Kenya is a prominent safari destination for holidaymakers looking for iconic animals and stunning landscapes. If you’re considering a safari vacation, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a positive safari experience.
For many people, the more animals you’ve spotted while out on safari, the more successful the safari and if you’ve spotted all the Big 5 then you’ve had a particularly good run of luck. It doesn’t all have to come down to luck. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure maximum wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Visit at the best season
Consider the dry season. During this season, water sources are more sporadic and animals congregate around the few remaining watering holes. As a result, the wildlife is easily viewed. Vegetation is also sparser making it easier to spot animals in the grasslands.
Safari at the right time of the day
Most of the predators are active at dawn and twilight when temperatures are cooler and hunting conditions are ideal. The bulk of animals seek shelter away from roads and paths during the midday sun, making them considerably more difficult to locate.
Know where to look
Not all animals will be out on the plains so keep your eyes open. Look for leopards and grazing giraffes in the bushes, hippos and crocodiles in rivers and lakes, and a pride of lions lounging on rocky outcrops.
Take a binoculars with you
Africa’s wildlife is well adapted to their surroundings, with fur coats that help them blend in, so owning a decent set of binoculars can help you more readily detect the outline of hidden or distant creatures.
When embarking on a safari, it’s crucial to keep in mind what kind of clothes to pack. Apparel for warm days and cool evenings is recommended in Kenya. A heavy jacket is also ideal for the early morning game drive. Shorts and T-shirts are the norms during the day, while long-sleeved shirts and pants are worn at night for warmth and insect protection.
For most people, a trip to Kenya means one thing, a safari. The highlight of any safari is watching the famous wildlife out in their natural habitats, on the prowl for their next hunt, congregating around watering holes, or simply lounging under the Kenyan skies.