Located on the equator in East Africa, Kenya is a popular tourist attraction with people of all nationalities. This is partly due to the diversity of the Kenyan landscape, offering everything from savannahs abundant with big game, to pristine beaches with coral reefs, lush forests to snow-capped mountains. Rich in culture with timeless unchanged cultures, it is a holiday hotspot not to be missed. Here we explore just five of the attractions you can expect to find in Kenya.
1) Mount Kenya
People don’t always associate snow-capped mountains with Kenya but they are there and they are magnificent. Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa with a summit of 5199 metres. Although to get to the summit the climb is especially difficult, fit tourists are able to trek to the slightly lower peak of Point Lenana which still stands at 4985 metres. The trek will take tourists anywhere from three to five days to complete, depending on your speed and fitness. The views from the top are breath-taking but so is the climb. You will not only see snow-capped peaks (a rarity so close to the equator) but also lush green forests teaming with wildlife and Cool Mountain highlands. There are also clear mountain rivers which are home to copious amounts of trout.
2) The Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Probably more synonymous with Kenya is the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Encompassing an area of over 200 square miles, the reserve features open plains, Africa woodlands and riverine forests. It is home to a wide range of native wildlife including herds of zebra, gazelle and topi along with giraffes to name just a few. The Acacia forest areas are rich in bird life and also home to various monkeys. Head to the Musiara Swamp or the Mara River and you might also be able to see hippos, elephants, buffalos and crocodiles too. There are plenty of organised tours and trips into the game reserve for tourists.One of the inhabitants of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Mombasa is another popular place for tourists to visit in Kenya. Mombasa is a port town which is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and ferry services. Rich in history, the old town of Mombasa features winding streets and Arab architecture whilst today Mombasa is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town. Everywhere you look there are markets which are pungent with the smell of spices whilst local women wear the traditional bui bui. Down by the harbour is an imposing fort called Fort Jesus complete with gun turrets and battlements to explore.
Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Malindi is a small town which has become a popular tourist resort. It offers a strip of tropical, white sandy beaches which are ideal for relaxing on whilst world famous resorts and private guesthouses are scattered along the coastline and into the surrounding forest. Malinda and the neighbouring village of Watamu also provide a great base for exploring the sea through diving or snorkelling too.
5) Lake Nakuru
One of the most iconic images of Kenya is of a lake covered with thousands of flamingos and it is at Lake Nakuru where it can be seen in person. Lake Nakuru is located in west Kenya and varies in size from five to thirty square kilometres depending on the season and rain fall. Literally thousands of flamingo flock to the lake to feed on the special type of algae found there. Nakuru National Park also offers a wide range of other wildlife too including both white and black rhinos, the endangered Rothschild giraffe as well as buffalo.Flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya
So whether you fancy a beach holiday, an authentic African safari or a spot of mountain trekking, Kenya is the perfect holiday destination.
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