Huge skies dome over lakes and deserts, forests and savannah, palm grove shores and the Great Rift Valley; the habitats of Kenya’s wonderful wildlife, the ancestral home of Maasai and Samburu tribes, the showcase of successful conservation.
Kenya is a country of awe-inspiring landscapes, abundant wildlife, and infinite variety; where the seasons turn saltpans into lakes, and green swamplands into arid plains.
On land, in the water and in the air, Kenya’s incredible list of creatures includes hundreds of species of exotic birds, hippos and hartebeest, buffalos and big cats, crocodiles, comical warthogs, and creatures great and small, from tiny dik-dik antelopes to the tallest and heaviest land animals on earth, the giraffe and the African elephant.
Within its broad boundaries, our tours take you through the Great Rift Valley, one of the ‘seven natural wonders of the world’, where the splendid Thomson Falls cascade from 74m-high into the spray-misted rift below; and we offer extensions to your holiday, flying to Mombasa for lazy days by the Indian Ocean, fringed with miles of white sand beaches.
Spread at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli’s wetlands, woodlands, savannah and sulphur springs are awarded UNESCO status as a Man and Biosphere Reserve, the dry bed of the park’s eponymous lake giving Amboseli its Maasai name, translating as ‘salty dust’, and the huge herds of elephants providing its epithet of Africa’s Elephant Park.
Amid the forests, rivers and ravines of the Aberdare Mountains, white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, spotted hyenas and 250 species of birds join bushbucks and buffalo in the ‘majestic moorland’.
The Masai Mara Reserve hems the Mara River national border. Home to porcupines, pangolins and prides of black-maned lions, it is famed for the greatest show on earth, the astonishing spectacle of the Great Migration, when a million wildebeest are joined by thousands of zebras and gazelles to make the circuit between this renowned National Park and neighbouring Serengeti.
And three lakes feature on Jules Verne’s journeys; the naturalists’ nirvana of Naivasha, where kingfishers and cormorants, fish eagles and pelicans are regular visitors; Lake Nakuru National Park, with fifty mammal species, and frothy-pink flocks of flamingos feeding in the shallows; and UNESCO listed Lake Elementaita, with prolific birdlife in the euphorbia woodlands around its shores.
Kenya’s equatorial climate is pleasantly warm year-round, with temperatures hovering between 24 and 30 degrees, a dry heat in inland regions, more humid in areas close to the Indian Ocean. There are, though, some seasonal variations. The country’s two dry seasons are Kenya’s summer, Dec-Mar and its winter, Jul-Oct. April-June is the ‘long rains’ period, and November the ‘short rains’ weeks, when downpours are short, sharp, and sometimes torrential but they usually last for just half an hour, and half an hour later the soaked ground is dry again.
Jules Verne offers Kenyan safaris from January to November, avoiding only December, the hottest month of the year.
There is nowhere better to answer the call of the wild than Kenya. Staying in selected lodges and camps, often by saltlicks or waterholes where wildlife gathers, our safari portfolio lets you choose to tour to several destinations and experience the diversity of landscapes and animals; or to fit in a short break of just a few days, to focus on the Big Five and Big Cat habitats of the magnificent Masai Mara. A thrilling experience for anyone with a sense of adventure and a thirst for knowledge of nature, our tours include Solo-traveller and ‘No Single Supplement’ safari dates.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary journeys, Jules Verne finds the most intriguing, adventurous, and inspiring places to explore. Our Kenyan safaris typically take to the tracks with small groups of travellers and a knowledgeable driver/guide, well versed in the habits and habitats of the country’s amazing animals. Special experiences include dinner at Nairobi’s inimitable ‘Carnivores’ restaurant, a balloon ride over the Mara, high tea at the ‘Born Free’ Elsamere home of George and Joy Adamson, a visit to the Solio Ranch rhino breeding sanctuary, and a boat trip on Lake Naivasha.
All our guided tours to Kenya are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
Highlights of Kenya
From the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, to the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, and the route of the wildebeests’ Great Migration, this safari includes the elephants of Amboseli, birdlife on the shores of Elementaita, and the Big Cats of the Masai Mara