Kenya is home to Africa's largest mammals. It is home to thousands of species of wild animals, some even the most rare and most beautiful, found on earth. On a well-organized safari holiday to Kenya, with a qualified guide, one would be able to enjoy these, and much more.
As a safari holiday destination, visiting Kenya is a dream come true to many safari enthusiast on holiday. But the dream can only be realized if the vacation is organized well. To near-perfection. That requires elaborate planning. Here are a few tips to ensure that your safari vacation offers the best value for your money and time.
Take Your Time to Gather Pre-Vacation Planning Information
Start planning early. Beginning your planning of the safari in advance allows you to seek and get information that you can analyze step by step as you try to make your decision on the right tour operator to use and the type of attention you might expect from your operator. Other information you may need to gather would be about the pricing for your vacation in line with your budget.
Choose the Most Suitable Time of the year for Your Kenya Safari Vacation
Ensuring a perfect timing for your Kenya safari is one of the ways to ensure you get maximum value. Climatic conditions and weather patterns will affect and determine your comfort. And if your itinerary involves road-travel, the weather patterns will affect the road conditions. When it rains, it get muddy and vehicles may get stuck. This happens. Beside, some game reserves like Samburu have suffered heavy floods in the past few years. So, it is important to have weather in mind.
Timing is also important if you are interested in witnessing annual events like the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. This takes place between July and October. If you intend to witness cultural events like circumcision ceremonies that take place only at a specified time of the year, you will need to align your vacation time accordingly.
Designing a Workable Practical, Enjoyable Safari Itinerary
The design of your safari holiday program is an important aspect of your overall safari experience. From your operator, demand and ensure the program flows in such a manner that your time is not wasted driving or generally traveling between destinations. This calls for putting together a program that takes into consideration the road conditions and the distances both in space and time between the various destinations you would be visiting.
Pack your Holiday Kit Well, including clothing
Depending on your type of vacation and interest, there will be some items expected of you to have, so that you can enjoy your safari vacation. For example, bird-watching persons will need telescopes in addition to the binoculars. Wildlife lovers may just need binoculars. Others may have a manual, checklist, diving equipment, climbing equipment, etc. In most of the cases, your safari operator will be able to provide these things, either as part of the package or at a fee. But it is helpful to clarify these issues during the inquiry and planning stages. Needless to say, clothing is part of your vacation kit and this will depend on the climatic conditions at the time of the year you choose to travel.
Deciding on Type of Accommodation and Transportation Options
The choice of accommodation and mode of transportation is connected to the budget you have. But it is important to make a choice and decision wherever you want to stay in a safari tented camp, safari lodges or budget tents pitched on temporary grounds. Opting to travel by road or by air also has an implication not only on your comfort but also on price.
Deciding on Activities to include and 'must see' Things
Enjoyment of your safari vacation will also depend the type of activities that are included in your safari program. For example, if you would like to see the Kenyan tribes living according to the old, traditional ways, you might want to include a visit to an authentic cultural village. If you are looking for close contact with the African wilderness, you might be advised to include a safari walk, nature walk or bush walk. A hot air balloon over the Masai Mara or Amboseli is another way of spicing up your safari. There are many more ideas that you can add on to your program to make it memorable.