Kenya

Kenya is the original home of African safari holidays (safari means travel in Swahili). It is the most popular African safari country for safari holidays. Very diverse natural resources including the world-famous annual Wildebeest Migration at Masai Mara game reserve, from coral reefs to the rich culture and traditions of the old age Masai community, breathtaking sceneries and Mountain peaks.

History has it that Man’s earliest ancestors may well have originated here in Africa, Turkana, Northern Kenya as long as five million years ago.

Kenya is truly the heart of East Africa and breathes the never ending valor of what the word Safari means, A Journey. The country has a warm and humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, with wildlife-rich savannah grasslands inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder approaching Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snow-capped peaks. Further inland there is a warm and humid climate around Lake Victoria, and temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region.

The northeastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake and the world’s largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park.

Kenya is one of the best safari destinations on the African continent. Located on the eastern part of the African continent with slightly over 500 km of coastline dotted with beautiful sandy beaches next to the Indian Ocean plus a sunny climate most of the year round. For travelers looking for both beach and wildlife a safari in Kenya is simply irresistible! This is a country of natural contrasts and diversity. You are guaranteed that you can travel from East to West and from North to South and each time you will find different and astounding natural attractions. You get to see, feel and experience nature at its best. From the wild African animals in the game reserves to the pink flamingos in the Rift Valley’s Lake Nakuru and the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya as well as the marine national parks on the Indian Ocean coastline!

Why Kenya – for an African Safari

  • Wild animals and birds in their natural habitat including the Big 5 and the world famous wildebeest migration at the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Kenya has no less than 50 African safari parks to choose from.
  • Unique snow capped mountains such as Mount Kenya featuring all year round snow at the Equator!
  • Great Rift Valley with its fresh and salt water lakes, the geothermal springs at Olkaria and the breathtaking escarpments at Kerio Valley
  • Beautiful white sandy beaches of our North and South Coasts including Diani, Mombasa, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu
  • The ancient but well reserved towns of Mombasa Old Town and Lamu island
  • The ultra modern conferencing facilities available at the KICC and several other locations for the business and professional travelers
  • The beautiful done hotels, lodges and camping sites meant to cater for all sizes of wallets
  • Ecosystems of plants, trees and animals of all varieties found in the forest Reserves of Kakamega and Arabuko Sokoke among others
  • Various types of entertainment for all age groups
  • Charming and friendly faces of the peoples in addition to their traditional African hospitality
  • A wide variety of artefacts/souvenirs/collectibles are available for you to take home
  • Beautifully manicured golf courses for both amateur and professional golfers

To crown it all, you can rest assured that the above is not all, taking an African safari in Kenya has much more to offer….

And so…… Who is welcome to Kenya?

I do not limited these attractions to tourists alone, they are available to all travelers to Kenya including:-

  • Tourists
  • Business Travellers
  • Professionals
  • Sports Persons
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Conference Attendees
  • Students and Researchers

And whatever your passions and interests may be, I can assure you that you will find something that will suit and challenge you sufficiently. The country is well linked for air travel and its capital city Nairobi is a Hub for international airlines through the JKIA International Airport. And for visitors to Kenya coming in through Nairobi, the Nairobi National Park is simply next door, 30 minutes drive from the airport! I would most certainly not wish to let you go back before you feel the African peoples hospitality, have a taste of their foods and attend their numerous cultural events, you may take my word on this, most visitors yearn to come back for a second or third African safari – one is simply not normally enough! Travel Guide

KENYA FACT FILE

Kenya is known as the ‘jewel of East Africa’. It boasts of some of the continent’s finest beaches, magnificent wildlife and scenery and sophisticated tourism infrastructure. It is a land of great beauty, which stretches from the coral reefs and white sand beaches.

Most Popular Places to Visit

THE COAST Mombasa

The second-largest city in Kenya, 500km (300 miles) from Nairobi, Mombasa town actually sits on an island. There are, however, several places of interest: the Old Town that retains the Arab flavor characterized with narrow, crowded streets with vendors selling local crafts.

Location Kenya is located in East Africa
Area 582,646 sq km (224,961 sq miles)
Population has a population of 34.7 million Population Density population density is 59.5 per sq km
Capital Nairobi (the capital city)
Population: 2.5 million Government Republic.
Gained independence in 1963
Passport, Visa & Health Requirement

PASSPORTS Passport is valid for three months from the date of entry it is requirement by all nationals with at least one blank page.

VISAS Required by all nationals except the following: (a) All holders of a re-entry pass to Kenya. (b) Nationals of Cyprus.

Travel:

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Kenya Airways (KQ) (website: www.kenya-airways.com). Departure Tax None. Main Airports Nairobi (NBO) (Jomo Kenyatta International) (website: www.kenyaairports.co.ke) is 16km (10 miles) southeast of the city.

International Travel:

Getting Around By Air Kenya Airways (website: www.kenya-airways.com) operates scheduled services to Kisumu (on the shore of Lake Victoria), Lamu, Malindi and Mombasa. Air Kenya (website: www.airkenya.com) offers scheduled flights from Nairobi to Amboseli, Lamu, Malindi,