Best activities to do on a Kenya Self-drive safari
Apart from the existing Safari trips of planning and booking a whole trip with a travel agency. Now is the right time to hit the road for a self drive safari in Kenya. something new and exciting; a self-drive tour. You can experience the ultimate feel of freedom and get all the excitement you can imagine with the incredible option of renting a car and drive on your own & at your pace, and time.
Taking out a car for a a on Self-drive in Kenya, lets you enjoy a different activity which gives you an up close and breath-taking view of spectacular scenery; animals and birds among among other wildlife. In order to enjoy the best of your time in Kenya, you need early preparations such as Booking a car for hire with Self Drive Kenya, places to visit, activities to do among others.
Among the top tour activities to put on your bucket list, here are the top recommended (not in order of priority) from our travel experts especially while driving around the country on your own.
Just before sunrise, wake up for a cup of Kenyan tea or coffee and depart for an early morning game drive, such that by the time the sun rises, you will be out in the Savannah, enjoying the chilly weather and the calm atmosphere along with exclusive animal viewing. Early morning game drives are most incredible since you will be seeing multitudes of predators in the wilderness hunting, or feeding on the pray.
While on your self drive Kenya Camping safari, you can either enjoy a heavy bush breakfast in the wilderness, otherwise you can return to your hotel of residence for that tasty breakfast.
Whereas the afternoon game drives commence instantly in the late afternoon /early evening after taking a tasty lunch, and a nap, or a little bit of relaxing and return to the camp/campsite or lodge just before the darkness falls.
The best vehicle options to get is the one with a pop-up roof like safari Land cruiser, Extended Land cruiser, Hardtop Land cruisers, V8 Land cruisers and Safari Vans though others like Rav4s and xtrails can also do it well, but the nature of the tracks within these packs may cause alot of tear and wear to the car..
In parks like Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Samburu game reserve, Nairobi National Park, Tsavo West National park and the most famous Maasai Mara, you can enjoy more of game viewing by catching incredible glimpse of many wildlife safari animals from the comfort of the 4×4 self drive cars including many wildebeests, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, zebras, Gazelles grazing in the vast planes of the wildlife National parks and game reserves.
Watch the Wildbeest Migration:
Witness the captivating event of about 1.5 million wildebeests and a big population of Zebras migrate overland in search for food and water. This event remains intact every year, and occurs between July and August following the rainy season.
Kenya ranks among the first 20 countries destined for bird watching. The country holds a record of bird watch that you can spot about 342 species within a day, representing about 3/4 of the bird species found in Africa making it the best place to be should you desire to go on a bird watching holiday. There are a lot of places to go bird watching in Uganda while driving yourself, taking a pick from over several forests, gorges and National parks/reserves such as; Nairobi National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Samburu and Buffalo springs National reserve, Lake Naivasha , Kinagop Plateau, Lake Baringo, Kakamega forest, Masi Mara national reserve, Arabuko Sokeko Forest, Mida creek among others.
Various Palearctic migrants flock arrive in Kanya;s marine and inland shorelines between the months of October and February, while swallows, terns and waders are also common; yet between June and July weavers and bishops are in breeding plumage and many Southern African migrants visit.
Kenya’s birding destinations make excellent centers for bird watching such as Maasai Mara’s rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike; the Samburu for the rare shining sunbird and pink breasted lark; and Nairobi National Park for the northern pied-babbler and Pangani long claw. Kenya’s handful of endemics include the Tara River cisticola, the Aberdare cisticola; Hinde’s pied-babbler; William’s lark; Sharpe’s pipit; and Clarke’s weaver.
This diverse range of habitats supports a great diversity of bird species – and makes a bird watching holiday in Kenya very rewarding!
Kenya is a safari paradise with its various parks and wildlife refuges. But but many usually forget that Nairobi (the safari capital) also provides some of the best unique self drive travel experiences in Kenya.
In our self drive Kenya land cruiser or private safari minivan, You will drive just minutes away from Nairobi city center to the Giraffe Manor to get up close with the giraffes, watch baby orphan elephants play in the mud as they are being fed in sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and visit the legendary home of Karen Blixen, National museum of Kenya, Nairobi National Park and the Bomas of Kenya. Besides the visiting all attraction sites tha Nairobi has to offer, do not forget to grab lunch at the carnivore restaurant or similar.
Visit the Hot springs in Lake Bogoria
You can also take a drive to the famous Lake Bogoria and watch the incredible hot springs. You can find numerous fumaroles and boiling springs, located along the shores of the lake. You will realise that the hot water springs are as a result of two different geothermal waters.
Immerse yourself into Impressive & Scenic Views of Watamu
Immerse yourself to Africa’s beach destinations- Watamu. A place with spectacular and tranquil beaches in a small village on the Kenyan coast just North of Kilifi, near the city of Malindi. Watamu is placed between pristine beaches and a abundant tropical forest, famed for its unique, relaxed and its peaceful way of life. Above all This small palace welcomes visitors looking for a quiet ambience to relax, discover and enjoy the wonders that it has to offer.
However, although it’s a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a wild coastal adventure, you’ll never forget the Wonders of Watamu.
Hike Mount Kenya
Standing tall at 17,000 feet (3,800 meters), Mount Kenya is still famed for having Africa’s second highest peak after Kilimanjaro. The mountain, although no one speaks much about it like Kilimanjaro and Rwenzori Mountains, it still offers the best challenging climb, through its beautiful routes of Sirimon, chogoria, and Naromoru . With this you can have the mountain, all to yourself from a 3 days trek to at most 8 days including, its major most hiked peak of point Lenana.
White Water Rafting & Kayaking on River Tana
It sounds super cool to view Kenya’s nature from the river point of View during rafting or Kayaking on River Tana. While rafting over the rapids, through the beautiful valleys and the scenic landscape of the environment, you will be able to view bird and animals, who come to refill by the River side.