Kenya

Kenya is the epitome of the African adventure. Sitting across the equator, the country offers a magical mix of incredible scenery, impressive wildlife and a rich tribal culture. From the flamingo-filled lakes of the Rift Valley to the wide expanses of the Masai Mara, it is easy to fall in love with Kenya. Its coast is the perfect escape from everyday life with long sweeping beaches. Fringed by palms and bathed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. There are few places that can offer the combination of safari and beach so effortlessly.

What’s on offer in Kenya?

Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya

Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

The Rift Valley - Kenya

The Rift Valley

The Rift Valley is a massive geological feature which runs from the Middle East all the way down Africa to northern Botswana but where it really is amazing is a short drive north of Nairobi. The ground drops away below you and gaze upon this massive valley which is home to lakes, soda lakes and volcanic formations all of which are related to the origins of the valley itself.

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Laikipia - Kenya

Laikipia

Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi arid northern frontier country starts. The majority of the conservation occurs on privately owned and community ranches centered round the Laikipia National Reserve. Many of the ranches run cattle together with wildlife safaris and you can experience conservation that includes rather than excludes people going about their day to day lives, conserving not only wildlife but a way of life. Many of the lodges are family homes and despite this domesticity the wildlife includes dangerous game like lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant.

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

Africa’s second highest mountain (5199m) is an awe-inspiring sight and its forests, trout filled streams and game reserve are of great interest for those not wanting to summit the peak. Unlike Mt Kilimanjaro Mt Kenya is a technically difficult climb, although Point Lenana (4985m) requires no climbing can be easily reached by a fit hiker.

Kenyan Coast

Kenyan Coastal Mainland

The Kenyan Coastal Mainland is studded with numerous beautiful beaches and coves, as well as towns and points of cultural interest. The city of Mombasa is the largest and most significant urban centre along this stretch, although it is not strictly part of the mainland but located on an island that is connected to it by means of a causeway. Mombasa has a rich Swahili culture and a captivating Old Town with a rich historical heritage. Other key centres along the coast are the resort town of Diani, with its long white sand beach and plethora of hotels and guesthouses, idyllic Kilifi, Watamu, overlooking two beautiful bays, and Malindi.

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. Renowned for its excellent Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah viewing and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya most popular parks. The birding is excellent especially near the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo national park is Kenya’s the largest and has been split in two, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The park is very popular with those wishing to combine beach and bush and other attractions nearby include Amboseli National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro. Of the two Tsavo East has more open savannah but Tsavo West is the more beautiful. Thanks to the legend of its man eating lions Tsavo was famous long before it became a Park. 500 bird species have been recorded in the area.

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Fast Facts

BEST TIME TO VISIT: The weather is hot and humid on the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast of the country. The hottest months are usually February and March and the coolest months July and August. Rainfall is at its heaviest from April to June.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 3 hours.

VISAS: Required for British passport holders. Can be issued on arrival for £30, this can cause delays on arrival so we do recommend obtaining in the UK before departure. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of arrival into Kenya and the passport must have at least 2 blank pages. Yellow Fever: Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

LANGUAGE: English and Kiswahili.

CURRENCY: Kenyan Shilling.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: There are direct flights to Nairobi with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Kenya Airways, with connecting flights to Mombasa.

FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx 8 hours and 30 minutes.

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