Kenya: Home of the African Safari
The thought of an African safari is almost inseparable from Kenya in many people’s minds. Kenya has has for long been a favorite safari destination in Africa due to its great diversity of wildlife, scenic landscape and land features, exotic beaches, and a beautiful amalgam of African cultures.
Situated on the Eastern Africa coast, Kenya neighbors Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Indian Ocean. Among the popular travel and holiday destinations in Kenya are the coastal beaches, Kenya national parks and game reserves, the highlands (especially the snow-capped Mount Kenya), and the Great Rift Valley.
Holiday activities in Kenya
Kenya is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Home to the famed Masai Mara National Park, Kenya protects a wide range of flora and fauna. A safari in Kenya is one of the best experiences you will ever have in the world – You can enjoy game viewing in open safari vehicles through various national parks teeming with the big five, witness the annual wildebeest migration and more.
These are perhaps what Kenya is most famous for. The country has over 50 national parks and game reserves hosting a wide array of african wild animals.
Of these, Maasai Mara remains the top game viewing safari destination. Every year for example, thousands of tourists flock this reserve to witness the great wildebeest migration between the Mara and Serengeti national park of Tanzania. Other popular parks for game watching in Kenya include Amboseli national park, Samburu game reserve, Tsavo, and Aberdares national parks.
Beach holidays in the Coast
The Kenyan coast stretches from the border with Somalia in the North, to the Tanzania border in the South. Popular beach vacation sites along this stretch include Malindi, Watamu, Tiwi, Ukunda, and Diani. Also found here are a number of islands ideal for kenya beach vacations. Some of these include Lamu, Kiwayu, Chale, and Wasini islands.
The highlands of central Kenya offer varied opportunities for adventure safaris. Popular adventure activities include climbing Mt. Kenya, white-water rafting, kayaking, plus other inland water sports, and more recently bungee jumping at the banks of Tana river. The Kenyan coast is also a favorite location for such adventure activities as snorkelling, scuba diving, free diving, triathlon, sport fishing, and other water sports. The Kenyan Coast is also increasingly becoming a hot spot for skydiving. Every year, hundreds of skydivers participate in the Diani beach skydiving boogie.