From snow-capped mountains to desert plains and white sandy beaches, Kenya’s landscape is truly awe-inspiring.
Situated in the heart of East Africa, Kenya has a highly developed tourist industry that is unique to the area. Kenya’s famous safaris are still the nation’s biggest draw. In the past few years safari’s have sprung up to cater for every taste and budget, from 5* ‘Glamping’ deep in the savannah to short overnight excursions from the coastal tourist resorts.
If tracking down the ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Black Rhino) isn’t your cup of tea then why not make the most of Kenya’s serene sandy beaches? As most tourists will spend the majority of their holiday safari-ing around the interior of the nation, Kenya’s beaches are still largely un-crowded and unspoilt.
Kenya boasts the world’s greatest national nature parks. Top of the tree is the Masai Mara National Reserve, the world’s premiere destination for close encounters with Lion’s, Leopards and Elephants.
There is culture to behold too. At certain times of the year the local Masai people can still be found performing their famous pogo-like ceremonial dances, in their resplendent traditional dress. Icelolly’s top tip is to visit the reserve in July or August when the ‘Great Migration’ takes place. During the Great Migration, over two million wildebeest and zebra arrive, eagerly tracked by some of Africa’s most fearsome predators.
For those in search of an alternative tourist paradise, icelolly.com recommends a trip to Kenya’s Lamu island in the Indian Ocean. This relatively unknown gem is a place where glorious beaches meet ancient Swahili culture. Lamu is perfect for those trying to escape the rat-race as there are no roads and most journeys are either undertaken by boat, on foot or by donkey trek!
If you're seeking an action packed excursion, head towards the towering Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain. Whilst the peak itself is a tricky technical climb, many of the surrounding summits and foothills are scalable by any reasonably fit hiker.
Kenya has developed a distinctive cuisine, owing to its history as both an ancient trading outpost and colonial settlement. As a result there is great variation in flavours as you travel throughout the country.
In the interior you’ll find cereals and beans paired with local cattle or goat in hearty stews and soups. Towards the coast, the influence of centuries of Indian trade becomes evident; intense spices and curries give a fresh twist to the traditional African fare.
Of course, having spent the best part of a century as a British colony and with a well-established tourist trade, fussy eaters won’t find it hard to locate some good old fashioned British grub.
Contact GP 8 weeks prior to departure to check for necessary vaccinations.
UK nationals need a visa to enter Kenya, these can be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in London or for a fee of £30 on arrival in the country.
Passports must be valid for 6 months after entry date.
Check with UK Foreign Office website for up to date travel information and advice.