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Kenya: Sightseeing

East Africa

Kenya: Sightseeing

story by: Inspire Africa

Kenya’s capital is lively, interesting and pleasantly landscaped. You’ll find Nairobi’s crowded markets and trading areas are full of energy, aspirations and opportunism where all matter of people mingle. The National Museum and National Archives feature exhibitions of handcrafts and paintings. If you have time, visit the animal orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum – both only open for a couple of hours each day but are well worth seeing.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the most popular game park in Kenya. This 320 sq km reserve abounds with wildlife and takes in a vast chunk of the Serengeti. Lions are found in large prides everywhere and it’s not unusual to see them hunting. A reserve rather than a national park (the Masai people are allowed to hunt animals here), the reserve includes a Masai village that is open to tourists. During July and August, millions of wildebeest and antelopes move en masse from the Serengeti in search of lush grass. They head south again around October.

At 392 sq km, Amboseli is full of huge herds of elephants. One of the highlights is seeing them cross the grassy plains with Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro sitting proudly in the background. You can see a large variety of wildlife here. Most visitors approach Amboseli through Namanga, the main border post between Kenya and Tanzania. 

The largest port on the coast of East Africa, Mombasa is hot, steamy and historical.  Mombasa’s Old Town is filled with ornate wooden shop fronts and balconies. Mombasa Island is connected to the mainland both north and south of the city. The railway station is in the middle of the island, close to plenty of good hotels, restaurants and entertainment spots.

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