Home / Africa Blog / 5 reasons to go on safari to Kenya

5 reasons to go on safari to Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, and it’s easy to see why. The East African country has a lot to offer travellers, from spectacular game reserves to an abundance of wildlife (including the Masai Mara, where the biggest migration in the world takes place), an incredibly beautiful coastline and picture-perfect tropical islands, Mount Kenya (Africa’s second tallest mountain) and scenic Lake Victoria.

Here are our top 5 reasons to go on safari to Kenya:


1. See the Great Migration

Every year more than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in a big loop across the plains of the Masai Marai National Park heading south to the Serengeti National Park, across the Mara River in Tanzania. This migration is recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, and is an awe-inspiring spectacle of antelope on the move, pursued by predators such as crocodiles and lions. It is, without a doubt, one of the best wildlife experiences on the planet and should be at the top of any nature lover’s bucket list!

Understanding the Migration

2. Go on a Big Five safari


Even if you don’t visit Kenya during the migration period, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Big Five game viewing in the national parks and reserves of the country. In addition to the Masai Mara, there’s also Amboseli, Lake Nakuru (where the birding is phenomenal) and Tsavo East. You don’t even have to go very far after you land in Nairobi before you can see game – there’s a game reserve (Nairobi National Park) just a few kilometres outside of the city, which is home to leopard, lion, rhino, cheetah, eland and giraffe.

3. Go back in time on Lamu Island

Lamu Island, just off the coast of northern Kenya, is home to Lamu Town, the best-preserved Swahili town in the world where you really feel the centuries of history in the narrow alleyways lined with shops and cafés, fragrant markets, interesting history museums, Arab-influenced architecture and old thick wooden doors from India concealing quiet courtyards – as well as Shela Beach, a perfect stretch of golden sand lapped by the warm, calm waters of the Indian Ocean.

4. Climb Africa’s second tallest mountain

Mount Kenya may not be as famous as its neighbouring peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – across the border in Tanzania, but it still offers a great climbing experience. At nearly 5000 metres above sea level, Africa’s second tallest mountain takes less time to scale than Kilimanjaro, and there’s less chance of climbers getting altitude sickness. Plus, the scenery is beautiful – Mount Kenya boasts volcanic boulders, lakes, forests filled with animals (the peak is surrounded by a national park) and permanent glaciers – without the crowds of Kili.

5. Relax in beach paradise

Kenya’s coast is the stuff tropical beach brochures are made off: miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches, warm ocean and palm trees rustling in the breeze. On offer are loads of activities to keep the non-beach-lounger types occupied, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing and snorkelling.

Inspired to start planning a safari to Kenya?

About Sarah Duff

Documentary filmmaker/ travel writer/ photographer - www.sarahduff.com
Article by: Sarah Duff
on May 19, 2016
Filed under  Africa Blog • Kenya 
African Overland Tours Experts
  • First-hand experience
  • Advice and guidance
  • We're passionate travelers

Enquire Now


How many species of lions are there?

How many species of lions are there?

How many species of lions exist? There is actually only one species – the Panthera leo, however, there are several sub-species of lions which you may not know about. So when you head off on your...

Best time to visit Africa for Weather & Viewing

Best time to visit Africa for Weather & Viewing

When is the best time to visit Africa? If you’re planning to tour to Africa then it helps to know what the best time to visit Africa. Africa’s landscape is as diverse as it's expansive, with each...

The Top 10 Deadliest Animals in Africa

The Top 10 Deadliest Animals in Africa

When you’re travelling on a safari through Africa, chances are you’ll spot a rather large variety of animals – not all of which are really as adorable as they appear. Though these animals are hardly...

  • Blog categories

  • Contact us

    UK  +44 80 0098 8010

    USA  +1 888 815 2423

    AUS  +61 1800 768 149

    SA  +27 21 448 0997

    Email  info@africanoverlandtours.com


    Local Time in South Africa

    We’re Here To Help

    Having traveled extensively on all our routes in Africa we are able to narrow down the best options based on our experience and knowledge and guide you through the best possible options for your incredible African Overlanding experience.

    African Overland Tours is owned by Escape 4 Africa Travel.

    We are SATSA Bonded (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) and SATIB insured (Safari and Tourism Insurance Brokers, providing financial protection with all monies paid

    We have a 24 hour emergency number.

    We offer a Price Beat Guarantee.


    Submit a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *