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From Pakistani to Kenya – How to Plan the Best Safari Trip

What beats basking in the evening sun after a day in the African wilderness tracking wild animals?

A campfire crackles nearby. You sip on a delightful cocktail, listen to soothing night sounds and see pure bliss on your loved ones’ faces. Is that the scent of delicious cooking wafting through the air, teasing your nostrils?

Addictive. Best vacation ever. Once in a lifetime.

The memory a Kenya safari trip leaves in your heart and mind depends on how well you planned it. We want to share some important tips to help you bag a thrilling holiday.

Work With a Tour Company

“Winging it” may sound like a ton of fun, but it’s not recommendable. There’s much to figure out including the dialect, culture, great places to visit, transportation, accommodation, and amenities.

Without professional help, you may not secure the best, or you could fall into the wrong hands. Even if you are planning a beach holiday to Mombasa Kenya, working with a local agent will still be helpful.

They will help you secure the best rates on beach resorts, and advice on the best things to do and see while there.

Tour companies work to secure attractive safari packages for their customers. The operator will listen to your preferences and the experiences you desire to enjoy before presenting the options that fit your budget.

They cover everything from hotel bookings to special occasions, hot air balloon safaris, food intolerances, and drink preferences. When your plane lands in Kenya, they will be on hand to make your safari experience magical and memorable.

Check Travel Requirements

To gain legal entry into Kenya, you’ll need:

  • Identity documents that comprise a clear photo and a clear passport bio-data page
  • A valid passport with no less than six months left on it from the date you arrive in the country
  • A valid visa that you can apply for electronically. With a successful application, you’ll likely receive your visa in 5 days. A valid return ticket as proof of your intention to return to your country
  • Details of your travel itinerary and hotel bookings
  • Relevant vaccinations like Yellow Fever, COVID-19 vaccination proof or COVID-19 negative PCR certificate. You can find the full list of vaccinations here.

An important note on the visa. Your tourist visa will be valid for 90 days and covers Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. If you would like to leave these countries to, say, follow the wildebeest migration to Serengeti in Tanzania, you’ll need to apply for a Tanzanian visa separately.

Have a Budget Range

It’s the biggest determinant in the specifics of your itinerary. What’s the length of your stay? How many people travel with you? What activities do you wish to undertake—the hot air balloon safari, for example, is charged separately.

Most tour operators bundle attractions, accommodation, transportation, and amenities and present them one. They can help you identify one that lines up with your budget.

When to Visit

Kenya enjoys two weather seasons—dry and rainy. Each has something to offer visitors. Here’s an overview of safari experiences during these seasons:

November to March

At this time, the country experiences short rains followed by dry and hot weather. Hotels and parks are less crowded while out in the wild, the vegetation is sparse, watering holes fewer and the animals fight to survive. It’s the perfect time to view the animals at close range.

April to June

The onset of the long rains brings an abundance of vegetation and overflowing rivers that sometimes wash away bridges and even flood some accommodation establishments.

It’s not all bad though—predators wanting to avoid wet grass walk on vehicle tracks so you’re likely to see one or several.

July to October

The weather is amicable, and the parks are teeming with life. Over a million plus migratory herds (wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles) join the local animal population in search of food.

There’s action aplenty as predatorial Nile crocodiles to lions, cheetahs, and hyenas stalk the herds to satiate their hunger. It’s a fantastic time to visit Kenya Masai Mara,  but you’ll need to book a spot early.

Who’s Coming on the Trip?

Will it be a trip for two? A group of friends? Or will you be bringing young children along? A larger group requires early planning and booking to ensure availability at your preferred lodge or camp. This is especially true for the peak season when accommodations fill up fast.

Similarly, some camps are designed specifically for adults and don’t accept young children. This is either due to safety reasons or to make the environment suitable for honeymooning couples and the like.

Kenya Luxury Safari team can share all the information you need to help you choose the appropriate accommodation.

Packing for Safari

This ties in with point no 4 above. Even the hot months can chill you to the bone when you’re out on an early morning drive. We recommend packing a sweater or two and clothes that you can layer up with.

Think comfort as you pack and that extends to your shoes as well. The terrain can get thorny, rocky, and uneven, so if you intend to explore the bush on foot, throw in a pair of boots.

Not all camps offer laundry services and those that do charge for it. You can pack extra clothes to last the trip or engage laundry services

Book Your Safari With Us

The best safari experiences are those you plan with the help of a tour operator. Kenyaluxurysafari.co.uk is an experienced and knowledgeable Kenya tour operator.

They plan African safari adventures worth repeating. We invite you to contact us via phone or Whatsapp at +254719222430 You can also visit our website here

Written by Muhammad Arslan

Arslan is a Multi-disciplinary Designer who is leading ProPakistani Product Design Team and also working for the Strategic planning & development for branded content across ProPakistani Digital Platforms through comprehensive research and data analysis.

He is currently working as Principal UI/UX Designer for ProPakistani and its projects and also as a sub-editor for sponsored section of ProPakistani.