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Kenya Travel Guide

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Nature's drama of survival of the fittest plays out on the plains of the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Reserve every year
 

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Kenya at a Glance

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Wildlife and Safaris - Kenya is richly endowed with wildlife, stunning tropical shores and rich cultures. For most visitors to Kenya, the romance of a wildlife safari is high on the list of attractions. Herds of countless wildebeest and zebra, the great predators, buffalo and elephant conjure up images of Out of Africa.

Ancient Spice Route - Kenya reflects the influences of the ancient seafarers that plied their trade along its shores. Spices, ivory and slave trading have influenced the history, people and even language.

National Parks and Reserves - Lake Nakuru: up to two million flamingoes carpet the lake in shades of pink as far as the eye can see. Amboseli: elephant herds viewed against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Masai Mara: migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and plains game, attracting the attention of the great predators.

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The Soda Lakes of Kenya

The Lakes in East Africa teem with birdlife, fascinating and endangered, seasonal and varied
Kenya Tribal Culture

Kenya Tribal Culture

Tribal culture continues to play a very strong influence in the lives of the people of Kenya
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Kenya Beaches

The warm Indian Ocean is lined with idyllic East African beaches and islands and flavors of rich history and culture

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Quick Start Guide to Kenya Travel

Kenya straddles the equator and its tropical climate allows for year round travel. Each season provides a special appeal. After your safari, indulge in the romantic ambience at one of the beach resorts. Dive the coral reefs, enjoy water sports or even deep sea fishing.

Fly high over the savanna in a hot air balloon or meet the people of a local village and learn about their culture and way of life.

It's a country with many geographical variations, providing a wide range of safari options and an array of adventure activities. Kenya hosts Africa’s second highest peak, Mt Kenya, as well as extinct and dormant volcanoes, harsh desert wilderness, lush forests and large lakes - including Lake Victoria in the west and Lake Turkana in the north.

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Nairobi

Kenya’s capital city was named by the local Maasai people who called it Ewaso Nai’beri – the place of cold water. It was originally a swamp when railway workers arrived in 1899 but quickly became the center for all of British East Africa and a gateway for adventurers and travelers from around the world.

Nairobi is a modern city and daily flights arriving from all over the world make it one of the largest gateways to East Africa. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15km (9 miles) out of the centre of town. Wilson airport, located 11 km (7 miles) outside of the city centre, is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic.

Images of Nairobi - Kenya

A number of attractions within and just outside city limits will keep the traveler busy for a few hours or a few days. The historical home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, is open to visitors. There is a historical museum in the city and just 20 minutes outside city limits is Nairobi National Park.

A little further out of town, the 'Fourteen Falls' waterfalls at Thika and Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park plunges 27 meter (88 feet), against a backdrop of an imposing 2,146 meter (7,040 foot) mountain. White water rafting can be found on the Tana River, an hour’s drive from Nairobi.

You don't need to travel far to meet the people of Kenya - their music, food and markets will complete your day in Africa.

Maasai of Kenya

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Mombasa and the Kenya Shore

Kenya's shores offer white sandy beaches lined with palms, with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean only feet away. The offshore coral reefs abound with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and a kaleidoscope of color. For a beach or honeymoon getaway, it is a tropical paradise. Reefs protect the beaches. Tropical days (and nights) are perfect for lazing around, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing or paddling in the smaller waves.

Kenya beaches

Day trips to the local market, museum or city tours are available and may be pre booked or arranged with your hotel - but tearing yourself away from the pool or ocean may be a tough decision.

Kenya's Lamu Archipelago (and Lamu Island) is another attraction that Kenya's Indian Ocean has to offer the visitor. Lamu is Kenya's oldest living town and offers both charm and unique character.

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Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is the most popular wildlife safari destination in Kenya. The open grassland provides ample grazing for large herds of wildebeest, antelope and zebra, attracting both tourists and carnivores (especially lions, hyenas, cheetah and leopards). Several camps and lodges provide accommodation within the Mara - and an early morning ascent by hot air balloon is an experience not to be missed.

Images of the Masai Mara

The annual migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti in the south is one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth. The exact timing of the migration can vary each year and is difficult to predict. The wildebeest calving season takes place in the Serengeti, around mid February to mid March. A few weeks later, the herds form into great lines and start their migration to western Serengeti, and then north to the Masai Mara.

The best time to see the migration in the Mara is between July and October when large numbers of wildebeest and other antelope populate the savanna. Predators such as lion, will follow the migration closely and hunt frequently. Calves are particularly vulnerable during this time and the river crossings pose life threatening obstacles. If not drowned by the stampede, they could become a meal for the Nile crocodiles. Those that survive will enjoy greener pastures in the Mara before turning south to return to the Serengeti in October and November.

To witness the migration and especially a river crossing is undoubtedly a highlight on safari that will earn the traveler bragging rights around the dinner table back home.
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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park lies close to Mount Kilimanjaro on the border of Tanzania. Although the mountain is in Tanzania, the best view is from Amboseli National Park. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest free standing mountain in the world and forms an exquisite backdrop to the park. Amboseli is made up of five main wildlife habitats – open plains, acacia woodlands, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshlands. Swamps are the result of streams which surface in the center of Amboseli, supporting the local wildlife and birds. A main attraction is undoubtedly the large elephant herds, which have been fairly unaffected by poaching and have some of the largest tusks in Kenya.

Amboseli elephants

The elephants love to submerge themselves in the marshes for relief from the hot African sun, emerging for a sand bath before trudging off into the sunset. When encountering these mammals on one of the roads, savor the moment and keep your camera ready for memorable photo opportunities.

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Tsavo East and West National Parks

These two parks together form one of the largest reserves in Africa, larger than the island of Jamaica. Its eco systems include forest, savanna and an extensive river system.

The Man Eaters of Tsavo
In 1899 during construction of the railway that crosses Tsavo River, gruesome history was made. Two lions in the area actively preyed on the workers culminating in 120 deaths. It was to take more than a year for the hunters to catch up with the lions and put an end to the suffering. Despite their fear the workers completed the construction of the bridge over the Tsavo River. The 1996 Hollywood movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" was one of a series of movies based on the infamous lions of Tsavo.

Today the scene is more serene. Visitors are able to enjoy sightings of elephants covered in red dust, rhinos and abundant plains game. More than just the wildlife, Tsavo offers other surprises including Mzima springs, a natural spring that produces 50 million gallons of fresh water a day and Lugard Falls where water falls with gusto over fabulous rock formations.

 

Conference Venues in Kenya

Many hotels, resorts and even tented camps are geared for incentive and conference travel. It is a completely unique experience where delegates are treated to leisure, wildlife and cultural experiences. A wide range of venues and event management companies are available to provide all facilities for professional and well organized business events.

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10 More Things
to do in and around Kenya

 1 Explore the historic structures of Fort Jesus and Gedi Ruins
 2 Visit wildlife orphanages across the country
 3 Scuba dive or snorkel over coral gardens off the Indian Ocean shores and islands
 4 Take a trip to the soda lakes of Nakuru and Bogoria where flamingoes flock in their hundreds of thousands
 5 Witness the great migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest in the Masai Mara
 6 Visit Maasai and Samburu tribal villages
 7 Take a unique camel safari with nomadic tribes in Northern Kenya
 8 Brave the waters of the Ewaso N'giro river on a white water rafting trip
 9 Challenge yourself with a 3 – 5 day trek up Mount Kenya
10 Visit Aberdare National Park, home to a number of endangered species including the mole rate, giant forest hog and African wild dog!

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