There are so many reasons to visit Kenya that it’s hard to choose just four. Kenya has some of Africa’s finest national parks, fantastic mountain regions, wide expansive beaches and its lakes are filled with flamingos and pelicans. It’s a wonderful place to take a holiday. So why should you think about paying Kenya a visit? Here are just a few reasons:
Take a Safari Across the Masai Mara
If you have animal lovers in the family then Kenya is the perfect holiday destination: Kenya is the most popular place to go on safari in the world, and with the numbers of wildlife available it’s easy to see why. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is world renowned for its huge expanse of open grasslands and its astonishingly large amount of wildlife. You will see lions, as they are found in large prides everywhere and it’s not uncommon to see them hunting during your trip. Cheetahs and leopards are less visible, but still reasonably common, whilst elephants, buffalo, zebras and hippos can also be spotted in large numbers. Take a safari on the Maasai Mara and you won’t be disappointed with the incredibly variety and number of animals you’ll see. If you choose to visit the great grasslands in July or August you will also be able to witness the annual wildebeest migration: see millions of these magnificent lumbering beasts move north from the Serengeti in unison. It’s a magnificent sight and an amazing reason to visit Kenya!
You can Easily Incorporate Your Visit into a Wider African Tour
If you struggle to be tied down to just one location when you take a holiday then Kenya is the perfect place to visit with your children, as part of a wider group sailing holiday. You can see the ‘Big Five’ on safari, visit the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, and add some snaps of Mount Kilimanjaro to your family photo album. Enjoy delicious Kenyan food and experience the culture of this wonderful country. Then hop back onto your cruise ship and explore the rest of Africa. Sail through the Suez Canal, visit the souks of Morocco, see the ancient pyramids and learn all about a variety of different cultures. Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest sights, making it the perfect place to explore in conjunction with your once-in-a-lifetime stay in the heart of Kenya.
Get the Best Views of Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain that is the highest mountain in Africa. Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro every year, and of those people, approximately two-thirds are successful in their attempt. Although Kilimanjaro is actually in Tanzania, you can get the best views of it without having to leave Kenya. Climb the easily accessible Observation hill in Amboseli National Park, which is in Kenya, and you will see a sight that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You’ll experience a view of the park with hundreds of elephants in the foreground and Mount Kilimanjaro rising majestically behind. Whilst standing in the dry heat of the savannah you’ll be able to see the snowy peaks of the mountain: it’s an incredible experience and another great reason you really should visit Kenya.
Visit Beautiful Beaches
Although they aren’t the first things you would associate with the country, Kenya has some truly beautiful beaches. So if you’re looking for a vacation where you can feel sand between your toes and splash in warm and shallow waters then Kenya is still a great first choice. The beaches in Kenya are lined with protective coral reefs that are teaming with wildlife, creating ideal waters for swimming and water sports, and for the more adventurous there are activities such as diving and big game fishing available.
Walk Across the Equator
Finally, in Kenya you are able to cross the equator, and stand with one foot in the southern hemisphere and one foot in the northern hemisphere: it makes a great photograph, and is something everyone should do in their lifetime! Kenya is one of just thirteen countries that straddles the equator. Mount Kenya, in the middle of the country, sits almost exactly on top of the equator line and in a town called Nanyuki (which has an altitude of 6389 ft) you can stand by a sign that has been erected exactly on the equator line. Crossing the equator can be incorporated into a day trip to either Mount Kenya National Park or Samburu nature reserve. There’s so much to do in Kenya that you’ll never be bored: there are plenty of activities in Kenya to be squeezed into your holiday. Why not pay a visit and discover the wonders of Kenya for yourself?