Kenya, ‘Kingdom of the Golden Sun’ and home of the safari, is one of the world’s most fascinating tourist destinations, with its amazing contrasts of jungle, desert, water, snow-covered peaks and green hills.
Nairobi features several leisure parks plus the National Museum which offers a good overview of the country’s history. The Carnivore, a famous restaurant, is also worth a visit and features the many varieties of meat that are to be found in Kenya, cooked to perfection!
One of the many lakes in The Great Rift Valley is Lake Naivasha, on the shores of which Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, and her cubs, for the film, ‘Born Free'. Lake Nakuru is home to countless thousands of birds and British ornithologist Peter Scott referred to it as ‘The largest ornithological spectacle on Earth.' Lake Bogoria is favored by tens of thousands of pink flamingos, attracted to the many kinds of algae created by the lake’s mineral content.
The animal-rich Masai Mara, what could be glibly described as ‘Hollywood’s idea of Africa,' is home to the tall and proud Masai people, who live in small villages known as kraals. It also accommodates the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros. Crocodiles and hippos also lurk.
At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro is the Amboseli National Park. Its savannah is not only abundant with elephant, but also a spacious backdrop for the spectacular Masai Mara game reserve, just one part of the kaleidoscope that is Kenya.