mkomazi National Park, Tsavo National Park is also dedicated to protection of migratory movements of elephants and zebras during the rainy season.

    7 - Giraffe Center

    If you want to see these herbivores with long necks and elegant profiles up close, you can head to the Giraffe Center (less than 5km outside the center of Nairobi). Here, you will find a real natural sanctuary of giraffes waiting for you, dedicated to the preservation of the species.

    Less well known than the much larger and "crowded" natural parks, the center allows visitors to observe the interactions that take place between the animals but also between the animals and the staff of the structure.
    A observation platformFurthermore, it will allow you to enjoy a privileged view of the giraffes, free to move within the environment created for them. Entrance to the Center costs around € 8,00; the combined tour is particularly recommended, which also includes a visit to the Elephant Center.

    8 - Fort Jesus

    You would probably never expect to find a Renaissance fort in the middle of nowhere in Africa, yet the Fort Jesus it is proof that the Europeans (especially the Portuguese) occupied the Kenyan territories many years ago. Built between 1593 and 1596, with the aim of protecting the port area of ​​Mombasa and therefore to defend its commercial interests, the Fort is today one of the best preserved examples of military fortification in all of Africa.

    Passed under the control of several countries (first Portugal, then Great Britain, Oman, and finally Kenya ...), today Fort Jesus is part of the World Heritage Sites, among the most significant historical attractions of the city of Mombasa.

    9 - Watamu Marine National Park

    Kenya's nature reserves are not just about land but also about the wonders that hide beneath the surface of the sea. The Watamu Marine National Park, 140km north of Mombasa, is responsible for protecting and conserving the Kenyan coral reef, protecting not only 110 species of coral (with incredible colors!), But also 600 species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs.

    Even manta rays, whale sharks, barracudas and sea turtles swim in its waters. (The park also accepts the candidacy of volunteers who, in collaboration with local fishermen, allow a wider and more effective range of action.)

    10 - Waterfalls

    Unlike what you might think, Kenya is full of waterfalls and streams that flow through the country. Among those that are most worth visiting, we point out the Lugard Falls (actually, a series of rapids along the eastern Tsavo, characterized by the presence of multicolored rocks), the Sheldrick Falls (25 meters high!) in the Shimba Hills reserve and the Fourteen Waterfalls located near Thika (consisting of fourteen consecutive falls). In their surroundings, you can practice various activities: from fishing to hiking, but also rowing and birdwatching ... an unusual side of Kenya that is not often told!

    Bonus - Treetops Hotel

    This is not a real attraction, but a very special hotel built and active since the early 1900s. Almost 2000m above sea level, the Treetops Hotel it is located inside the Aberdare National Park and has over 50 comfortable rooms, all built in the typical logic of a tree house. Considered one of the strangest hotels in the world, it is rumored to have hosted the Queen Elizabeth II with his father, King George VI. If you feel like spending a night in unusual accommodation, this is definitely the place for you! To be able to visit it it is strictly necessary to stay, booking well in advance.

    10 days itinerary: The best of Kenya in 10 days

    1. First day: Departure from Italy and arrival in Nairobi
    2. Second day: Visit of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and its main attractions
    3. Third day: Visit the Samburu Reserve in the vicinity of Nairobi
    4. Fourth day: Photo safari starting from the first light of dawn in the Samburu Reserve
    5. Fifth day: Day of exploration in the Aberdare Forest
    6. Sixth day: Visit to the lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha, refuge of countless birds and rhinos
    7. Seventh day: Transfer to the Masai Mara
    8. Eighth day: Safari inside the Masai Mara reserve
    9. Ninth day: Free day in Nairobi
    10. Tenth day: Return / arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: between € 2.000,00 and € 3.000,00 per person, depending on the travel period.
    • The price includes: flights in economy class, transfers, accommodation in hotels / breakfast, local guide, activities as per program.
    • The fee does not include: meals, entry visa, medical and baggage insurance, airport taxes, tips, any personal expenses.
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    15 days itinerary: Kenya - between safaris and beaches

    1. First day: Departure from Italy, arrival in Nairobi and exploration of the capital
    2. Second day: Departure for the Masai Mara Reserve and game drive. Overnight at the lodge.
    3. Third day: Photo safari at Masai Mara, a reserve known for the exceptional concentration of animals including elephants in large herds, zebras and cats.
    4. Fourth day: Departure to Lake Naivasha, boat excursion on the lake and overnight at the lodge.
    5. Fifth day: Return to Nairobi and continue to the Amboseli Park.
    6. Sixth day: Photo safari at the Amboseli Park and overnight at the lodge.
    7. Seventh day: Departure for Tsavo Park, game drive and overnight at the lodge.
    8. Eighth day: Departure for Watamu.
    9. from the ninth to the fourteenth day: Stay by the sea with free activities.
    10. Fifteenth day: Return to Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: about € 2.750,00 per person
    • The price includes: flights in economy class, transfers, overnight stays in a double room with breakfast, local guide, park entrances and visits as per program.
    • The fee does not include: airport taxes, insurance, entry visa, meals, tips, any personal expenses.
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote


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