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Kenya Safari Holidays

Whilst a safari holiday may seem like an unachievable dream, especially if you have children, this need not be the case. Safari holidays in Kenya can offer surprisingly good value for those with older children and create some perfect family memories.

The East African country of Kenya has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years, in particular with the British and the Germans. Its main attractions are its beaches and game reserves. This makes it ideal for families, as it is possible to combine relaxation, water sports and safaris, a combination that meets the requirements of even the most diverse of families.

When to go:

The main tourist seasons runs between January and February when the weather is at its hottest and there is the least rain. It can get very busy during these months, as this is when the animals in parks and nature reserve tend to remain closest to watering spots. There are less opportunities to spot wildlife between March and May, so it is much quieter, although the mosquitos tend to be at their busiest. Those interested in witnessing the annual wildebeest migration should visit between August and September.

What to see:

One of the main draws to Kenya is the diversity of its ecology and experiences that it is able to offer. From deserts to snow-capped mountains, volcanic ranges to coastal sands, there is a wealth of different landscapes to explore.

Kenya is home to some of the best national parks for seeing wildlife in Africa. The Tsavo National Park is the largest in the country and one can see a range of animals including lions, wildebeest, elephants, rhinos and leopards, here. The West section of the park is known for its spectacular scenery and guided walks. There are also many opportunities for bird watching in Kenya. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to some 400 different species of birds, including the largest recorded flock of flamingos in the world.

If you are interested in seeing the annual wildebeest migration from Maasai Mara to the Serengeti, then you may want to consider a balloon safari. You will, however, need to book this well in advance.

What to do:

If you're looking to relax, then combine a safari with some time spent at one of the seaside resorts around Mombasa and enjoy its beaches, good hotels and marine life. Mombasa is situated on the Indian Ocean and its tropical climate makes it a good year-round destination. However, if you want to avoid the worst of the rainy season, don't visit in May. As well as its glorious white beaches and watersports, there are plenty of other things to see and do. You can explore the old town, visit one of the many Hindu temples and see the Mombasa Tusks, which were built to commemorate Princess Margaret's visit in 1956.

With so much on offer, it is no surprise that Kenya is one of the most family friendly places to go on safari. There is also a good range of accommodation geared towards the family market and many game reserves that can tailor viewing to meet the shorter attention spans of children.
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