Kenya has one of the best of African flora and fauna. It’s a truly blessed country! It has rich wildlife, beautiful coastal towns and beaches, and plenty of city life! The country is fast developing to be one of the robust economies of Africa.
We recently visited Kenya on a Safari tour and we absolutely loved everything about this place! The people, the food, the air, the wildlife, the quickly developing infrastructure — everything is just amazing!
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Things To Do In Kenya
In the northern part of the country lies Ethiopia and Sudan. This part is called the north rift valley. The eastern part shares the border with Somalia. Western Kenya has Lake Victoria next to it. And the south has a coast on the Indian Ocean.
Top Cities and Major Towns
Nairobi City, Kenya
Kenya has 3 major cities:
- Nairobi — the cosmopolitan capital city and economic center of Kenya and most vibrant in the East African region
- Mombasa — historic port on the Indian Ocean seafront and probably Africa’s longest continuously settled town
- Kisumu — the major city to the west, on the shore of Lake Victoria
A local market in Mombasa, Kenya
Other major towns based on size and popularity as a tourist destination include:
- Lamu — the main town of the Lamu Archipelago, renowned internationally for its annual cultural festival
- Lodwar — in the north on the main route to South Sudan with access to Lake Turkana
- Malindi — the landing point of Vasco Da Gama in Kenya with a large Italian population
- Meru — a town near the base of Mount Kenya. It is the crossroads for travel to Nairobi
- Nakuru — near Lake Nakuru National Park and an extinct volcano (Menengai)
National Parks In Kenya
North of Nairobi
These parks, although very interesting and worth visiting, with fewer visitors than the southern parks.
- Lake Nakuru National Park — a stunning 400 species of bird have been recorded here including the largest flocks of flamingos anywhere on earth
- Mount Kenya National Park — challenging trekking on high peaks
- Kakamega Rainforest – last primeval rainforest in the country and home to various monkeys and hundreds of bird species
- Aberdare National Park — a cool and cloudy national park with lots of large game, and over 250 species of bird recorded
- Sibiloi National Park
- Mount Elgon National Park
South of Nairobi
With Maasai people of Amboseli
The southern parks are the most visited, especially by those who divide their holidays between a safari and time on the beach.
- Maasai Mara National Reserve — probably the most popular reserve in Kenya due to the high concentration of big cats
- Amboseli National Park — a swampy lowland Maasai park that is one of the best places anywhere in Africa to view large mammals, especially elephants
- Nairobi National Park — virtually in Nairobi and a great option to see a large game for those on a tight schedule
- Tsavo East National Park — a major game park for short safari trips from the coast
- Tsavo West National Park — a major game park for short safari trips from the coast
What To Pack
All around the year, the climate is hot. So take your summer clothes! Nights can be cold, though, and places with high altitudes, like Nairobi, can have a freezing temperature during June. Nairobi is also the capital city of Kenya.
English is an official language here. So it will just be easy to communicate with the locals. Do not try to bribe them to buy gifts. But help them and talk to them. In that way, you can forge a friendship with the locals.
Getting Around In Kenya
The main cities are connected by airlines, so getting around them shouldn’t be hard. The bus is a reliable means of transport in spite of the poor road condition.
Matatus are the principal form of transport in African countries. These minibusses are stuffed with people and travel medium distances. For long journeys, rent a car for yourself or get on a bus.
There are both private and shared taxis available in the country. Car rental service is available through travel agencies and international car hire companies.
You need to be over 23 years old to rent a car, and also, rates vary greatly and can be rather expensive.
Main roads are in good condition, but the smaller ones not so much. Cars drive on the left side of the road here.
One USD is roughly equal to a hundred Kenyan Shilling. The currency exchange is available at the major banks, bureaux de change or authorized hotels.
MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted widely. Also, ATMs are available in every bank now, as well as on the petrol stations, in cities and large towns.
Where To Stay
There are fantastic options for accommodation in cities. You can book a luxurious hotel or opt for guesthouses. A standard room will cost you between USD 10 – USD 40.
Electricity & Plug Type
In Kenya, they use electric sockets of type G. The standard voltage is 240V. So, bring an adapter, if you are coming from the USA or Europe.
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