Kenya is synonymous with safari, Hemingway and Memories of Africa. The first country in the region that knew how to exploit its natural resources for tourism is a great Noah’s Ark with some of the best safaris in Africa , beautiful beaches and an intense Swahili culture.
- Masai Mara national park
It is one of the best national parks in Africa to see lions, in addition to the large herds of herbivores, especially zebras and wildebeests, that make up the great migration. But being the most famous safari in luxury destinations in Kenya has its own tolls: you will find more cars than animals, especially in high season (the summer of the northern hemisphere). The best time to visit the Masai Mara is from the end of July to the end of September, when the great wildebeest and zebra migration is already settled in the park. The gigantic cavalcade of almost two million individuals reaches the Mara River in August.
- Visit a Masai village
The Masai Mara, the most famous park of Kenya holiday destinations, is developed in Masai lands, as its name indicates, so another of its incentives is to get in touch with this original culture of Central Africa. The Masai continue to live in their traditional way, in circular villages of mud huts and timbers and herding their sacred herds of cows, but they have not been impervious to tourism, so don’t expect to see much authenticity on the organized visits. Still, the experience is worth it. If you are in Nairobi you can do a shopping tour of the Masai market , where you will see artisan products that try to capture their ancient culture.
Lamu is the secret jewel of Kenya, one of those places that you never imagined still exist. It is an archipelago made up of three large islands (Lamu, Manda and Pate) and several uninhabited islets. It occupies the north-eastern corner of Kenya, just 80 kilometers from the border with Somalia. Its inhabitants are descendants of the Arab merchants who since the 16th century colonized the Kenyan coasts and settled in Lamu great center of fishing and commerce.
The second most populous city in the country is a contradictory visit. To many it just seems like a big, dirty and ugly city. Without discussing these aspects (which are unquestionable), for others, it has the interest of being a great historical center of Swahili culture, with Arab, British and Indian influences. The city was an important pole of commerce (of everything, including slaves) and guards many colonial buildings from its past in its Old Town, which once had to be magnificent, but which today form a decrepit museum of glories and miseries from Africa.
- Mount Kenya
It is the second highest mountain in Africa (after Kilimanjaro) and has several summits. The highest is the Batián peak (5,199 meters), accessible only to experts with climbing knowledge. The Lenana peak (4,985 meters) is easy to climb and only requires knowledge of mountaineering and a certain physical preparation to assume that height. The landscape and vegetation vary from the rocky and glacial environment of the peaks to the senecia, lobelia and bamboo forests of the valleys and herbaceous grasslands where elephants, buffalo, zebra and antelope graze.
- Kericho tea fields
Kericho is a charming little town with a colonial feel, in the southwest of the country, in the highlands of the Rift Valley. It has a perfect altitude and rainfall for tea cultivation, which is why from British times it was the capital of Kenyan tea. The attraction of luxury destinations Kenya is the visual delight of the well-kept tea fields, with their symmetries and their different shades of green, together with that of the flowers that are also beginning to be cultivated in the area and which are another source of local income. It can be visited all year round because the colors and shades vary according to altitude.
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