Kenya is a beautiful country located in Africa, with Nairobi as its capital and largest city. The territory of Kenya is situated on the equator, over the East African Rift and covers a wide terrain, right from Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana to the Indian Ocean. It is home to a large number of ethnic groups such as the Turkanas, the Kikuyu, the Masai, the Swahili, and the Samburu, who survive the harsh environments and yet maintain their traditions. Explore Kenya at its best with the snow-covered Mount Kenya, extensive wildlife, vast coastline, attractive coral reefs, arid deserts, and metropolitan cities.
Best time to visit Kenya
The dry season from late June to October is sunny, and best for exploring the wildlife, when the animals can be spotted easily around rivers and waterholes. The wildebeest migration also happens during this time. November to May is the wet season that exhibits greenery and beauty everywhere, along with amazing views of migratory birds. Unlike March, April, and May, it showers only in the afternoon/evening from November to February, causing no hindrance to your safari. January to February is also great for diving, as the Indian Ocean offers a clear surface. Certain areas of Kenya pose yellow fever risks, so the Kenyan government asks for proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling there.
How to get to Kenya
Keep your worries at bay and plan a trip to Kenya for your next holiday, because the country has excellent air connectivity to major cities of the world. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Kenya’s major international airport located in Nairobi. Every week, nearly 160 connecting flights of top international airlines such as Lufthansa
, Air India, Air France
, British Airways, Emirates
, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia
, Jet Airways, etc., fly from Bangalore to Nairobi. Choose the flight schedules that suit you best and avail cheap air tickets.
Places to stay in Kenya
You can choose to stay in some of the best areas in Nairobi like the Westlands, Runda, Naivasha, Lavington, Riverside, Karen, etc. Kenya offers endless possibilities for accommodation, right from budget hotels, luxury suites, private houses to tented camps, homestays, beachside villas, guesthouses, and resorts. You can go for safari tours that offer accommodation near the national parks, where you get to spot rare animals and colorful birds in their natural habitat. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to spot the ‘Big Five’, a.k.a, the Rhino, the Lion, the Elephant, the Leopard, and the Buffalo.
Nairobi offers must-see attractions such as the Nairobi National Park, Ngong Hills, the Giraffe Center, Nairobi National Museum, The Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Bead factory and Pottery Center, Nairobi Animal Orphanage, and the Railway Museum.
When in Kenya, you cannot just miss out on the top attractions. The Masai Mara National Reserve is where the great wildebeest migration can be witnessed. If you are a bird lover, then Lake Nakuru National Park is for you, where pink flamingoes throng the lake in flocks, creating a mesmerizing view. The Lamu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A small island located to the northeast of Mombasa, it that takes you back in time. Malindi Beach on the Kenyan Coast is a heavenly sight filled with white sands, coral reefs, and clear waters.
Shopping in Kenya
Kenya offers a lot to shoppers, including unique souvenirs, clothes made of Kikoi fabric, craft items, handmade items, quilts, colorful flip-flops, Masai beads, interior decoration items, trinkets, handmade pottery, handbags, and much more! Marula Studios in Karen, Kazuri Beads Karen, and the Village Market Shopping Mall in Muthaiga, are the best places for shopping in Kenya.
Cuisine of Kenya
Kenyan cuisine is a blend of different ethnic styles. The staple foodof Kenya include maize, beans, corn, and potatoes. Towards the inland, Ugali (porridge made of water and maize flour) is the main dish. The Masai or cattle-herding people rely on milk and meat products, while in Western Kenya, fish stews, rice, and vegetable dishes prevail. The must-try dishes include Irio, Matoke, Bajia, Pilau, Mandazi, Sukuma wiki, and Ugali.
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