To say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. Renowned for its remarkable diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures, from sweeping savannahs to tropical beaches and coral reef – dense equatorial forests to mighty snow-capped mountains and more, Kenya is a world unto itself. There are a million different reasons to visit Kenya and picking just one is near impossible. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rain forests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with The Rift Valley, home to Hell’s Gate National Park, where blasts of steam issuing from the volcanic rock give the park its name.

Kenya

  • A hundred years or so ago, visitors from all over the world, including Teddy Roosevelt, started traveling to Africa, lured by stories of multitudes of wild animals; there were more than 3 million large mammals roving East Africa’s plains at the time.
  • After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism. For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favourites are tea and beer.
  • Lamu is one of Kenya’s oldest towns, settled by the Swahili about 700 years ago.

Seen as the sacred land of safari, Kenya astonishes every year in July – October. The scene is set for one of the world’s most natural wonders, where almost 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle leave the southern Serengeti, arriving in the Masai Mara from late June.

The Masai Mara together with Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and the Chyulu Hills, offer fantastic allyear- round game viewing which includes the legendary ‘Big 5’. Western Kenya offers travellers the opportunity to discover the rainforest and enjoy the wide blue waters of Lake Victoria. Lake Nakuru just two hours from Nairobi is fringed by rocky escarpments, purlieus of forest and at least one waterfall.

For the enthusiastic climber, why not take on Mount Kenya? Africa’s second tallest peak and is often considered a more challenging climb than Mount Kilimanjaro. Apart from Mount Kenya, there are climbing opportunities of all grades in the Aberdare, Cherangani and Mathews ranges, in Hell’s Gate National Park and on the Rift Valley volcanoes, including Longonot and Suswa.

White-water rafting and kayaking on the Tana River are popular activities. Hell’s Gate National Park is an absolute must for all, where you can witness blasts of steam issuing from the volcanic rock – giving the park its name. Caving is another popular activity in Kenya.

Lake Naivasha is a popular stopover offering glorious colonial houses as well as a wildlife sanctuary on Crescent Island. Kenya is rated as one of the top 5 bird-watching destinations in the world, the country is home to over 1,000 bird species. Further to this be spell bound by flocks of Flamingos on Lake Nakuru in the heart of the Rift Valley.

The national parks of Kenya are a key attraction to this incredible region; explore the largest national Park – Tsavo East National Park with its abundance of wildlife. The highest point in Kenya and the second highest peak in Africa – Mount Kenya, which reaches 5,199 metres.

The Village Market situated in Nairobi is not your typical high rise mall but rather a low rise building with plenty of greenery inside. Utamaduni is a fantastic crafts emporium selling all kinds of African souvenirs and crafts. Souk is where you will find a creative hub of artists ranging from artists to photographers and high-quality artisans.

Turkana wrist-knives and wooden headrests can be found at the Westland Curio Market. The Lake Naivasha Farm Shop is the place to go for Rift Valley wines and other local delights. Stylish leather bags adorned with Maasai-style beading, belts and sandals can be found at Zinj in Kilifi.