Reasons to Visit
If you are looking for superb game viewing, Kenya is a serious contender. You are likely to see leopard, lion and cheetah in the Masai Mara, home of BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, in addition to fantastic and varied game viewing both here and in Kenya’s other parks and reserves.
In the Great Migration two million ungulates including wildebeest, zebra and antelope species, undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres. The herds reach the Masai Mara in July and remain there until October when, following the rain, they start the slow march southwards back to the Serengeti Plains.
If you want to enjoy the game reserves to yourself and don't mind the odd rain shower, June it is an excellent time to visit Kenya. During this time the animals take advantage of the abundant food and give birth to their young. They can be a little harder to spot because of the increased vegetation but you should not have to wait too long before seeing something new and you should still see all the animals that you would during the dryer months. It is also worth mentioning that travel at this time can be less expensive than travel later in the year.
Dawn over the Mara from a hot air balloon is a very special sight. You float up high, guided along the course of the Mara river by the prevailing winds, above delicate networks of animal tracks across the landscape. Champagne breakfast in the bush awaits you on landing.
Kenya is home to the iconic Masai and Samburu. For centuries they have lived a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle herding their cattle to areas of water and grazing. A stay at a community lodge means you can support local people, help preserve wilderness areas and enjoy a great safari.
The Masai Mara is one of the most famous reserves in Africa. Home to the extraordinary Great Migration, which sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River each year, it has always been a favourite location for countless wildlife documentaries.
Meru achieved world recognition with Joy Adamson's 'Born Free' and the story of Elsa the lioness. Meru is well of the beaten safari trail and is located to the North East of Nairobi. On clear mornings you can see the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya to the southeast, and when the sun is directly behind, the Nyambeni Mountain range the backdrop is amazing! The game here was depleted in the 1940s as it was a popular area with hunters. However, animal life is now plentiful as the land has been protected sine 1959. The variegation is mainly Bushland so binoculars and a keen eye will be essential to find the game.
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Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa and while not a tourist destination as such, it does have some worthy attractions. The Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick (elephant) Orphanage, are both well worth a visit.
Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa. It began as a shantytown depot for the East Africa Railroad in 1899 and in 95 years it has become one of the major cities of modern Africa and headquarters of the United Nations.
Nairobi has received bad press in the past, especially with regards to security. It is still not recommended to walk at night, especially in unlit areas and you will notice that your driver may not stop at traffic lights. During the day it is a different matter though. Huge increases in security mean that you can happily wander about, shopping and sightseeing at ease.
It is an interesting place to visit for a day or two, a mosaic of races and cultures and a vibrant and growing city.
Many of the tourist attractions of Nairobi are located in the upmarket suburb of Karen. This is a lovely part of town, wide streets, cattle grazing on the verges, and a variety of houses hiding under leafy trees.
One of the most interesting attractions is a visit to the Giraffe Centre. Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife visitors can feed Rothschild giraffe, learn about giraffe conservation and admire the lively warthogs.
Also in this part of town is the Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage where you can observe baby elephant from close quarters and the Karen Blixen museum. Finally of course, there is the shopping. You can find everything in Nairobi from soapstone carvings to bright African fabrics, wood carvings and of course the lovely ceramics at Kazuri Beads.
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