KENYA

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About Kenya

Easily one of Africa’s finest wildlife destinations, Kenya is home to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve where annual wildebeest migration takes place. It has a diverse general game and a huge population of predators. Other parks like Amboseli provide one of the best places in Africa for elephant viewing. Northern Kenya’s Laikipia region is receiving recognition for its incredible wildlife and conservation areas. Further afield, remote parks charm safari connoisseurs while the cultural interactions across the country are some of the very best.

Whether it’s for a first-time safari, honeymoon, family holiday or solo adventure, LIFE Nature safaris has a range of Kenya itineraries and experiences to suit all. Each trip is carefully crafted by LIFE Nature’s team of experts, all of whom are Kenyans, so they know the country like the back of their hand. This all-important insider knowledge really sets LIFE Nature safaris apart from the rest.

Kenya is often the most obvious place to start in East Africa. With good reasons, early settlers and subsequent big game hunters found present day Kenya to be the best environment in East Africa. It’s a land of geographical contrast. The eastern side of the country slopes down to Indian ocean with beautiful sandy beaches. The western side features dramatic highlands, mountains, and breathtaking valleys.

The Great Rift Valley, a vast, 30 million-year-old depression, runs through the western side of the country. It is the result of Africa and Arabia moving apart, causing the land between them to drop.

Wildife in Kenya

  • The wildlife in Kenya is often remarkably approachable. While never tame (and you should treat all wildlife with great caution), Kenya’s wild animals have lived with a comprehensive hunting ban for the last 40 years, meaning their fear of humans is greatly reduced.
  • There are few other places on earth where you can easily watch large predators hunting, or mega fauna such as giraffe, elephant and hippo interacting and behaving quite rally.
  • Due to its equatorial temperatures, Kenya is a place where wildlife is always active. No matter when you are considering a Kenya safari, you can rest assured that the wildlife will be plentiful and active. Being able to get so close to such endangered and rare wildlife as rhinos, cheetahs or lions is a rare privilege, enchanting and unforgettable.
  • Lakes and Rivers
    Part of Lake Victoria is within Kenya. The lake is Africa’s largest. Lake Turkana to the north is an interesting archeological site.

    Climate
    Kenya’s equatorial loction means that daytime temperatures change very little throughout the year. The average daytime temperature in Mombasa at sea level is 80-88 degreeS F (27-31 degrees C.) Nairobi at altitude of 5,450 feet is cooler, with average daytime temperatures of 70 to 79d (21-26d)

    Seasons
    There are two wet seasons during the year. The long rains from April to June, Short rails follow in November and December. Janury to March is hot and dry.

    Location

    Kenya is located in East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania.

    Size

    Kenya covers 224, 961 square miles, slightly more than twice the size of Nevada or slightly bigger than France.

    Capital

    Nairobi

    Population

    Just over 44 Million people.

    Other Facts

    • The Kenyan Shilling (KES) is the local currency, however most high-end lodges and luxury safari camps will accept US Dollars. The exchange rate hovers around USD $1: 100 Kenyan Shillings.
    • The main point of entry for most visitors traveling from the US is Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi (NBO). There are no direct flights from the US to Nairobi, but almost all the major European cities offer direct flights (Amsterdam, London, Paris, Istanbul), or you can transfer in Dubai, Addis Ababa or Johannesburg.
    Places to Visit

    There is no one place to go to get a sense of Kenya. You should try a sampler with a few night stay at different game reserves, national parks and private conservancies. To cap it off, you may spend a few days on a white sand beach. This will give you Kenya’s experience that answers to the call of the wild and comfort.

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