Kenya

When thoughts turn to safari, they turn immediately to Kenya. Books and movies such as Born Free and Out of Africa have brought this country’s offerings into the homesof many foreigners.

Kenya spans an area about 85 percent the size of France or Texas and lies astride the equator on the eastern coast of Africa, bordered by Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the northeast, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt let a brigade of hunters to Kenya in search of big game and today millions of international visitors follow his lead every year in capturing these same animals on film— and for good reason, considering the millions of large mammals in constant movement around Kenya’s plains. Kenya may be best known for its annual migration in the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo East and West National Parks are also emerging as some of the country’s greater tourist draws.

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But Kenya is not all about big game. It is a land of timeless culture and unparalleled diversity, offering a wide range of options in landscapes and activities. Aided by a rich diversity of wildlife and its varied assortment of environments, all within relatively close proximity to one another, Kenya allows its visitors to experience endless opportunities for adventure every day. Indeed, a single trip to Kenya may include everything from climbing snow-capped mountains of the fertile highlands, such as Mount Kenya and Mount Meru , to exploring pristine wilderness, to visiting tropical forests, flat, parched, desert landscapes, long,pristine coastline with white, sandy beaches on the Indian Ocean, and rivers and lakes, including Lake Turkana —its largest lake — all within the borders of a single country, and Lake Victoria.

Kenya’s climate is generally warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east, and despite some newsworthy incidents, there seems to be no reason to consider Kenya unsafe as a tourist destination. In addition to everything else to do in Kenya, in 2001 the controversial “Millennium Man” was discovered near Lake Baringo in the northwest, and this find and Richard and Mary Leakey’s discovery of Homo Habilis in the 1960s continue to fuel ongoing excavations.

Travel Information

Electricity

Electric Power is 220V – 240V running at 50Hz. The Plug type used in Kenya is the 3 large flat prong (UK). If your appliances are compatible with 220V-240V…

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Banking

Currency

The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES; symbol KSh). 1 Kenyan Shilling = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations…

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Cuisine

Bottled water is advisable for the first few weeks of your stay. When buying bottled water, check the seal of the bottle is intact. Never drink tap water…

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Climate

Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant tropical climate, but there are large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including…

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Transport

Nairobi has two airports for domestic and regional flights: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport (www.kaa.go.ke). Kenya has over 150…

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Dress

Comfortable, casual clothing that is lightweight is the best bet while on safari. It can be quite cool in the early mornings, so you’ll want to dress warmly…

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Regions

Laikipia

Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature…

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national…

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Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The…

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Nairobi

Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief there are some fascinating attractions: its café culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the…

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch…

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