What To Expect
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The Safari Experience
A variety of activities are included on our custom safaris in Kenya, but the primary activity is game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly.
Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and the group will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We move slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another.
As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance - although the same cannot always be said about the animals and it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants. By mid-late morning, we return to camp where a delicious midday meal awaits.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, bird watching, taking photos, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.
Later on, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, while other times we may explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger.
"Sundowners," a light snack and cocktails served in the bush, are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner is enjoyed as a group, and will vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp "boma" with a feast of traditional African foods and entertainment by the camp staff. These are joyful performances where it is often difficult to tell who is having more fun - the staff or the camp guests!
In January and February, it is hot and dry. March to May is the green season; the rain usually falls in short showers with bursts of sunshine in between, making everything refreshingly beautiful and green. July, August, and September are the country's coolest months. October to January is also a delightful time to visit Kenya and compares to springtime, the days are warm and the evenings cool. Short, scattered rains fall in November to freshen up the country and reduce dust.
You may obtain other regional weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
When to Go
Kenya is a year-round destination and has many highlights to offer visitors throughout the year. In January and February the animals gather around water sources, making for easy game viewing. Migratory bird species also arrive around this time, making the already plentiful birdwatching even more so. From July to September the famous wildebeest migration is present in the Masai Mara. Around this time, the grasslands of the Masai Mara are often covered by massive herds of migrating wildebeest as far as the eye can see.
For those who want to extend their safari with some time at the beach, October to January is also a good time for snorkeling and diving off the coast.
In the camps, continental-style cuisine is served, although there is often an Indian or traditional African influence (curries, for example, are popular, or chicken stewed in tomatoes and coconut milk). Breakfast and lunch in the lodges are often served buffet-style, while dinner is usually á la carte. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.