Since 2007 the number of Brits visiting Kenya has increased considerably, according to statistics from the country’s Ministry of Tourism. From popular safari excursions in Nairobi to tropical beach paradises in and around Mombasa, it’s not hard to understand why Kenya holidays offer UK tourists an unforgettable time in Africa and why they tend to go back for more.
Kenya’s tourism is based heavily on its national parks, game sanctuaries and national reserves. With over 50 different locations, the favourites tend to be:
• Nairobi National Park, one of the country’s oldest, and just a short drive outside of the city limits.
• Amboseli National Park, a remarkable reserve on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro.
• Lake Nakuru National Park, where splashes of iconic pink flamingos are not to be missed.
• Tsavo National Park, Kenya’s largest reserve and home of some of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes and wild animals.
Indian Ocean beaches
In contrast to the glaring sun of the African savannah, Kenya’s eastern coast is blessed with white sandy beaches, fringed by refreshing palm trees and a splendid view of the Indian Ocean. With Mombasa as its largest city, the coast of Kenya is a dramatic change of scenery from the wilderness of the heart of the country. Lively street markets with a mixture of African, Indian and Arab cultures line the streets of the old town. On the other hand, tourists can also relax in secluded beach resorts and sample the local cuisine.
Kenya safari and wildlife
Africa’s wildlife is world renowned for being exceptionally exotic. Kenya safari holidays are perfect for visitors travelling in groups, with children or even on their own. The Great Rift Valley and the famous Masai Mara National Park are considered the best in the country for spotting exotic game animals such as rhinos, elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards.
Kenya’s marine life benefits from the country’s position right on the equator, pleasantly surprising tourists every year. The Indian Ocean does more than just provide a spectacular view of the crystalline waters contouring Kenya’s white sandy beaches, though – it’s also the home of some of the world’s most magnificent aquatic life. The Kisite Marine National Park, in Kenya’s southernmost point, is the country’s most prestigious location for visitors who want to explore some of Africa’s colourful coral reefs. Here they can come face to face with dolphins, green sea turtles, humpback whales and the occasional whale shark.
Couples and honeymooners alike find Kenya one of the most romantic places in Africa. The African bush provides travellers in love with romantic safaris during the day and star gazing at night. Early mornings and sunsets are perfect for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride overlooking the country’s beautiful landscape. The slopes of Mount Kenya are believed to be the location of Prince William’s royal engagement to Kate Middleton.
Kenya is located on the east coast of Africa and has one of the world’s most ancient cultures. Commonly referred to as the cradle of civilisation, the Masai Mara Reserve is less than an hour by plane from Nairobi and is often included in most Kenya safari packages. It’s a great place to witness special Kenyan traditions, as well as original Masai villages that surround the area where goat and cattle herders can be spotted from a far in their time-honoured red outfits.