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Holidays to Kenya

Holidays in Kenya can be more than just a safari. Whilst viewing wildlife can be very exciting, however, there is so much more to see and do. If watching the local animals is first on your list, you may want to try a few of the major national parks. Tsavo, which is the largest park in Kenya, covers 21,000 square kilometers and is filled with elephants, lions, giraffes, baboons, hyenas and cheetahs. There are other great places to see wildlife, which are less touristy, such as Meru, Kora and Samburu and Nairobi National Park.

For those taking holidays in Kenya who wish to go on safari, there are a few twists you can add to make your experience truly different. Enjoying a Kenyan safari from a hot air balloon or light airplane is an option that is widely offered. For something truly unique, the Turkana and Sambura areas of Kenya offer African safaris on camelback.

It should also be remembered that Kenya has some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, as well as off-coast diving and snorkelling. Travellers can also take in a local experience by enjoying time on the open waters sailing in a dhow, going mountain climbing, hiking, or shopping until their heart’s content in cities like Mombassa and Nairobi.

Holidays to Kenya should also include a visit to the country’s second largest city of Mombassa. Here visitors can enjoy the Arab flavour that is evident in the Old Town with its narrow alleys and crowded streets. It is a great place to explore, and buy both local and imported goods from local vendors. Makupa Market is the main city market but there is also the floating market at Tudor Creek.

Lamu Town, which is on Lamu Island, is another destination that travellers should make an effort to visit. The town is filled with old Arab houses with massive wooden doors and intricate mosques as well as Hindu temples and bazaars. Nearby Manda and Pate Islands show off their 14th and 15th century ruins.

One of the most compelling and moving sights in all of Kenya is the Great Rift Valley with its flat bottom and 2,000 meter escarpment walls. Mount Longonot National Park offers visitors a chance to view a dormant volcanic crater and the Rift itself. The area of the Aberdare Mountains forms the eastern wall of the Rift and also houses many spectacular waterfalls, including the 300 metre Guru Falls.

Weather

Kenya has a tropical climate, so there is never a bad time to take holidays in Kenya. The climate varies depending on the area. Round the Kenyan coast it is hot and humid, but this is often tempered by the monsoon winds. The northern part of the country is dry and the inland highlands are more temperate. The hottest months are December to March and the coolest months are July and August.

Currency

The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling, which is divided into 100 cents. However, some tour operators and hotels may prefer payment in either U.S. Dollars or Euros.

 

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