Safari and beach vacation – the perfect combination on a Kenya trip. The country has the longest tradition of tourism in East Africa. The most famous national park is the Masai Mara. The annual wildebeest migration is the highlight of activities in the nature reserve on the border with Tanzania. A visit to this reserve is an essential part of any trip to Kenya. The wild north of Kenya with Samburo and Meru National Park means pure safari adventure. In the south of Kenya you will find the perfect view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Tsavo National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world.
Discover the legendary Maasai Mara and relax by the Indian Ocean
After an adventurous safari, the beautiful coasts of Kenya offer relaxation and recreation by the Indian Ocean. The region around Mombasa with Diani Beach and the numerous hotels and lodges is the perfect destination for your beach vacation.
Kenya’s culture and history have been shaped by very different influences. The country only gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, and around forty ethnic groups live here today. As a result, there are around fifty different languages and dialects within a limited territory. Numerous immigrants from Asia and the Arab countries have found a new home in the country. This led to a mixture of African, Indian and Arabic traditions.
Meru National Park
East of Mount Kenya (the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro) is the Meru National Park, which is bordered by the Tana River in the southeast. Many other watercourses provide the national park with lush green vegetation with gallery forests, which are followed by large grasslands in the north. You can observe the following species in the park, among others: Elephants, leopards, lions, buffalos, hippos, gazelles and crocodiles as well as hartebeest and oryx. The reserve has been under protection since 1966 and became famous through the BBC report “Genesis”, which deals in detail with the regeneration of the game population. In addition, the British lion conservationist George Adamson reported in the book “Born Free” about his commitment against poaching and the rearing of three lions in this region.
25 km of tropical beach paradise with coconut palms await you on Diani Beach south of Mombasa. Fantastic boutique hotels, resorts and lodges, some of which are family-run, offer plenty of variety as well as culinary highlights. Relax on the wide beach lined with palm trees or go on a tour with diving goggles and snorkel. Either from the beach or on one of the offshore reefs, which can be reached by dhow. The sailing boats typical of the Indian Ocean take you directly to the underwater safari, where you can observe not only many large fish but also sea turtles. The more adventurous can experience the picturesque coastline from a different perspective with kite surfing or a tour on a jet ski.
The Masai Mara is particularly famous for the Great Migration. During the annual fascinating natural spectacle, large herds of blue wildebeest, gazelles, zebras and impalas cross the Mara River during their migration. A spectacle that is second to none: more than 2 million animals are on the move, looking for fresh water and feeding grounds. Around June and July, the animals reach the Masai Mara, in the north of the Serengeti. You can also observe and photograph lions, elephants, leopards, zebras and giraffes in the savannah on game drives in Kenya’s most animal-rich reserve. Typical of the landscape are the umbrella acacias, which adorn every view with their striking contours.
Samburo National Park Tsavo National Park Mount Kenya Nairobi National Park Walking tour through Nairobi
Travel information & useful information
If you are a German citizen, you need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure to enter Kenya. An eVisa is also required, which can be applied for online . Anyone entering the country from a yellow fever-endemic area must present proof of vaccination upon entry. If you are traveling from Germany or have spent less than 12 hours at the airport of an affected endemic area for transit reasons, you do not need to provide proof of vaccination. Further information can also be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Geld & Währung
The Kenyan shilling (KES), which is divided into 100 cents, is used for payment in Kenya. We recommend having a few small dollar bills with you for your travel budget. You can use it to pay for a small purchase or a tip. Please note that only dollar notes printed before 2006 are accepted. In Kenya, you can withdraw cash from ATMs using EC cards with the Maestro symbol and most major credit cards. If you are unsure, ask your bank before you leave.
In addition to the standard vaccinations recommended by the Robert Koch Institute, a yellow fever vaccination is also recommended. You should also find out about so-called exposure prophylaxis, which protects you against dengue fever and malaria. When planning your trip, it is best to ask a travel doctor which vaccinations they recommend for you.
Klima und Wetter
Kenya has a warm climate all year round. With temperatures around 25° C, January and February are the warmest months. The climate on the coast is fundamentally different from that in the highlands. It is usually warmer on the coast, where you can expect temperatures of around 28°C in July and August, which can even exceed 30°C in the German winter months. Most rainfall can be expected from the beginning of March to the end of May and from the beginning of November to the end of December. We will be happy to advise you on the best time to travel according to your interests.
Kenya is one hour ahead of German summer time. In winter, the difference is +2 hours.
When traveling in Kenya, it is no problem to communicate in English. The official language is Swahili. With a friendly “jambo” (“hello”) you can quickly strike up a conversation with the locals. Over 70 languages are spoken in Kenya, as each ethnic group has its own language tradition.
Essen und Trinken
Ugali is the traditional dish in Kenya. The corn porridge is served with grilled meat (“Nyama Choma”) or the exotic fish curry “Mchuzi wa Samaki”, for example. “Sukuma Wiki” is the name of a traditional vegan dish made from various types of green cabbage and spinach.
Recommended for tea time in Kenya: try the wonderfully spiced chai with cardamom (masala) and cinnamon. The local coffee is also internationally renowned. As a sundowner, we recommend the Kenyan cocktail “Dawa” (translated “medicine”) – with cane sugar, vodka and limes.
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