Nairobi is the perfect base for Kenyan safaris as it is surrounded by magnificent and diverse wildlife. From Nairobi National Park right next door, Maasai Mara to the west, Lake Nakuru a little to the north, and the Tsavo Parks in the south toward the ocean, Kenya has it all. So, lots to choose from. Read our 3 steps on how to plan the ultimate safari from Nairobi, and book one to suit your tastes and budget. Kenya is a wild land. Read on to get inspired!
Choosing your perfect Safari
So how do you plan your perfect wildlife vacation in Kenya? Here are a few steps to get you started.
1. Choose what you want to see:
Is it grassy plains full of zebra, hyenas and the Big 5 you are after? Then the Maasai Mara is the best place to go. Lake Nakuru is a wildlife hub and the ideal spot for bird lovers as flamingos flock here by the millions turning the surface bright pink. For those seeking a red earth, scorching sun kind of adventure, the Tsavo National Parks are for you. The Tsavo West National Park spans mostly across the Tsavo desert, whereas the East Park offers a little more green for the eyes. Tsavo East is ideal for elephant sightings, and the West Park is known for Rhino, Buffalo and Maasai Lions.
2. Choose your budget:
Kenya has a safari for everyone. You can jump in a 4x4 van, drive out to Maasai Mara on a three-day camping trip and catch a look at the Big 5 for $150 USD per person if you find the right guide, haggle like crazy and are off-season.
However, most people wish to have more than a fence and Maasai Guard with a spear between them and the yelping hyenas at night. There are safari packages for those seeking a little luxury with their view, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, where you can take walks through the park and even enjoy meals in the bush. There is also the option to fly in and fly out so you don’t waste precious time driving back and forth.
3. Choose your company:
Once you know where you want to go and what you want to spend, there is a company to do it for you. Kenya has endless safari companies so we have picked two for you and detailed their best deals.
The Ultimate Travel Company
Want your trip to be personalized and breeze-easy from start to finish? Try London-based The Ultimate Travel Company. This company has pre-planned trips and packages that spell out luxury and are unique. Those competent on horses can take day trips in a saddle as they ride along with the wildlife across the Mara plain. Alternatively, you can jump on a family or conservation safari. If you prefer to travel in comfort, hop on a luxury tour and enjoy a warm bath after meeting the animals or a swim in a private pool to cool off. Get in contact with their travel experts and find the perfect safari for you.
If looking to fly-in and fly-out, check out the animals from a hot air balloon or enjoy a family safari package, Gamewatchers Safaris has what you need. Accredited by the Kenyan Association of Tour Operators, this company is dedicated to making sure your trip is perfect. If you are short on time, you can take a day trip to Nairobi National Park right outside the city and catch the animals that call this protected area home. You would never guess it, but lions, hippos, elephants, buffalo and more live out their lives happily in this reserve with the sky rise buildings as a backdrop. Want to head to Tsavo National Park instead; the home of the Tsavo Man Eaters? This safari company can do it all, including breakfasts in the bush and walking safaris.
Play with orphaned elephants and rhinos
Regardless of which safari you take, there is one place you cannot miss. Lovers of Kenya and its rich stories that the world devours in forms of books, such as 'Out of Africa' and 'An African Love Story', will be thrilled at the elephant orphanage. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded by David’s surviving wife and author of An African Love Story, Daphne Sheldrick. Daphne and her team are powered by a sense of necessity, to help save Kenya’s wildlife from poaching, safeguarding the environment and creating awareness.
In addition to providing veterinary services to animals in need, the trust houses the elephant and rhino orphanage where they hand raise orphans and those needing medical attention. Having successfully hand raised over 150 infant elephants and letting them back into their herds, the team here is doing something remarkable and relies on donations and visiting fees. Visitors can enjoy an unforgettable moment with baby elephants, watching them play and drink milk as you pet them and learn about how reintegration and rehabilitation are carried out.