If you are planning a trip to Kenya my suggestion is you take at least a week. Below are our favorite parks, excursions and safaris you can manage to see in 7 days. We also recommend how many days you should stay on each stopover so the trip is relaxed and enjoyable. Remember this is a great family trip, and as such, you don't want to rush things!
Recommended stay: 2 days. You cannot go to Kenya and not see this park. Very few places offer you the chance of being face-to-face with wild animals in urban settings. Located just a few kilometers south of the city, this national park is the only protected area in the world that sits so close to a nation’s capital. You will most likely get the chance to spot black rhinos, lions, giraffes and zebras, as well as some of the 400 birds that make Kenya a destination for bird watchers.
Recommended stay: 2 days. This is a very special place since the Great Wildebeest Migration takes place here every year. It is a big natural reserve so many different safaris are offered. You can choose from: big cat safari, rhino & elephant, flamingoes, and Maasai cultural village. The Masai Mara is definitely one of the greatest wildlife reserves in Africa.
Recommended stay: 1 day. This National Park was certainly one of the most special ones since you could see the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. A few years ago I hiked the Kili and being able to see it again from this park was magical. The park offers good wildlife all year round but I recommend you visit between January and February or June through September to avoid the mud of the wet season. Another recommendation is to take the necessary preventive malarial medicine since the park is in an area were Malaria is prevalent.
Recommended stay: 2 days. It is divided into East Tsavo Park and West Tsavo Park. Together they form one of the greatest conservation areas in the planet. What makes Tsavo East special are the large elephant herds, the Mudanda Rock and the Lugards Falls. This park offers excursions such as: hiking, rock climbing, horse riding and bush walks. Tsavo West on the other hand has such thick vegetation that game viewing is a little more complicated. It does have several volcanic craters and curious hills worth visiting.
In our 7 day trip we didn’t get a chance to see the deserts but they are highly recommended by locals. They say the Chalbi Desert looks like an ocean from far away but as you come closer you realize its not. This mirage occurs because the desert isn’t a sand desert as we are used to; it is made of hot and dry volcanic sand. When it rains it turns into a non-navigable lake.
The other Kenya desert is the Nyiri desert. This is a sand desert, which owns its aridity to the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Apply for a Tourist Visa online before you travel. Today, the electronic visa is the only way for tourists to apply for a Kenya Travel Visa. Visa applications (except East Africa Tourist Visa) can be processed through the iVisa website.
You may also apply for an online visa at the government website http://www.immigration.go.ke/. I found the government website more confusing. I personally recommend iVisa. I used it when I went to Kenya and all I had to do was fill out an online application and pay the service fee. It was quick, simple and with no complications at all.