Planning to have a vacation in Kenya?
Kenya vacation:Is it possible?
When choosing Kenya as your vacation destination, always consider the season when you intend to visit. There is also need for you to be clear on whether your trip is intending for visiting the game parks/sight seeing or for inward reflection through retreats.
Coming for holidays in Kenya is no longer a reserve for the rich only. There are several vacation packages customized by different hotels or tour agents to meet customer needs.
This article seeks to highlight key factors to be considered when visiting Kenya. After reading this article you will have a better understanding of what is available in Kenya as your travel destination over the holidays.
Secrets of having a safari vacation in Kenya:
Choosing a location for your vacation
When choosing to take a Kenya safari vacation, there are several alternatives to pick from in deciding on the kind of vacation you will have.
The following come are the tips you need to factor in:
Which National Parks and Game Reserves to visit?
Kenya has many game reserves. Examples are:
- Amboseli national park
- Masaai Mara national park
Location: 275km from Nairobi
- Lake Nakuru national park
Location: 15Km from Nairobi
- Hell Gate National Park
Location: 90Km from Nairobi
- Meru National Park
Location:350km North East of Nairobi
- Shimba hills National park:
Location:33Kms South to Mombasa town
- Tsavo West National Park
Location:240 Kms from Nairobi
- Tsavo East National Park Kenya
Location:333Kms from Nairobi
The choice of which national park or game reserve to visit is solely dependent on your preferences. Where unclear on what is available in each of these locations, your tour agent will guide you accordingly. This is so because each park has unique features.
Accommodation to stay in while on vacation
These range from camping, tented, cottages, lodge/hotel where:
Camping accommodation – This involves staying out in the bush over the holidays. This can either be by setting up a tent or cam site. Due to the exposure to wildlife, it is advisable for one to establish security measures in place in the reserve.
Tented camp accommodation –You can choose to set up a tent within the premise of the hotel/reserve. In some places certain hotels already have spacious self-contained tents with bathrooms set up within the precincts.
Hotel/rental houses – These vary in size and are good for family vacations. The number of rooms available to you is dependent on your finances.
The choice is yours.
How do I find a good tour operator?
There are several international and local tour operators you can to arrange your travel logistics. It is however advisable to have one operator who cater for all your travel logistics ranging from air/road travel to accommodation. Flexible tour operators are always a good sign also, this means they can customize your itinerary (parks you visit, accommodation you stay at, and sights you see) completely to suit your needs.
You can also rely on feedback from individuals who have used a certain operator to avoid disappointment.
There are also car rental facilities available in Kenya that you cab rely on.
Type of activities to engage in whilst on vacation:
There are several activities that you can engage in as an individual or with your family/friend while on vacation in Kenya.
- Visiting entertainment spots like cinema halls
- Going to game reserves
- Visiting certain communities during their traditional/cultural functions e.g. visiting the Luhya’s during the circumcision ceremony; the Maasai’s during the traditional wedding ceremonies
- Walking safaris. This enables you walk through the game parks and get closer to the wildlife.
- Visiting certain hotels to have a taste of the Kenyan delicious food plus sample game meat.
A Kenya safari is the ultimate vacation holiday in Africa .This is influenced by the wildlife and scenery available.
Choosing Kenya for your vacation is highlighy recommended.
In order for you to enjoy your trip, i recommend the following:
- plan early
- make early two way travel arrangements
- get the necessary immunization
- pack relevant stuff
- get a reliable travel agent
- inform your friends early enough
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