Kenya is filled with searing deserts, high mountain peaks and savannahs rich in wildlife. A holiday to Kenya gives you a genuine adventure through the majestic African wilderness. All with a luxury hotel to return to in the evening.
A Kenya holiday offers a diverse range of things to see and places to go. There is, of course, an incredible coastline, but there’s also snow-capped mountains and miles of untouched wilderness. Around Mombasa is where you’ll find tropical beaches and luxury resorts. At each of these resorts, you're pampered beyond your wildest dreams, and the beaches are all perfect for sunbathing or a quick dip in the ocean.
Kenya offers the opportunity to combine exploration and adventure with relaxation. Mombasa’s atmospheric old town is a wonderful place for shopping and exploring. Its vibrant mix of market stalls and luxury shops will mean you're spoilt for choice. Afterwards, head to one of its pristine beaches for some relaxation and pampering.
But by far the most famous part has to be the captivating game reserves. You'll have the chance to come face to face with the ‘big five’. The African elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, African lion and African leopard. This phrase, coined by big-game hunters, referred to the five most difficult animals to hunt. Here in their natural habitats, you’ll be able to marvel at the splendour of these incredible animals.
Because of this variety, Kenya is an ideal all-round destination. It has all the ingredients for a magical and memorable 5-star holiday.
No holiday in Kenya would be complete without a few days of safari. It's your perfect chance to spot the big five. There are game drives which take you into the heart of the national parks throughout the countryside. Here, qualified rangers will know how and where to find the various species of animals and birds, so you'll get a chance to spot all Kenya has to offer.
There are also chances to learn about the various wildlife conservation projects that are happening all across the county to sustain and preserve the animals that live here.
With its stunning landscapes and the high likelihood of sighting the ‘big five’, Kenya attracts many visitors to its parks. Of the many though, Masai Mara in Western Kenya stands above the rest. With the Mara River running through the Rift Valley, there are ideal wildlife spotting conditions. During the annual migration which runs between July and October, you’re likely to witness the dramatic spectacle of gazelles, wildebeest and zebra travelling across the plains. Accommodation in the game park is in a selection of comfortable lodges equipped with all the mod cons. A hot-air balloon ride at dawn is an unforgettable way to take in the sheer beauty of the landscape and even comes with a champagne breakfast.
Africa’s rich heritage is displayed in the diverse tribal languages and cultures still in existence today. Why not take the opportunity to visit a local tribal village and meet some of those who still live in the same traditional way they have lived for generations? You’ll be greeted by tribal elders with a customary warrior dance and song, before learning about how local projects have helped to sustain this traditional way of life. There is also an opportunity to buy local jewellery and souvenirs from the local villagers.
Offering pristine beaches, clear waters and a wealth of marine life, the beaches along Kenya’s East Coast are the perfect place to relax. The coastline stretches out either side of Mombasa and is home to some of the world’s most exclusive luxury holiday resorts. It's the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
There's plenty of opportunity for active pursuits such as diving, snorkelling and windsurfing, while the peaceful sand offers nothing but relaxation. Watamu’s unspoiled shores are the nesting place for the local population of sea turtles and other creatures. Staying here will give you the opportunity to get involved in the conservation projects or just spot some wildlife. Hotel accommodation in this area is upmarket and luxurious, with a wealth of facilities. There are spas, excellent restaurants and water sports galore.
You may be looking for an idyllic beachside retreat with palm-fringed sand and azure waters. Or you might prefer a lively family resort complete with activities and vibrant nightlife. Whatever the case you’ll find it on your Kenya holiday.
Mombasa’s old town with its Arabic architecture has had a colourful history. Along its narrow winding streets, you'll find the distinctive architecture invokes stories from centuries gone by. It's clear to see why the town was a bustling and cosmopolitan hub for the important spice trade. And you can't miss the impressive Fort of Port Jesus, which dates back to a 16th-century struggle between the Portuguese and Arab settlers. It’s a fascinating building to explore, and well worth spending an afternoon at. While wandering through its underground passages, turrets and battlements, you really get a sense of the struggle.
Kenya offers some wonderful options for accommodation across the country. There are luxurious lodges dotted across the game parks, and opulent beach resorts overlooking the Indian Ocean. One of the best ways to see Kenya’s natural beauty, diversity, and colour is by taking a trip on a multi-centre tour. Here you'll take in the best that the country has to offer, whether your interest is in big cats or tiny birds.
Despite being situated on the Equator, Kenya’s weather is generally dry, sunny and not terrifically hot, making the coastal regions comfortable for much of the year. Kenya has two dry seasons, which run between January and March, and also July and October. If you’re planning to go on safari during your holiday in Kenya, try to coincide it with the annual migration between July and October, when you’ll see hoards of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle travelling across the plains. Travelling in dry season also means you may have unobstructed views of the animals from a distance. Birdlife is best viewed between January and March.
Time difference: GMT +3 hours
Currency: Kenya Shilling and American Dollars are widely accepted.
Language: Swahili and English, plus over 50 tribal and ethnic languages.
Flight time from London: Approximately 9 hours 30 minutes.
Arrival airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Entry details for British passport holders: A visa is required and can be arranged before departure or at the airport on arrival. Fees apply. Passports need to have 6 months validity beyond your period of stay. It is also advised that you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
A local Thomas Cook Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked private transfer vehicle. Your travel documentation will contain all contact details should you wish to get in touch with a local representative during your stay.
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