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Kenya Travel Guide

A large country of almost 600,000 sq km in South East Africa, Kenya, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, is home to over 30 million people mostly of Kikuyu, Kamba and Kalenjin decent. The country is bordered to the north by Ethiopia and the Sudana and to the west by Uganda. Kenya’s prosperity lies in its tourism, oil refining and agricultural output, supplying its major trade partners South Africa and the UK. Its capital Nairobi is one of Africa’s major business centres with a well-educated workforce of mixed Christian and Muslim origin.

Kenya was an authoritarian country from 1969 to 1982, when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) was the sole totalitarian in Kenya. Up until his death in 1978, Kenya’s president Jomo Kenyatta, guided Kenya away from independence, with President Toroitich arap Moi taking his place to lead the way to legal succession. By 1991, Moi agreed to political liberalisation due to a lot of inside and outside weight put upon him, but the culturally broken resistance failed to remove KANU from power in the 1992 and 1997 elections, which were spoiled by aggression and deception. By December 2002 though, following fair and peaceful elections, President Moi ended his rule, with Mwai Kibaki, from the National Rainbow Coalition defeating the KANU candidate, to become president.

When it comes to what the country has on offer for visitors…well, where do you start! The most popular reason travellers come here is for the safari treks, where amongst other wildlife, the Big Five can be seen including elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard. There’s even the chance to see these beautiful animals from the dizzy heights of an air balloon, where visitors will have the advantage of spotting the more camouflaged wildlife. Hikers will be in for a treat, with Mount Kenya being the popular trekking spot, and has numerous hiking routes to follow, allowing beginners through to advance trekkers to enjoy the panoramic views. Speed addicts should try out the white-water rafting on the turbulent waters of the Athi/Galana River and around the coastal regions such as the Lamu group of islands and Malindi, there's windsurfing and diving galore. Heading towards the capital of Nairobi, Kenya’s business hub, travellers will find a vibrant, modern area, containing some very elegant museums and outside, many animals including giraffes and rhinos will be sadly seen at the city’s’ parks. Visitors should be very careful with their belongings at night, as crime is quite prevalent at these times.

The best way to get from place to place in Kenya is via one of its 250 airports and airstrips, connecting Nairobi with areas such as Mombasa, Malindi and the national parks and reserves of regions including the Masai Mara and Amboseli. Flights are quite cheap but get booked up very quickly, so visitors need to get their flight well in advance. Another way to bob about is by The Kenyan train, which travels regularly between Nairobi and Mombasa and is safer than the local bus, which can be ambushed by robbers every now and again! There are also shared and private taxis available, which provide a good way to get about by night, especially if partying into the early hours. Dhow cruises are a great way to see certain parts of Kenya and will take passengers down the East African coast on a slow and memorable tour.

Flying direct to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi, is possible via many cities in Europe and the USA, and those people travelling from Tanzania, will find a numerous amount of buses and minibuses available to take passengers direct to Kenya. Most tourists arrive in the country in January and February or June through September, when it’s hot and arid, with the cheaper, quieter, rainy season being from March through May.

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