Kenya, the home of the safari and so much more
You will know you have arrived in Kenya, when the soles of your feet turn red from the soil of this magical land you set foot on. Kenya is not only the home of the safari, but a country rich in diverse landscapes and cultures: you will see the vibrant capital Nairobi, green rainforests, dry savannahs and different cultures rich in traditions while travelling Kenya.
Where to go and what to see, you ask?
Go to the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve, Tsavo East and West and Amboseli National Park to experience the classic safari feeling, looking for the Big Five across the wide savannah from the pop-up roof of our Toyota Land Cruiser. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the classics as well, adding the special feel and species of an alkaline lake.
As return traveller, step off the traditional safari route and look for rare wildlife in the lush vegetation of Meru National Park and enjoy the impressive landscapes of the Shaba National Reserve in the dry and arid northern Kenya. While you’re up north, continue to Samburu National Park to get your wildlife fix watching animals by the Ewasa Ngiro River.
If you want to step out of the car and reconnect with nature while being active, travel to Lake Naivasha for a walking safari on Crescent Island or to Mt Kenya National Park where you can climb the second highest mountain in Africa or go on more casual hikes. You will see plenty of wildlife here, nevertheless.
As a beach bum, expect to be dazzled by Kenya’s South Coast and its stunningly white sandy beaches. Fishing villages and water sports are at home on Kenya’s North Coast.
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Kenyans appreciate the ecological and economical value the diverse flora and fauna adds to their everyday lives. The protection of the environment and its treasures in harmony with the local population means a balanced coexistence.
You will not only notice Kenya’s diversity in its landscapes and wildlife, but in its cultures. Kenya is home to more than 40 different groups. The most well-known being the Masai, who live in harmony with nature on the wide savannahs. Indian and Arabic influences have long found their place in the Kenyan culture. To navigate in a complex culture such as the Kenyan, many people speak English in addition to Kiswahili, making it easy for travellers to communicate.
Whether you go on safari, a trekking tour or to the beach, Kenya will surprise and enchant you.
Kenya at a glance
Size: 582 650 square kilometres
Population: ca. 45.1 million
Official languages: Kiswahili and English
Capital: Nairobi with a population of ca. 4 million
Second biggest city: Mombasa with a population of ca. 1 million
Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Country code: +254
Religion: Many people inland follow the Christian belief, while about 50% of the population in the coastal areas are Muslim.
Seasons: Dry season: January – February and June – September; big rainy season: March – May, small rainy season: November – December
Temperature: Inland the average maximum temperature is ca. 25 degrees celsius. However, the temperature can drop significantly at night. Depending on the altitude, temperatures will differ.
Important airports: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa
Visa regulations: All visitors holding non-East African passports need visas. Contact the embassy or consulate in your home country for visa advise way ahead of your travels.