Kenya has so much to offer
The beaches in Kenya are truly beautiful. From the bustling white sands of Bamburi Beach to the breath-taking tranquillity of Kilifi, this country really is blessed with some of the best beach destinations in the world. With a huge number of water sports and activities available during the day, you may be surprised to learn just how much the resorts come alive at night. But there is far more to Kenya than just beautiful beaches and it offers the visitor a wealth of sights to see away from the tempting shoreline. Due to its all year round warm climate, it also makes the ideal setting for a winter package holiday.
Kenya is understandably famous for its safari holidays. Boasting some of the most spectacular and varying wildlife in the world, you will be guaranteed to see some unforgettable sights. Subtropical in climate with low and variable rainfall, temperatures remain high all year round but are calmed by strong offshore breezes making it a great choice in the British winter months. Northeast Kenya is a flat bush-covered plain, while the rest of the country encompasses beautiful beaches, spectacular highlands and lake regions, and the immense Mount Kenya.
There are many forms of recreation in Kenya, dancing being one of the favoured national pastimes along with a passion for movies and soccer games. There is a lot to do, and one visit is unlikely to be enough to see it all. If your safari (on which you are likely to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and rhinoceroses) has not satisfied your yearning for fauna, there is also a massive amount of marine wildlife to explore. There are a number of Marine National Parks that provide some of the best snorkelling and dive spots in the world. There is also a wide range of water sports to enjoy.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Kenya is the direct opposite of European seasons with the summer season running from December through March and winter from July to August. Generally, the hottest time is in February and March and the coldest months are July and August. Due to the reduction of temperature with altitude, temperatures over much of Kenya are subtropical or temperate and almost European in nature. Only the coastal lowlands incorporating Mombasa experience the constant high temperatures and humidity you might expect from an African country. However, regular daytime sea breezes and longer hours of sunshine mean that the heat doesn't become oppressive.
Climb Mount Kenya
This impressive extinct volcano, stands more than 5000 metres high making it the second-highest mountain in Africa. Several companies arrange adventure tours ranging from day trips to weeklong treks. In addition to incredible the landscape and awe-inspiring views, the lower slopes are home to an abundance of wildlife.
Cruise on Lake Victoria
The largest lake in Africa provides many varied attractions. Take an unforgettable sunset boat trip through the channel between Mbasa and Mholo Island, enjoy a spot of fishing for unusual species or take the opportunity to view African wildlife in its natural habitat.
Go on safari
Kenya's rich wildlife is best viewed on a safari at one of the numerous reserves. Mwalu-Ganje Elephant Sanctuary is situated on the coast while inland, Tsavo, the biggest park is home to elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions, antelopes, gazelles, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and hippos. The Masai Mara National Reserve is a spectacular setting for Kenya's largest population of lions.
Explore the Great Rift Valley
One of natures most stunning creations, the Great Rift Valley consists of massive escarpment walls plunging to a valley floor populated by small volcanoes and lakes. A national park provides wildlife viewing opportunities and incredible views of this truly stunning landscape.
Kenya's Coral Coast, north and south of Mombasa has some of the world’s most stunning beaches. South of Mombasa, the 10 km long Diani Beach is the best and most famous in the country. Scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and water skiing are all available whilst the popular resort of Bamburi is home to turtle nesting sites.
Take a balloon ride
Viewing the Kenyan landscape from a hot air balloon must rank as one of the most incredible experiences in the world. A number of companies arrange balloon safaris over the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Reserves where you can see huge herds of animals, elephants and lions from a truly unique perspective.
Enjoy a dhow cruise
Boat trips from Mombasa on traditional African dhows are the perfect way to sample some local culture and experience life on the ocean. Offering wonderful views of Mombasa's old port and the coast the dhow cruises provide gourmet food, drink, local specialities such as Kenyan coffee served from a traditional Kahawa pot and live music.