Located in East Africa with a coastline flanking the Indian Ocean, Kenya encompasses many landscapes – savannahs, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands too. It is home to rich and thriving animal populations, including lions, elephants and rhinos. From the capital, Nairobi, safari goers make their way to the Masai Mara Reserve (known for its annual wildebeest migrations) and Amboseli National Park (which offers breathtaking views of Tanzania’s 5,895 m Mt. Kilimanjaro). The fact that it straddles the equator with negligible seasonal temperature variance, makes Kenya the perfect year-round destination for a combination safari-and-beach holiday.
Seen as the sacred land of safari, Kenya has a special appeal from July to October. It is at this time that the scene is set for one of the world’s most epic natural wonders when almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle leave the southern Serengeti, to arrive in the Masai Mara from late June. The Masai Mara, together with Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and the Chyulu Hills, offers fantastic year-round game viewing including the legendary ‘Big Five’.