National Parks of Kenya
Kenya straddles the equator and covers an area of 582,646 sq kilometres, which includes around 13,600 sq kilometres of inland lakes. It is one of Africa’s most diverse communities, having been a major migratory pathway for millennia. More than 70 tribal groups occupy the land and whilst distinctions between them have become blurred and western cultural values have been adopted, the individual cultures and traditions can still be detected, especially in rural areas. Most of the African population is Christian whereas the Asian population is a mix of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh. English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya, however many other major tribal languages are spoken in the area.
When to travel
The dry seasons in Kenya are January and February and then July to October. This is regarded as the best time to travel and is the main tourist season as the weather is so favourable. If you are coming for migration, August to October is an ideal time to travel to Kenya.
If you are not opposed to the rain, travelling between March and June, and October to December is ideal to avoid the crowds.
The best time for viewing bird life is from January to March.
Getting there and away
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city is the main gateway for the region and is served by a number of airlines with direct connections to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Kenya’s National Carrier, Kenya Airways, operate to a wide range of destinations. Emirates have two flights daily from their Dubai hub with excellent global connections.