When you think about family-friendly destinations for a summer holiday, Kenya may not be top of mind. But with world-class wildlife reserves, beautiful bird-filled lakes and opportunities to learn first-hand about traditional Maasai culture, it really should be. I’ve recently returned from Kenya and cannot wait to go back with my kids.
The Maasai Mara Nature Reserve is world famous for its game viewing for good reason. You have probably heard of the ‘Big Five’, but here you can spot the ‘Big Nine’: lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino, zebra, giraffe and hippo, as well as many species of antelope. Whatever your age, seeing wildlife up close in its own habitat is a magical experience and with so many different species to spot, even teens couldn’t get bored of taking long game drives here.
Take a family holiday in Kenya and you may see the wildebeest migration
Go to Kenya at the right time and you may be lucky enough to see the annual wildebeest migration, which takes place in the Maasai Mara between July and August, and again in October. More than a million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania in search of greener pastures, food and water, before returning south again later in the year. It is one of the greatest shows on Earth, and the good news is it usually takes place during the school summer holidays, when the weather is dry and wildlife viewing is at its best. Read more