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By: - at June 18, 2013

Vacationing in Kenya

 

Introduction

Sunset in Kenya

Located in the heart of Africa, Kenya is one of the best vacationing sites in the whole of East Africa. The country is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes, wildlife and natural beaches. Many tourists come to Kenya for the warm weather and breathtaking views, and most have referred to Kenya as a beautiful land of great culture and friendly people. With many tourist attractions and historic sites, tourists are guaranteed to have a great time as they share in the unique culture and great experience that is found in the country.

Wildlife Kenya is home to some of the most amazing wildlife in the region. Famously known as the home of the great migration, Kenya offers a unique and totally epic view of the famous wildebeest migration across the mara river that has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. These along with many rare species of birds that will leave you stunned make Kenya a vacation hot spot.

Wildebeest migration across the mara river:
Wildebeest migration across the mara river

Kenya is also the home of three of the five big cats. Many tourists travel from far and wide to come see the African Lion in its natural habitat or in national reserves scattered all over the country. In the jungles of the maasai mara, sometimes leopards are spotted walking majestically in the tall grass. Most tourists appreciate the fact that leopards are very hard to come by, making the Kenyan Savannah a very special destination for a rare sighting of this amazing cat.

Leopards wonder around tall grasses in Kenya:
Leopards wonder around tall grasses in Kenya

Buffalo, zebra and gazelles are some of the animals you can come and see in the wide savannah called the Maasai mara, and it never fails to amaze visitors how truly beautiful this part of the world is. Imagine camping in the beautiful Kenyan savannah, watching the sun go down as you feast your eyes on all sorts of wildlife and rare birds. This is what the Kenyan wildlife experience promises to offer, and much more.

Kenyan savannah:
Kenyan savannah

Not many people have seen the African elephant up close in the wild, and in Kenya there are tour guides who will take you to the heart of the jungle for some rare and unbelievable up close encounters with the wild.

Scenery

When it comes to beautiful, breathtaking scenery, Kenya is one of the most loved and visited destinations. It is here that you will see the Great Rift Valley, a natural wonder that formed thousands of years ago through violent volcanic activity. The famous Mount Kenya that astonishes people all over the world for being snowcapped despite being in the tropics is also a site to visit if you are planning a trip to the country. Other great caves, canyons and craters are there too for rock climbers and cave divers.

Great Rift Valley:
Great Rift Valley

The country also boosts some of the most beautiful inland lakes in the continent, with exceptional bird species such as the pink flamingo that inhabit the lakes. Come and witness the largest underground hot water springs and enjoy all the wonderful scenery Kenya has to offer.

Pink flamingos
Pink flamingos

Coastal Beaches

Most holiday lovers prefer to come to the Kenyan coast for their vacations and it is easy to see why. The coastal town of Mombasa has arguably the best beaches you will find anywhere in the tropics. It is no wonder that the beaches of this coastal town have been visited by thousands of tourists over the years, which all have a great time in the warm water and sandy beaches of this tropical paradise. The marine life and coral reefs at the coast are unbelievable, with many more fun activities such as boat rides, fishing and most importantly, just lying on the beach and watching the beautiful Indian Ocean and sunbathing as you are entertained by local dancers. The town comes alive in the night with dancers and local musicians entertaining crowds. The coastal town has a vibrant night life to enjoy, not to mention local dishes that are truly delicious.

Beach in Mombasa:
Mombasa Beach

Kenyan Resort at Night:
Kenyan Resort

Culture

The country is home to some of the most friendly and kind hearted people, and home to a diverse array of astonishing cultures. Once guests arrive in the country, they are welcomed by enthusiastic and interesting dances, cheers and warm greetings. As the locals say, ‘Karibu’ means welcome and they really know how to show visitors a good time. There is never a dull moment from the moment you arrive in Nairobi, the capital city to when you finally wave goodbye to the locals and go back home.
 

Historic Sites

In the coastal towns of Lamu and Malindi, just off the Kenyan coast, lies some of the oldest ruins, preserved by the Kenyan government as heritage sites. There are old forts such as the famous Fort Jesus which was built by the Portuguese as a fortress along the coast. The national museum of Kenya has preserved this and many other sites for people to come and see and learn more about the history of the region. Kenya is sometimes referred to as the cradle of mankind, because some of the oldest remains of ancient mankind were unearthed here. These remains and other precious ancient artifacts are displayed in the Mary Leaky museum, named after the archaeologist who found them.

Fort Jesus:
Fort Jesus

Gede Ruins in Kenya:

Gede/Gedi Ruins

Visitor Information

Kenya is a major economic hub in east Africa with good infrastructure, governance and stability. There are two major airports where you may arrive from, one in the Capital city Nairobi and the other at the coastal city of Mombasa. There are many luxurious lodges especially in the Maasai mara, a Savannah grassland that is definitely the most beautiful and exciting destination for lovers of nature and wildlife.

Lodge in Maasai mara:
Lodge in Maasai mara

If you prefer the beach, the coastal city has many fancy hotels that offer affordable accommodation and astonishing luxury. Temperatures in the country are pretty warm all year round, with little spells of rain in the middle and end of the year. Come and enjoy the best scenery and beauty Africa has to offer and relax under the warm African sun where you will find peace of mind and clarity of thought you have never experienced before. In Kenya, you and your family will have an unforgettable and fun experience.


 

 

 

 

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