Africa, despite being far away from where we are, offers the greatest tourist destination for nature enthusiasts. The continent is incredibly large, but one expedition that offers everything you would want to see in Africa is to travel across Kenya. Or rather, the origin of safaris, if you can borrow my definition of Kenya.
Safaris! Safaris! Safaris! Kenya is a land of vast extraordinary savannas peppered with fascinating herds of wildlife hence the home of unbeatable safaris. If you want to witness the battle between millions of wildebeests and zebras against the predators of the jungle during the phenomenal annual wildebeest migration then Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, is your final destination for this renowned sighting. It is also in Maasai Mara, Africaís most famous game reserve, where you will find the precarious footholds of endangered species like the black rhinos and you will be lucky to see all the big five animals in a single park.
Apart from wildlife, Kenya is the home of warm palm-kined beaches in Mombasa, Kilifi and Malindi along the coast of the Indian ocean. Finally, you will find equatorial mountains capped with snow as well as the largest fresh water lake.
By and large, the most common local transport means are buses or minivans (matatus) which essentially connect cities and towns. These will also do well within big cities and towns such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nakuru.
The feeling on motorbikes(bodabodas) for shorter distances is breathtaking and unforgettable.
If you are no fan of long bus trips then a flight will definitely do for you as you can enjoy the wide range of domestic flights to or from major towns and cities. More conveniently, you can charter a plane to any site you intend to visit within the country.
Trains are less common in Kenya but the only long distance light train trip that I fell in love with during my vacation in Kenya is the Nairobi to Mombasa trip and back. Well, if you value your privacy and convenience then you can consider car hire or car rentals for a more convenient travel across Kenya.
To get into Kenya, you will most probably land in Kenya via a plane to:
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (In Nairobi)
Moi International Airport (In Mombasa)
Wilson Airport (WIL) (In Nairobi)
For flight information like flight companies, where to land with which flight company, and ticket costs, we suggest you look at the following for real-time info on this:
Within Kenya, you can also access planes to cross within Kenyan towns and access neighbouring countries. Below are some Kenyan bound flight carriers:
Before you actually land in Kenya, there are some stuff you will need which include:
Passport: This is required for all foreign visitors. Must be at least 6 months valid.
Visa : This is required for some countries. Check with Kenya Immigration department on whether Kenya requires a Visa from your country. There are also single entry visas arrival on arrival into the country.
Yellow-fever certificate: This is required if you are arriving from a yellow-fever high risk country.
The equatorial location of Kenya translates to the fact that the country does not experience clear-cut winter and summer weather. However, Kenya does have distinctive wet and dry seasons. The climate of Kenya is controlled by variation in humidity, temperature and rainfall. In spite of the fact that Kenya has about 7 climate zones, the two rainy seasons the entire country are March to May and September to early November.
The temperature around the coastal towns of Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Kilifi are relatively warm during wet seasons or vary from warm to hot during dry seasons. Finally, it is important to note that the snow-capped mountain peaks are cold with temperatures as low as 3įC.
The best time to visit Kenya is between December and February as well as the period between June and October when the country is experiencing a relatively warm and dry climate. It is during this season that the bushes are thinner and wildlife are more exposed for viewing. In between June and October, you get to witness nature at its very best as this is the ideal time for the migration of wildebeests and zebras.
Nothing adds resonance to the history of a country than its people. The traditional people of Kenya are incredibly funny, peaceful and welcoming. They immensely add colour to the face of the earth and have over the years added to the history of the country and the continent at large. The Samburu, the Maasai, the Turkana and the Borana are some of the most ancient Kenyan people whose culture and traditions still form a basis for nomadic studies and discussions the world over. On the other side, the Luos, Kikuyus, Swahilis and Luhyas among other Kenyan people undergo a continuous struggle to keep their culture in the wake of western civilization, socioeconomic developments and political alignments.
Kenya is a gem is you have a great culinary taste as it presents an opportunity for you to enjoy both exotic and indigenous Kenyan foods such as nyama choma, ugali, mokimo, Victoria Nile perch and matoke.