It is habitual for people to travel to places other than their home areas during holidays. This is often in search for conducive environments to explore and to allow them to cool and unwind from work. Different people have varied preferences of travel destinations. Some are linked to adventure, need to relax, thirst for new knowledge, fun fairs, seeing different cultures among others.
Kenya, over the years, has been mentioned severally among the best tourist destinations across the world. In 2016 for example, Kenya was voted one of the best destinations in Africa while Kenya Tourism Board bagged the Africa’s leading tourist board award at the World Travel Awards.
Early in 2017, North American destinations experts Goway Travel declared Kenya as one of the “top and upcoming” must-visit locations in the world this year.
Reasons why Kenya is such a wonderful destination for tourists and any other adventure seeker include but are not limited to:
One of the major problem that tourists face across the world is access to their desired destinations. In Kenya however, the experience is different since 2015 after Kenyan authorities introduced an e-visa system. This has since easen entry for willing tourists as a single entry visa now costs about $50 per person without the hustle for new entry documents.
Rich in game parks and reserves, Kenya has such a variety of wild animals to see. Kenya is home to the big five namely- elephant, the Black rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard. Tourists, both local and international, are assured of good times watching animals by taking game drives in the early mornings and late evenings. Kenya also gives lifetime experiences such watching the famous wildbeasts migrations down at the Mara.
Lying just across the equator, Kenya has an all year round sunshine accompanied by cooler nights and mornings. Whether travelling early or late in the year, the country’s climate is favourable for all vacation related activities.
For marine life adventurers, Kenya provides the best spot to visit as it has over 140 miles long Kenyan Barrier Reef, the world’s second longest coral reef. Kenya’s coastline is also dotted with sand beaches for all kinds of adventures. From diving, to snorkeling, scuba diving and even building sand castles. Kenya's coast is definitely a place to visit.
For those with interest in archeological facts, Kenya offers a variety of destinations including Kariandusi Prehistoric Site, Gedi Ruins, Shimoni Slave Caves, Fort Jesus, Mombasa Old Town, Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site, Hell's Gate National park, just to mention a few. All these sites allow a holiday maker to experience, firsthand, the rich African heritage.
Hotels, lodges, and resorts
Due to the favourable climate, Kenya hosts all manners of tourists, ranging from business tourists to holiday makers. To accomodate all the visiting tourists, the country offers accommodation in all possible and comfortable ways including business class hotels in the major cities, lodges in National Parks for game lovers and even Beach resorts for marine lovers. All these hospitality facilities provide a variety of international cuisines.
Kenya is home to Mount Kenya (5,199 m high) the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro, lying across the equator in a sunny environment. Mount Kenya attracts many mountain climbers due to its snowcapped peak. It also offers a variety of flora and fauna, all which change with attitude. It is also home to several endangered species such as the Sunni Buck.
One holiday stop in Kenya allows the tourist to meet and mingle with different people from different parts of the country with diverse cultures and heritage. For anyone looking for a cultural experience, a close and personal experiences with the Maasai, Samburu, Swahili, Turkana, Pokot, El Molo, Rendille and others will be a totally worthy experience. Being hospitable, these tribes mingle with visitors allowing them to get a first-hand taste of the Kenyan Heritage.
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