Booking a Holiday, Tour or Vacation in Kenya

By: Stuart Cheese

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to. I try to give a good opinion on those places and offer some helpful advice. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to take in during your holiday in Kenya.

Nowhere in Africa is there a more popular adventure destination than Kenya which is located on the equator. If it is a safari that you want then tourists from across the world can rest assured that Kenya is the best place to experience one. If you believed that a safari is all that this country has to offer then you have been misinformed as there are far many other attractions and a diversity of environments to experience. In the north east, the landscape of the country is flat and covered with bushes. The rest of the country has immaculate beaches, many lake areas, the amazing Mount Kenya and of course the stunning Great Rift Valley. Despite Kenya having many diverse environments which in turn experience a wide variety of climate conditions, the temperature is warm all year-round. June though to September are the best months to visit for most outdoor activities including safari and mountain climbing.
How can you visit Africa without experiencing the Masai Mara Game Reserve as it is generally considered to be the greatest wildlife reserve in Africa.
With the Acacia forests swarming with birds and monkeys and the sprawling grasslands which are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, and Gazelle you know that you are deep in the heart of Africa.

Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide swamps and the rivers are heaving with Hippos and Crocodiles which make this a wildlife paradise and possibly one of the few places left on earth where such a diversity of animals can be seen in their natural habitats. Where else can you witness the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti, the lions that dominate the grasslands, the cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. This wonderful place is also home to the Masai warriors all helping to make this a very popular attraction.
Other National Parks include the Tsavo East (home to the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow) and Tsavo West National Park (has many recent geological activities), Amboseli(at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro), Nairobi National Park (Kenya's rhino sanctuary), Nakuru (home to a swarm of brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see) and Meru (home to the famous "Elsa" lioness of the book Born free). Each of these parks have something different to offer the tourist so which ever one you choose you will not be disappointed.

Mt. Kenya, a dome-shaped central volcano is the largest mountain in Kenya with 10 glaciers covering its peaks. The mountain is made up of several types of volcanic rocks the most common being basalt.
Lamu is a tranquil tropical island where life is relaxed and laid back. It has a mystical history because of the medieval stone town which is situated there.
With a landscape of beautiful undulating dunes and beaches that appear to go on forever and where tiny villages are encompassed among coconut and mango plantations, Lamu is an island that respects this beauty by having no vehicles using the donkey and dhow as the main form of transport. The people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom and because of this they have maintained a strong society which is built around their respect for the past so we can reap the benefits.
Malindi is a town on Malindi Bay which lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is a very popular place with tourists who flock to visit the Watamu resort and Gedi Ruins (the remains of a Swahili town) which are close by. The whole area shows amazing examples of Swahili architecture which has been a Swahili settlement for hundreds of years. The Malindi Marine National Park and the Watamu National park form a continuous protected coastal area south of Malindi.There are many traditional buildings that survive today, including the Juma Mosque which was used until the 1870's, for trading slaves.

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