Experiencing the Kenya Safari

Experiencing the Kenya Safari

Safari means journey in Swahili. How apropos when you choose to go on a Kenya safari – a journey of a lifetime. The most popular wildlife park in Kenya where tourists flock is Masai Mara. There are other options as well: Rift Valley, Mt Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, and Malinidi Marine National Park , which harbors sea turtles and whale sharks.

The main tourist season is during the hot, dry months of December and January, and the cool, dry months from June to August. But you can visit Kenya at any time of year. When the long rains fall from March to May, there are fewer tourists and accommodation prices are lower. But be aware that some places may be closed during this time.

Game drives are the backbone of most safaris. The idea is that you spend as much time in the bush searching for animals. You can go any time of day, but usually game drives take place early morning, mid-morning and late afternoon, with a break early on for breakfast, and another in the middle of the day for lunch. Night drives are also an ideal way to view nocturnal animals, although they’re not permitted everywhere.

Animals are free to roam and may not be where you want them to be, but the better informed you are, the more likely you’ll get to see what you’re after. Just keep quiet and look for clues. Watch out for silhouettes, moving vegetation and shapes that seem at odd within the landscape. Use your peripheral vision, and watch where other creatures are looking. Listen for alarm calls, snorting breath, splashing water and changes in the activity of other creatures. And enjoy!