As people prepare for the cold winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, you could choose to go on a Christmas safari to Kenya and get into some of the most fascinating landscapes, an abundance of sunshine, and incredible encounters with wildlife.

This country in East Africa lies astride the equator and hence has safaris all year long making it very ideal to experience its iconic parks during the festive season.

Imagine spending your Christmas amid the Maasai Mara’s unmatched beauty or seeing some of the greatest animals ever up-close. Or trailing the Big Five through Tsavo’s wilderness. These are memories that will melt your heart forever.

Choosing Your Dream Safari Destinations

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To plan for a Kenyan Christmas safari, first, select those parks and reserves that will give you maximum pleasure in line with your passion. Some of them are:

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: This is undeniably Kenya’s best-known wildlife viewing spot among others. There are amazing morning and evening game drives as well as hot air balloons.
  • Amboseli National Park: Situated at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Amboseli boasts magnificent views of this snow-topped peak in addition to having huge herds of elephants plus other species like giraffes.
  • Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks: These twin parks are among the largest protected areas in the world thus offering a rugged wilderness experience and the chance to see the famous red elephant that grazes amidst iconic red dust.
  • Samburu National Reserve: Located in Kenya’s North, Samburu is known for its unique semi-arid landscape and rare wildlife like Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, as well as the iconic Samburu Special Five.


Picking Your Safari Style

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Think about what kind of safari experience will suit your tastes and pockets after you have chosen your desired destination:

  • Luxury Tented Camps: For an authentic yet indulgent safari experience, luxury tented camps offer lavish accommodations, first-class amenities, and unbeatable game viewing opportunities.
  • Classic Safari Lodges: Also known as traditional safari lodges they are comfortable places to stay when exploring parks and reserves with modern facilities and often within easy reach of wildlife habitats.
  • Safari Day Tours: When time is limited, one can opt for a cheaper experience and a taste of Kenya’s wildlife without the need for overnight stays in the parks.


Customize Your Safari with Added Activities


For a boost to your Xmas safari experience, you may want to consider adding more activities to your itinerary:

  • Cultural Visits: Village visits and cultural experiences will give you an insight into the rich traditions and ways of life of Kenya’s diverse ethnic groups such as the Maasai and Samburu.
  • Walking Safaris: During this guided nature walk, one comes close to nature to see some great tracks of animals, interesting plants, and other smaller creatures often missed during game drives.
  • Hot Air Ballooning: Witness the world’s big five from above by flying over the plains in a hot air balloon safari.
  • Beach Extensions: Add some relaxing beach days onto your safari adventure by taking a trip down to Kenya’s stunning coast; known for its clear white sands, turquoise waters, and vibrant sea life.


What You Need for a Merry Safari

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Packing carefully is necessary if you want to have a comfortable and memorable safari. Here are some essential items that you should pack:

  1. Lightweight breathable clothing in neutral colors: Go for khaki, beige, or olive tones that blend well with the natural environment.
  2. Warm layers: Hot days are followed by cooler early morning and evening game drives which may require a light jacket or sweater.
  3. Comfortable walking shoes: Any safari activities on foot should be undertaken in durable, well-worn footwear with excellent grip.
  4. Sun protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high SPF sunscreen will help protect you from the blazing sun of the equator.
  5. Binoculars: Get more out of your wildlife viewing experience by taking a pair of binoculars, to see even the shyest animals from far away.
  6. Camera equipment: Bring along your camera, lenses, and extra batteries to document the amazing scenes that you will encounter during your Kenyan Christmas safari.

Most camps and lodges during Christmas time organize special events and merry-making moments. From fancy bush dinners to theme parties; campfire carols while Santa Claus comes down through chimneys are all common ways of celebrating this season’s love deep within Africa’s wild place.

Set off for an Unforgettable Kenyan Christmas Safari

Shian Tours and Travel has enough experience in organizing fabulous safaris in Kenya.

By planning your Kenyan Christmas safari well in advance, you can craft a truly remarkable holiday experience that combines the magic of the festive season with the awe-inspiring beauty and wildlife of East Africa.

Feel free to contact us about Safari in Kenya on Christmas. Kenya’s unparalleled natural wonders await.