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Giraffes on the open plains in Kenya

Kenya Travel Fast Facts

Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, and Moi International Airport in Mombasa
What to see:
Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, Karen Bixon Museum, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Hell's Gate National Park, Mombassa, Gede Ruins
Currency: Kenyan shilling
Official language(s):
English, Kiswahili 

The saying, "In Kenya, you'll find the Africa of your dreams" is not too overly exaggerated when one considers its vast variety of landscapes and wildlife

Lying near the equator on the Africa's East Coast, Kenya indeed fires the imagination with its wildlife parks and nature reserves, pristine coastal beaches and coral reefs as well as memorable and breathtaking mountain treks.

With a well-established tourism industry (and where English is the official language), Kenya is easy to navigate - beginning with its metropolitan capital, Nairobi.

While in Nairobi, safaris and ecotourism are naturally uppermost on the minds of many tourists, with memorable day trips available to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center -- or, for lovers of "Out of Africa" a visit to the home of the author (now the Karen Blixen Museum) located on the city's outskirts.

Further afield, a must-see on any trip to Kenya is the world class Masai Mara National Reserve, extending almost a thousand miles over rolling grasslands and populated by a mind-boggling array of wildlife.

A leopard enjoys his lunch
on the Masai Mara in Kenya.

One species in particular, the wildebeest, puts on an astounding show in July and August when visitors can witness their annual migration north from the Serengeti.

For even more spectacular wildlife viewing in Hell's Gate National Park allows visitors to to meet zebras, giraffes, antelopes and gazelles face-to-face along designated walks, bicycle paths or auto circuits.

While unforgettably beautiful Indian Ocean beaches also beckon along the Kenyan coast at Mombassa, don't miss the ancient Swahili complex of palaces and mosques found at the Gede Ruins in the coastal town of Malindi.

DID YOU KNOW? Kenya Travel Fun Facts

By the thousands ....

• The title of a hit song in the Disney movie "The Lion King," 'Hakuna matata' ('Here, not there') is a Kenyan phrase that translates to 'no worries'.

• Besides lions, rhinos, hyenas and monkeys, Lake Nakuru National Park is most famous for its massive flock of flamingos that sometimes numbers into the hundreds of thousands.

• In Nairobi, customers can have a "wild" culinary experience at eating establishments such as the Nairobi Carnivore Restaurant which regularly serves up fresh cooked wildebeest, ostrich and crocodile.


More about Kenya travel & tourism around the Web: - Check out the official tourism site featuring beach, wildlife & scenic safari itineraries, hotel & restaurant guides, special deals & airfare packages, travel & packing tips, current weather, park and game reserve directory, extensive photo galleries & 360° virtual tours.

Kenya, Africa - Travel Guide & Tourist Information - Here's another thorough guide including maps, pictures, good overviews of Kenya's people & culture, helpful travel tips by region or town, information on tours, game park & safaris, busy travel forum, and related resources.

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