Kenya is a world-class wildlife destination, recommended both for experienced safari-goers and for those booking a first-time safari. The peerless Masai Mara National Reserve offers excellent big cat encounters and is the setting for the yearly wildebeest migration. Palm-lined beaches offer a perfect place to relax after an action-packed safari.
Kenya is one of the most productive safari destinations in Africa. Herbivores, such as elephant, buffalo and giraffe, are common throughout and big rivers are usually inhabited by hippos and crocodiles. Big cats are plentiful as well. Rhino, although scarce in the Masai Mara, is common on Laikipia Plateau. Of course, it’s the wildebeest and zebra who really put on a show here, with the incredible annual migration.
The Dry season (June to October) is your best bet for wildlife watching. This is when the bush thins out, making animals more visible as they head for the nearest waterhole. This is also when the wildebeest and zebra pass through. The Wet season (November to May) has its attractions as well. These include incredible birding as migratory species arrive, fantastically green scenery, lots of newborn animals and cheaper low-season rates.