BUDGET CAR HIRE: MINI GUIDE TO KENYA.
Stunning wildlife, spectacular scenery, superb beaches and intriguing multiculturalism explain Kenya’s appeal as a holiday destination. It enjoys abundant sunshine and a tropical coastline to match its vast African savannah plains.Kenya’s chief attractions are its wonderful national parks.
The most popular of these is the Masai Mara National Reserve, a massive park which borders the Serengeti and features wildlife such as wildebeest, lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, various antelopes and hippos. Kenya’s other main safari destination, the Amboseli National Park, boasts its own stunning array of wildlife, including huge herds of elephants.
Those wishing to escape the crowds and observe wildlife in a more tranquil setting should head for the more isolated Kakamega Forest Reserve (red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey), Marsabit National Park and Reserve (lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, gazelles), or Aberdare National Park (black leopard, elephant, rhino, bongo).
The capital, Nairobi, has the country’s best accommodations and finest restaurants, making it the ideal base from which to venture to Kenya’s other regions. Nightlife is curious and varied, with bars and cafes to suit all tastes.
Attractions in the city include the superb National Museum, Snake Museum and interesting National Archives.
The country’s other major city, Mombasa, boasts the infamous Fort Jesus, with its huge angular walls which encircle a vast area, resembling more a fortified town than an actual fort. Nearby are several fine sandy beaches.Off the coast is the intriguing medieval island of Lamu, reached by boat from Mokowe.
The island is a refreshing and relaxing escape from the crowds of Nairobi and Mombasa, with several superb examples of traditional architecture and the acclaimed waterfront Lamu Museum and Swahili House Museum. Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has connections to many European and US cities, and transportation into the city is regular and reliable.
Kenya National Museum – the museum includes collections of tribal crafts, paintings by Joyce Adamson, fauna & flora of Kenya and information about Kenya’s history. Adjacent to the museum is a small Snake park, which houses snakes and reptiles like crocodile, lizards and chameleon.
Karen Blixen Museum – the beautiful farmhouse where the famous author of the book Out of Africa, Karen Blixen lived between 1914-31, until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies.
Nairobi National Park – Kenya’s first national park and a local treasure is situated adjacent to the city of Nairobi, which shows the early part of Nairobi 100 years ago. The park includes forest, riverine vegetation, steep rocky gorges cut by the tributaries of the Empakasi River.
Giraffe Center – located south of Central Nairobi is a short self guided forest hike followed by up-close encounter with tame giraffes.
Bomas (homestead) of Kenya – the boma in this cultural village was built using traditional specifications of myriad Kenyan tribes, through architecture, craft and dance, this village serves to preserve Kenyan culture.
Fort Jesus Museum – Ford Jesus was built by the Portuguese in 1593 to guard Mombasa Harbour and secure the safety of Portuguese colonies on Africa’s coast. After the British made Kenya a colony in1895 it turned Fort Jesus into a prison. When Kenya attained independence in1958 it declared Fort Jesus a historical monument.
Jain Temple – the spectacular temple is adorned floor ceiling with sculptures and figurines, where Jainism holds all form of life to be sacred.
Wonderful Safari – certainly a wonderful park with all types of animals like buffalos, zebras, giraffes, elephants and countless antelopes. Visitors will find the lions near the drinking well and also the big five rhinos, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephants.