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Do you want on an African adventure to experience the incredible Big Five in the Masai Mara? Then our Kenya tours are perfect for you.

Kenya has always been a popular country for intrepid travellers and wildlife enthusiasts alike - known for its beautiful game reserves, endless lush plains, and abundance of wildlife, a Kenya tour is guaranteed to give you an epic safari experience.

On our Kenya tours, you'll find yourself relaxing in a truly enchanting landscape, while observing the African wildlife and learning the local customs and lifestyle.

On an Encounters Travel safari tour, you will have the opportunity to see the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and encounter the local Masai people and culture along with many other wonderful sites Kenya has on offer.

Travellers from all over the globe flock to Kenya every year to witness what some believe is nature's most dramatic spectacle - the great wildebeest migration. Millions of wildebeest come to Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve to witness this phenomenon live, as the migratory herds arrive from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, crossing the Nile crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River to continue their journey to greener pastures.

The wildlife encounters are fascinating, not only will you see the wildebeest attempt to cross the Mara River, but other predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena often come into the vicinity to take advantage of the vulnerable wildebeest herds.

Our Kenya tours allow you to see a piece of this paradise while staying in comfortable accommodation.

Don't hesitate to step outside your comfort zone - go on a safari in Kenya! For more information about Kenya's National Parks, this handy guide will give you an idea of what to expect.

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Do you want to know more about Kenya and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Kenya tourism board for more information.

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Masai Mara Reserve safaris, Masai tribe, Lake Nakuru, the equator, Muchison Falls, chimpanzees, Lake Bunyonyi, mountain gorillas


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Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Diving & Snorkelling, Zanzibar, Serengeti National Park, Ngoro...


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Incredible wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater, Endless savannahs of the Serengeti National Park, Coral reefs and beautiful beaches of Zanziba...


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Stunning African landscape, big game viewing, Adventurers Childrens' Club, Samburu National Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the official currency of Kenya?

The currency used in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling, which is subdivided into 100 cents.

When the best time of year for your Kenya tours?

The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July until October. During January and February, the weather is hot, dry, and good for wildlife watching.

When is the best time of the year to visit Kenya?

The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July until October. During January and February, the weather is hot, dry, and good for wildlife watching.

What should you wear in Kenya?

Women should wear loose, conservative clothes that cover their arms and legs. Men shouldn’t wear shorts or singlets in most areas.

Can you drink the tap water in Kenya

The tap water is not safe to drink in Kenya, so stick to bottled water.

How do I plan a trip to Kenya?

Many factors will play into planning a trip to Kenya. Deciding on your budget, itinerary, transport and accommodation needs to be prioritised. If you book a tour with us at Encounters Travel, we take care of all the details so that you can enjoy the Kenyan experience.

Is it safe to travel to Kenya?

Compared to some of its neighbouring countries, Kenya is a relatively safe destination for tourists. While certain regions within Kenya should be avoided due to high crime and terrorism, our expert tour guides are well-equipped to show you the best parts of Kenya safely.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Kenya?

Yes, there are both compulsory and strongly recommended vaccinations for those travelling to Kenya. All travellers must have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to gain entry and are recommended to get the following vaccines; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies, meningitis, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Chickenpox, Shingles, Pneumonia and Influenza.

How much would a trip to Kenya cost?

The cost of a trip to Kenya varies quite drastically, dependent on types of accommodation, entertainment and length of your stay.

Where should we go in Kenya?

Kenya is a land of striking natural beauty and splendour. With its wide-open planes and lush game parks, we suggest that you see as much as possible. Spot the Big Five, watch the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara Game Reserve or birdwatch in Lake Nakuru National Park.

How many days in Kenya is enough?

Dependent on your itinerary, 3-5 days in Kenya is a good amount for first-time visitors to adequately experience the local culture and natural attractions. When visiting Kenya, always factor in travel and resting times to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.

What is the best month to visit Kenya?

If you are coming to Kenya for its wildlife, the best time to visit is during the dry season which falls between late June to October. The great wildebeest migration typically reaches the Masai Mara in July/August and continues into October.

Is Kenya expensive?

Yes, Kenya is an expensive country to visit. Nairobi is known as Africa's 4th most expensive capital city to live in, and travellers can expect to pay between $100 – $200 per day. This is because most travellers come to Kenya for its wildlife and Safari Parks that are geared towards international tourists.

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I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

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Kenya Country Guide

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Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +245
Area: 580,367 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Kenya is at sea level on the Indian Ocean at 0m | The highest point in Kenya is at 5,197m (17055 ft.) above sea level at Mount Kenya
Population: 50,950,879 (2018)
Capital: Nairobi
Governemnt: Republic, Representative democracy, Presidential system, Unitary state
Language: Swahili, English

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country located in Africa. Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya and the capital. The oldest and first capital of Kenya is Mombasa. The territory of Kenya lies on the equator and overlies on the East African Rift. The country is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the northeast.

The country's geographical and topographical diversity is characterised by an assortment of climates. These include a humid coastline, temperate savannah grasslands, temperate forested hilly areas in the west and an equatorial climate around Lake Victoria - the world's largest tropical freshwater lake.

The country has a collection of national parks and wildlife reserves, such as Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Aberdares National Park, and East and West Tsavo National Park. Kenya is part of the African Great Lakes region, and it has been inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic period. The climate in Kenya differs from tropical by the coast to temperate inland and arid in the north and northeast parts of the country.

In 1963, Kenya gained independence, but it has remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is divided into 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors. The economy of Kenya is the largest in eastern and central Africa. The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial centre. The largest sector in Kenya is agriculture, followed by the service industry and tourism.

Highlights

  • Kakamega Forest - Kenya's only tropical forest, northwest of Nairobi, near the border of Uganda.
  • Nairobi - the capital and the largest city with a national game reserve and Giraffe Centre.
  • Lake Turkana - formerly known as Lake Rudolph, this lake is positioned in the Kenya Rift Valley.
  • Kisite Marine National Park - a marine park off the coast of Wasini, with coral reefs and popular diving spots.
  • Watamu - a small coastal town, north of Mombasa, and home to Watamu Marine National Park.
  • Fort Jesus - a fort on Mombasa Island, built in 1596, to guard the old port of Mombasa.
  • National Museum - positioned at Museum Hill, this museum celebrates Kenya's art, culture and nature.
  • Giraffe Centre - located in Lang'ata, this centre was established to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe.

Tips

  • Always ask permission before taking photographs of people.
  • Learn some basic phrases of Swahili to interact with the locals.
  • If you are eating at a private home, never handle your food with your left hand.
  • Cotton or linen clothing is recommended for the heat, and layers for cooler evenings.
  • Avoid walking around Nairobi, especially at night - rather take a taxi.
  • Haggling is acceptable in most shops, so it is best to get used to bargaining.
  • When switching currency, do so in a reputable foreign exchange bureau, bank or hotel.
  • Do not display your valuables in crowded areas or on public transport.

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