Known as the safari capital of the world, Kenya is a country synonymous with the safari experience.
With decades worth of travellers having been to the country to witness the legendary Great Migration or chase the Big Five, Kenya is the perfect mix of first world tourism infrastructure and Africa's exotic charms.
With some of its parks located mere hours from Nairobi International Airport, Kenya is a great country for a day safari or a lengthier, multi-park tour. Headlined by the world renowned Masai Mara National Park, Kenya is a safari destination with a startling array of terrains and climates to be explored.
In addition to the opportunity to see some of Africa most iconic animals in their natural habitat, Kenya also offers visitors the chance to go on a cultural safaris. The more adventurous may even wish to tackle the steep slopes of Mount Kenya, Africa second highest mountain.
Kenya Safaris and Tours
Kenya offers a broad variety of adventures to its visitors. For those wanting to take their first safari, Kenya isn’t called the world’s safari capital for nothing. The world famous Masai Mara National Park is located a short drive from Nairobi, one of east Africa’s most cosmopolitan and fascinating cities.
Farther afield there are national parks to explore by car or on foot, mountains to climb, and pristinebeaches just begging to be explored.
Wildlife of Kenya
Every year, tens of thousands of people visit Kenya to witness the conclusion of the Great Migration as hundreds of thousands of animals make their way from the Serengeti to the vast plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The fabled ‘Big 5’ game animals – the elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and cape buffalo – can all be found in Kenya’s parks, with other popular animals such as the giraffe, cheetah, and zebras found in abundance as well.
National Parks of Kenya
With twenty three national parks and and thirteen national reserves, visitors to Kenya are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks and reserves to explore with Shadows of Africa.
With Kenya's diverse landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to stunning volcanic springs, and from sun-parched deserts to verdant savannah and forests, a safari tour of Kenya is as much a chance to soak in unique landscapes as it is an opportunity to see Kenya's wildlife.
Kenya Beach escape
Kenya is not just known for its national parks and the animals that call them home. The Indian Ocean coastline of the country is famous for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Highlighted by historic Mombasa and the Swahili culture that influences the region so heavily, the Indian Ocean Coast (sometimes known as the Kenya Coast) is a glorious ribbon of silver and sapphire just begging to be explored at a leisurely pace.
Tribes and religion of Kenya
Kenya is a country of great ethnic diversity. Ethnic groups are: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%.
Most Kenyans are bilingual in English and Swahili, also a large percentage speak the mother tongue of their ethnic tribe. Swahili, a Bantu language with Arabic, Persian and other Middle Eastern and South Asian loan words, later developed as a lingua franca for trade between the different peoples.
Climb Mount Kenya
The mountain for which the whole country is named, the many peaks of craggy Mount Kenya are the remains of an extinct volcano tall enough to draw snowfall. The more adventurous can attempt to tackle Mount Kenya's peaks, many of which require extensive rock climbing. It is possible, however, for less experienced climbers to ascend as high as 4,985m without having to resort to rock climbing.
Golf safaris in Kenya
With more than forty golf courses, Kenya is a perfect place for golfers year round. The country's perennially sunny weather means almost every day can be perfect for a round, and visitors can alternate between playing the back nine and spending days out on safari in Lake Nakuru, Nairobi, or the Masai Mara National Parks.
Shadows of Africa is happy to act as caddy for your golf safari, organising accommodation, course bookings, and the safaris that come in between.