Few places provide the extraordinary opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat as Kenya. East Africa's reputation as the quintessential safari destination is well deserved. This is a region of dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display in uncrowded and pristine landscapes of great beauty and variety. It’s hard to rival the range of travel choices Kenya offers, from scenic safari tours to cultural immersion, lounging on pristine beaches to adventure travel, and a broad range of sporting activities to an endless list of special interest opportunities.
Indeed the very word safari was invented in Kenya, where in Kiswahili it means "journey." The boundless wilderness and big game of this region has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the globe. Few countries even come close to the range of landscapes, unique geographical features and amazing species that you'll find in Kenya.
Kenya.com offers you a chance to experience a natural world unchanged by the passage of time. The Kenyan wilderness is home to an endless array of ecosystems, the staging ground for natural cycles of life, death and regeneration as old as the planet itself.
This great range of natural habitats means that there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter in our variety of safari packages. This is a land of endless potential for the wildlife enthusiast. From the great migratory herds of the open savannah to an incredible abundance of bird life, and the remoteness of a tropical rainforest to the depths of the Indian Ocean teeming with schools of fish, this is indeed a world of natural wonders.
A safari into the wilds of Kenya is a journey into nature at its purest. Everywhere you look there is a profusion of life. The country is home to 59 national parks and game reserves, including the world's greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual wilder beast migration safari in the Masai Mara, along with 43 timeless cultures, many of which are present in villages that are unchanged by the modern world.
In addition that, Kenya also boasts a 300-mile Indian Ocean coastline of pristine beaches, warm, turquoise waters and protective coral reefs, all of which can be experienced by trekking or on a camelback or horseback, or in perhaps a hot air balloon, a boat or by simply biking up a mountain.
Swahili is the national language and English is the official language. There are over 42 ethnic languages spoken, including Kikuyu and Luo.
Mostly traditional but there is a sizable Christian population (both Catholic and Protestant) and a small Muslim community.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type square three-pin. Bayonet-type light sockets exist in Kenya.
Country code: 254 (followed by 20 for Nairobi, 41 for Mombasa and 51 for Nakuru). International calls can sometimes be made direct or operator-assisted by dialing 0196. Public telephones work with coins or with phone cards (which may be purchased from post offices or from international call services in major towns); coin-operated phone booths are painted red, card-operated booths are painted blue. Major hotels also offer an international phone service, but they usually charge up to 100% more. In larger towns, private telecommunication centers offer international services. For local calls, it is useful to have plenty of small change available.
GMT + 3
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. The main network providers are Celtel (www.celtel.com), which has extensive coverage in the southwest and around the coast and Mombasa, and Safari com (www.safaricom.co.ke), with coverage in from Mombasa to Nairobi and in the southeast.
There are Internet cafes in major cities and hotels.
The coastal areas are tropical, but tempered by monsoon winds. The lowlands are hot but mainly dry, while the highlands are more temperate with four seasons. Nairobi has a very pleasant climate throughout the year due to its altitude. Near Lake Victoria, the temperatures are much higher and rainfall can be heavy. Lightweight cottons and linens with rain wear are advised for the coast and lakeside. Warmer clothing is needed in June and July and for the cooler mornings on the coast. Lightweights are needed for much of the year in the highlands. Rain wear is advisable between March and June and October and December.