A Priceless Experience in Kenya, an Unforgettable Getaway!
BY: Violet Ikahu FROM [ Bendor Tours And Travel ]
June 19, 2011
Kenya is an amazing country of contrasts. This is displayed in its attractions which include the wildlife, the coastline, mountains with mount Kenya; Africa's second highest peak, The great Rift Valley and its saline lakes, the cultural diversity of its people and to the north the Chalbi Desert.
See the big five, the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard along with giraffe and herds of zebra and gazelle in their spectacular natural environments, with numerous National parks and reserves in the country; The Maasai Mara, Tsavo East and West, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Amboseli, Aberdares, and the Marine parks.
Kenya has 536 kilometers of coastline on the Indian Ocean. Characterized by the white sandy beaches, spectacular coral reefs, diverse marine life, numerous off shore islands; Lamu, Mombasa, Wasini among others. Enjoy lying by the beach, big game fishing, water sports, diving and snorkeling.
Ranging from the Savannah in the south, deserts in the north, to Lake Victoria in the west, tropical beaches in the east and the snow capped Mount Kenya; the second highest mountain in Africa, The Rift Valley and its Lakes. All this provide breathtaking sights and sceneries, mountain climbing opportunities for the mountaineering enthusiasts and the home to a diverse flora and fauna.
The Great Rift Valley contains seven lakes. These include the Lake Nakuru (which is the home to millions of flamingoes), Lake Naivasha, Baringo, Bogoria, Elementaita, Magadi, and Turkana. Lake Victoria in western of Kenya. The Lakes range from emerald green to flamingo pink: lakes with land and water birds galore......an ornithologist's galore.
WARM ETHNIC TRADITION
Maasai and Samburu herdsmen with lion spears, red cloaks, beadworks; Kissi soapstones carvers: Akamba wood carvers; Swahili coastal villagers with their strong Arabic influence and more.
You have many choices: Highland ranches, some dating back to the first European settlements; relaxed and spacious coastal resorts; historic hotels such as the Norfolk, the Aberdare County Club and the Mount Kenya Safari Club. You will love the traditional Kenyan Welcome-a big smile and a tropical drink.
Kenya is a warm, dry country with seasonal rainfall. Rain falls mainly in two seasons: the first between April and July; the second in October /November.
Generally sunny and warm, with occasional showers-practically perfect vacation weather, amazing blue skies with an astonishment of clouds, and right on the equator.
The coast is humid and hot with an above average annual rainfall of over 1,000mm.
Kenya's cuisine reflects the diversity of its varied cultural influences especially at the coast which has developed a culinary style, thanks to its Indian Ocean trade. Traditional foods tend to be starchy with Ugali (maize meal cake) being the staple food, it is usually taken with vegetable and stews. Nyama Choma (mutton, goat, or beef roasted over glowing charcoal is a typical Kenyan experience.
Must haves include game meat from "The Carnivore" and the coastal cuisine with sea foods dipped in exotic sauces fantastic coastal foods.