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14-Day Kenya Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  1,361 Kenya Reviews

A 14-day Kenya safari is a treat of a lifetime. There is no shortage of options on how to spend your time in this pioneering safari destination. Some of Africa’s most iconic parks are in Kenya. These include the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Park. But there are plenty of opportunities for off-the-beaten-track travel too. Meru National Park and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, for example, are two lesser known Big Five destinations. If you’re ready to start planning, get several quotes to compare. Discuss your needs with the tour operators and see what they suggest. In the meantime, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

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6 Questions About 14-Day Kenya Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 14-Day Kenya Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is 2 weeks a good amount of time for a Kenya trip?

“A 2-week safari in Kenya is a very special holiday. Two weeks gives you enough time to really immerse yourself in a safari and get into the rhythm of the bush. Although 14 days is a great amount of time for a safari, you’ll still have to make choices. There are lots of parks and reserves in Kenya and the key to a successful safari is to resist the temptation to cram too much into the itinerary. Aim to spend at least 2 to 3 nights in each destination. On days you’re not moving lodges, you’ll get to enjoy some rest and quality time in the lodge between game drives.”

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Can I combine my safari with a beach holiday or a mountain climb in Kenya?

“While a safari might be your prime reason to visit Kenya, there are other things you can do here. The beautiful coastline is ideal for a beach holiday. Whether you’re looking for a child-friendly resort or an exclusive romantic getaway, Kenya has beach accommodation suitable for every occasion and budget. The reefs create a perfect snorkeling environment and there are great diving opportunities as well. If you’re looking for a more active add-on to your safari, consider climbing one of Africa’s tallest mountains. You need to visit neighboring Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The trek to the summit takes between 5 and 8 days. Alternatively try Mt Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain. Although less popular, the climb is considered more scenic and at least as challenging. ”

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What are the options for a 14-day safari in Kenya?

“With so many different parks and reserves, there are many options for a 2-week safari in Kenya. And, with 14 days, you can mix and match to build your dream holiday. The wildebeest migration, one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles, happens in the Masai Mara National Reserve in September to October (depending on rainfall). Wildlife viewing is excellent throughout the year though, and big cats are common. Lake Nakuru National Park is often visited en route. This Rift Valley lake is a hot spot for rhinos, as well as big flocks of pelicans and seasonal flamingos. Elephant-lovers shouldn’t miss Amboseli National Park. There are few locations where you can get so close to these giants, many of which carry enormous tusks. Visit one of the Laikipia Big Five reserves at the base of Mt Kenya for exclusive luxury. Some of these reserves are very remote and can realistically only be visited on a fly-in safari. If you like to get off-the-beaten-track, head north to Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves. Aside from elephant, you’ll see several animals adapted to the arid environment of this dry-country region. Most notable perhaps is the gerenuk, a gazelle with a disproportionately long neck that allows it to reach leaves that other antelopes can’t. If you’re an adventurous traveler, consider a trip to Lake Turkana near the Ethiopian border. Wildlife is scarce in this area of desert, but the melting pot of vanishing traditional cultures makes a visit here truly special.”

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What is the best time of the year for a trip in Kenya?

“The best time for wildlife viewing in Kenya is in the Dry season, from late June to October. Animals tend to spread out during the Wet season, but as the bush dries out, they congregate around rivers and waterholes. The thinning vegetation also helps to make animal spotting easier in the Dry season. I wouldn’t rule out traveling in the Wet season though. The wettest months, April and May, are perhaps best avoided as some of the roads become difficult to drive and some parks and reserves effectively close. However, November through to March is a beautiful time as everything is green and the sky is free of dust. And there are always animals around, even if you have to work a little bit harder to find them. As this is the low season, you might be able to get a good deal at this time. ”

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Will I see the Big Five?

“You’ll be able to see a lot of different animals on a 2-week safari in Kenya, including most, if not all, of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). Lion, elephant and buffalo are quite easy to see in Kenya. You’ll find them in most parks and reserves. Leopard is present throughout the country, even outside of protected areas, but these secretive cats are often difficult to spot. You sometimes find them lazing in a tree in the middle of the day, but your best chance to encounter one is at dawn or dusk when they are most active. Not all Kenyan parks are home to rhino, Africa’s second-bulkiest mammal. You’ll see plenty, though, if you head to Laikipia or Lake Nakuru NP. While chasing the Big Five is fun, encountering a variety of animals is what counts. Seeing giraffes fighting, a cheetah with cubs, or a pride of lions stalking a zebra is what it is all about. The quality of your safari won’t depend on whether you’ve seen the Big Five or not.”

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How much will a 14-day Kenya safari cost?

“You’ll find a wide range of prices for a 2-week safari in Kenya. You can use the filters on SafariBookings.com to narrow down your priorities, but here are some rough figures to give an idea of prices. Two-week mid-range lodge tours start at US$2800 per person. Shared budget tours start at US$2000 per person and Luxury tours start at around US$7000 per person. The overall price depends on several factors. The level of the lodging makes a big difference to the cost. There is a choice of budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation available at most parks and reserves. Note though that there are different kinds of luxury lodges. Some of them are very rustic. These ecolodges aim to leave a small footprint and blend into the environment. These are usually small and intimate, offering personalized service and great food. Other luxury lodges are more conventionally high end with all mod cons available. Mid-range lodges can be tented camps or no-frills hotels, while budget accommodation is more basic. Camping tours are usually the most budget-friendly, especially if you join a group tour. You can consider traveling out of season too. Not only is this a good way to reduce costs, it’s a beautiful time of the year and fewer visitors are around.”

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Kenya Reviews

4.6/5 1361 Reviews
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Mark Eveleigh  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for Condé Nast Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

Home to ‘the greatest wildlife real-estate on Earth’
5/5

The Masai Mara has been called ‘the greatest wildlife real-estate on Earth’ and for the sheer density of its wildlife it probably as no competition anywhere in the world. For a first time safari these days you probably still can’t...

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Jason  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 19, 2024
Great sights on the Mara
4/5

I had a great stay in Masaai Mara. It was my second time and there are so many incredible sights. We got very close to a group of elephants and saw an interesting encounter with a pack of hyenas following a big cheetah. I really enjoyed it!...

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Wei Liu  –  
Ethiopia ET
Reviewed: Apr 19, 2024
It's amazing journey in Kenya!
5/5

It was my first time to be Kenya, didn't get much impression about Nairobi because only stayed there for one night. However, the following tour with Beacon Safaris was really fantastic. What surprised me was that the country looked so...

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Ryan  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 17, 2024
Amazing Destination
5/5

We loved our time in Kenya. We went to the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru. All three parks were amazing for different things. The Maasai Mara just had animals everywhere and has the Savannah look that I think most people outside of...

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Aoibhinn Bolton  –  
United Arab Emirates AE
Reviewed: Apr 17, 2024
A dream come true
5/5

The title sums up our Safari trip. We honestly could not have imagined a better Safari trip. Dan, our tour guide, honestly made the trip by being so knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. He spoke to us about Kenya as a country, explained...

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Gloria  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Apr 15, 2024
Country worth visiting!
5/5

My family visited Giraffe Centre and Snake park in Nairobi.Then we had a 5 day safari (Amboseli-Nakuru-Naivasha-Maasai Mara) with Bigmac Africa Safaris.This tour operator is excellent and they respond quickly to any inquiries.My little boy...

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