Kenya - a lone elephant bull strolling the plains.  African Classic Encounters.com
 

The hunter’s "Big Five" are also now the "Big Five" for every traveler who goes on safari to Kenya – Elephant, Lion, Rhinoceros, African Buffalo, and Leopard. In Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa, the "Big Five" are known as – tembo, simba, faru, nyati, and chui.

As the fastest mammal on earth it is a rare treat to see a cheetah on the move. Cheetahs have been timed accelerating from a standing start to a speed of 45 miles per hour in two seconds and covering 65 yards in that time. Within another few seconds it can be running at 70 miles per hour (a greyhound’s top speed is about 39 miles per hour and race horse’s 47.5).

Kenya has no fewer than 40 national parks and game reserves supporting a wide range of unique habitats. From the great wilderness of Tsavo National Park to the exclusive Kimana Game Sanctuary situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the dense rain forests of Mount Kenya National Park to the vast plains of the Masai Mara; bird and beast roam free in their natural habitat.

For years adventurers, travelers and photographers alike have been drawn to Kenya's natural beauty to sample what to many is the 'Real Africa'.

"…The geographical position, and the height of the land combined to create a landscape that had not its like in all the world….." Click here to read more about Karen Blixen's I Dream of Africa...

ATTRACTIONS IN KENYA

OUT OF AFRICA

I DREAM OF AFRICA

WHITE MISCHIEF

SERENGETI

      KILIMANJARO 

THE GREAT MIGRATION

RECOMMENDED LODGES IN KENYA

NGORONGORO CRATER LODE

KLEINS CAMP

 

WHEN TO GO

The best time to go is traditionally July - February.

The classic safari from July to September, as this is when the Mara provides one of nature's most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebras, teeming from the south to cross the Mara river into the Masai Mara National Reserve.

December - February

 

This is the start of the migration. December sees the wildebeest give birth to their young on the lush grassland of the Serengeti plains and 'Ndutu' region.

 

 

March - May

 

With the pasture thinning on the plains and the young sufficiently strong, the herds begin to move towards the central 'Seronera' area where, nourished by the waters of the Grumeti River, the grazing is good.

 

 

June - July

 

Having quickly finished the grazing in the Seronera area, the herds continue into the 'western corridor' - the area around the Grumeti River.

Here they take a sharp turn northwards and head into the Lobo area in the northern Serengeti.

This is the last place to see the migration in Tanzania, before the wildebeest cross the border northwards into Kenya.

 

 

August - October

 

The wildebeest spend the next three months feeding on the plentiful grasses of the Masai Mara - a result of the long rains in April and May.

The Serengeti is very dry at this time, and many of the resident animals (not in the wildebeest migration) make their way to Tarangire national park - where the permanent waters provide good year round grazing.

 

 

November

 

Having spent the summer months in the Masai Mara, the herds return south - back into Tanzania, arriving at the Serengeti plains by December - where the cycle starts again.

Best time to visit - All year.

Expect rain in April, May, June & November

SEASONS IN KENYA  CLIMATE
 

The vegetation which covers the rocks and the wildlife that live there and the overall attractiveness of a climate essentially depend on three major factors: temperature, rainfall and humidity. In Kenya these three factors are controlled by altitude.

In general the low areas are very hot and the temperature falls as the land rises. The low areas also tend to have poor rainfall and a dry atmosphere with low humidity.

The main exceptions are the coastal strip and the area along the shore of Lake Victoria in the west. Both are hot with high rainfall and high humidity

In the Serengeti, the time when things turn green can be one of the most stunning times to visit, and the chance of a bit if rain here and there is well worth risking as this is exactly what the wildebeest are after.

The rains bring them back to the Nirvana of the short grass plains where there's plenty of high energy food for everyone and fewer places for predators to hide.

The Serengeti has a near perfect highland climate; cool mornings and evenings, warm sunny days.

The sort of climate that prompted Isaak Denison to say (although she was talking about the Kenyan Highlands) that you spring out of bed in the mornings feeling "here I am - where I ought to be."

The year in Northern Tanzania is divided roughly into three chunks:

The dry season runs from June to October, the wet between March and May and in between is a period of so called short rains, during which time things turn green. At this time of year there are localized rain showers around, but it's more or less dry.

The average annual temperatures in the main areas are as follows:

Mombasa 72ºF L

86ºF H

Nairobi   55ºF L 

77ºF H

North Plains 73ºF L 93ºF H

Kenya Quick Facts
Size - 227,600 square miles
Population - 28.3 million
Capital - Nairobi
Climate - Temperate, subtropical on coast
Economy - Agriculture, tourism
Language - Swahili, English
Currency - Kenya Shilling
Time - EST + 8
Visa - Required
 

LUGGAGE AND VISAS

 

Kenya requires visas

for citizens of the

United States.

Visas are available at

the airport, but there

may be a delay.

It is strongly recom-

mended that visas

are obtained before

travel starts.

 

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