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Discover a country of vast savannahs populated by colossal herds that’s overlooked by snow-capped mountains. Kenya is where the Great Rift Valley threatened to rip the whole of Africa in two, and it’s where some of the continent’s best-known, traditional people still live off the land.
The best months for viewing wildlife in Kenya are in the dry season, from late June through to October. This is also when you can see huge migratory herds of wildebeest making their annual pilgrimage to the Serengeti. Wildlife is also easier to spot at this time, as it tends to gather around water holes.
For the best choice of cheap flights to Kenya, however, visit between November and May. It’s the rainy season so the vegetation is greener and lusher, and showers are usually brief enough to not interrupt your safari adventures. Accommodation options are also usually cheaper at this time of year.
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This is Kenya’s main international airport and the main gateway for most people visiting the country. It is one of the ten busiest airports in Africa with flights arriving from global destinations, including the US. The airport is also a hub for the country’s main airline, Kenya Airways.
A major entry point for visitors heading to the western half of the country, Kisumu is one of the largest airports in Kenya. There are limited international services but comprehensive domestic ones.
The largest airport on the coast of Kenya, Moi serves the city of Mombasa and is the best way to get from the capital, Nairobi, to the coast, as road journeys can take up to 24 hours.
A number of airlines offer flights from the US to Kenya, these include:
The easiest way to get to Kenya is by plane, with most international flights landing in the capital Nairobi. If traveling on from here, it may be more convenient and time efficient to take internal flights depending on your destination. Long journeys in Kenya by road can take a long time and can be uncomfortable. Guide-Flights
It is also possible to travel by train on specific routes. Nairobi has a modern commuter rail service connecting the city center, Athi River and Kitengela. Longer rail journeys between cities often involve overnight trains.
There is a good choice of private bus routes connecting the major tourist destinations, although the level of service can vary and often depends on how much you are willing to pay.
Cars are also available to hire at the airport and if you would prefer not to do the driving yourself, you can hire a driver for the duration of your stay.
Kenya is the country most closely associated with the safari, and few other countries can match it for abundant wildlife and animal adventures. See the colossal wildebeest migration across the Maasai Mara, where you can also meet the iconic red cloaked Maasai people.
Amboseli National Reserve
Come face to face with an elephant in the Amboseli National Reserve, where you can also take on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
For a more cultural experience, head to the port city of Mombasa with its melting pot of architectural influences. Or visit the small but historic island of Lamu, the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Kenya.
To enter Kenya you will need a passport with at least two blank pages, six months validity remaining, and a suitable visa. Single entry visas are available on arrival at major airports although there have been plans to end this system in the near future so check before you travel. Multiple entry visas must be applied for in advance.
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