Located in the east of Africa, and bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, Kenya is a huge country, washed by the Indian Ocean along its coastline and with a total population of nearly 41 million people. With highland areas, and in particular Africa’s second highest mountain, Mount Kenya, the Great Rift Valley and even glaciers, Kenya’s landscape is dynamic and beautiful, winning it the reputation of one of Africa’s foremost safari destinations.
Kenya’s capital is the city of Nairobi, which has a population of between three and four million inhabitants. Nairobi has been influenced by both Western colonization and has a significant East Indian community. The city is located right beside the Nairobi National Park, home too black rhinos and over 400 bird species. There’s also the National Museum, a Railway Museum and a plethora of hotels to cater to those travellers who are stopping over before their venturing into the wilderness for safari. It also has a buzzing nightlife, especially popular with younger travellers, which is often focused on its exquisite cuisine.
The second largest city in Kenya with a population of 939,000 inhabitants Mombasa is a historic sea port with some spectacular beaches. Located in the southeast of the country, the city is located on Mombasa Island, separated from mainland Africa by the two creeks of Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. Mombasa has a warm tropical climate, and most of its beaches, to the north of the city are located beside luxury hotels catering to tourists. Here there are plenty of activities for its visitors, with nightlife, specialist restaurants, water sports and cinemas. Daimi Beach is a particular jewel, with its white sands and beach bars. Don’t miss Fort Jesus, a former transit point on the slave trade route, there are displays dating back to the 16th century.
The predominant places in Kenya lie beyond its cities and towns, and many of its more awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife are found in its national parks. Kenya is, after all, a safari hotspot. Several specific parks have been recognised by the World Heritage List, including the Mount Kenya National Park, with its impressive landscapes and dramatic peaks. Lake Turkana National Park is also recognised, for being the largest desert lake in the work, and for its incredible green colour. The Kenya Lake System has achieved UNESCO accreditation for its rich flocks of pink flamingo that forage there, and for its diverse mammals, which include cheetah and wild dogs.
One of the most recommended activities when in Kenya is to see the annual wildlife migrations, and there’s none more popular than the wildebeest thundering from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti between August and September. These excursions need to be booked well in advance. Kenya also offers its visitors some unique and special souvenirs, including wood carvings and batiks. These can be picked up in the Masai Market in Nairobi.
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