Kenya is a beautiful multi-ethnic state in East Africa which boasts some of our planet’s most striking landscapes and wildlife. Visible from space, the Great Rift Valley runs the length of the country from north to south, its undulating hilly landscape punctuated by the sharp peaks of mountains and shimmering lakes. Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya; its name comes from the Maasai phrase "Enkare Nairobi", which translates to "cool water", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city.
Climate, Fauna & Flora
Kenya runs along the warm Indian Ocean and encompasses savannah, Lakelands and mountain highlands. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second-largest mountain, which lays 150 km northeast of the capital, Nairobi. When not shrouded in mist, this extinct volcano provides a jaw-dropping backdrop to a classic savannah landscape grazed by megafauna. The big five can all be found here along with a huge variety of other species, from giraffes, zebras, African wild dogs, and umbrella thorn trees. Perhaps less well known, however, are the riches within Kenya’s coastal waters, which harbour significant marine biodiversity including black corals, mangroves, and seagrass.
Attractions & Activities
You will have a variety of choices when it comes to outdoor activities in Kenya. Scuba diving on the Kenyan coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Kitesurfing in Watamu. is a fast-growing activity and Kenya has become a premier destination for enthusiasts because of the ideal local weather and beautiful spots for surfers. Whitewater rafting on Tana River or bungee jumping in Sagana are a must for the wilder at heart. Stand-up paddle boarding is a popular way to enjoy the Indian ocean and you may just see a bottle-nosed dolphin or two. When it comes to wildlife, the Masai Mara is world renowned for the “Great Mammal Migration” and sightings of the famous “Big Five”. The soda lake known as Lake Nakuru lights up with pink flamingos, whilst the Amboseli National Park offers sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Kenya is home to Africa’s second highest mountain, whilst the Tsavo and Samburu game reserves offer rewarding safari experiences.
Walking safaris among wildlife, but nothing can beat being up close with nature.
Culture & Gastronomy
There is no singular dish that represents all of Kenya's wide cuisine. Each community has their own specialties. Fish and seafood are very popular in coastal communities such as the Luo while in semi-arid areas like Turkana, dishes made from sorghum are more common staple foods. As you move towards the city, foods eaten by working families vary according to preference and ethnicity.
You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months to visit Kenya. The country's currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).The accommodation in Kenya varies in price but it is affordable and will suit any budget.
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