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ABOUT KENYA

Kenya is one of the world’s most famous travel destinations. It is the place where safari travel originated. It’s also the only country in the world with a national park in the capital. Kenya is reknowned for its Big 5 game viewing, the great migration, incredible natural beauty, stunning landscapes, authentic cultural encounters and white, sandy, tropical beaches. This beautiful country provides the perfect safari adventure for you, your family,  your group of friends or for your honeymoon trip!

Being home to an array of national parks, conservancies and reserves, you will have several beautiful options to choose from.

 

Places to Visit

Maasai Mara National Park

The spectacular Maasai Mara is known for its Big Five,  Great Migration, out of this world views and red robbed  Maasai. The sheer volume of wildlife sweeping across  the Mara plains is a sight one cannot afford to miss!


Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu Game Reserve hosts some of the beautiful game and flora that are only available in the northern part of the country.This stunning location is also famous for it’s ease of spotting Leopards and it’s rich cultural encounters with the local Samburu Communities.




Meru National Park

Meru National Park welcomes you to complete wilderness. This little visited game Park is  utterly unspoilt and very few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found here. The Park has many swamps and rivers lined with palm trees, as well as mountains and woodlands, and it was the home to Elsa, the Famous Lion and the setting for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free", which was later made into a successful film. Visitors can see large herds of Elephants, Grevy's Zebras, Giraffes, Bohor reedbucks, hartebeests,  crocodiles, pythons, puff adders, cobras, buffalos and and myriads of the most colourful birds.


Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park, is nearly 22,000km2, being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The park is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park.  These two lovely parks are located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. Tsavo East is slightly larger and is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls while Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is home to large herds of Elephants and unforgettable views of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro as well as authentic cultural experiences.


Laikipia and Lewa

Laikipia and Lewa, located in the Great Rift Valley and north-west of snow-capped Mount Kenya, the high plains of Laikipia are increasingly recognized as one of the best wildlife regions in Kenya with Ol Pejeta and Lewa being the most popular area to visit in this area for an exclusive game viewing opportunities and learning more about the successful conservation projects in this area.


Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park, located in the Great Rift is a shallow, alkaline lake populated by more than one million flamingos. This enormous, pink colourful population has been called, "the greatest bird spectacle on earth". Game drives offer the opportunity to get very close to the flamingos, and to see some of the parks other residents, such as elephants, giraffe, and rhino. Nakuru will create a sense of wonder and admiration to even the well-travelled visitor.




Kenyan Coast

Kenyan Coast – In addition to the beautiful game parks, Kenya is also known for its pristine beaches!  The Kenyan Coast provides you with the perfect beach holiday where you can relax and enjoy the warm Indian Ocean waters, warm African sun on your skin and the soft, powdery white sandy beaches as you take in the sounds of the gentle waves lapping on the shoreline!


Quick Facts About Kenya

Best time to visit:

Kenya is an all year round travel destination. The best time to visit mainly depends on your travel interests. That said, the peak travel season falls between July to October, January and February. The weather is good during this time with little Rainfall with January being our hottest month. May and November is another good time to visit. The rates are lower during this time as it is our wet season and most camps and lodges close during this time.  If you are looking to enjoy your safari for less, I would recommend travelling during this time. Though in May and November we have our short rains, the rains will not have an adverse effect your game viewing. Tip: do carry warm clothes while going on game drives to keep yourself warm. The lodges will provide you with rain coats and a hot water bottle to keep you warm during your game drives.


Cuisine:

The Kenyan Cuisine is as diverse as the people living on this beautiful country.

Be sure to try:

  • Ugali  which is a thick maize porridge dough that’s often accompanied by meat, chicken  or stews, and sukumu wiki ( Kale, Collard greens) chopped with spinach and cooked in onions and tomatoes. Eat your  ugali by pinching off a piece of dough , fashioning it into a spoon, then dipping it into the greens and meat sauce.
  • Another favourite is nyama choma which is roasted or grilled meat, often served with Ugali and Kachumbari (a mixture of Tomatoes, Onions and Coarriander). 
  • Irio, which is corn, beans, potatoes and greens mashed together and dipped in stew.
  • Grilled fish served with Ugali or rice and vegetables.
  • Pilau  meal consists of rice slowly cooked with spices  to give it a tast flavour.  Most Kenyan Pilau meals are made with goat meat, or chicken or Mutton.
  • Samosa is a triangular-shape savory pastry fried in oil, containing spiced vegetables, ground beef/lamb, ground chicken or fish. In the Kenyan Cuisine, samosas are considered as exotic snacks that can be eaten any time of the day.
  • Chapati is a delicious flat bread made with white flour, salt and oil.  Commonly reffered to as Chapo, Kenyans eat Chapati for breakfast with a cup of tea, or for lunch and dinner. For lunch and Dinner, Chapati is accompanied with a tasty stew and kachumbari.  A truly delicious meal!
  • Matoke is Plantains cooked into a stew, mixed with vegetables like carrots, Tomatoes,at times with meat and garnished with Corriander.


Language:

Kenya is home to 42 tribes with English and Swahili  being widely spoken throughout the country.


Population:

Kenya currently has a population of about 48 million people as of the 2016 population survey.


Currency:

The Currency in Kenya is Kenya Shillings. You can exchange your money at a forex exchange shop upon arrival at the airport or in any Kenyan Bank. Credit Cards are also widely accepted and you can use your credit card to pay for meals while at the camp or in a restaurant. Most Camps and Lodges also accept payments in US dollars. When bringing US dollars, please make sure to bring dollars manufactured after  the year 2000 or they will not be accepted.


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