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Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Reserve encompasses open savanna, woodlands and riverine habitats that are host to an astonishing array of bird and mammal species. The Siria Escarpment forms the western border of the reserve, and together with the acacia-dotted plains, creates a landscape ...

Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Reserve encompasses open savanna, woodlands and riverine habitats that are host to an astonishing array of bird and mammal species. The Siria Escarpment forms the western border of the reserve, and together with the acacia-dotted plains, creates a landscape of startling beauty. Wildlife sightings are plentiful year-round, including a wealth of lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra and antelope species. In August and September, the area overflows with game as the Great Migration arrives from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Northern Kenya offers arid landscapes of astounding grandeur, inhabited by the colorful Samburu and Maasai people. Both Meru National Park (once home to Elsa the lioness) and Samburu National Reserve provide excellent game-viewing. 

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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 KES101.4 = US$1.00 as of February 2018. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

U.S. EMBASSY

Nairobi, Tel. 20-363-6451. 

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