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Kenya Holidays

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Revered by many anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity', Kenya is an exciting and fascinating country. If you're adventurous - and sensible - it promises the globe's most magnificent wildlife parks, unsullied beaches, thriving coral reefs, memorable mountainscapes and ancient Swahili cities.

  • The heart of africa

    The Swahili word safari (literally, journey) wouldn't mean much to most people if it wasn't for this East African adventure land. No matter how many Tarzan movies you've seen, nothing will prepare you for the annual mass migration of wildebeests in the Masai Mara.

    There are over thirty National Parks and Reserves throughout Kenya. These areas are under the management of the Wildlife Service which aims to conserve and manage Kenya's wildlife and its habitat.

    The National Parks of Lake Turkana were inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1997 and extended in 2001. Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest became a World Heritage site in 1997. A number of sites are UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves: Mount Kenya, Amboseli, Kiunga, Malindi-Watamu, Mount Elgon and Mount Kulal.

    Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance are Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elmenteita, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.

    Kenya's protected areas are home to many birds and other wildlife. There are over one thousand species of birds including migrant waterfowl. Animals found in the reserves are elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses.

    The main tourist season is in January and February, since the hot, dry weather at this time of year is generally considered to be the most pleasant. It's also when Kenya's birdlife flocks to the Rift Valley lakes in great numbers. June to September could be called the 'shoulder season' as the weather is still dry. The rains hit from March to May (and to a lesser extent from October to December). During these months things are much quieter - places tend to have rooms available and prices drop. The rains generally don't affect travellers' ability to get around.

    If you're planning to visit Lamu, you might want to time your visit to coincide with the centuries-old Maulid Festival.

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