The country that inspired such films as "Out of Africa"
and "The Man Eating Lions of Tsavo" offers the discerning traveller
the opportunity to revel in one of Africa's finest jewels. Known as
the "Cradle of Humanity" for its links to early human life, Kenya
conjures up images of wild safaris, grassy plains, pristine beaches
and mountain ranges such as the Aberdares and the awe inspiring
Safaris are the epicentre of Kenya's tourism industry and many
parks offer the chance to see the 'Big Five'; elephants, buffalo,
lions, leopards and rhinoceros. Kenya also boasts 1,200 different
species of birds with a number of lodges employing specialist bird
guides for the budding ornithologist.
The Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli and Lake Nakaru are the best
known National Parks. The Mara also enjoys the annual wildebeest.
It is a sight to behold, taking place between June and
For those after a morelateralexperience, the more remote and
wilder North of the country should not be underestimated. The Big 5
are still around but you are more likely to see the Samburu Special
5: Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and
The Kenyan coastline comprises beautiful soft sandy beaches
against a backdrop of coral cliffs, creeks and offshore coral
islands which are perfect for snorkelling. On the south coast,
Diani Beach and Wasini Island provide scuba-diving opportunities
and glass-bottomed boats. Big game fishing is also available for
the Hemmingway's among you.
On the North Coast, Malindi and Watumu beaches are stunning and
along the Tana River Delta, hippo and crocodile-watching are also
on the agenda. Head further north and you find Lamu - a place like
no other - a peaceful, tropical island where the phrase of choice
is 'pole pole' meaning 'slowly slowly'. The rhythm of life is
indeed such ! This ancient Swahili settlement oozes charm and is
the perfect place to kick back and relax after adventures in the