The Africa you’ve always imagined comes to life in Kenya, its most popular destination. From Savannah grasslands to stretches of desert, from a shimmering coastline to bustling cities, its simply got it all. But its not all beautiful landscapes. The culture is just as stunning, tracing all the way back to pre-historic times, with countless traditional and foreign influences leaving their mark across time. Kenya tours let you explore all of these facets of the country in a safe and enjoyable way.
Of course, the highlight of any visit is the abundance of wildlife the country possesses. And it is only through the amazing effort and initiatives taken by officials through the decades that has brought back this bountiful natural heritage. Much of your trip will be taking safaris into the national parks and conservatories, giving you many opportunities to spot animals. At the same time, there’s an exciting list of water activities by the coast, nightlife in the cities, a budding food scene and different cultural events and landmarks to experience.
Kenya is blessed with a varied geography, so there’s a host of different landscapes to discover. Beginning with the Indian Ocean caressing its coastline, giving way to heavy mangroves as you come further in. Towards the central regions, the topography changes into rolling plains and hills, leading up to the iconic Great Rift Valley. This is also where the famed Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon reside. While towards the west, you’ll find the Kakamega and Mau Forests, two of the largest native rainforests still left on the continent. This diverse mix of terrains and environments only adds to the magnificence of Kenya tourism.
Bordering Kenya are the countries of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Set on the equator, Kenya’s climate is always humid. But there is a variation from cool to hot depending on locations and time of the year. By the coastal cities like Mombasa or Lamu there’s an everyday exchange between sea and land breeze. As you go further inland, the climate gets drier. Then there’s the difference in temperatures of the highlands versus low altitude regions. Kenya follows the seasons of the southern hemisphere so summer falls between December and March, while June to August are the cooler months. The high peaks remain snow-covered throughout the year, and there’s two monsoons to look out for as well.
The cultural fabric of Kenya knits countless communities together, making it a country rich with heritage and tradition. Every ethnic group brings with it a set of beliefs and practices that have now found a place within the society. These include the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Kamba and other tribes. But there is quite a large international community as well, with descendants or migrants from Europe, Arab nations and the Indian sub-continent. And there are plenty of ways for you to explore all of this local culture, from ethnic festivals and parades to traditional Swahili architecture or shopping classic African prints while shopping.
Contrasting these traditions is the growing urbanised regions of the country, most famous being the capital city Nairobi. You’ll find malls, clubs, restaurants and bars around the city that are international quality.
At the same time, nature and wildlife is integral to Kenyan culture, as it plays a big part in boosting tourism and hence the economy of the country. Pioneers in conservation, Kenya is an example to the world about the amazing outcomes of protecting one’s natural heritage. From Nairobi National Park to the famous Masaai Mara reserve, they are all top tourist destinations.
Kenya tours generally focus around the safari experience, and rightly so. There are so many of them that you could visit! The most famous of them all is the Maasai Mara Reserve, but you could just as easily go to Mount Elgon National Park that even has some hiking trails, cave sites and camping opportunities. While Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley is a one of the most spectacular flamingo spotting destinations in the world.
Even in the heart of Nairobi, you will find the city’s own national park. It’s not as big as the others, but can you imagine seeing skyscrapers and giraffes in the same frame!
For budget travellers, couples seeking adventure or even families looking to do something different, eco tours are a great way to experience raw Kenya — rural lifestyle, close-up perspective of nature and local activities are just some of its experiences.
Meanwhile, cities like Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu offer their own unique urban escapades. And coastal wonders like Diani Beach, North Coast and Lamu offer the perfect blend of relaxation, scenery and activity.
Whatever kind of journey you’re looking for, Kenya tourism has the answer.
The following are some Kenya travel tips and do's and don'ts to keep in mind during your Kenya trip.
Greet people with a handshake, their preferred way of introduction
Learn to say “Jambo”, it means “How are you”
Follow semi-formal dining etiquette in most circumstances
Carry an extra battery and an extra charger if possible so you won’t run out mid safari
Do not waste what’s on your plate — it is considered polite to eat and finish what you’ve been served
Do not venture out into faraway regions or unknown localities
Now that you know more about Kenya, it’s time to visit the country next! For an unforgettable journey to this East African gem at the best possible rates, consult with SOTC and book your Kenya Tour Package today.