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Kenya’s Contrasting Wilderness

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

No matter how you define a breathtaking holiday in Africa, Kenya is a land where your every expectation is exceeded. From the sound of millions of wildebeest and zebra hooves thundering across open savannah plains of the Masai Mara to tranquil white sand beaches of Diani, Galu, Malindi and Watamu where palm trees sway in gentle ocean breezes, Kenya is a land of diversity and beauty. Watching the seasonal Great Migration is a spectacular Kenya safari experience for even the most discerning guest, and the abundance of resident wildlife is simply unimaginable. The animals and landscape are well-protected thanks to several neoteric land management efforts that demonstrate the optimum balance between human use and wildlife preservation. While the conservancies like Lewa in Laikipia are founded upon local conservation, the success has brought international attention and served as models for similar efforts around the world.

Should you desire a more relaxed and rejuvenating setting, the Kenyan coastline offers pristine stretches of beach edged by the azure blue waters of the warm Indian Ocean. Spend hours wandering the coastline looking for natural gems nestled in tide-ebbing rock pools, or venture out into the water for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, deep sea fishing and much more.

Seaside towns such as Shela in Lamu take you back in time to a simpler way of life, and in the remote outback, you interact with native peoples, from Maasai, Samburu to Swahilis who pleasantly share their traditions, artwork and beliefs. Many of the communities are supported by activities that both preserve the ecological treasures and provide improved quality of life. Kenya is also home to many intriguing historical sites such as Gede Ruins or Fort Jesus that demonstrate the longstanding history of both indigenous and international visitors that have contributed to the land of Kenya. One of the most well-known is the paleoanthropological site, Koobi Fora near Lake Turkana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is known as the “Cradle of Mankind”.

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