Interesting places in Kenya
Kenya is home to a huge number of incredible tourist attractions. From magnificent urban centers and gorgeous beaches to overwhelming safari destinations and breathtaking terrains.
Malindi and Watamu are coastal towns that are famous for their spectacular beaches and marine parks. The beaches are great places for indulging in exciting activities such as sunset sails, sunbathing, diving, and dolphin watching.
Lamu is one of the oldest towns in the country. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to thrilling cultural festivals
Lake Turkana has a lunar landscape that is worth seeing. The lake is one of the striking features of the northern part of the Great Rift Valley. Surprisingly, Turkana is the world’s largest permanent desert lake.
Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city and capital. Nairobi implores diversity in romance and puts forward exalted adventure. Tourist places in Nairobi that are worth visiting are f.e. National Museum, Railway Museum, Giraffe Centre, Maasai Ostrich Farm and Nairobi National Park
Nature parks in Kenya
There are more than 50 Kenya National Parks and Reserves, with many sanctuaries and private conservancies all over the country.
Tsavo East National Park is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The massive area offers vast landscapes to explore.
The Masai Mara National reserve is the most renowned safari park in Kenya. Famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and cheetahs. It’s also the best place to see the Great Migration.
Lake Nakuru National Park is only 170 kilometres north-west of Nairobi. More than a million pink flamingoes flock on the shores of Lake Nakuru, along with white rhinos, warthogs, giraffes, zebra, hippos, ostriches and lions.
The climate in Kenya
The climate of Kenya varies by location, from mostly cool every day, to always warm/hot. The climate along the coast is tropical. This means rainfall and temperatures are higher throughout the year. At the coastal cities, Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi, the air changes from cool to hot, almost every day.
February is the hottest month in Nairobi with an average temperature of 69°F (21°C) and the coldest is July at 62°F (17°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in February. The wettest month is April with an average of 130mm of rain.
One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation.
Food and drink
The Specialities of Kenya are; Nyama choma: Barbecued meat often served with a spicy tomato relish and ugali. Ugali: Maize meal porridge, the main staple for most Kenyans, often eaten with a meaty stew known locally as assupu.
Irio is one of the most famous dishes in Kenya, a food that originated as a Kikuyu staple and spread throughout the country. This hearty and heavy Kenyan food is famous to eat with roasted nyama choma meat (nyama na irio) or just some Kenyan style stew.
Mnazi: Naturally fermented, milky-coloured palm wine – the drink of choice for many rural Kenyans. Tusker and White Cap are popular beers with premium and export versions available. Coffee and tea are of excellent quality in Kenya due to the ideal growing climate. While in Kenya, it is advisable to avoid tap water.
Transport in Kenya
Local matatus are the main means of getting around for local people, and any reasonably sized city or town will have plenty of services covering every major road and suburb.
Shared taxis are a good alternative to matatus. The vehicles are usually Peugeot station wagons that take seven to nine passengers and leave when full.
Buses- Nairobi is the only city with an effective municipal bus service, although few travellers use it and most locals take private matatus.
Boda-bodas (bicycle or motorcycle taxis) are common in areas where standard taxis are hard to find, and also operate in smaller towns and cities such as Nakuru or Kisumu.
Taxis- Even the smallest Kenyan towns generally have at least one banged-up old taxi for easy access to outlying areas or even more remote villages, and you’ll find cabs on virtually every corner in the larger cities, especially in Nairobi and Mombasa, where taking a taxi at night is virtually mandatory.
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