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There’s nothing as magical as floating over endless wildebeest herds in the Masai Mara in a colourful hot air balloon. It’s a great way of seeing Kenya’s wildlife without the intrusion of vehicles.
Most overland tours in Kenya, particularly in the Mara, will offer hot-air ballooning as an optional extra, but it really is worth the extra cost.
Balloon flights start shortly after dawn, when the animals are at their most active. The balloon blow-up is part of the show, and once it rises, passengers can marvel at the spectacular views and the wildlife below.
Kenya’s Marine National Parks offer amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities, as a long fringing coral reef stretches along Kenya’s entire 900km coastline.
An overland tour in Kenya that includes Kenya’s beaches like Mombasa and Malindi, will no doubt leave some time for diving. Overlanders can expect a diverse variety of diving activities, from drift reef diving to deep dives and even night dives!
Water temperatures are between 25 and 29°C, and visibility ranges from 20 to 40 meters. The best time of the year to dive in Kenya is from October to November before the short rains, and again from February to March when visibility is at its clearest.
If you’re on an overland adventure in Kenya, you should definitely make time to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage on the edge of the Nairobi National Park.
Home to abandoned and rescued baby elephants, giraffes and other animals, the orphanage feeds, baths and hand-rears the little elephants until they are old enough to be released into Tsavo National Park.
Overlanders visiting the Elephant Orphanage can watch feeding and bath time each morning, and even get the chance to meet and feed the youngsters themselves. A truly great African experience.
On the banks of Lake Naivasha is the grand former home of renowned animal activists and conservationists George and Joy Adamson, Elsamere.
Named after the famous lioness Elsa, Elsamere is now a museum and conservation centre dedicated to one of the most famous wildlife stories ever told. The story of the Adamsons and Elsa’s rehabilitation into the wild was immortalised in Joy’s 1959 book ‘Born Free’.
Many Kenya Overland tours will make a stop at Elsamere, where overlanders can get a sense of the amazing conservation heritage in Kenya, as well as enjoy a sumptuous cream tea on the lawn!