In Kenya's native Swahili, the word ‘safari’ translates to 'journey’ and this land, which inspired some of Ernest Hemingway's greatest classics is Africa's quintessential safari destination. However, there’s more to see here than just the beautiful scenery – Kenya is rich in Maasai and Samburu cultures, as well as modern cities and bustling marketplaces.
The famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the jewel in Kenya's crown, the fresh waters of Lake Naivasha are an unusual gem, while Mount Kenya towers over the country’s landscape. As diverse as its landscape are the people of Kenya, especially in the country’s capital of Nairobi which is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world including Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa.
- Kenya’s largest city, Nairobi, is also the Republic’s capital.
- Kenya is located in the African Great Lakes Region.
- Hollywood loves Kenya – The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and Out of Africa were all filmed on location in Kenya.
- Its number one export, coffee, is not something commonly consumed by locals in Kenya – they prefer tea.
- After coffee, tourism is Kenya’s biggest income generator.
- Kenya environmentalist Professor Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to her in 2004.
- Travel in Kenya is synonymous with the mighty Masai Mara Reserve, one of the greatest in Africa. With 200 square miles of wilderness, it is also home to the Great Migration – a sight to behold.
- Witness Maasai warriors doing their ‘jumping dance’ known as the adumu, which they perform as part of their coming of age ceremony.
- The coastal city of Mombasa is an eclectic mix of African and Eastern cultures and Kenya’s capital Nairobi is one of East Africa’s largest modern cities.
- Visit the very interesting Gedi Ruins, which rumour has it, are protected by the spirits of the old Swahili town’s priests.
Kenya’s two major airports are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which lies just 16km from Nairobi, and Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Many international airline, including South African Airlines, British Airways and Emirates Air, fly both to this airport and the airport in Mombasa from locations in Europe and the Middle East.