EAST AFRICA: KENYA
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At 580,367 Kenya is the world's forty-seventh largest country. It lies
between latitudes 5°N and 5°S, and longitudes 34° and 42°E. Kenya
lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania
to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west,
Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east.
Kenya has a reputation for being a remarkable breeding ground.
Anthropologists recognize it as one of the birthplaces of humankind; in
the West, it’s also known as the country where Barack Obama’s father
and numerous marathon winners were born. But Kenya is also
growing as a center of commerce in East Africa. For both business
trips and leisure travel, Kenya has much to offer its visitors.
In addition to the famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, in southwestern
Kenya, where safari aficionados can view lions, giraffes, and zebras
from the comfort of a jeep, the country allows its guests the chance to
explore amazing beaches and city life.
EAST AFRICA: KENYA
We recommend taking a few weeks to explore Kenya: from the
bustling streets of Nairobi to the coastal peacefulness of
Mombasa and the intriguing and eye-opening landscapes of
safari reserves, Kenya is one of Africa’s jewels.
As Kenya’s capital and its most populated city, Nairobi is
teeming with activities, foods, and naturally beautiful
phenomena. Whether you are looking to go shopping in a mall
or an outdoor market, eat traditional Kenyan cuisine or game
meat, hike in a game reserve, or roam the busy streets of East
Africa’s largest city, Nairobi is worth a few days of your time.
Masai Mara Game Reserve offers you a one lifetime experience
to see the amazing Big Five game: lions, African elephants,
Cape buffalo, leopards, and black rhinoceros right in front of
you during a safari. “Big Five” is a traditional hunting term that
refers to the five animals most difficult to hunt; given their
aggressive nature (game hunting is largely illegal in Kenya).
You also have the opportunity for viewing the wildebeest
migration or even just to see the beauty of the Mara from July.
Mombasa’s (LINK TK) Fort Jesus stands at the crossroads of
the city’s tangled history with Europe and the Middle East. The
Portuguese built this stronghold in 1593 and spent the next
hundred years fighting with the Arabs to maintain control. When
the British ruled Mombasa, the fort was turned into a prison,
and in 1958 the area was made a national park. The
architecture is worth gazing at, the museum has centuries-old
artifacts, and the fort is a great jumping-off point for a trip into
The second-highest mountain on the entire continent of Africa,
Mount Kenya is located in the central region of the country.
While reaching its summit requires some prior mountaineering
experience, many lesser peaks and beautiful glaciers are
accessible by hiking paths. The country also hosts many
beautiful parks, the Great Rift Valley and natural flora.