• a herd of elephants walking across a grass covered field

Kenya Holidays

Kenya offers an exciting way to embrace new cultures and take in the sights and sounds of East Africa across dramatic valleys and idyllic savannahs. Kenya boasts some of the best National Parks and safari experiences in Africa, with Tsavo National Park being one of the largest in the world.

The iconic Masai Mara is a must-see, here you can set your sights upon Africa’s ‘Big 5’ amongst many other incredible creatures. Visit at the right time of year, and you can witness the “Greatest Migration on Earth” a spellbinding spectacle where you’ll see over 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra, making their way to the of threfuge e Masai Mara. See Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which sits across the border of Kenya in the lush lands of Tanzania. The Rift Valley, northwest of Nairobi offers an open savannah studded with jagged volcanic outcrops and beautiful lakes, renowned for prolific birdlife such as flocks of flamingos that frequently amass at saline lakes Nakuru and Bogoria.

The beating heart of Africa

Spend a day in the city of Nairobi, haggling at busy street markets and sampling traditional African street food; visit the Bomas of Kenya, traditional tribal villages belonging to Kenyan tribes and explore the wilderness of Karura Forest, one of the largest urban gazetted forests in the world. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre are two very popular points of interest, here you can come up-close to rescued giraffes and orphaned elephants, which are hand-reared until ready to be released back into the wild.

For travellers looking to combine safari adventures with a little rest and relaxation, why not include a Mombasa or Watamu beach stay? The powdery white sand and jade-coloured waters of this stunning location offer a slice of tropical paradise where you can unwind at the end of a busy trip. Give our Destination Specialists a call today to plan the perfect tailor made Kenya holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch over 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra, make their way to the refuge of the Masai Mara in ‘the great migration’ between July and October
  • Spend time visiting lesser-known National Parks such as Aberdares, Amboseli or Tsavo
  • Visit the dramatic Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha
  • Enjoy a relaxing stay close to the powdery white sands of Kenya’s beaches

Our favourite hotels

From luxury resorts to tented safari camps and safari lodges, Kenya has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Kole Kole Swimming pool

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,761  pp

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Voyager Beach Resort

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,669  pp

Voyager Beach Resort
Tent Bedroom

Governors' Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating
Governors' Il Moran Camp
a large tree in a grassy field

Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €2,699  pp

Little Governors' Camp

Time Zone

GMT+3

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland on Emirates via Dubai and KLM via Amsterdam.

Currency

Kenyan shilling (KES)

Visa Information

Irish citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Special vaccines are required for travel to Kenya.

Kenya Attractions

No words can do it justice. You’ve got to see Kenya – Africa’s safari capital – for yourself to appreciate its wild and natural beauty. Seeing the Big Five in the world-famous Masai Mara – established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948 – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Let’s not overlook Kenya’s tropical coastline either. Here are some of the most stunning beaches on Earth.

  • Elephants on safari

    Safaris in Kenya

    ​Prepare to be dazzled by the striking scenery and diverse wildlife on your safari in Kenya.

  • Maasai Tribe, Kenya

    Visit Tribal Village

    Kenya is still filled with indigenous tribes and If you really want to get to know the fascinating culture of this great nation, we recommend visiting a tribal village.

  • Leopard Beach, Mombasa

    Visit Beautiful Beaches

    Kenya's South coast is renowned for white sandy beaches lined with palm trees; take Diani Beach for example, a wonderful cove of natural beauty and amazing coral reefs that make for the best snorkelling and scuba diving.

Kenya

One of the best times to visit Kenya is from December to March , and July to September, during the country's dry seasons, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation.

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
37mm
Nairobi
20ºC
74mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
82mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
15mm
Nairobi
21ºC
49mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
95mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
28ºC
49mm
Nairobi
21ºC
89mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
124mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
124mm
Nairobi
20ºC
120mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
166mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
238mm
Nairobi
19ºC
129mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
110mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
85mm
Nairobi
18ºC
16mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
59mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
61mm
Nairobi
17ºC
16mm
Masai Mara
25ºC
28mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
60mm
Nairobi
17ºC
30mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
44mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
25ºC
54mm
Nairobi
19ºC
21mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
52mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
113mm
Nairobi
20ºC
36mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
118mm
Nairobi
20ºC
151mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
100mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
69mm
Nairobi
19ºC
79mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
111mm
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “I loved visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi – seeing the baby elephants playing with their handlers was fantastic. Also pay a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book ‘Out of Africa’ which chronicles life at the estate.”

  • “Don’t forget that the distances between national parks are vast – speak to a Destination Specialist to make sure you maximise your game viewing opportunities. Travel by rail from Nairobi to Mombasa on the Madaraka Express - view the beautiful landscapes and National Parks (such as Tsavo) from the comfort of a modern train.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “If you want to contribute to Kenya's less fortunate, take school stationery to the local orphanages – There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up over a new pen.”

Kenya Events and Festivals

Kenya offers a wide variety of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

  • The Great Annual Migration

    Travel to Kenya in July and August to see one of the greatest movements of wildlife in the world - the great migration in the Masai Mara.

  • KCB Safari Rally

    This is a two-day event held at the end of May every year for motorsports enthusiasts.

  • East African Art Festival

    Held every year by the Kenya National Museum, this festival exhibits the artworks, architectural designs, traditional artefacts and paintings done by artists from the East African Region.

  • Kenyan Music Festival

    Held every year at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, groups are selected from different schools, colleges and universities through regional competitions. Selected groups compete with each other and the competition may be dance-oriented, vocal or instrumental. 

Local cuisine

Kenya cuisine takes on its own unique personality through the use of native spices and local ingredients. Many traditional dishes such as curries and stews, are colourful and packed full of flavour, sure to excite even the most cultured palate.

  • Ugali

    Ugali is a staple starch cornmeal made with maize flour, usually served as a white stiff porridge, good for dipping in stews or making into a makeshift spoon when you eat with your hands.

  • Nyama Choma

    Nyama Choma, Swahili for ‘roast meat’, is usually beef, goat or occasionally chicken cooked on a flavoursome Swahili barbeque. Enjoy with a beer, and slowly dig in, piece by piece.

Our Kenya destinations

Kenyan Sunset

Kenya

Lake Naivasha Safari

Lake Naivasha Safari
a group of clouds in the sky on a beach

Kenya

Watamu

Watamu
Diani Beach

Kenya

Mombasa

Mombasa
a cat lying on top of a dirt field

Kenya

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
Saruni Wild

Kenya

Nairobi

Nairobi
a herd of cattle standing on top of a grass covered field

Kenya

Nakuru National Park

Nakuru National Park
a lion standing on a dry grass field

Kenya

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park
Elsa Kopje activities sundowner

Kenya

Meru

Meru
Amboseli National Park

Kenya

Amboseli Safari

Amboseli Safari
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara

Kenya

Masai Mara

Masai Mara
a herd of elephants walking across a dirt field

Kenya

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Types of Kenya holidays

a lion lying down in a forest

Kenya Safaris

Kenya Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Kenya take around 8 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi with British Airways and Kenya Airways, and various indirect flights to Nairobi and Mombasa from various UK airports year-round.

Yes. The departure tax is around $40 (£30) when you leave Kenya. For internal flights, you will need to pay $2.50 (£2) per person per flight. In most cases, this will be included in your airfare, but check before you travel. 

There are 54 national parks and reserves in Kenya. These include Aberdare, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Meru, Mount Kenya, Nairobi, the Masai Mara, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, as well as various national reserves and marine parks.

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