GET TO KNOW KENYA – SEIZE THE MOMENTBy Ronali from Vacations Team
Have you ever dreamt about seeing the Big 5 all in one place? We have the perfect destination to make your dream a reality!
Known as the pearl in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya brags the rights to luscious scenic features and majestic wildlife that will certainly take your breath away.If you are wondering about which season would be the best one to make this wildlife pilgrimage in; we would like to suggest the period between July and September as it is the dry season. This also coincides with the Great Migration of over 2 million wild beast and zebras who travel from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which is why it’s hailed as one of the Seven National Wonders of Africa. Amazing isn’t it?
Maasai Mara National Reserve is the home to the famous Big 5 – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo. You could also spot them at Lake Nakuru, Lewa Wilderness Conservancy and Amboseli National Reserve along with many more animals sprawled wild and free. Travellers have the option to choose from a range of luxury safaris to mid-range safaris that would take you through the plains in search of these magnificent beasts.
As we journey towards Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, you will observe how they have risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. 7km south of the skyscrapers is Nairobi National Park which amidst its proximity to the city and small in size, is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries. From taking a tour through the streets to shopping till you drop at the village market or even watching the sunset from KICC, the 06th tallest building in Kenya, there is certainly something for everyone here!
A trip to Kenya isn’t complete without a stop in the coastal city of Mombasa. This cosmopolitan tourist hub is an island linked by bridges and ferries to the Kenyan coast. Tourists flock here to enjoy a wide variety of activities – from dolphin spotting trips on traditional dhows and deep-sea fishing to diving and snorkelling the wrecks and reefs and basking on the sun-splashed shores.
Last but most certainly not the least, round up your trip by a trek through the beautiful glacial peak of Mount Kenya, second only to Kilimanjaro. It is an ancient dormant volcano, its flanks have been shaped and moulded to dramatic effect by glaciation. You could see evidence of elephants and buffalos all year-round through the dense forestation. Based on your fitness level, you could also choose between the peaks of Batian, Nelion and Lenana, which is each a rewarding trek none the less.
Mixed with the colourful culture of the Kenyans, your trip will undoubtedly be one for the storybooks as a country with the most diverse and which never fails to deliver an exceptional experience altogether. So take out your calendars, mark the date and make the journey of a lifetime!
As they say in Swahili ‘kusafiri salama – safe travel’