The first tip is a reality check: no matter how well you've organized your trip, it may all fail.
First, the main attraction of the safaris is going out in search of animals in their natural habitat and certainly observing them in the wild is a wonderful thing, but what if the lion has decided to rest in a hidden place in the savannah today? Prepare your mind to enjoy every detail of nature in its wild state, focus on the experience itself; this way, you will enjoy even more if you can find the big five. Ah! And remember that there's life outside the big five: giraffes, zebras, hippos...
On the other hand, remember you are in Africa, where anything can happen, from plan changes to the vehicle running out of gas halfway. Do not despair, breathe and look at the bright side: you've got a story to tell!
2. Measure your time, be organized and let yourself be advised.
The safaris start at different times of day depending on the amount time the traveler has. Normally if you have been able to get to your hotel or lodge the night before, the normal plan would be to leave very early in the morning to spend all day in the park or National Reserve, eating in the middle of the savannah. If you have a few days, let yourself be guided by the experts, by agencies such as World Kenya Safaris. There are parks where one can go with its own vehicle, but it will be difficult to find all the animals you want to see. Experts are so, precisely due to their experience and knowledge in these conflicts. Plan your trip with them and enjoy.
This detail should not become an obsession: the animals live in nature reserves throughout the year and can be (or not) seen in any period. However, it is true that for some months, especially during the dry season, is more difficult for them to hide and easier for you to spot them. Also, during this time, they usually walk longer distances in search of water, making it easier to find them. In Masai Mara, the best season starts in late August and lasts until early October. These days the Great Migration occurs, in which thousands of animals leave the Serengeti in Tanzania to come to Kenya in search of food.
4. Prepare your luggage with the necessary things.
You are about to begin your journey to Kenya, in your mind appear the African landscapes and animals running around and you imagine yourself dressed up as Indiana Jones. Think about it: you are neither Harrison Ford nor are you in a movie. Go equipped with comfortable clothing of inconspicuous colors (if the lion is hungry at least we’ll be confused with a tree!), binoculars are also essential, but it is not necessary that you finish the nearest sports store stocks. Remember also that if your safari vehicle is closed, you will walk just a few steps away from it all along the way.
Although it may seem obvious, we should take precautions and pay attention to our safety at all times. With the excitement of the moment, some people forget that in their surroundings are now wild animals and as such, they can become their prey at any time. Be sure to travel in a closed vehicle on the sides and never leave it and keep your arms, legs and head inside it. If Savannah cats come out and can be seen, it is precisely because they are looking for some easy prey...
8.Where to stay is also important.
It might seem that the accommodation is not something you should worry about; at the end of the day most of the time you invest will be in parks or reserves. This may be true for travelers that will enjoy safaris only a few days or for animal lovers, who do not mind spending hours and days watching. But do not be fooled, the safari experience can be frustrating if you have not gotten a good rest, and if you carry a several days' journey, there will come a time when you would appreciate to stay in a good hotel enjoying the sunset from the pool.
7. Take advantage of your time and discover the country.
Sometimes travels to Kenya are so well organized that they leave little time to see another reality of the country: its people, its customs, its cities, its culture. Try spending a night in Nairobi or visit a Masai village. Immerse yourself in the charms of Kenya, relax and above all, enjoy!