Kenya in July

Travel to Kenya in July to witness the beginning of the thrilling wildebeest migration. With more than 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra on the move for the green pastures of the Maasai Mara, it is one of Kenya's most dramatic and memorable safari experiences.


In a nutshell

  • Will suit: families with children aged eight upwards, those interested in wildlife, photography and outdoor adventures
  • Flying time: 7-8 hours from London
  • Time difference: GMT+3 (+2 in summer)
  • Average temperature in July: 27-33°C
  • Tourist information: MagicalKenya.com


How to get there

  • British Airways has daily, direct flights to Kenya from London Heathrow.
  • Kenya Airways has daily flights to Kenya from London Heathrow, changing planes in Amsterdam.


Where to stay

  • From five-star luxury tented camps to international properties and private beachside villas to boutique hotels, Kenya has something for everyone.
  • For a package holiday in the region, BA and Thomson Holidays both offer a range of hotels to suit all budgets.


What to do

Living in a Maasai camp, learn to track animals, protect livestock with hand-fashioned weapons, dig water from river-bank wells and grind medicine from bark and plants. Accommodation in luxury safari tents and food are included. Programmes include Survivor Training, Introductory Training and Family Adventure.

  • Hot air balloon safari

For a truly unique perspective on Kenya's spectacular wilderness, a balloon safari offers the best vantage point. Trips leave daily at dawn and can be booked through most safari companies.

Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Lamu offers visitors the hypnotic experience of entering another world. The narrow streets remain unchanged and in the markets and squares around the fort, life moves at the same pace it always has. There are no vehicles on this island and donkey and dhow remain the dominant forms of transport.


Top tips

  • The home of the safari (a Swahili word meaning 'long journey'), Kenya offers a range of interesting safari options, from mountain bike to camel and from hot air balloon to horse.
  • It's worth making the most of your Kenya experience by combining two or three centres - for instance the western lakes, the Maasai Mara and the coastline.
  • With a 500km stretch of Indian Ocean coastline, luxury spas, world-class diving and a range of water sports on offer, Kenya's beaches are not to be missed.
  • Visitors from the UK must present a passport, valid for at least six months, upon arrival. All visitors are also required to obtain an entry visa - get one before you go from the Kenya High Commission in London or buy one when you arrive for US$50.


What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Kenya

  • Have done Kenya a couple of times - the first time we stayed in lodges for the safari and the second time we camped. Both are fabulous but the camping is wonderful as you can lie in bed listening to the animals at night. LilRedWG
  • The beaches are amazing and there is always watersports to do, kitesurfing, camel riding, sightseeing, a local former cement works transformed into a mini safari park, snorkelling with amazing fish, I could go on. Themasterandmargaritas
  • Make sure you're all vaccinated and have your anti-malarials as well as good nets, travel health kit, suncare products, suitable clothing, insect repellents etc. Sidge

 

Last updated: 20-Sep-2013 at 4:05 PM