Visiting Kenya

Most visitors to Kenya want to experience the country’s amazing wildlife but there are many different things to experience in the Kenyan countryside.

Mount Kenya is the country’s highest mountain. Sitting on the equator its summit reaches 5199m. Many rivers flow from the perpetual snows, among them the Tana, Kenya’s largest and longest river.

Kenya's wilderness areas are famous world wide.

Kenya straddles the centre of the Great Rift Valley, from Jordan to Mozambique. From the North to the South of Kenya, the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes.

Volcanic springs heat the lake.


The dried lake bed is a natural source of salt, animals come to lick the salt.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake.


The North of Kenya is a vast trackless expanse of desert and semi desert wilderness. This hot, sparsely populated land is a place of harsh and stunning beauty.


For many people, this is the real Kenya, where the great empty spaces hold the promise of real adventure.

You’ll hear the phrase “Big 5” bandied about and, of course, they’ll top your own game viewing list as well:  lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.  Chances are good you’ll see them all here.  And more, much, much more. 



Wildebeest, Zebra, gazelle, eland, hartebeest, topic, ostrich, cheetah, jackal and hyena –.  Eagles, vultures, hippos and crocs.


In mid-July to mid-September two million zebra and wildebeest forage north from Tanzania’s Serengeti into Kenya’s Masaai Mara – this is one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing experiences.

 

Among the stunning cliffs and ranges and thorn scrub of the North, live some of Kenya's last nomadic tribes. For these people, the desert wilderness is an integral part of their lives, and they cross these lands with camel trains following traditional routes older than any living memory. One of their beliefs is that God entrusted His cattle to them. Thus, they measure their wealth by the number of cattle they acquire. A stereotypical image most people have of the Masaai warrior is that of a tall and slender man clutching a spear in one hand with his red cloth wrapped around his waist or over his shoulders.


People of the Maasai tribe live in small settlements of 8-15 huts per kraal. Their settlements are enclosed by a thorn bush fence as an extra form of protection.  This is called a boma.  The two-inch long thorns of the thorn bush are as sharp as barbed wire and it is the men's responsibility for tying branches together to form the fence.

In the evening, the cattle, goats, and other domestic animals are brought inside the boma to protect them against wild animals.


The women of the village usually build the huts which takes them about 7 months. They are built with branches, twigs, grass, and cow dung and urine formed into a plaster and applied to a branch frame.