Kenya

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Destination Information

Wildlife sightings in Kenya are plentiful year-round. In August and September, the Great Migration arrives in the south from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Northern Kenya offers arid landscapes of astounding grandeur, inhabited by the colorful Samburu and Maasai people.

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Witness the Great Migration

The Maasai Mara National Reserve has a unique concentration of wildlife because, unlike much of the Serengeti to the south, it has a year-round supply of water. The Mara River never runs dry, and the grazing supports a huge resident population of herbivores and the predators that feed on them, as well as attracting the Great Migration from August to October.

Epic Views

Surveying the Maasai Mara from the top of the dramatic Siria Escarpment that defines its western boundary — a setting that devotees of the movie “Out of Africa” will recall as the place where the lions come to visit the grave of Denys Finch Hatton — it really can appear that the Ark has just opened its doors.

When to Visit

The times to avoid in Kenya are the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. The rest of the year typically brings cool nights and warm, sunny days broken by occasional afternoon and evening showers.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Kenya, dial 011 (international access) + 254 (Kenya code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

Time

Eight hours ahead of New York (EST).

Currency

Shilling (KES). Fluctuating rate valued at KES110.15 = US$1.00 as of February 2021. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$. 

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least two unstamped pages) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

U.S. Embassy

Nairobi, Tel. (254) 20-363-6451.