Kenya is Stretched across the equator with peaks of Mount Kenya-the second highest mountain in Africa- rising out of the a natural environment of exceptional beauty, Kenya is a hugely rewarding place to travel. It’s not possible to see everything Kenya has to offer in one trip- and I don’t suggest you try.
Things not to miss on a safari
Climbing Mount Kenya -Africa’s second highest peak, glacier topped Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano straddling the equator .you can hike the lower slopes at will but if you attempt the 5200-meter summit you need to go slowly enough to acclimatize to the attitude.
Turkana overland safari- remote Turkana is most easily visited on a camping safari from Nairobi involving days of bumping though arid wilderness encounters with local people, wildlife and swollen rivers are all on the cards
Rhino sanctuaries Kenya has several of these such as the Solia game ranch, close to Aberdares which offers the chance to see both black and white rhino.
Balloon safaris are an unforgettable experience, almost worth every cent of the US$400 or so you’ll pay to be aloft over the plains at dawn (that’s around five bucks a minute)
Kakamega Forest: An isolated patch of the equatorial forest that once girdled the breadth of Africa, Kakamega is a haven for hundreds of species that exit nowhere else in Kenya
Eco lodges- Kenya boats some superb if pricey, accommodation in pristine parks and reserves such as at Shompole conservancy.
Cave skulls-the Taita keep the exhumed skulls of their deceased in concealed rock niches- an example of traditional religious practice that is becoming increasingly rare
Dhow trips- Sinbad the sailor for a day on a tranquil dhow cruise around Lamu
Bird watching- Kenya’s diversity of habitats explains its extraordinary 1070 species of birds, including this Von der Decken’s hornbill. Even the uninitiated are soon converted so take a pair of binoculars
Diving and snorkeling: Kenya coral reef has supers underwater opportunities with diving schools in all the main centers, and snorkeling equipment widely available to rent foe a couple of hours. Wasini, Watamu and Kiwaiyu are outstanding sites
The Tea country of Kericho Kenya’s tea capital and the most important centre for the bush in the whole of Africa is surrounded by an endless rolling sea of brilliant green plantations
Lamu welcoming island getaway with no shortage of things to do it also has some of Africa’s best preserved ancient town architecture many of the houses dating back hundreds of years.
Crafts: wooden carving is the stock of Kenya’s curio-sellers but there’s a huge range of other crafts to be tempted by gorgeous cloth wrap garments to musical instruments
Maasai Mara wildebeest migration observing the cacophonous herds from the banks of the flood-swollen Mara River -especially at one deadly, crocodile-infested crossing points -is one of nature’s most awe inspiring experiences. The migration takes place between July and October.
Nyama choma Kenya’s most popular big meal out is Nyama Choma or roast meat- goat, mutton or beef- and lots of beer. Nyama Choma bars are to be found throughout the country
Live Music: Any weekend it’s easy to find live music in the towns. Nairobi is the biggest focus with dozens of clubs and bands but wherever you are, taxi drivers or hotel staff can help point the right direction.
Bush walks immerse yourself in the bush experience by getting out the bush walks are on offer at game lodges in and around a number of parks and reserves, such as the Maasai Mara.
Gedi ruins eerily atmospheric ruins of a Swahili town abandoned in the seventeenth century-take time to wonder the jungle-shaded lanes away from the main site.
Mzima springs a remarkable oasis in Tsavo west National park. Bubbling with crystal-clear water and inhabited by hippos crocodiles and diversity of smaller species.
Fort Jesus Mombasa-The site of gruesome battles between Portuguese and Arab colonizers and local people: today the fort’s spacious leafy interior houses an excellent historical museum.
Tiwi Beach simply one of the nicest beaches in Kenya easily accessed from Mombasa and less crowded than Diani Beach, further south