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When you decide to travel to Kenya, you will be following a tradition dating back thousands of years. The Phoenicians, the Romans, the Chinese, the ancient Greeks and the Arabs were familiar with with this part of the world and journeyed there by sea.
Of course our history goes further back than that. The remains of the oldest anthropoids have been found on this part of Africa. The story of our original inhabitants, their conquests, the good times and bad times, the way their societies were organized and the folklore of the tribes has been recorded.
No other country in the world can surpass Kenya’s marvel of tourist attractions. Kenya has the largest concentration of wildlife parks, 59 in all among them the seventh wonder of the world the Masai Mara.
Millions go to Kenya for a safari, but you barely need to leave the capital to take one. Nairobi National Park, is perhaps the only wildlife park in the world that you can visit by taxi or bus. Inside are lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffaloes, hippos, zebras, giraffes, gazelles and more. Inside the park is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where between 11 a.m. and noon you can watch keepers take orphaned baby rhinos and elephants for their daily mud baths. On the western edge of town is the Langata Giraffe Center and adjoining Giraffe Manor hotel, where giraffes poke their heads through the windows.
Kenya’s 582,644 sq km stretches from the sand deserts in the north to the clear warm waters of the Indian ocean in the east, and from the shores of lake Victoria (second largest lake in the world) in the west, to the snow-clad peaks of Mt Kenya. There are shimmering savannah dotted with acacia trees and an abundance of wildlife, there are forest clad mountains with green everglades and cool streams, and there are fertile, verdant highlands. Kenya enthralls not only the visitor, but also the resident.
There is something for everyone in Kenya: photographers, writers, sportsmen, artists, anglers, mountaineers and divers. For those who just want to sit and relax in the sun, the Kenyan coast is famous for its exotic palm fringed, sand beaches, and for its coral reefs gently stroked by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. In Mombasa the oldest and most important town on the Kenya coast and main port, traditional dhows mingle with modern vessels.
The holiday resorts that attract visitors are to be found north and south of this historic port, tucked away in the bays or on the glittering white beaches. The legendary African savannahs the land of wildlife and adventure, are to the interior. Even further west are the fertile highlands, where Nairobi the capital is situated. In Nairobi the climate is temperate, with sunny, warm days and cool and fresh nights. Large swathes of the country of the country have been designated national parks or wildlife preserves, and there is an infinite abundance of flora and fauna which can be studied and photographed in natural surroundings. There are luxury lodges in the forests and hills but mainly in at selected viewing points on the open savannah home to a multitude of wildlife species: elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, antelopes, lions and other predators. Kenya also has a fascinating abundance of bird species. Going on “safari” in Kenya might conjure up a line of bearers, headed by a fearless hunter, or with pitched camps in the bush. In Kiswahili, the word “safari can mean any kind of trip at all- by car, bus, train or plane, a trip to a national park, or even still today a full scale expedition to remote parts of Kenya which attracts adventurers from all over the world.
So when you think of Kenya, think “safari”, and choose from among the many varied attractions. There is so much to see and do and enjoy in Kenya, regardless of the time of year, there is something for every taste and every budget! “Karibu Kenya” (welcome to Kenya), “Kenya Hakuna Matata” (Kenya is a peaceful country)
For more information visit Magical Kenya, the official Destination Kenya website. Magical Kenya is brought to you by the Kenya Tourism Board.