Kenya is a country that offers a unique combination of warm people, beautiful wildlife, dramatic scenery and pristine beaches. The country has some of the world’s inspiring wildlife reserves. It is the one country where you will get the complete East African experience.
The country is home to 43.5 million people and with an annual growth rate of 2.6%, Kenya is the seventh-most populated country in Africa. Demographically, it is also very young, with the average age around 18 years and more than 50% of the population under 25. Independent since 1963 but already being the largest economy in the EAC, Kenya is a major player in both the region and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.
Its capital city of Nairobi is home to 3.1 million people. It is an ideal getaway for locals and foreign tourists alike. There are attractions that date back to the colonial and pre-colonial Kenya. In addition to a strong heritage, a vibrant business community, and an array of cultures, it has a National Park. Nairobi is the only city in the world where a National Park can be found within the city boundaries.
In the early stages of the 20th century, the European elite already visited Kenya for a safari. In the novel ‘Out of Africa’ by Karen Blixen she had spoken about the country that was beloved by so many. Kenya is a balanced safari destination with enormous variety and abundance of wildlife. You will find East Africa’s most celebrated highlights: from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the equator, Kenya’s Great Rift Valley which was formed around 20 million years ago when the crust of the Earth was split and not to forget about the Fourteen Falls in Thika which is one of the longest and steepest waterfalls in Africa.
The unrivaled wildlife is viewed by thousands of tourist on a yearly basis, experiencing wildebeest migration at the Masai Mara as a dream many see fulfilled. Both in terms of numbers and variety of species, it will leave you speechless. The whole of the big five (rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard) and also animals such as giraffes, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs and a wide range of bird species can all be found in Kenya. Have a cup of delicious Kenyan coffee, a plate of ugali and nyama choma.
Make sure you include the Masai Mara into your safari bucket list! It is certain to be the richest wildlife real-estate on earth. For some things, there are just not enough words to express what you’re trying to say, but sincerely: you must visit the Masai Mara. As in the Serengeti (Tanzania), the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitants of “The Mara”, their numbers are estimated in the millions.
During the Great Migration, a mission known to be survival of the fittest, all the animals cross the river towards Tanzania. “Mara” is Masai language for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. You will find the entire big five and might even meet stars of popular wildlife TV series.
Iconic Africa; imagine a grazing elephant in a yellowish sheet with Africa’s highest mountain on its background. Amboseli was home to perhaps the most researched elephant in the world and the subject of many books and documentaries. Echo died in 2009 in her sixties, being followed for almost four decades. Getting eye to eye with an elephant is memorable.
Their size, friendly energy and the power they radiate is of another level. Bring together the spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro with the dry and dusty earth trampled by herds of elephants and hundreds of other species. It is an experience by itself, but can you even imagine this scenery from a hot air balloon.
Tsavo East is a book by itself. A park with many stories. Tsavo is named by River Tsavo, crossing both Tsavo East and Tsavo West. In 1948 the National Park was divided into two parts, by a railway. One of the known stories is that of “Man-Eaters of Tsavo”. During the construction of the railway, over 130 men got killed by two lions. The environment is generally flat without any dense vegetation but known for the deep red colours of the earth.
And then again, it offers great possibilities to find lions in their comfortable habitat. Tsavo East is also known for the red elephant. However, the population of these red elephants dropped. A great man named David Sheldrick, build two elephant rehabilitation centers within in the park and so far have been able to bring back 40 of them, into the wild. You can visit and see the beautiful work they do with these remarkable animals.