Our recommendation to visit Kenya
Our recommendation to visit Kenya and neighboring countries
Vacations to Kenya
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The guide has eagle-eyes and helped us spot so many animals. The choice of accommodations was excellent and we gained 10 pounds each from the food. The tour was a small group of 6 people and the guide was flexible to our needs.
Kenya Travel advice
Events and festivals in Kenya
Kenya is a country brimming with cultures, traditions and beliefs. Countless ethnic groups make up the countries population and they have managed to keep their identity and proudly show travelers their different celebrations.
Music, dances and colour are some of the essential ingredients. Gastronomy is also very important, in addition to sports competitions. Due to different religious beliefs, in Kenya they celebrate both the main Christian holidays, such as Christmas or Easter; and also Muslim events, such as Ramadaan, which a proportion of the population follow strictly. It is also a country rich in history which has a history of British occupation, so one of the key dates is the day of Kenyan Independence, on December 12. Do not miss the calendar of popular festivals in Kenya to enjoy the best events when traveling to Kenya.
Food in Kenya
Due to historical reasons and scarcity of resources, Kenyan gastronomy has been characterized, for a long time, by a need to feed the masses in an effective way, something that is still reflected in their culinary culture.
Nevertheless, without the presence of great culinary luxuries, it is true that Kenyan cuisine is full of delicious surprises. This is a country with a great natural wealth where it is easy to find an exuberant variety of tropical fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, all kinds of meats are consumed, the most common being beef or goat, followed by lamb and even camel meat.
In addition, its warm waters in Mombasa provide plenty of fish and quality seafood. It is a flat and austere cuisine but that leaves no room for indifference, so it can be very enriching for those who approach it with an open mind and hunger for new experiences. Here is the list of typical dishes of Kenya.
Shopping in Kenya
Shopping in Kenya is relatively easy since both in the capital, Nairobi or in the large cities such as Mombasa, Nakuru or Lamu, there are bustling markets where the locals exhibit some of the most typical products of the country, such as in the Maasai Market or the Village Market.
The most abundant products are usually crafts, made from local wood such as ebony. Also, tribal items are very sought after by travelers, who wish to take home a taste of the cultures of different Kenyan tribes such as the Maasai's, Samburu, Kikuyu or Turkana.
Most of the jewellery found in these markets are imitations of traditional tribal jewellery although in the coastal towns it is not uncommon to be able to find good quality gold. The prices are quite cheap, although in most markets haggling and bargaining are actively encouraged.
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Kenya tourist attractions
More information about Kenya
The quintessential African safari destination, Kenya tour packages pack a punch when it comes to wildlife and national parks. Envisage vast savannahs, colorful cities and authentic village communities, whose culture and traditions have survived modernity.
An east African nation, Kenya is bordered by Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, and Ethiopia, and sits on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The capital city is vibrant Nairobi and other urban centers include Mombasa and Kisumu City, although all-inclusive Kenya vacations are more likely to focus on the amazing national parks and the exotic wildlife that inhabit these vast lands.
From the astonishing Great Migration to the elephant herds of Amboseli in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, there are countless safari opportunities to ignite the imagination of all travelers. A safari tour in Kenya is incomplete without contemplating the abundant wildlife of the Maasai Mara Reserve, home to the iconic Big Five and the Maasai people, known for their distinct dress and customs. Many varied ethnic groups live in the country, making a tour of Kenya a journey through different cultures and their unique traditions and heritage.
With such a diverse population it is fascinating to delve into the story of Kenya’s past. Before the impact of colonialism in the 19th-century, Kenya was settled by north African communities and in the 1st-century Arabs and Persians also arrived on the Kenyan coast and forged settlements, due to its proximity to the Arabian Peninsula.
The Swahili language, one of the most common languages you’ll hear on a Kenya travel, was developed as a mix of the indigenous Bantu and Arabic languages as a lingua franca to help communications between both groups.
Cities such as Mombasa and the neighboring island of Zanzibar were established in the following centuries, the former of which became a major center of trade in the region. Islam had risen to be the major religion in Kenya at this time and the country remained under the control of the Islamic Sultans until British colonization in the late 19th-century.
In this period the East African Protectorate was established and British settlers began to arrive in the country, along with many Indian settlers who came to construct the Uganda Railway. Many of the ancestors of these settlers still live in Kenya today.
It was not until 1920 that Kenya was officially named, in honor of its tallest mountain. Many British and Europeans made their lives in the highlands of the country. Think of Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, as an example. You can even visit the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi on a package vacation to Kenya!
In 1952, members of various different tribes came together as a unified force to fight against British rule in an organization called the Mau Mau. The uprising finally defeated the British after 7 years of struggle. 1963 was the year that Kenya finally gained independence and a year later the first Kenyan president, Jomo Kenyatta, was elected.
Nature in Kenya
Nature is at the heart of any Kenya tour, from the warm waters of the mythical Indian Ocean to the wild savannahs, central highlands, and Great Rift Valley. Kenya plays host to a diverse array of landscapes and wildlife. Its tropical climate ensures plenty of year-round sunshine, making it the perfect choice for both a safari experience or a beach break in the fantastic Diani Beach.
There are a number of must-see natural wonders if you take Kenyan travel. Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha are up there with the best when it comes to bird-spotting and wildlife. Located in the mighty Rift Valley, it attracts huge flocks of flamingos and herds of rhinos who drink from its glistening waters. It’s a highlight of any Kenya safari!
The Maasai Mara Reserve is perhaps the best known natural wonder in the country, famous for hosting the annual Great Migration, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World where great herds of blue wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River.
It’s also one of the best destinations in the country to spot the elusive Big Five animals! Another hotspot for safaris is in Amboseli, one of the best places in the entire world to see wild elephants. Sparse vegetation makes it easier to spot wildlife and the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro makes a safari in Amboseli an atmospheric and unforgettable experience.
For something a little different, one of Kenya’s hidden gems is the Lamu Archipelago, idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean home to countless paradise beaches. It is one of the most evocative destinations in the country, with an untouched coastline and charming little traditional villages.
Culture in Kenya
The first thing to understand about Kenyan culture is that there is not one homogenous culture, but instead, a rich tapestry of different traditions owing to the 13 primary ethnic groups that make up the country’s demographic. On a vacation to Kenya you can expect to experience many different types of traditional dress, beliefs, folklore and, of course, soul-stirring music as you travel around the country. Much of the population follow Christianity, so Easter and Christmas time are filled with celebrations.
The official languages are English and Swahili, and almost everyone you meet in the country will go out of their way to welcome you and provide excellent hospitality. Even in the most isolated communities, such as those of the Maasai, locals will welcome visitors into their homes with open arms and provide tea and food, despite having very little themselves.
It is considered impolite to turn down these generous displays of hospitality. There is a strong link, in Kenya, between the people and the land and a long tradition of agriculture, symbolized by the green stripe in the country’s national flag.
Walk with the giants of the animal kingdom and open your eyes to the untouched landscapes and kind-hearted people of Kenya. A tour of Kenya offers culture, wildlife, and nature into a heady concoction, making for an unforgettable journey.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Kenya.
Visa required. You can apply for Kenya’s electronic visitor’s visa at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
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In Kenya, they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
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