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A bit about Kenya

Kenya is situated on the coast of east Africa and although it isn't particularly large, it does boast an amazing variety of ecosystems and landscapes. You'll find mountains, deserts, tropical coastline, rainforests and thriving cities within the nation, so your holiday in Kenya can encompass many different elements.

Safaris in Kenya's national parks are one of the biggest draws, but its Indian Ocean coastline is also popular among visitors who enjoy spending time on the beautiful beaches and exploring the vibrant city of Mombasa. Nairobi is the country's capital and biggest city - it's a kaleidoscope of colours, smells and sounds; a truly unique and distinctly African place to discover.

Where to go for a safari in Kenya

Kenya is famous the world over for its safaris and the wildlife-watching opportunities they present. There are several national parks where you can go on safari in Kenya, with walking tours as well as driving safaris available in some locations.

You'll also have plenty of options in terms of the types of safari camps available in Kenya. There are luxury lodges, eco-friendly campsites, family-oriented safari camps and more basic tent-like accommodation, so you can tailor your tour of Kenya to suit you. The following are a few of Kenya's best safari destinations:

  • Masai Mara – Arguably the most famous game reserve not only in Kenya, but Africa as a whole, the Masai Mara in the Great Rift Valley is home to a vast array of wildlife. It is well set up for tourists and is home to 95 species of mammal, reptile and amphibians, as well as 400 kinds of birds. Seeing the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhino) is a definite possibility here.
  • Tsavo National Park – This is the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. It's one of the best places for watching the annual wildebeest migration, which sees more than one million animals crossing the plains. Creatures to look out for here include the Big Five, crocodiles, hippos, cheetahs, wild dogs and giraffes. There is abundant birdlife here too.
  • Kakamega Forest National Reserve – This forest is home to many creatures found nowhere else in Kenya as it is the country's only mid-altitude tropical forest. Colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, grey parrots and bush pigs are some of the animals you may spot among the trees.
  • Mount Kenya National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kenya National Park boasts spectacular scenery as well as amazing wildlife. The eponymous peak dominates the landscape, with glaciers and lakes adding to the beauty of the scenery. Among the animals that live here are mole-rats, black rhinos, leopards and black-fronted duikers, while green ibises, Ayres hawk eagles, Abyssinian long-eared owls and alpine swifts are among the birds that inhabit the area.

Visit Kenya's cities and coast

Away from Kenya's vast game reserves are some vibrant cities and stunning stretches of coastline. Nairobi is a city that never sleeps - there's something going on day and night in this bustling metropolis. There is an eclectic mix of cultures here, with tribal traditions meeting modern life in an unusual blend. One of the big features of Nairobi is its cafes, so stop by one and do some people-watching to get an idea of what the city is all about. If you're looking for nightlife, this is the place to come, with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to keep your nights alive.

Heading east to the coast, you'll reach Mombasa - Kenya's second-largest city. This thriving port has a fascinating history and its own UNESCO World Heritage Site in the form of Fort Jesus, an enclave built by the Portuguese in the 16th century.

The main attraction of Mombasa, though, is its proximity to the coast. There are gorgeous white-sand beaches that are lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean. Don a mask and snorkel (or scuba gear) and you can discover the colourful corals and fish that live just beneath the surface.

There are some outstanding all inclusive resorts located on this stretch of coast, so if you're keen to inject some luxury into your holiday in Kenya, this is the place to do it. Diani Beach is where many of Mombasa's best resorts are situated, but there are some delightfully peaceful bays and coves backed by rainforest to the south of Mombasa.

Go for a tailor-made holiday in Kenya

To get the most out of your time in Kenya, it's worth booking a tailor-made tour that allows you to spend as much time as you'd like discovering the country's vibrant cities and beautiful wildlife. Stay in one of Nairobi's hotels for a couple of nights before heading to one of Kenya's game reserves for an unforgettable safari.

After spending time exploring on foot and on driving safaris in these incredible ecosystems, make your way to Mombasa for some rest and relaxation in the stunning Indian Ocean coast before you return home.

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Places of interest in Kenya

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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