If you are planning to take a safari to Africa, you cant go wrong if you choose to take one of the Kenya safari tours that are available. When you decide to go on one of these safaris for many people it will be the trip of a lifetime and they will only do it once because it is a good distance to travel to Africa from North America. Travel time alone will be approximately three days including all of the time spent at airports and other transit. Today a safari is more usually done for observing and taking photographs of the animals. In Swahili safari means a long journey and when you travel from North America to Africa, you do so through both time and history.
The currency in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi which is a major commercial hub. Kenya has a large tourism economy. Also Kenya has an agriculture economy. Tea and coffee and flowers are grown here. The climate is tropical to arid in the various parts of Kenya. Within Kenya you can find savannah grasslands, forest and mountains and desert landscapes.
Kenya safari tours are often where people travel for the cultural aspects of East Africa. Technically Kenya is known as the Republic of Kenya and it has a long coastline along the Indian Ocean and is also on the equator. Tanzania is to the south of Kenya. Kenya is one of the areas you would visit to see the Great Migration which is where the wild animals take a kind of circular tour within Africa and one of the best places to observe and take photographs is in the Masai Mara which is a game reserve in Kenya. This is also part of the greater Mara ecosystem. This particular game reserve has admittance fees and also camping fees, but when you are one of the Kenya safari tours your safari costs will include fees for the various places that you visit.
If you are in this game preserve one of the things that is nice is that the number of vehicles is somewhat limited so you have a better chance of seeing animals instead of tour busses.
You have the best chance of viewing a part of the Great Migration from mid August to mid September. This is at the end of the dry season where water is fairly scarce so the big animals head for the watering holes. These animals will be the big cats, zebras, gazelle and wildebeest to name a few. An option that is available in the Masai Mara is a balloon safari which would be a lot of fun. So at this time of year you would expect the fees of safaris to be the highest and you would have to plan this trip well in advance.
Two other heavily visited areas of Kenya are Lake Victoria and east and west Tsavo National Park.