Kenya is often described as having everything that is beautiful in Africa. Although Kenya lies on the equator, it boasts a variety of landscapes including a tropical coast, grassy plains, desert, and mountains. Abundant wildlife and birds live free amidst the outstanding scenic beauty of the rolling savannas, the peace of the desert regions of the north, the majestic highlands and glaciated peaks of Mt. Kenya, the grandeur of the Great Rift Valley and the allure of white coral beaches. Time spent in this country can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences of one’s life.
Although the colonial era impacted Kenya’s growth as it did through most of the continent, the country has maintained much of its culture and heritage throughout history. Since gaining independence in 1963, Kenya has experienced considerable growth and prosperity relative to other developing African nations. By focusing on tourism, Kenya has been able to successfully market its national parks and beautiful coast in a way that allows visitors to experience this region of East Africa while contributing to the country’s growth. Kenya offers an array of opportunities for travel, wildlife viewing, and cultural experiences. With an immense network of national parks that include a variety of terrain, Kenya arguably stands as one of the top destinations in Africa.
Highlights include, the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park (which sits at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro), the Rift Valley Lakes, Meru National Park, and the Indian Ocean Coast.
Best Time to Visit
The Masai Mara has great viewing year round. Most other game areas are excellent July – September and mid-December – March; these are also the dry seasons.