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6-Day Kenya Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  891 Kenya Reviews

Kenya is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. To go on a 6-day Kenyan safari, you’ll have to make some choices. The good news is, wherever you end up going, you’re bound to see lots of animals in a magnificent setting. The open savannah of the Masai Mara National Reserve is particularly rewarding for close-up sightings of most sought-after animals. Elephant lovers should go to Amboseli National Park where you can see these tusked giants walking in front of Mt Kilimanjaro. Parks and natural attractions in the Rift Valley, such as Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Baringo, are scenic and great for birding too. Or you could head up north to Samburu Game Reserve and, perhaps, Meru National Park for a more off-the-beaten-track experience.

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6 Questions About 6-Day Kenya Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 6-Day Kenya Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is 6 days enough time for a safari in Kenya?

“You can see plenty on safari in Kenya in six days. You’ll be able to visit several parks and reserves, and see a large variety of animals in different habitats. If you book a road trip, you should stick to one geographical area and resist the temptation to squeeze too much in. Otherwise you’ll spend most of your time driving between places. Although this is a good way to see the countryside, it can be tiring, and it eats away at time you could be spending on game drives or at the lodges. A few extra days could help to get the right balance of moving around and having quality time at each destination. On a fly-in safari you can mix and match to combine highlights spread around the country. In that case, planning is less crucial and you’ll be more flexible on where to go on a 6-day tour.”

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How much does a 6-day safari in Kenya cost?

“The price of a 6-day safari in Kenya depends on several factors. Expect a starting price of US$700 per person for a 6-day budget camping tour, going up to US$1300 per person for a mid-range lodge tour. The sky is the limit for luxury tours, but they start at around US$1800 per person. Group tours are usually cheaper than private tours. Joining a group can be fun too, especially if you are traveling alone. Many group safaris are camping tours, and those are by far the most budget-friendly option. There is, however, no shortage of lodges in and around the parks. The comfort level and exclusivity of the accommodation are the main determining factors in the overall price of your safari. Top-end luxury lodges are often accessed by charter plane on fly-in safaris. Road safaris are usually more modestly priced. You can always get some quotations for a safari in the low season. Not only is this an easy way to reduce the price, but the parks will be less busy at this time. Be warned though that the low season coincides with the rains. It rarely rains all day though, and you’ll be rewarded with lush landscapes and crisp air. You get the best value if you shop around, so I recommend obtaining a few quotes before booking your safari. ”

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What are the options to extend my 6-day safari in Kenya?

“It is easy to extend your safari in Kenya, and you will have many options available to you. Nairobi is one of Africa’s main transport hubs, so you can look at an add-on within Kenya or elsewhere in the region. Many people want to end their holiday with a few days relaxing on the beach. There are many resorts to choose from on Kenya’s beautiful coastline. Whether you’re on honeymoon or traveling with kids, there is something for everybody. If you really want to get away from it all, you can also fly to one of the Indian Ocean islands, such as Seychelles or Mauritius. Another popular add-on is a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda or Uganda. Coming eye to eye with our close relatives is a humbling experience, and their forest habitat is a refreshing change from the Kenyan savannah. Mountain addicts might want to climb a peak before heading back home. Although Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, straddles Kenya and Tanzania, you’ll have to hop across the border to Tanzania for the 5- to 8-day trek to the summit. Those with an adventurous spirit should consider Africa’s second-highest mountain, Mt Kenya, which is arguably more picturesque and definitely more remote. ”

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Where should I go on a 6-day safari in Kenya?

“You will have plenty of choice in deciding where to go on a 6-day Kenyan safari. The world-renowned Masai Mara NR is Kenya’s most popular destination. The wildlife viewing is fantastic, and big cats are particularly prolific. If you time your stay right, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the wildebeest migration. This is where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle cross the plains (and rivers) in search of green pastures. Lake Nakuru NP is another favorite. This scenic Rift Valley lake can be a magnet for birdlife, including flocks of flamingo when environmental conditions are right. It’s also one of the best places in Kenya to see rhino. Amboseli NP is another Kenyan gem. Make sure you’re out early for a good chance to see Mt Kilimanjaro rising up from the dusty plains. To see some of Kenya’s dry-country specials, such as reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and the odd-looking gerenuk, you should visit Samburu GR or perhaps the very scenic, secluded Meru NP. Ol Pejeta Conservancy on Laikipia Plateau is also a great destination for a 6-day safari. This Big Five reserve, at the base of Mt Kenya, is great for black and white rhino sightings. The chimpanzee sanctuary is also worth a visit.”

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What is the best time of the year for a 6-day safari in Kenya?

“The best time of the year for a safari in Kenya is from late June to October. This is the Dry season when wildlife viewing is at its best. Animals never stray far from water sources during this time, and the thinned-out vegetation makes spotting them even easier. Many people hope to see the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara NR. Unfortunately, the timing of this event is not always easy to predict as it depends on the rains. However, the wildebeest usually move into the Masai Mara from Tanzania around August, when they cross the Mara River, and they return in late October. Although the Dry season is considered the best for wildlife viewing, traveling in the Wet season, from November to March, has its benefits too. It’s a beautiful time of the year, when everything is green and lush, and the air is free of dust. The parks and reserves are less busy at this time, and you might be able to take advantage of low-season specials. ”

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Is a 6-day safari enough time to see most varieties of animals in Kenya?

“Yes, a 6-day safari will allow you enough time to see a wide variety of animals in Kenya. Many parks and reserves in Kenya offer good sightings of elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plenty of antelope species. Some of the parks are great for big cats too. The Masai Mara is the best place for lion and cheetah. To see rhino, you should either go to Laikipia Plateau or Lake Nakuru NP. Northern reserves such as Samburu GR have a great variety of species, including some unusual species adapted to the arid environment of the area. Look out for reticulated giraffe with their cryptic markings, Grevy’s zebra with their narrow stripes, and the unusual gerenuk, whose elongated necks allows them to reach high in search of leaves in the parched bush.”

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Kenya Safari Reviews

4.6/5 891 Reviews
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Anthony Ham  –  
Australia AU

Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Kenya: Home of the East African Safari
5/5

When you’re talking safaris, there’s really nowhere quite like Kenya, and that’s largely because Kenya’s portfolio of wildlife is outstanding. It was here that elephants and rhinos were pushed to the brink of extinction by poachers...

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Lucy Corne  –  
United Kingdom UK

Lucy is travel writer for a range of publications, including Lonely Planet's guides to Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa.

Quintessential safari country
4/5

My first safari experience was in Kenya's Masai Mara, an unforgettable week that brought sightings of each one of the Big Five and to date my only glimpse of lions on a hunt. Kenya is the archetypal safari spot, boasting flat savannah land...

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Shelmith  –  
Kenya KE
Reviewed: Oct 14, 2020
Kenya is amazing!!
5/5

Safari bookings took us to this amazing hotel ,ole sereni hotel which was close to wildlife.there was an amazing scenic view I would never forget .the roof top was exceptionally beautiful .We went Nairobi national park, we had an...

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John  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Jul 20, 2020
All we hoped for and more.
5/5

Our Kenya holiday was everything we hoped for and more, thrilling fascinating breathtaking emotional and beautiful. The thrills came from spotting the many different animals we were lucky enough to spot on our game drives and a visit to...

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MD  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: May 20, 2020
Kenya Safari- Masai Mara and Amboseli- January 2020
4/5

Went on two 3 day safari's in Kenya, first to the Masai Mara and the second to Amboseli. All in all the two trips were good value given the low price, I've listed the pros and cons below. Pro's- -Amazing scenery and wildlife, you cannot...

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Joe  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Apr 27, 2020
Amazing
5/5

Incredible wildlife experience.
Samburu was the highlight.
Some poor service from our tour company, African Breeze - including downgrading hotels without warning to save themselves money (we were not offered a refund).

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