Capital City: Nairobi
Visa Required for US Citizen: Yes
Highlights: excellent game viewing, annual wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, culture including interaction with the Masai, & beaches. Great destination for families, couples, small groups and honeymooners wanting great game viewing and cultural experiences.
Most visitors to Kenya come to experience the country’s world famous wildlife, but Kenya offers visitors a vast array of unique opportunities to create a true “African Dream Vacation”. Perhaps best known for its large concentration of animals in over 40 National Parks and Reserves, visitors can experience game viewing many different ways. Most guests prefer spotting game from the comforts of a specially-designed safari van or four-wheel drive landrover but for those with a sense of adventure, game viewing can also be done on foot, by hot-air balloon, on horseback or even atop camels!
It is not just the outstanding wildlife that Kenya is known for it is also rich in culture. Kenya’s instantly recognizable Masai are an extraordinary people who have managed to keep their traditional lifestyle even with the onset of western culture settling in all around them. Their long thin muscular physique, clad in bright red robes is extremely distinctive and their lifestyle is a fascinating contrast to western culture. Visits to local villages, walks with the Masai and even a chance at teaching in local schools can all be arranged.
Kenya often has a reputation of being “too popular” with tourists. It is true that Kenya copes very well with packaged groups of tourists, but the recent trend is towards personalized “boutique lodges” with limited number of guests in an exclusive and remote setting. This means that Kenya offers something for every traveler and once you have seen Kenya, the country and its people will stay with you in your heart forever.
EASILY combinable extensions might be: Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Seychellles.
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa is a high of 86 F to a low of 72 F. The capital city of Nairobi has an annual temperature that ranges from a high of 79 F. maximum to a low of 54 F. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to early June and short rains in November. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.