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    Kenya remains, as it always has been, a favourite African destination – and this for the simple reason that Kenya is about as African as it is possible to get. Conjure East Africa in your mind’s eye and you’ll pull up archetypal images of an undulating grass savanna teeming with the Big Five: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo and Rhino. What you’re seeing is the classic safari circuit that winds through Tanzania and Kenya. This is where men like Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemmingway came to see, then shoot the great African beasts. Hordes of tourists followed, with good reason. Classic safaris seldom fail to impress.

Background & Facts about Kenya

Traditionally, camera-toting tourists book overland tours with a safari outfitter who escort you to long-standing camps and lodges. But today’s East Africa offers alternatives. You can craft your own itinerary, fly directly to choice camps aboard new light-carriers, and there are dozens of boutique lodges, camps and outfitters to choose from, including several who are hip to sustainability and promise to bring you closer to East African people and wildlife than ever before.

Kenya remains, as it always has been, a favourite African destination – and this for the simple reason that Kenya is about as African as it is possible to get. It is the birthplace of the Safari, of White Mischief, and the crusty old colonial who divides his time between a coffee estate in the Ngong Hills and a stately home in Berkshire. It is where Stewart Granger led Deborah Kerr in search of King Solomon’s Mines, where Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly fought over Clark Gable in Mogambo, and where Meryl Streep and Robert Redford fell in love in Out of Africa.

Even though Kenya may be a little less of a Garden of Eden now than it was then, it still has a selection of the best big game wildlife parks on the continent, some of the most sublime tropical highland habitat, and arguably one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. All this is stitched together by an equally extraordinary ethnic diversity, ranging from the Arabised Swahili at the coast to the insular and militant cattle herding Turkana of the interior. Be it the cities, the coastline, the mountains or the plains, no country on the continent captures the essence of Africa quite like Kenya.

Classic Kenya begins and ends with “the Mara.” Every July enormous herds of wildebeest migrate from the southern reaches of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, where from August to October the plains seethe with these snorting grazers in search of fresh grass. Predators, like lions, leopards, cheetah, and crocs, lurk by river crossings and in the high grass. This is the stuff of Animal Planet. This is why you come to the Mara.

Classic Kenya begins and ends with “the Mara.” Every July enormous herds of wildebeest migrate from the southern reaches of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, where from August to October the plains seethe with these snorting grazers in search of fresh grass. Predators, like lions, leopards, cheetah, and crocs, lurk by river crossings and in the high grass. This is the stuff of Animal Planet. This is why you come to the Mara.

Situated on the East coast of Africa and split in half by an imaginary line called the equator is the colourful and exciting Republic of Kenya. The country has a multiracial population of 36 million with 42 different languages and dialects. On the whole, however, one can easily get around by speaking English almost anywhere. Even with all these different people and customs, Kenya is one of the most economically and politically stable countries on the continent of Africa.

Kenya occupies an Area of 582,644 sq kilometers[225,000 sq miles] and bisected lengthwise by the GREAT RIFTVALLEY which runs from Jordan in the North to Mozambique in the South.With its snowcapped Mt.Kenya ,500 kms of Golden sandy beaches with warm Indian Ocean waters,breathtaking landscapes and sceneries of open plaines and hilly terrains not forgetting the rich and divers Beauty of its culture, History and archaelogical sites,wildlife and friendly people who offer warm hospitality with a wide smile.Cuisine from all over the world can be found in Kenya.

Kenya is the land of discoveries whose attractions have been accorded undoubtedly the seal of approval by royalties,presidents,celebrities and millions of holiday makers worldwide. With its superb network of attractive national parks, game reserves and marine parks,kenya is undoutbfully the ultimate dream destination of a Holidaysmaker.

Kenya offers the best combination of attractions in the World. With outstanding hotels and game lodges a visitor is guaranteed great value for money. Kenya's prolific and well conserved wildlife cannot be found anywhere in the world ,this is where the world remaining big cats, big mammals, and plains game still roam freely in natural habitats.Your safari in kenya will be full of memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life.Most visitors begin their safari of discovery in kenya and end it in kenya.After all, safari was born in Kenya.

With all these natural attributes, and over a century of experience in wildlife and cultural tourism, Kenya enjoys one of the most internationally subscribed and sophisticated tourism industries on the continent.

Kenya’s national parks and conservancies are her principal attraction, with some 33 in all, covering the various regions of mountains, plains and marine. Almost within the city limits of the capital itself lies the Nairobi National Park, which, although small, is still a very credible wildlife and game viewing destination. Others include Ambroseli, set against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tsavo East and West, Kakamega Forest National Reserve, and the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve. All are well organised, well preserved and well funded.

The highlands of Kenya enjoy the utopian coincidence of altitude and immediate proximity to the equator, which makes for year round mild weather. Likewise the coast is perennially hot and humid with the monotony broken only between March and May by the long rains, and to a lesser degree between October and December by the short rains.

The hottest and driest period, and consequently the time most commonly advised for a visit to Kenya, is between February and March, and the coolest between July and August. The busy period tends to coincide with European summer holidays, although advance bookings are advisable at all times.

Occurring between June and September is the annual wildlife migration which is an internationally celebrated phenomenon, attracting visitors and filmmakers from around the world. Between January and February is the period when birdlife, in particular flamingos, flock to the Rift Valley Lakes.

Kenya lies astride the equator on the eastern coast of Africa. It is a medium-sized country by continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600km sq. Inland water bodies cover some 10,700km sq, the bulk of this in Lakes Victoria and Turkana. Kenya is bordered by Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. The coastline, about 550km long, faces the Indian Ocean.

Kenya has tremendous topographical diversity, including glaciated mountains with snow-capped peaks, the Rift Valley with its scarps and volcanoes, ancient granitic hills, flat desert landscapes and coral reefs and islets. However, the basic configuration is simple. Coastal plains give way to and inland plateau that rises gradually to the central highlands, which are the result of the relatively recent volcanic activity associated with the formation of the rift valley. To the west the land drops again to the Nyanza plateau that surrounds the Kenyan sector of Lake Victoria; and to the north, to the rugged low country around Lake Turkana.

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