Kenya is the world's oldest safari destination - the word actually means 'journey' in Swahili - and retains the charm of yesteryear at many camps. You can also challenge your limits on Mount Kenya - the country's highest, and Africa's second-highest landmass. Meanwhile, Nairobi is fast becoming a modern city while retaining its distinct character.
The LGBT Factor
We won't sugarcoat it: Kenya has a terrible record of gay rights. Sodomy is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, same-sex marriage is banned, and LGBT people are routinely disowned by family. Complete discretion is advised - even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon! However, please rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations all welcome you. Here's a helpful post on Staying Safe in Kenya. We've also prepared this blog post to address why we still visit countries that are hostile towards homosexuality.
The Best Time to Visit
August is the dry season - a perfect month to see the wildebeest migration. The sunny weather where we safari hovers around 25C/77F. If you want to hike Mount Kenya, bear in mind temperatures drop with altitude. The final camps are over 3,500m/11,482ft in altitude...and freezing cold after dark.
The Shock Factor
Tourism in Kenya is developed, but service levels aren't always on par with Western nations. You'll see extreme poverty, and crime is common in the city. Exercise caution, be discrete, and don't wander alone. Though we don't go there, beware some regions are downright dangerous, especially the Somali border, Garissa County, coastal areas north of Pate Island, and the Dadaab refugee camp.
You will most likely need an e-visa to enter Kenya. Click here for more info, and to apply online. All visas are the responsibility of the traveller, and should be arranged in advance.
The WHO recommends vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and the flu. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.