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Experience both the quintessential and the singular allure of Africa’s ultimate safari destination. Picture the endless golden savanna under a vast and dramatic sky as a herd of elephants ambling in front of Kilimanjaro’s mighty snowcapped peak, a team of lionesses giving their cubs a hunting lesson. Visualize a million wildebeest dodging the jaws of giant crocodiles as they cross the Mara River. Spectacles like these are only the beginning of Kenya’s magic.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Best of Kenya Safari: Big Five, Maasai Mara & National Parks

Best of Kenya Safari: Big Five, Maasai Mara & National...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $5,055

Experience the very best of Kenya on this dream safari adventure. Covering six diverse parks, this itinerary offers a perfect blend of thrilling adventure and serene beauty. Submerse yourself in the captivating charms of wild Africa and get indelibly close to the Big Five and much more. With places like the Maasai Mara and Samburu on the itinerary, this 11-day trip offers a daily procession of unforgettable highlights.

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A male lion is sitting on the top of the rock in Serengeti nation park, Tanzania.

Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience

Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience

16 Day Custom Tour

Find yourself immersed in the drama and prestige of the wilderness during your 16-day luxury African safari through Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Discover the expansive splendor of the Serengeti as you search for golden lions and scour the jungle terrain of Volcanoes National Park to find lounging gorillas. Witness the rolling thunder of the Great Wildebeest Migration and embrace the elegance of giraffes towering above the trees. From opulent lodges to exclusive activities, you will experience the true depth and exceptional personalized service of a custom-tailored African safari during your trip of a lifetime.

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Kenya Safari & Beach Getaway for Lovers

Kenya Safari & Beach Getaway for Lovers

13 Day Custom Tour

From $12,865

Kenya's landscape is unparalleled. It provides the hypnotic stage and exquisite backdrop for this Kenya romantic vacation. Lions chasing wildebeest across the Maasai Mara, Indian Ocean beaches without footprints, Amboseli elephants roaming beneath snow-capped Kilimanjaro; these memorable scenes at these unforgettable destinations elevate the romance with vibrant waves of charm and delight. Few vacations can offer such a complete getaway. And none will make you feel as alive.

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Icons of Kenya: Masai Mara & Mount Kenya Walking Safari

Icons of Kenya: Masai Mara & Mount Kenya Walking...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $5,055

From the plains of the Mara to the snow-touched summit of Africa's second highest mountain, Kenya is a destination of epic panoramas and exquisite details. By exploring on foot, your vantage point will ensure that you appreciate the exquisite beauty of the landscape. From the roaming herds to the lunar escarpments, the big cats to the monkey-filled slopes, this 11-day safari will offer an exclusive opportunity to see it all along with a four-day summit of Mount Kenya followed by a four-day Mara safari with Masai warrior guides.

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Lion King Inspired Family Safari: Pride of Africa

Lion King Inspired Family Safari: Pride of Africa

13 Day Custom Tour

From $5,624

Your 13-day luxury family safari of Kenya and Tanzania will embody the wonders of East Africa and immerse you in the circle of life. You will journey into the wilderness that inspired The Lion King movie where warthogs ramble through the underbrush and lions laze on the savannah. From recognizable landscapes to captivating ancient legends, your family safari will bring the dream of East Africa’s majestic wildlife into reality.Note: Zicasso and “Lion King Inspired Safari: Pride of Africa” are not affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, or Fairview Entertainment.

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Highlights of Kenya Safari Tour

Highlights of Kenya Safari Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,355

Over this one-week whirlwind tour of Kenya’s highlights, you will experience both the quintessential experiences alongside the lesser-known (but equally spectacular) corners of the country. Walk the flamingo-lined shores of Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru, pausing to admire the robust rhinoceros population. Head into the bush on foot guided by a Maasai Warrior, learning of the tricks and skills that have their enabled Maasai prosperity for centuries. Finally, traverse the plains of the infamous Maasai Mara as lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffe hover around the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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Two-Week Kenya Big Cat Safari Adventure

Two-Week Kenya Big Cat Safari Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

From $7,135

Handcrafted to celebrate Kenya’s abundance of endangered animals, this adventurous, two-week safari will also offer intimate moments with rhinos, chimpanzees, and nearly exclusive species to Kenya. Cheetahs flourish on Kenya’s open grasslands along with Africa’s other iconic cats. This safari will lead you them, from the Amboseli swamps to Meru plains and Masai Mara grasslands.

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Mother Cheetah and her cub in the savannah in Africa

Amazing Kenya Cheetah Safari for Photographers

Amazing Kenya Cheetah Safari for Photographers

10 Day Custom Tour

From $4,795

Handcrafted for wildlife photographers, this adventurous, 10-day Kenyan safari will give you the ultimate angles of cheetahs and other big cats. You will explore with specialist guides and on private game drives that venture off the trail to achieve the ultimate shots. Ease into Big Five photography in Laikipia, capture iconic scenes in the Masai Mara, and then explore beneath the surface with a big cat safari in Mara North Conservancy. Expect to return home with eternal and ineffable photos of Africa’s icons.

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Kenya Safari for Couples: Romance & Adventure in the African Bush

Kenya Safari for Couples: Romance & Adventure in...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $7,915

Step back in time, growing nostalgic over the glamour, intimacy and adventure of early 20th century Kenyan safaris. Recreate the magic as you retrace the trails of Kenya’s early explorers, bearing witness to the country’s spectacular past, prolific wildlife and vibrant communities. This package carries discerning guests through Kenya’s top safari destinations as they exclusively capture a glimpse of an era rich with luxury, elegance and romance in the heart of the African bush.

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Family Friendly Kenyan Safari: Bush, Beach & City

Family Friendly Kenyan Safari: Bush, Beach & City...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $6,105

Specially designed for families with kids under 10 years old in mind, this tour takes you on a magical African safari, showing young children the wonders of the bush on this family-friendly Kenya vacation and safari. From Nairobi conservation centers to the secluded plains of Laikipia, your family will learn of the wonders of this environment, and the importance of conservation. Moving on to the famed Maasai Mara, you will receive the quintessential safari experience before unwinding along the calm turquoise shores of the Indian Ocean. Over two weeks, this comprehensive tour will inspire a true passion for Africa in every member of your family.

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Maasai Mara Kenya Safari Tour

Maasai Mara Kenya Safari Tour

11 Day Custom Tour

From $5,385

This unforgettable safari adventure showcases the diverse beauty of Kenya's unique wilderness. Marvel at the remarkable spectacle of the Maasai Mara, spot endangered rhino at Sweetwaters Tented Camp, and explore the Big Five territory of Lake Nakuru and Samburu. With nine days on this Kenyan safari you'll discover an untouched land that defies the imagination, one that's serene and electrifying in equal measure.

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Essential Kenya: Safaris in Maasai Mara & Lake Nakuru

Essential Kenya: Safaris in Maasai Mara & Lake...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,915

Explore Kenya’s most famed national parks on this essential 8-day Kenya safari through the African wilderness. Beginning in the Maasai Mara, you will be exposed to unbelievable sightings of lion, leopard, elephant rhinoceros and buffalo – but will also be exposed to the fascinating Maasai culture. Moving through the Great Rift Valley, the tour features the sublime Lake Nakuru and its flamingo filled shores from game drives to perfect vantage points with sundowner cocktails. Driving back to Nairobi a few days later, you will have witnessed the quintessential parks of this impressive country.

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Kenya Vacation: Safari, Beach, and Exclusive Lodges

Kenya Vacation: Safari, Beach, and Exclusive Lodges...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $12,455

This exclusive itinerary showcases the very best of Kenya. Discover beautiful areas of wilderness, great savannas teeming with wild game, deserted white sand beaches, and spectacular plateaus. Each destination offers its own inimitability, epitomized by the unforgettable Maasai Mara and a walking safari in Meru National Park. Packed with unique experiences, this itinerary shows Kenya at its most beautiful and authentic.

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Highlights of Kenya Safari & Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Highlights of Kenya Safari & Uganda Gorilla Trekking...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $11,565

From the flamingo-filled shores of Lake Nakuru, to the crocodile-infested banks of Lake Edward and right down the rapids of the River Nile, this package is the ultimate tour of East Africa’s spectacular fresh water lakes. While taking pauses to walk amongst a thriving rhino population and to marvel at Uganda’s spectacular mountain gorillas while listening to the calls of hundreds of bird species, few safaris will better combine serenity, tranquility and thoughtful wildlife interactions.

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The Ultimate Stylish Safari Through Kenya

The Ultimate Stylish Safari Through Kenya

12 Day Custom Tour

From $10,795

This extraordinary journey takes in the best that Kenya has to offer, from the delightfully eccentric Giraffe Manor where the animals rule the roost, the rugged beauty and statuesque tribes of the Samburu, to the wild open plains of the majestic Masai Mara. After your Kenya safari, fly to the coast and absorb the blissfully romantic barefoot luxury of Kinondo Kwetuon the Indian Ocean.

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Luxury Bespoke East Africa Safari: Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania

Luxury Bespoke East Africa Safari: Rwanda, Kenya &...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $14,695

This luxurious African adventure is packed with some of the world's most exhilarating natural experiences. It combines the unrivaled wonders of East Africa with the most exclusive accommodation on the continent. Visit two troops of gorillas in the Rwandan hills and immerse yourself in the unforgettable spectacle of the Maasai Mara. Then surround yourself with the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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Pristine Family Vacation to Kenya

Pristine Family Vacation to Kenya

11 Day Custom Tour

From $9,345

The majesty of Kenya shines within the golden plains and stretches across the mountaintops. From its wildlife to its people, it emanates with diversity. Settle into the wonders of Kenya and the surprising luxuries of the wild world. Elephants play at the waterhole. Leopards laze in the treetops. Samburu villagers sing at their family well. The magic of Africa opens to you, where the sights and sounds of the Kenya you’ve always wanted come to life.

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Eclectic Northern Kenya and Masai Mara Safari

Eclectic Northern Kenya and Masai Mara Safari

13 Day Custom Tour

From $12,605

The Masai Mara and Northern Kenya provide an eclectic safari experience, packed with thrills, charms and spectacular big game alongside diverse safari experiences. This 13-day safari unravels the wild as you visit five different safari destinations. Start with intimate Big Five encounters in the private Solio Reserve, explore the vast and untouched Samburu and then walk and mobile camp in the enchanting Aberdare forests as you lose yourself in the Masai Mara.  You will finish well with a safari at an exclusive Mara Conservancy.

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Kenyan Exclusivity & Luxury Safari: Siana Reserve, Masai Mara & More

Kenyan Exclusivity & Luxury Safari: Siana Reserve,...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Explore the famed Mara-Serengeti eco-system with unprecedented privacy and intimacy through this one-week tour of the Siana Reserve and the Masai Mara National Park. This tour revolves around providing numerous encounters to observe lions, leopards, elephant and the Great Wildebeest Migration (Migration dependent on month traveling).  You will stay in luxurious lodges and tented camps in quiet corners of this often-crowded region. With opportunities to meet locals and support local communities through successful eco-tourism initiatives, this is one of the most comprehensive ways to experience this stunning part of Kenya.

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Tented Luxury Safari Across East Africa: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Masai Mara

Tented Luxury Safari Across East Africa: Ngorongoro...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $12,495

From the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, to the endless plains of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, this package provides guests with an ultimate and exclusive tour of the continent’s famed landscapes. With thriving wildlife round every turn, and few other trucks in site, you will experience exclusive and intimate interactions with lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and – if lucky – the few remaining rhinos. As the Wildebeest Migration (month dependent) boldly approaches the crocodile-filled Mara River, you will bear witness to a quintessential African moment before retiring to your luxury campsite under the starry night sky.

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Responsible Kenyan Tourism: Safaris through Kenya’s Conservancies & Eco-Lodges

Responsible Kenyan Tourism: Safaris through Kenya’s...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $9,795

From exclusive elephant encounters in the shade of Mount Kilimanjaro, to quiet moments with the endangered black rhinoceros, this Kenya safari tour package will profile Kenya’s top wildlife conservancies while simultaneously supporting their conservation. With opportunities to visit local villages and community development projects, you will witness the power luxury tourism holds in fostering and promoting sustainable development. This package highlights the future of responsible tourism against the backdrop of Kenya’s top lodges and properties. The wildlife viewing is wonderful as well!

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Kenya Family Safari

Kenya Family Safari

7 Day Custom Tour

From $5,245

Explore the diversity of Kenya’s mountains and plains over this 7-day luxury tour of the country. From country clubs at the base of Mount Kenya and in the Aberdares Mountains, to a private wood cabin in the heart of the Masai Mara, you will experience these epic landscapes against the backdrop of superior service and comfort. With numerous opportunities to search for lions, leopards, buffalo and hippo in their natural habitat, along with a full day exploring Nairobi, this is truly a comprehensive tour of this stunning country.

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Cheetah Safari: Expedition Through Kenya

Cheetah Safari: Expedition Through Kenya

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,685

Cheetahs roam where ungulates graze across the Kenyan plains. They thrive in the Masai Mara, have returned to Meru, are holding on in Samburu, and are accompanied by critically endangered species in Ol Pejeta. This unforgettable, 11-day safari will showcase four exceptional Kenyan destinations while focusing on cheetah encounters in addition to the country’s rarer and more unusual wildlife. It will provide a diverse safari experience in the country where safaris began.

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Kenya Vacation: Samburu, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

Kenya Vacation: Samburu, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru &...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,145

This package carries visitors through the full spectrum of Kenyan landscapes on a stunning weeklong adventure in the bush. Beginning in the arid plains of Samburu National Park, guests will enjoy intimacy and solitude with the region’s unique wildlife. Moving on through the slopes of Mount Kenya towards the flamingo-filled floor of the Great Rift Valley, you will enjoy the lushness and freshness of these Great Rift Valley regions. The tour culminates with the quintessential Kenyan experience: safaris across the Masai Mara alongside the treasured Big Five. This tour gives you a taste of all the magic the country has to offer, from the comfort of a variety of stunning lodges.

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Kenya Safaris

How to Book a Kenya Safari

Kenya is unique in its wildlife, landscape, and culture. Vast savannahs support teeming herds of wildebeest and zebras, snow-capped mountains cut across the equator, and traditional communities retain their soulful customs. Kenya dazzles visitors with its harsh deserts, palm-fringed coastline, Great Rift Valley, and lush forests. A Kenya safari will immerse you in grand wilderness and intimate lodges where you can find elephant herds and ancient histories.

A Kenya safari embodies a lifetime of unforgettable adventure. Whether planning a family-friendly safari in Amboseli National Park or your honeymoon in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Zicasso is here to assist you.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized safari tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group safari tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a safari yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Safari Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.

The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Safari Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour.

Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Kenya

We have collaborated with our Kenya travel specialists to provide you with suggestions for a perfect trip of any length. A custom Zicasso tour is designed around your schedule and organized around your needs and desires; however, the following recommendations act as excellent guidelines.

How many days is enough for a safari in Kenya?

Between 10 and 12 days is the perfect amount of time for a Kenya safari. Kenya is closer to Europe and the United States than most other safari destinations, which makes the average travel time between four to six hours shorter when flying to Nairobi than when traveling to other African nations. Ten to twelve days in Kenya will give you a comfortable amount of time to visit two to three camps or parks.

Each day can be tailored to your interests and expectations. Many travellers try to visit too many parks or reserves during their safari. The best experience incorporates time and patience, which can provide your guide with the chance to interpret the environment in a meaningful way.

While Kenya has seven distinct geographical regions, the main divisions consist of the elevated formations of the southwestern third of the country versus the low plateaus and plains of the remaining two-thirds of Kenya.

Safari Trips

With 10 to 12 days in Kenya, we suggest that you visit between two to three different parks. The different parks in Kenya reflect the diversity of the ecosystems, animal populations, safari experiences, and local cultures.

10 Days

Days 1 - 2: Nairobi

Days 3 - 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Days 7 - 10: Laikipia and Lew Conservancies

12 Days

Days 1 - 2: Nairobi

Days 3 - 5: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Days 6 - 9: Laikipia and Lew Conservancies

Days 10 - 12: Amboseli National Park

Essential Kenya Safari Experiences

A Kenya safari allows you to experience wildlife from a variety of perspectives. Distinctive cultural elements and diverse excursions add depth to your experience.

How Will I Experience Wildlife?

Most Kenya safari activities involve a Toyota Landscriuser with a removable roof. Long game drives will often begin before sunrise or shortly before sunset and be accompanied by experienced drivers. You will get surprisingly close to the wildlife but remain a safe distance from large animals and herds. Night drives are often available but only when accompanied by experienced guides and drivers.

In a number of parks and private concessions, you can participate in bush walks and horseback safaris. A hot air balloon ride also provides a unique perspective from which to view the wildlife and wilderness of Kenya.

Kenya has over 40 different language groups and approximately 42 different tribes, making cultural encounters a highlight of a Kenya itinerary. The most famous of these encounters is a visit to a Masai village. Other diverse communities that welcome visitors include the Samburu and the Turkana.

How Can I Ensure I See My Favorite Animal?

Wildlife encounters are exciting and unique but never guaranteed; however, Kenya is best-known for its spectacular countryside teeming with herds of wildlife and species that are endemic to Kenya and East Africa.

Kenya’s pristine landscapes include the Great Rift Valley, which is the third-highest freestanding mountain in Africa, volcanic peaks, and glassy lakes that offer some of the best game viewing in Africa. Kenya is steeped in tradition and romance, offering greater diversity than any other country on the continent.

The Great Wildebeest Migration also takes place in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Park between July and October. The event is the largest migration of wildlife in the world when animals like wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River.

You rarely see just one animal during a safari in Kenya. Instead, you will likely spot large herds of animals, such as elephants and Big Five, which consist of elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and Cape buffalo. Kenya also possesses the Ugly 5, the Shy 5, the Small 5, and the Impossible 5, which speaks to the remarkable biodiversity of the country that includes approximately 25,000 different animal species.

What Is a Day on Safari Like?

A typical day on safari depends on the type of experience you wish to have inside a specific park. A game drive in a larger park can include a packed lunch, and smaller parks may have you return to your lodge or camp by midday. The following is an example of a typical day on a Kenya safari:

  • 05:30 – Wake-up call
  • 06:00 – Light breakfast (cereals, fruit, muffins, toast, tea, coffee, etc.)
  • 06:30 – Morning guided walking safari – drive a short distance, park the vehicle, and walk 2 – 3 hours or Game drive - stop for tea and biscuits along the way
  • 11:00 – Brunch in camp or a bush lunch.After brunch, there is a siesta time when animals and people rest in the shade – you can relax in the camp lounge area, enjoy a siesta in your tent, or read your book on the deck – just relax during this quiet time of the day. If you take lunch in the bush, your guide can set up a hammock in the shade where you can rest until your afternoon game drive.
  • 16:00 – Afternoon tea.
  • 16:30 – Afternoon game drive with sundowners and snacks at sunset on the banks of a prime river where elephants bathe and drink. This is a very interesting transition time when predators are very active, the bush is alive with animals, and birds add their chorus before sunset.Your guide will explain the change that takes place when night arrives and the important role played by the nocturnal species. You will slowly drive back to camp, and while you probably won’t see a profusion of game, you will certainly get to see several species that you won’t see during the day, such as bush babies, genets, civets and pennant winged nightjar.
  • 19:00 – Arrive at camp in time to take a shower before dinner.
  • 19:30 – Cocktails served at the campfire and then a delicious 4-course meal followed by cocktails at the campfire.

What Choice Do I Have With Accommodation on a Kenya Safari?

Kenya has a wonderful diversity of high-quality safari accommodations. Although a number of budget safaris use rudimentary camps, a Zicasso safari specialist ensures that you can enjoy your experience in comfort and convenience while basking in the secluded bush.

What is the Difference Between a Camp and a Lodge in Kenya?

It can be difficult to understand the difference between a camp and a lodge, especially when a five-star camp can offer a more luxurious experience than a permanent lodge. The following explanations will help you understand the differences between the two.

Camps can generally be divided into three main groups:

  • Permanent tented camps are located in a prime wildlife area close to permanent water within reasonable distance of a bush airstrip. The construction is normally upscale with many amenities. Bathroom facilities include a shower, bath, 2 sinks, up to 20 tents, a spa, and a curio shop. The dining menus are often extensive and accompanied by large, comfortable furnishings.
  • Mobile tented camps are normally located in an area for a number of guests and then broken down, loaded onto trucks, and re-built in a new area for the same group of guests. At the end of the safari, the camp is pulled down, loaded onto trucks, and returned to storage at headquarters. The equipment used for mobile tented camps is lighter and results in smaller tents, smaller beds, bucket showers, and flush toilets that generally drain into a pit.
  • Seasonal mobile tented camps are the same as mobile tented camps in regards to their equipment but are often built on specific campsites and remain there for the entire season. Wildlife often moves to different areas in search of food and water; these camps may remain in one area for several months and move to where the wildlife has migrated.

Lodges can generally be summed up into a single grouping:

  • Lodges are usually much larger than camps. They are often constructed with brick and mortar and topped with thatch or tiled roofs. A lodge facility is similar to a small hotel hidden in the bush; they lack the atmosphere of a tented camp but offer a more solid and secure structure for guests.

How Many Days Should I Stay at Each Camp or Lodge?

The number of days you should stay at each lodge or camp depends on your destinations and your interests more than the accommodations in which you are staying. You should stay between three to six days at any one destination during your safari.

Expectations, goals, and group dynamics remain important factors in determining how much time you spend at each location. For example, in order to really feel a part of the African bush, you need time to unwind and change gears to appreciate the slower pace of Africa.

How much is a Kenya Safari?

The starting price of a custom-tailored private Kenya safari is approximately $XXX per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price is approximately $XXX per person, per day.

The cost of a Kenya safari is dependent on many factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of camps / lodges
  • Number of destinations
  • Whether you use safari flights or overland travel between destinations

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert travel specialist to plan a customized safari that is tailored to your specific interests and budget.

How long in advance do you need to book for your choice of accommodations and safari?

You should book your Kenya safari between 12 to 14 months in advance. The best areas and accommodations are typically booked one year ahead of a person’s travel dates, especially during the peak season. Working with your Kenya travel specialist up to 14 months in advance will provide you with enough time to build an itinerary to fit your specifications, account for needed changes, and learn about lesser known camps and lodges that offer equal or greater value than the more popular destinations. To ensure you have your desired Kenya safari experience, you should start the booking process as early as possible.

Cost of a Safari vs the Season

Prices for a Kenya safari rise during the peak of dry season, which is between January and the end of March. The change in prices during high season is not as pronounced as in other countries across Africa but can result more in busier lodges and camps.

National Parks vs Private Concessions and The Impact on Cost

National parks are government-run and open to any visitor who pays the daily park fee. Famous parks, such as the Maasai Mara, can result in large crowds during high season due to the admission policy coupled with the park’s fame. The high volume of visitors also results in strict rules in regards to where visitors can go, which ensures the conservation and protection of the wildlife, ecosystems, and visitors.

Private concessions overtake the same ecosystems as national parks; however, due to their private ownership, they allow access to fewer visitors, even during the high season. Less visitors often allows you to explore off the marked trails with a licensed guide and driver in addition to trying different activities, such as bush walks and night game drives. Private concessions are much more exclusive than national parks but result in a higher daily cost.

The national parks and the private concessions are not fenced, which allows the wildlife to move freely across the landscape.

Best Time to Visit Kenya

Kenya has four distinct seasons, but the closer you travel to the equator, there is less variation in temperature between summer to fall and winter to spring.

How Does Kenya’s Climate Change During the Year?

Kenya’s fascinating wildlife is accessible year-round, from the open plains of the Maasai Mara to the drier environment of the Samburu Game Reserve.

January to March offers warm temperatures that support Kenya’s lush landscapes. During this time, the short rainy season has finished and results in mild weather that gives rise to colorful birdlife.

April to May starts the “big” rainy season. During this time, Kenya experiences warm weather with torrential but short-lived daily rainfall. The quick appearance and disappearance of the heavy rains usually does not affect your safari. Instead it replenishes the rivers and watering holes around Kenya. The rain also deters many visitors, so you can have a more intimate safari experience.

June to early October has little rain, resulting in the typical dry season. These months also host the renowned Great Migration. Large herds of wildebeest and zebra make their way across the Maasai Mara, which peaks between July and September. These months are generally when tourists peak in the region as well.

Late October to December results in the “small” rainy season that refills the watering holes after months of drought. The landscape is generally bare for easier wildlife spotting. Elephants and birdlife tend to return to the national parks, making it an exceptional time of year to visit Kenya. These months typically experience smaller crowds than the dry season.

How Does the Safari Experience Change During Different Seasons of the Year?

Wildlife is more concentrated during the dry season, which lies between June to October and December to March. The pans and rivers dwindle, and the wildlife migrates closer to the remaining vegetation and water. This concentration makes for excellent game viewing, but photographs are also not as colorful because of the dry vegetation.

The wet season generally takes place between April to May and late October to December. The wet season is a great time to see calving, and the bush is alive with a profusion of wild flowers and fruits. The lower cost during the green season has more to do with peak travel times and holidays that fall between July and September. The green season and the shoulder months can be just as rewarding but require a little more time when searching for your favorite animals.

Modes of Transportation in Kenya

Kenya is easy to navigate due to its infrastructure that connects its larger cities, such as Nairobi and Mombasa with safari destinations. This results in more efficient travel that allows you to indulge in complex and varied itineraries.

The Best Airports For Flying In and Out of Kenya

The main airports in Kenya are in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Most European and Arab-based airlines serve Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Nairobi also has non-stop flights from the United States from larger cities like New York.

Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MBA) is also served by some European and Arab airlines but far less frequently.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights offer a more practical way to travel around Kenya. The nation has a large number of domestic airlines that efficiently serve major cities in addition to smaller cities, game parks, and many secluded areas of northern Kenya. Domestic travel is convenient and quick, and the majority of flights take approximately an hour. A Zicasso travel specialist ensures that you always have a representative of your accommodations waiting for your arrival at your final destination.

Flights Via Zicasso

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What to Consider When Traveling in Kenya

When traveling to Kenya, you must consider travel logistics, accessibility, and safety. The following information covers important travel considerations that you should make before your visit to ensure a stress-free travel experience.

Is Kenya Safe for Travel?

Kenya is safe for travelers, especially once on safari. It is sensible to take basic precautions while traveling anywhere in the world. Petty theft is fairly prevalent in large cities, such as Nairobi, with incidents of purse snatching. You should always take the advice of your hotel’s front desk and avoid walking the streets after dark. We recommend that you learn about your surroundings and ask camp/lodge staff and local residents about areas to avoid. Sanctioned taxis are very safe to use when traveling to restaurants or specific destinations, but it is best to tour Nairobi using a pre-arranged guide service.

Health Questions

Kenya does have a moderate risk of malaria.You should consult with your doctor or a travel nurse on whether malaria medication is best for you during your trip based on the specific destinations to which you will be traveling.

To ensure our guests’ well-being and ease of cross-border travel, our Kenya travel specialist recommends that travellers acquire an “international certification of vaccination,” which is commonly known as the “yellow book.” This is issued by any travel clinic and is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This booklet is not only for Yellow Fever but also serves as a record for other vaccines that are recommended by the CDC such as cholera, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, typhoid, and tetanus. Most of these vaccines are now life-long.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

A small number of camps are wary of admitting small children. As a result, they do not like sending families and other guests in the same vehicle on game drives; however, many safari camps and lodges have facilities to keep small children entertained, such as a swimming pool. Some camps have built reputations on their ability to look after families with young children.

Families traveling with young children should speak with a travel specialist who is aware of family-friendly accommodations in order to cater to the entire family while also respecting other visitors interested in listening to the calls of the wild. A travel specialist understands the best destinations and experiences in Kenya for families as well as the most appropriate destinations.

For Seniors

Your travel specialist will obtain as much information as possible about your desires, goals, and needs in order to accommodate necessary considerations. Africans traditionally take great care of children and seniors. Some camps or lodges may not be suitable for seniors while others will find comfortable ways to accommodate guests, such as by having older guests closer to the dining area and guides who take special care when assistance is needed on safari. Dietary requirements need to be communicated well in advance so that camps can make sure they have any necessary food(s).

For Couples

A travel specialist understands the desire to balance adventure, seclusion, and luxury in Kenya for couples who are eager to indulge in the romance of a safari. Hidden properties on the plains, horseback game drives, and sunset drinks on the veranda can create intimate memories for the perfect Kenya safari. Exclusive activities will also shape your unforgettable experience, such as dinner under the stars or a luxurious camp with a view over an active watering hole.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Kenya tour, you can travel into the depths of the countryside and beyond the essential destinations of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Laikipia and Lewa Conservancies, and Amboseli National Park. The following list offers our suggestion for where you should visit during your return trip to Kenya.

Lamu Island

The Old-World charm of Lamu Island exudes from the colonial architecture and a rich trading history that dates back to the 12th century. Intricately carved wooden doors, hidden courtyards, and coral stone structures reflect the variety of cultures that are connected to the island.

Malindi

With a mixture of tropical escape and historic architecture, Malindi brims with a relaxing charm. With a marine national park, excellent white-sand beaches, Swahili history from the 12th century, and eclectic international cultural influences that date back to the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century, Malindi possesses a singular personality with welcoming ambiance.

Mount Kenya National Park

The peak in the Central Highlands represents the tallest mountain in Kenya, which reaches 17,057 feet above sea level. Three peaks cloaked in glaciers cap the summit and are visible when trekking through the national park. Glistening lakes, mineral springs, alpine forests, and unique pockets of bamboo showcase the diversity of the flora. Wildlife in the park includes white colobus monkeys, elephants, and tree hyrax.

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