Kenya is a destination not to be missed by those looking for a slice of authentic African adventure. From the imposing, snow-capped Mount Kenya, to the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Mombasa and Malindi, Kenya has a variety of tourist destination spots that is sure to keep you and your family busy, well entertained and with a bunch of priceless memories of what is one of East Africa's most beautiful and alluring countries.
Kenya is known the world over as the birthplace of American president Barack Obama and the land of the Maasai, an ancient tribe of hunter gatherers that are known to practice their tradition in modern times, even with the advent of modernity and life's little conveniences. A Kenyan safari
allows you to drive through a scene out of a movie, which features majestic lions, elephants, buffalos, cheetahs and zebra, all coexisting in the plains of the world-famous Maasai Mara. This is a perfect way of spending a few days exploring the interesting and rich culture of the communities that throng the plains of this enchanting setting, while at the same time staying in 5 star hotels that are found smack in the middle of the wilderness.
Away from the animals of the savanna, Kenya offers exclusive holiday apartments stationed along the white sandy beaches of Mombasa. This ancient city
that was once ruled by the Arabs is a heady mix of exotic communities, some of which include second generation Indians, Swahili and a mix of European and American tourists. While here, be sure to check out Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese about four hundred years ago.
The fort overlooks the old town creek
, where you can mingle with the locals and buy spices in streets leading to houses that feature Arabic and Indian architecture from days gone by. Some of the beaches not to miss when in Mombasa include Pirates and Nyali beach, where you can engage in a spot of sunbathing, snorkeling or kite-surfing. It's always sunny in Mombasa
, so be sure to carry lots of light clothing, your favorite designer shades and sunscreen for skin protection.
If you love to party, take a 4 hour drive up the north coast for a taste of Malindi's internationally acclaimed clubs and bars.
Nairobi is the commercial heart of Kenya, and is also known as the green city in the sun. This Afro-centric yet metropolitan city is bound to surprise you at each corner, and has its fair share of ultramodern sky-scrapers
and classy restaurants. The Karen Blixen Museum
, the Nairobi Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage are great places to catch some of the famous African animals, such as giraffes, warthogs, hippos and buffalos, and take up-close photos with them. Popular restaurants in Nairobi include The Carnivore
, where you can sample a variety of game meats while enjoying authentic African music, and the Tamarind, for an enchanting dinner with friends.
With all these attractions and more, Kenya is a preferred vacation choice for many tourists looking for an authentic African holiday.