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Kenya is the home of the 'safari' and is regarded by many as the best place to go on safari anywhere in Africa. It has some of the continent's most magnificent wildlife, scenery and some of the best beaches found anywhere in the world. Kenya has it all, from the coral reefs and white sand beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Masai Mara, to the summit of Mount Kenya.
Safari Holidays in Kenya
Above all the stunning beaches and scenery, Kenya is most visited for it's safaris. Did you know that over ten percent of all land in Kenya is designated as national parks and reserves? Kenya has a huge variety of wildlife with almost all the major African plains animals present. Kenya's more than 50 parks and reserves cover all habitat types, from desert to mountain forest as well as no fewer than six marine parks in the Indian Ocean.
Safaris in Kenya can be very expensive and luxurious, if that is what you are after but there are also plenty of options for the more budget minded traveler, you just need to do a little more digging! To view what cheap safari holidays I recommend in Kenya follow the link to cheap safaris in Kenya.
Arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi can be a little hectic, especially for the first time traveler to Africa. Don't let this put you off as once you get used to all the hustle of Nairobi it is actually an amazing place to explore with plenty to see and do before you head out onto your safari, definitely worth staying a day or two in Nairobi.
Masai Mara Migration
One of the main reasons to visit Kenya is to witness the annual wildebeest migration. From July through September the Masai Mara teams with over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra and following them are their natural predators including, Lion, Hyena, Leopard, cheetah and the crocodile.>> more
Other areas to visit include the Samburu Reserve, Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks. Amboseli is the classic image of Africa. Wildlife abounds with the ever-present and remarkable view of Mount Kilimanjaro to the south in Tanzania. The Great Rift Lakes are also worth visiting.
The People of Kenya
Kenya has a very diverse population with an incredible 40 tribes, each with their own language and culture. The biggest populations include the Kikuyu, the Luyia and the Luo, but it is the tall, proud, red-clad Masai, who are the most famous in Kenya and who still lead a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle of cattle-herding along the southern border.
Tip: Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi
The Carnivore resturant in Nairobi is a unique experience. This open-air restaurant offers every type of meat imaginable, including four choices of wild game (Zebra, Hartebeest, Ostrich and Crocodile) is roasted on traditional Maasai swords (skewers) over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.
Camping Safaris Kenya
Camping is definitely an option if you want a cheaper safari holiday in Kenya, but is definitely does not have to be a second class holiday, in fact it is one of the world's great travel adventures. Pitching your tent in the middle of the bush gives you the feeling of really living in the wild. An open campfire under the incredible african sky full of stars, the laughing and whooping calls of hyenas and then dawn is heralded by the unforgettable sound of a lions roar, truly an unbeatable experience. There are a few places to camp in Kenya, from the very rustic right through to five star luxury.
Is a Self Drive Safari for you?
It can be very liberating and steps up the adventure level a notch or two, but a DIY safari is not for everyone, if you think that hiring a car in Nairobi and the driving down and exploring the masai mara by yourselves sounds like fun, click here to find out more.
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Scuba Diving in Kenya
The diving in Kenya is excellent and there are few other places in the world where you can be scuba diving in Mombasa in the morning and then viewing so of Africa's best wildlife in the Afternoon. Kenya is also a great place to learn to Scuba dive as it is relatively cheap compared to other locations, I personally learnt to dive in Bamburi Beach, passing my Padi Diving Certification in three days. >> more
Masai Mara and Serengeti Migration
The greatest wildlife show on earth and the best of a safari holidays in east africa. On the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories. >> Masai Mara
Kenya Beach Holidays
The beaches in Kenya are truly stunning. From the picture perfect white sands of Bamburi Beach, to the breathtaking tranquillity of Kilifi, One of the few places in the world where you can watch wildlife on Safari in the morning and then be lazing on the beach in the afternoon. A Kenya beach holidays has to be one of the best beach destinations in the world. fantastic!
Tsavo National Park
The combined parks of Tsavo East and West and Chyulu hills cover that make up the Tsavo National Park, cover an area greater than Wales. Located on the main road between Nairobi and Mombasa, it makes an iseal location for a Safari during your visit to Kenya.
Although actually in Tanzania, you can begin your safari in Kenya. Dominating the landscape, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5895 metres. Climbing Kilimanjaro is an amaizing adventure for any traveller and aspirant mountaineer, not to be underestimated, but entirely feasible for the hillwalker looking to combine a high mountain adventure with a safari in Africa.
Explore the Great Rift Valley, Africa
One of natures most stunning creations, it runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. The Rift Valley in Africa consists of massive escarpment walls plunging to a valley floor populated by small volcanoes and lakes. A national park provides excellent views of this stunning landscape and great wildlife viewing opportunities.
Hot Air Balloon over Kenya
Viewing the Kenyan landscape from a hot air balloon must rank as one of the most incredible experiences in the world and an ultimate African safari experience. A number of companies arrange balloon safaris over the Masai Mara and Taita Hills, and in Tanzania at the Serengeti National Reserve where you can see a huge hvariety of wildlife, including elephants, zebra wildebeest and lions from a truly unique perspective.
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After your camera, a good pair of binoculars is crucial in getting the most out of your Safari Holiday. So what is a good pair of binoculars? Here is my binocular guide and recommendations >> Binocular Reviews
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