It is in most people’s bucket list to go on a safari in African. Well, it really is possible to do this in whatever level of life you may be in and as much as it is made to look like a luxurious event for the rich you can achieve it with your income or savings.
I live in Kenya so my focus here will be on Safari holidays in Kenya and the neighbouring countries making up East Africa. You can achieve this with minimal hustle by connecting with a good accredited travel agent and make your stay memorable.
Why Choose Kenya
Kenya is a country in East Africa which boost of having the best wildlife game reserves and conservancies. It is found in the equator hence has favourable weather all year round with sunny and rainy seasons alternating through the year.
The capital city Nairobi has an international airport hence it easy to get flights from different parts to the continent. One of its many Wildlife parks is also found in the capital city hence there are numerous activities to undertake when on holiday.
Types of Holiday Packages
Well, Kenya is diverse and there are various activities you can undertake while on your holiday. Internationally Kenya is known to have a good deal of wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves and conservancies. This is what brings most people on safari to Kenya.
However, you can incorporate other activities available like hiking, beach activities, mountain climbing, sport fishing as well as just relaxing in various hotel and lodges found in the countryside.
Depending on your pocket, the packages range from a luxurious stay in 5-star hotels to budget safaris where you can opt to stay in a lodge, camp or villa. The advantage there is on this is that the world currencies like the dollar, pound, euro rank high compared to the local currency. Hence, if you save up in dollars you can get quite a good holiday package.
Some package ideas depending on what activities you intend to take include:
- 3 days to a week game drives, visit conservancies and hiking, I would recommend doing this via road as compared to the air to get a great adventure.
- A beach stay at the Kenyan coast which would include activities like snookering in our marine wildlife, jet skiing, visits cultural villages to learn about the Kenyan culture from different tribes in the Coast.
- Hiking or mountain climbing in various forests where you will get to experience some more wildlife experience and bird watching
- And above all the activities, you will get to experience the Kenyan culture and taste the Kenyan food
- You can also combine your stay by visiting all the three East African countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania by road or air with schedules activities as set by your travel agent.
Safari Essentials in accordance to the weather
One of the main concern, before you embark on a safari, is what to pack for your stay. As earlier explained, Kenya and East Africa have favourable equatorial weather hence travelling light would be ideal.
In terms of the weather, it’s normally sunny from January to March, August to October. Heavy rains are experience in April to June and short rains in November to December. Generally, the weather goes to a low of 10 degrees and as high at 38 degrees.
During the rainy season, the game parks are normally closed and it is not ideal to take game drives during this time though most of the rain happens at night. However, there are wildlife conservancies one can visit like the David Sheldon Wildlife Trust which takes care of orphaned elephants, the Giraffe Center all found in the capital city Nairobi.
What would you consider wearing in such weather? As much as most people recommend dressing in khaki from head to toe for a safari as shown in most photos on the Internet, this is not necessary and may end being a bit heavy on you.
- Cotton tops or t-shirts would do fine, some jeans, tights or khaki pants. You can add in one or two jackets for the nights tend to be cold and windy.
- For the feet, snickers which are comfortable will do and some sandals to wear when in the hotel to air the feet as the heat can make you sweaty.
- If planning for a beach holiday, shorts mostly cotton is advisable plus enough swimming costume. Get comfortable beach sandals as the beach might be a bit rough to walk barefoot.
- The main thing to put into consideration is your skincare, get a very good and strong sunscreen as the sun in this part of the world is quite hot.
- A hat to minimize the heat rays is advisable plus sunglasses. One thing most tourists ignore or forget though very important is a mosquito/insect repellent. This is important, especially when going for game drives or a hike as most forests are infested with mosquitoes.
Overall the requirements make sure you get an adventurous mind as this will go a long way in your stay in the safari.
If you love adventure, a game drive is one of the best experience you will ever have. This involves visiting wildlife in their natural habitats going about their everyday life. A wildlife lover’s dream is to see the Big 5(Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard).
Most game reserves in Kenya have at least three of this species as some like the Rhino and Elephant are ranked endangered species due to ivory hunting worldwide hence most are kept in protected areas.
One of the best game reserves, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve has all the big 5 in their park and always provide a lifetime experience when exploring. The game reserve is also famous for the great wild beast migration which happens once every year in the month of July/August as the wild beast leave the Mara through to the Mara river into the Serengeti Game reserve in the neighbouring country Tanzania.
There are various wildlife parks in Kenya and all have different experiences with various wild animals from lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe, zebra, impala, antelopes and many more.
Some main parks to visit include The Nairobi National Park found in the capital city Nairobi few kilometres from the international airport, the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Park, Marine parks in the Indian Ocean and many more.
Beaches holiday and hotel bookings
We have a very good coastal strip which has various hotels and accommodates tourist all year round. The weather in this area is mostly sunny with temperatures as high as 30 degrees during the day so it is advisable to dress light when on holiday here.
However, we do experience rainy storms that are not conducive for the beach life. To avoid these, always confirm with your travelling agent the kind of weather in place during your planned visit.
The beach life has various activities which include Snookering as there is quite a long strip of marine wildlife in this area, sunbathing, though advisable to do this in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot.
You can also take a dhow cruise, scuba diving and swimming in the Indian Ocean. Kenyan coast has a vast culture and so a visit to the cultural villages can be one of the activities you schedule during your travel.
The Best thing about it is that you can extend your stay to as far as our neighbouring country who have vast beach experience like the Island of Zanzibar.
Take the Safari
Whether you choose to visit only Kenya or you combine your stay with other African countries, you are bound to have an adventurous experience at your own budget. No need to just watch photographs on the internet experience the safari on your own and a true story to tell.