Situated in East Africa, Kenya has a diverse ethnic population and an abundance of culture; making it an excellent destination for tourists and travellers! From beautiful beaches, busy city life and stunning remote areas, there are plenty of places to visit and things to see in Kenya. Between June and September can be a specifically great time to visit, as this is when the annual animal migration happens.
Travel Health Information
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Kenya is a popular tourist destination due to the stunning safari locations and wildlife opportunities. Tourists are advised to avoid all travel to areas close to the border with Somalia. However, national parks and reserves set within these regions are not part of the restrictions – it’s always best to check travel advice for your proposed destination before visiting.
If you’re planning a trip to Kenya whether for business or pleasure, try to travel as part of an organised group or tour. Your guide will be aware of current security concerns and best practice to ensure your safety.
Some parts of Kenya are high risk for malaria and Yellow fever. Due to this, it is advisable to visit a travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.
Cholera is another risk to be aware of in Kenya – drink only bottled water and be meticulous about food preparation and hygiene. Take sensible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos as Dengue fever is present, wear clothing to cover your arms and legs, use 50% DEET insect repellent and nets, especially if you are sleeping in tents or huts.
As Kenya is a predominantly Muslim country, if you are travelling away from main tourist areas, remember to respect the religion and dress conservatively. Most cities in Kenya have a reputation for high crime levels, so avoid walking alone at night, and be vigilant about your security at all times. It’s also a good idea to Carry ID with you at all times.
Kenya's Top 5 Sights
Considered one of the world’s greatest game reserves. Its name is taken from Massai peoples,
and their description of how the region is seen from afar, “Mara”, which means “spotted”.
The Maasai reside in the park and have for many centuries grazed their animals.
All of the “Big Five” are found in the Massai Mara (Black rhinoceros, lions, elephants, cape buffalo and African elephants). The numbers of Black Rhino has significantly depleted since the 1960s.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Famed for its enormous flocks of pink flamingos. It’s has a rich array of wildlife including lions, pythons, rhinos and waterbucks.
This is the highest mountain in kenya at 5200 metres. The majestic snow-capped mountain is the second highest in Africa and perfect for fit trekkers.
Lamu Island has managed to remain untouched by Kenya’s mass tourism. There are no roads on the island and very few cars as a result. Lamu Town is the oldest living town in Kenya and full charm and character.
Nairobi National Park
The National Park lies within close proximity to the metropolis of Nairobi. It has a diverse range of wildlife to view against the back drop of the skyscrapers and landing airplanes. Home to the world’s densest population of black rhino.
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