Kenya Safaris are among the most exciting adventures the world over. The vast wildlife, the many sunny beaches, the different people groups all add up to a worthwhile investment and a luxury not found in many places. Kenya Safaris have proved to be a very popular byword in the tourism sector. Following are some of the highlights of travel to Kenya..
A picture of Serena Mara
Indian ocean coast of Kenya - This is one of the most popular tourist destination along Kenya's coastal border. It is situated in the famous Mombasa town and other towns such at Malindi, Lamu and others. It is here that you can engage in various watersports such as water polo, wind surfing, water-skiing and snorkeling. Beach Safaris to the coast are a sheer delight. You also get an opportunity to tour the coastal town of Mombasa. See our page on Kenya tours for more information and details. Also known as beach safaris, these are the most popular and highly treasured of the many Kenya expeditions.
Nairobi Safaris and Travel
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. While here, tours to various places of interest such as the National Museum, giraffe park, the animal orphanage, the snake park, and the ostrich farm can be arranged. These are just but afew of the places you should make a point of visiting. And of course, you must eat out - , try out the 'Carnivore Experience' at the Carnivore Hotel. The only dining of it's kind in Africa!
Country Tours Safaris/Wildlife Safaris
While in Kenya Travel upcountry to the various sight seeing adventures where you will get a chance to tour several national parks and view Kenya's vast wildlife and rich cultural way of life. Learn about the various people groups, their cultures and traditions. Among the wildlife you will see in such Country tour drives includes lions, elephants, cheetahs, Wildbeasts, Buffalos, zebras, giraffes and many others.
In brief, Kenya is a major attraction for travellers to Africa. It is one of the finest--and undoubtedly one of the most famous -safari destination in the world. Wildlife safari, however, is by no means the only reason to visit Kenya. The attractions of its rich culture and diverse environments are considerable.
Kenya lies along the equator. On the southeast is its coastal region and to the east lies Somalia. Ethiopia is to the north, Sudan to the northwest, and Uganda to the west. The southwestern border of the country is lined by Lake Victoria, and southward lies Tanzania. Kenya's geography is spectacular and varied. While much of northeastern Kenya is a flat, bush-covered plain, the rest of the country comprises pristine beaches, scenic highlands and lake regions, the Great Riftvalley, and the magnificent Mountainous regions of Kenya.
Seasonal Tours and Safaris
Travel statistics indicate that some seasons are more preferable than others. Kenya has a wide variety of climatic conditions although there are no great extremes. The temperature remains comfortably warm year-round except for a month or two when it can get very cold - though nothing compared to Winter! Much of Kenya experiences heavy rainfall from March through May and, to a lesser extent, from October through December. The best season for most outdoor acitivities like safaris and mountain climbing is during the dry season (June-September). This is the most ideal time to travel to Kenya.
Kenya's People/Cultural Safaris
Kenya has known the presence of mankind since the very earliest development of known human species. Moreover, the region has for a long time been a migratory path, passed through by wave upon wave of peoples from all over Africa and later on from the Middle East. By the 10th century or thereabouts, the region had developed its own language- Swahili -which is a Bantu language which has borrowed heavily from Arabic.
Kenya's Rich Cultural History
The Portuguese arrived at the coastal region at the end of the 15th century and therefore the East African coastal region was dominated by Europeans for a long time. However, in 1729 the Portuguese were expelled and were replaced by two Arab dynasties. Arab rule lasted until the end of the 18th century, when Kenya came under the British sphere of influence. The country attained independence in 1963. Although it has experienced its share of internal and external strife, Kenya has in recent years made great strides in enhancing democracy and good governance not just in the country but in Africa at large.
Kenya's population today stands at almost 30 million. 97 percent comprises people of African descent, though that group is composed of over 40 different tribal groups. Among the most significant are the Kikuyu, Kamba, Gusii, Kalenjin, Luhya, and Luo. Kenya's official language is English and Swahili is the national language. Tribal languages abound especially in the rural areas.
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