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Kenya

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Lying along the Indian Ocean coastline, straddling the equator, and with Mount Kenya rising above a magnificent landscape of forested hills, a patchwork of farms and a wooded savannah, Kenya is a richly rewarding place to tour.

Globally recognized as the home of safari, Kenya has abundant wildlife with majestic landscapes on the continent. Lodge safaris are comparatively less expensive and flying, mobile tented, walking and horseback safaris are available in plenty. Many of the private reserves in Kenya cater to a maximum of 12-24 guests in luxury accommodations and they do offer activities which are otherwise not allowed within the parks, such as open vehicles, night game drives and escorted walks.

In the national parks you may view game in vehicles with roof hatches or pop tops. Booking a safari with a private vehicle and driver guide is a great way to maximize the quality of your game-viewing experience. Other activities include hot air ballooning, mountaineering, scuba diving, freshwater plus deep-sea fishing and relaxing at beach resorts.

Kenya’s wildlife habitat includes the Masai Mara Game Reserve which is famous for the annual Wildebeest Migration. Africa’s “Big Five” animals are found in a variety of places in the country and these big five are notably the leopard, rhinoceros, lion, elephant, and buffalo. National Parks and Game Reserves are home to numerous other animals as well as reptiles and birds. The annual Wildebeest Migration across the Mara River between June and September is a popular event for Wildlife filmmakers in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Kenya shares some of its tourism resources with Tanzania (Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem) and also with Uganda on Mount Elgon whereas Lake Victoria is shared between Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. The capital and commercial City is Nairobi. There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya while Mount Kenya which is also one of the attractions is the second highest mountain in Africa and from which the country takes its name.

Country
Kenya
Visa Requirements
Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.
Languages spoken
English, Swahili
Currency used
Kenya Shillings
Area (km2)
300,000 km2

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