Family: Kenya is amongst the best for a family safari holiday. It offers great holidays for the adult members and natural learning for the kids while on holiday. Many of the camps and lodges were started by old Kenyan families whose children have been raised running around barefoot in the garden, learning to ride horses from very young, exploring with local guides. In Maasai Mara Reserve there are tented camps and lodges that are well equipped to accommodate families together. The private ranches in Laikipia are particularly great for families as they provide a safe environment where parents can enjoy some downtime while the children can be kept well occupied with a variety of activities from game drives to camel-riding, fishing and swimming in rivers to getting involved with the daily chores of the farm. Mount Kenya offers a great experience of crossing the line of equator with a certificate. The Giraffe Centre located in Langata, just outside Nairobi, is another place where Visitors can learn about the animals and step onto an elevated feeding platform to meet the resident giraffes face-to-face, and even feed them. Parents and children can experience, first-hand, how the giraffes use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches. Kenya is obviously ideal as a beach and bush destination and for children; the prospect of a warm sea and clean, sandy beach is enough to spark enormous excitement.
Honeymoon: Kenya is an ideal honeymoon destination to celebrate your love and begin your life’s journey together. Whether it’s spotting the real-life cast of the Lion King, exploring a big city, or lazing around on some of the best unspoiled beaches in the world, Kenya’s got every honeymooner’s wish list covered. From luxury and pampering to intimate and private personalized friendly services. You can have plush or rustic accommodations as you wish and almost all camps and small lodges have a “honeymoon tent” or “honeymoon suite” located in a way to ensure maximum privacy. Hot air balloons above the Maasai Mara with a private champagne breakfast have drawn honeymooners from all over the world to Kenya. With every champagne toast at sunset, candle-lit beach dinner and every action packed game drive, a honeymoon in Kenya is sure to provide lasting memories. The idea of candle light dinners in the bush, romantic walks, adventurous game drives, sundowners, hot air balloon rides, cruises, deep sea diving, snorkeling and much more are all available in Kenya and this makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. Mombasa, Lamu, Diani, Watamu are some of the best & unspoiled beaches in the world. Along Kenya’s beaches you can expect to see traditional dhows sailing across shimmering waters, towns dotting the coastline featuring intricately carved doorways studded with brass, and white walls draped with bougainvillea. The fusion of Arabic and African culture combined with superb palm-lined beaches and azure blue ocean waters will entice any visitor to linger longer, especially when staying on Lamu Island. The Kenya coast is the perfect destinations for a bush and beach honeymoon.
Luxury: From boutique tented camps and game lodges to exclusive flying safaris and relaxing spa treatments, there are many luxury products available throughout Kenya that will appeal to your most discerning upscale clients. Exclusive and personally tailored safaris are key to the upscale client and many camps are more than willing to accommodate any client request. Bush breakfasts and dinners, replete with linens, as well as sundowners often add a luxurious touch to safari itineraries. Safari camps and lodges run the gambit from the simple elegance of a comfortable safari tent to the opulence of a secluded hilltop villa in a private game sanctuary. For the ultimate game viewing experiences, travelers take to the skies in hot air balloon and helicopter safaris. Ballooning is best experienced during the cool morning hours and followed by a lavish champagne bush breakfast.
Adventure: Any journey through Kenya is an adventure, but there are plenty of activities that truly qualify for Adventure Tourism throughout the country. From hiking to whitewater rafting to mountain climbing, there is an abundance of unique experiences in Kenya. Mt. Kenya gave this country its name, so a visit is absolutely in order. For those less interested in hiking, visitors can go whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Sagana River, or go horseback riding for a unique way to see wildlife up close. For a more rugged nature experience, arrange a mobile camping excursion to the Maasai Mara. Visitors can also take a hot air balloon ride over the Great Rift Valley, looking down on the wildlife. Tip: Wildlife won’t run away from a hot air balloon floating overhead the way they may from a car. At the coast all kind of adventure like Wreck Diving, Big Game Fishing, Whale Shark Diving, Jet Skiing and many more activities are available.
Culture: Kenya has a culture born of countless sources. This region has been crossed by the paths of a long and complex history. From the prehistoric records of early man to the present day, Kenya has been a land of unending change, contrasts and diversity. The early tribal states saw cycles of migration and shifting power, with Kenya as a meeting place for people from the plain lands of the south, the forests of the West and the deserts of the North. The sea brought influences from the outside world, and the passage of the spice trade created the unique coastal culture, where lines between Africa and Arabia blurred. The open coast brought European influences into this world of change and began a turbulent struggle for control whose exotic history lingers today. The first explorers discovered a land of great peril and greater beauty, and their great adventures created the most unique colony in the British Empire. This was a meeting place of cultures, where adventurers and soldiers of fortune mingled with a complex tribal society, and the arrival of laborers and merchants from India brought new and pervasive influences. The colonial legacy lives on in the traditions of the great safari, and the pursuit of adventure and freedom. Kenya has drawn on all of these influences to develop its own unique culture.
Photography Safari: Kenya’s different regions look like no other places on earth, and any photographer–whether amateur or professional–will want to dedicate days to capturing the country’s beauty and striking natural vistas. While photographing landscapes and animals is always acceptable, be sure to ask before taking pictures of any people. Get scores of photographs of the Great Migration if visiting between July and September. In the Maasai Mara, ask permission to take pictures of any of the Maasai you meet. The Aberdares have many beautiful ridges and valleys that are perfect for panoramic photos. Be sure to spend some time at the magnificent Nyahururu waterfalls (formerly Thompson’s Falls) to snap pictures in different kinds of light. Amboseli is another photographer’s paradise with Mount Kilimanjaro as the backdrop and herds of elephants provide an excellent photo opportunity. Kakamega Forest, a rainforest along the Equator, has unique and abundant wildlife that make for dramatic and exciting photographs. The Chyulu Hills, in southern Kenya, offer some of the best shots of the dramatic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tip: Photographers should arrive in the early morning for the best light and clearest shots.
Bird Watching: Kenya’s bird population includes an estimated total of approximate 1,132 species. Twenty three of these are globally threatened, and a visit to Kenya provides a rare opportunity to see birds that cannot be seen anywhere else. Tip: Visit central regions during the wet season (peak months are April and November) to see the largest number and variety of birds during migration seasons. Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru are famous for their flamingos and waterfowl. Visitors can also find rare and endangered species at the foothills of the Aberdares. At the massive Lake Victoria, birders can explore the papyrus swamps to find rare and important breeding colonies. Serious birders should be sure to spend some time at the Arabuko Sokoke Forest for a chance to see some of Africa’s rarest birds. Keep an eye out for the endemic Clarke’s Weaver as well as the Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, the Amani Sunbird and Spotted Ground Thrush. Mida Creek is a nearby mangrove forest where visitors can see the Terek Sandpiper and the Crab Plover. The western side of Tsavo National Park, visitors can discover the fresh-water oasis at Mzima Springs, which is also home to many hippos, crocodiles and monkeys as well as birds like Cormorants.
MICE: Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry is one of the fastest growing sectors within the tourism industry in Kenya.Kenya has very well developed infrastructures for MICE. It can be organized in the City of Nairobi, National Parks like Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amoboseli, at snow capped Mount Kenya or on the beach of Mombasa, Diani, Malindi etc.The country has offerings for wildlife enthusiasts, golfers, game watchers, and generally a perfect combination for business and pleasure.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the largest and busiest airport in East and Central Africa. It serves as a transit hub for major airlines. KICC has been an icon and landmark for Kenya and the rest of eastern and central Africa for over three decades and organized many global scale events. Nairobi national park which is situated only 30 minutes drive from the city centre offers a great game drive experience with sightings of the big cats, Buffalo, leopard, Cheetah, Black rhino and many more; only the Elephant cannot be seen at this park. Nairobi is the only city in the world next to a National Park. The coastal towns of Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi are on average, one hour flight from Nairobi, thus accessible to all wishing to experience a combination of Kenya’s tropical sun, sea and sand with an authentic safari experience all in one day. Most of the Kenya’s famous wildlife parks for those wishing to enjoy a wildlife safari are one-and-half hours from Nairobi by air and 3-4 hours by open roof-top landcruiser
Shopping: Kenyan products are as diverse and unique as the country itself. There are traditional artifacts, fantastic jewelry, beautiful carvings, the world’s best coffee, precious stones, furniture, beautiful cloth, excellent local music, wonderful modern art and so much more to be found. Excellent, well stocked gift shops can be found in many hotels, lodges and camps throughout the country. But often real finds can be found a little further off the beaten track. For the dedicated bargain hunter, Kenya’s markets are the place to be. Markets selling all kinds of local arts and crafts can be found all over the country. In Nairobi, there are large open air markets held each week. Bargaining is the expected norm in Markets and even in some shops throughout Kenya.
Q and A for Module 4
- Parents and children can get first-hand experience of giraffes at
- The Giraffe Centre
- Nairobi National Park
- Maasai Mara
- Mount Kenya
- Hot air balloons with a private champagne breakfast can be experienced at
- Lake Naivasha
- Maasai Mara
- A perfect destinations for a bush and beach honeymoon
- Meru National Park
- Lake Nakuru
- The Kenya coast
- Mount Kenya
- Visitors can go whitewater rafting and kayaking on the____________
- Sagana River
- Nairobi National Park
- The Giraffe Center
- None of the above
- The Chyulu Hills, in ________________ offer some of the best shots of the dramatic Mt. Kilimanjaro.
- Northern Kenya
- Southern Kenya
- Central Kenya
- Western Kenya