About Kenya

Kenya Information

Kenya Information

Kenya's landscapes are rich in diversity. Almost every known landform exists within this world in miniature, from snow-clad mountain and glaciers to arid deserts, from dry savannah to lush lakes and dense forest.

The Great Rift Valley, its floor littered with lakes and extinct volcanoes, cuts through Kenya from north to south. On the Equator majestic Mount Kenya (5,199m) with its snow-capped peaks rises above endless grassland plains. To the north is the rugged and remote Northern Frontier District including Lake Turkana, "The Jade Sea" its blue green waters in stark contrast to the arid surroundings. To the west is Lake Victoria, the largest of Africa's lakes and the legendary source of the Nile.

The famous Masai Mara Reserve to the South West is the Northern extension of the Serengeti. To the South, the Indian Ocean coast offers sandy white beaches, and turquoise seas protected by a fascinating coral reef. These and the historical cities of Gedi and Lamu, all combine to make this one of the world's great holiday destinations.

Above all there is the wildlife. This prime attraction is conserved in 37 National Parks and Reserves throughout Kenya, large tracts of wilderness set aside for the protection and preservation of the remarkable variety of indigenous flora and fauna. The abundance and variety of animal species and scenery vary from the famous wildlife spectacle that is the Masai Mara, to the ornithological paradises of the Rift Valley lakes.

Differences in terrain and altitude create contrast in the climate, from the hot humidity of the coast to the cool - sometimes frosty - mornings of the central highland country and dry burning heat of the northern desert. Overall, it is seldom harsh, being neither too hot nor too cold. With long sun filled days, it is an almost perfect climate.

In almost every part of Kenya there are hotels which compare with any in the world. Many are internationally known, some are architectural masterpieces and some are tented camps offering true luxury in the bush. All have one aim in common, to offer the best comfort, quality and service in the true spirit of safari.

Nairobi

 

Nairobi, Kenya's capital is located 140 km (87 m) south of the Equator, but its altitude of 1,670 meters (5,500 feet) above sea level ensures an exhilarating climate. Nyrobi, a Masai word for "a place of cool waters" was born in the spirit of adventure in the days of the early pioneers less than 100 years ago. It quickly grew and is today one of the most important cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in Africa with a growing population, currently estimated to be 1.5 million consisting of many cultures and nationalities. Nairobi is a city of great contrasts with striking modern high-rise buildings, with reminders of the early days. Look for the Law Courts and Parliament Buildings, the Jamia Mosque, the City Market with its array of tropical fruit and flowers and the famous Norfolk Hotel, linked with Kenya's History since 1904. All about the city are public parks and gardens, full of shrubs and flowers, and the main routes out of the town are tree lined avenues.

The city is an important business and social centre with a range of international hotels and conference facilities, including the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Most of the leading hotels offer gourmet cuisine, but for visitors who wish to dine out the choice is appealing - superb seafood, a wealth of sophisticated restaurants serving French, Italian, Indian, Chinese and other international and ethnic cuisines. Just outside the city is the popular Carnivore Restaurant, a Brazilian - style churrascaria serving a wide variety of meats cooked on open charcoal pits, and one of the few places in Kenya to offer game meats. Nairobi is served by two airports - Jomo Kenyatta Airport used by international and domestic carriers and Wilson Airport the base for other domestic air services and private air charters.

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