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See more than one side of Kenya

Kenya is such a varied country that it would be a shame to travel all that way and only experience one aspect of what it has to offer. Booking a twin-centre break that sees you explore some of the national parks on safari before heading to an all inclusive resort by Mombasa's beaches is the best way to discover more of Kenya's diverse attractions.

Safaris here are naturally the biggest attraction for holidaymakers, who flock to game reserves like the Masai Mara and Tsavo National Park for the chance to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), as well as countless other creatures.

Pristine tropical beaches and interesting cultural sights await in the coastal city of Mombasa, which has developed a strong reputation for the quality of its hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities. A twin-centre holiday to Kenya is therefore the ideal option if you want to have the best of both worlds.

Spot Kenya's famous wildlife

The wildlife-watching opportunities in Kenya are world-class, with a host of game reserves dotted around the country. Alongside famous names like the Masai Mara are lesser-known places where you can escape the crowds and enjoy a more intimate safari experience.

On most tourists' hit lists are the Big Five, but you'll be blown away by the sheer number and variety of animals you see on Kenya's savannahs, around watering holes and in the forests. Colobus monkeys, wild dogs, zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, wildebeest, hippos and antelopes are just a few of the varied species you can observe in Kenya.

The Sibiloi National Park is one of the more remote game reserves in the country where you can spot the likes of topis, cheetahs, gazelles, hyenas and crocodiles, as well as a host of birdlife with flamingos, pelicans and various species of duck on Lake Turkana.

Amboseli National Park, which lies on the border with Tanzania, is renowned for its spectacular scenery as well as its game viewing opportunities. From this reserve you can see Mount Kenya and the park itself protects a variety of habitats including open plains, woodland and swamps. A diverse array of creatures call Amboseli home, but the stars of the show are undoubtedly the elephants, with this park having a strong population of pachyderms.

Hit the beach

While a safari on the plains may be a traditional way to observe Kenya's wildlife, when you reach the coast you'll discover there are other ways to connect with nature. In fact, the country is home to several marine national parks that preserve the stunning environment beneath the waves.

The Mombasa Marine Reserve is the closest one to the city, but you can also reach the Malindi Marine Park and Reserve if you choose to stay in this coastal region. Both are outstanding places for snorkelling and scuba diving, with all manner of colourful creatures living in the stunning coral reefs.

If you'd prefer to really relax during your time in Mombasa, head to one of the picturesque stretches of white sand that run along the coastline. Many of the all inclusive resorts are located conveniently close to the seaside, so you'll never have far to go to find your own slice of tropical paradise.

Book a twin-centre break to suit you

The best way to ensure you have the perfect safari followed by enough time to chill out on Kenya's coast is to book a tailor-made getaway. This will allow you to choose exactly how you split your time away, dedicating longer to exploring the national parks if you're keen to see as much wildlife as possible, or allowing a few extra days to relax on the beautiful beaches.

Tailor-made holidays also enable you to choose accommodation that suits your budget and expectations - everything from luxury safari lodges to more basic camps are available in the game reserves, while Mombasa's hotels offer a similar level of variety.

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