Kenya is one of the most exciting destinations in the world, best known for hot, sandy beaches and unmatchable wildlife. The country attracts visitors by the hundreds of thousands every year, both those coming for business and for pleasure. If you’d love to go on a safari to Kenya and not have to deal with crowds in the major attractions and hotels, here are some excellent tips to try.

Visit during the off-peak season

In Kenya, the peak travel seasons are between December and February, and July and September. December and February attract holidaymakers who would love the warm weather as it is winter in many places around the world; these months are also usually ideal for a Kenyan Christmas vacation, New Year’s holidays, and events such as weddings and celebrations. The July-September season is perfect to catch the annual Masai Mara wildebeest migration, so you will definitely encounter some crowds during this time. Do choose to visit in the off-peak seasons, not just to avoid crowds but also to have very personalized services and save on money, too. Many tour operators, hotels, and attractions do have lower prices or special offers to attract tourists to Kenya in these seasons, so take full advantage and have the time of your life!

Off the beaten path…

Another excellent way to keep off the crowds is to go off the beaten path. Kenya has so much more than the Mombasa beach hotels, the luxury hotels and the wildlife to enjoy, so why not explore the possibilities? One rarely mentioned region of Kenya in terms of tourism and great holiday opportunities is Western Kenya. The following are only a few of the lovely places to visit in Western and Nyanza regions: Mt Elgon: this extinct volcanic mountain is located on the border of Kenya and Uganda, and you can go mountain climbing or hike up to the Koitobos Peak on the Kenyan side of the mountain. Rusinga Island: this island on Lake Victoria is a lovely spot that is one of the most remote and tranquil in Kenya. It has clean, beautiful beaches and perfect water for swimming, sailing, and fishing, and you can stay at the Rusinga Island Lodge, too. Kakamega Forest: the Kenya Wildlife Service calls this forest a “canopy of natural beauty”, with over 300 bird species and 400 butterfly species. There are also a good number of snake species, bats, squirrels and primates, and some of the most massive trees you will ever see. If you desire to get really close to nature, the Kakamega Forest is the place to be. Kisumu Museum: you absolutely have to make a stop at the Kisumu Museum just to experience the prehistoric sites and traditional legends of the Luo people of Kisumu. There are plenty of plants and animals preserved at the museum, and artifacts from the communities in the area, too.

Accommodation by the KWS

Another way of experiencing fewer crowds during your visit to Kenya is to choose accommodation provided by the Kenya Wildlife Society. The KWS is in charge of most national parks and game reserves in the country and has lodging for local and international tourists usually within or around the reserves. Where there are no in-park lodges, there are camping facilities and self-catering options, all at very affordable prices compared to most hotels in the country. Even better, the KWS has some amazing spots to visit that are almost guaranteed of no crowds, such as the Kotoiboss Guest House near the Mt Elgon National Park, Shimoni Bandas in the Coast, the Sirimon Bandas in Mt Kenya, among numerous others. As you can see, there are so many ways to have a crowd-free vacation in Kenya, so try out these tips and have a fantastic holiday!