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HOLIDAY IN KENYA   >   AFRICA  

Provinces in Kenya : Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi , North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, and Western.

Main Cities in Keya : Amboseli, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Samburu, Shanzu, Watamu, Ziwani.


Capital City of Kenya : Nairobi.


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Hotels in Kenya / Lodges

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

 
Hostelbookers.com is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability.

National Parks

  Meru National Park   -   see Kilimanjaro.com
Meru National Park is wild and beautiful. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially beautiful area of Kenya. It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3 ,400ft (1,036m) on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya, to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms.
The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free", the story of the Adamson's life and research amongst lion and cheetah. "Elsa" the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here.
Game to view includes: lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx and some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu and duiker, also the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa's smallest antelope. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya's largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River. In the mid 1980's, the Park suffered from poaching, however KWS armed wildlife security patrols have driven out the poachers and the elephant population has stabilised with breeding herds settling down.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators / Kenya Specialists

 Responsibletravel.com  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

Cosmos Holidays   -   Mombasa Coast   -  see Safari Holidays

Kuoni   -   safari and/or beach holidays
From the peaks of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro, to the open savannah plains the thrill of seeing the animals in their own natural environment roaming freely through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world is a truly breathtaking experience. The excitement as you search for the 'Big Five' and many other animals, to capture them on film is truly unforgettable.

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  Natural Track.com    -    exclusive Kenya Wildlife Safaris
Pre-arranged and tailor-made Kenya safaris for families, trekkers and photographers. Specialised birding tours and short excursions.
  Abercrombie & Kent   -   Air Safaris; Camping Safaris; Customized safaris,  Luxury safaris
  Across Africa Safaris   -   Adventure,  Balloon safaris, Camping, Customized safaris
Beach Holidays,  Deep sea diving and fishing,  Mountain climbing
  Africa Expeditions Ltd   -   Adventure,  Camping,  Family safaris,  Luxury safaris
Bird watching,  Mountain climbing,  Scuba diving and snorkelling,  Trekking,  Special interest
  African Horizons Travel & Safaris 
  African Latitude (Kenya) Ltd 
The Great Rift Valley cuts a deep scar across Kenya and Tanzania creating a variety of   landscapes and ecosystems unlike anywhere else in Africa. Already well known as important wildlife destinations,  they want to introduce you to the beauty of the varied cultures and the dramatic landscapes found outside of the national parks and classical tourist routes.
  African Quest Safaris Ltd   -   based in Mombasa  - 
Sailing and boating; Scuba diving and snorkelling,  Beach holidays,  Budget holdays,  Cultural tours,  Incentive and groups
  Albatros Travel & Safaris  [ Nairobi ]
Albatros Travel is a member of various nature conservation groups like WWF and is an accepted pioneer of ecological tourism. Albatros Travel works closely with local groups to conserve local nature and culture and indeed has been awarded many prizes in recognition of its activities in conservation as well as ecological, responsible and alternative tourism.

The Rough Guide to Kenya - ISBN 1848361378Travel Guides Kenya / Related books

Travel Guides Kenya at Amazon 

  Lonely Planet Publications
Kenya travel guide.

  Dorling Kindersley   -    

The Rough Guide to Kenya
Richard Trillo (Author)
Paperback: 640 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 9 edition (3 May 2010); ISBN-10: 1848361378; ISBN-13: 978-1848361379.

Transportation / How do I travel to Kenya

  Jomo Kenyatta International = Nairobi Airport
  Mombassa Airport
  Wilson airport  -  located 11 kms outside of the city centre of Nairobi
Domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Nairobi

   -   Flight tickets Nairobi

 
Book cheap flights to Kenya at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets Kenya / Bargain Flights
Cheap flight tickets Kenya / Price comparison possible

  Nairobi Railway station
Tthe centre for railway traffic with daily arrivals/departures from Mombasa and Kisumu.

  Bus
Nairobi is the centre of Kenya's extensive bus network, with many bus companies operating to and from destinations throughout the country

  Maps International   -   Maps of Kenya  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map Kenya [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


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Kenya is bordering Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the Indian Ocean.

  MagicalKenya.com   -   The official Kenya destination website / Kenya Tourist Board

  Government of Kenya   -   Kenya Government Online

  Nairobi   -   Capital City of Kenya
When railway construction workers reached this area in 1899, they set up a basic camp and supply depot, simply called 'Mile 327'. The local Maasai called this highland swamp Ewaso Nai'beri – the place of cold water.
The camp became a rustic village, and then a shanty town, which by 1907 was the capital of all of British East Africa. It was soon an important centre for the colony and a mecca for adventurers, hunters and travellers from all over the world

  Central Province   -   covering the area around Nyeri to southwest of Mount Kenya
  Coast Province   -   comprises the Indian Ocean coastal strip with the capital city at Mombasa
  Eastern Province   -   provincial capital is Embu
The Eastern Province of Kenya includes the Chalbi Desert, Mount Kenya, and the eastern half of Lake Turkana..
  Nairobi province   -   see Nairobi
  North Eastern
Formerly known as the Northern Frontier District, the North Eastern Province covers most of northeastern Kenya and is inhabited by pastoralist communities.
  Nyanza province   -   in the southwest corner of Kenya
Nyanza Province includes part of the eastern edge of Lake Victoria. The provincial capital of Nyanza is Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya
  Rift Valley Province   -   largest and one of the most economically vibrant provinces
It is dominated by the Great Rift Valley which passes through it and gives the province its name. Apart from the Rift Valley itself, the area has other important geographic features such as: the extinct volcanoes Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa and Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Magadi, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, the Suguta Valley, and Lake Turkana.  The provincial capital is the town of Nakuru.
  Western Porvince   -   west of the Eastern Rift Valley
Kenya's second highest mountain, Mount Elgon is located in Bungoma District. The Kakamega Forest rainforest is part of the area. The province capital is the town of Kakamega.

  Disricts of Kenya
The districts of Kenya are divided into divisions. Divisions of Kenya are further subdivided into Locations.

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  Amboseli  -  Region of Amboseli
Amboseli is famous for its big game - elephants, lions and cheetahs are the main attractions - and for its great scenery beauty. Amboseli embodies five main wildlife habitats, plus a generally dry lake-bed - Lake Amboseli. These are open plains; extensive stands of yellow-barked acacia woodland; rocky, lava strewn thorn-bush country; swamps and marshes; and at the western end of the reserve, above Namanga, the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok rising to over 2,760m (8.300ft) and still for the most part zoologically unexplored.
The landscape is dominated by the glistening majestic snow cap of mount Kilimanjaro immediately to the south making the park a breathtaking destination.
  Amboseli  -  City of Amboseli
  Kiwayu
Located about 15 minutes flight North of Lamu, Kiwayu truly is a tropical paradise hideaway. Perched on the edge of the border with Somalia Kiwayu is isolation at its best with deserted beaches and the warm blue Indian Ocean all to yourself.  During the days you have a host of choices from creek fishing to deep sea fishing, to diving or sailing. Alternatively you can take a walk down the empty beach or just sit back in your hammock and enjoy the peace and beauty of this magical destination.
  Laikipia 
This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya's wild Northern frontier country. Wild and sparsely populated, much of Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches. These ranches cover a wide range of landscapes, with high plains and low forested valleys. On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife. In recent years this wildlife has become a valuable asset, with many ranches now establishing guest houses, home stays and private camps within their boundaries. This has proven a great success, and many ranches now rely on a thriving tourist trade.
  Lamu
The island, just of Kenya's far North coast, is a place of great natural beauty, with long deserted beaches framed by rolling sand dunes and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Lamu is the perfect place for a beach safari with a difference, a truly unique destination that lingers long in the hearts of all who visit.  The real attraction here is the islands' fascinating history, a long and exotic tale that draws the visitor back into the world of the 14th century. Lamu has developed a culture drawn form many sources, and in the streets and markets of the old town, life continues unhurried and unchanged by outside influences.
  Maasai Mara
The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (seen in the film 'Out of Africa', much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the "Big Five" and many varieties of plains game.  
  Mombasa
Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town over looks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.
The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices. Women wearing the traditional bui bui fill the narrow streets and busy markets. At the dhow docks fresh fish and goods from all along the coast arrive daily. The streets are alive with the bright colours of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy, the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women
  Samburu
In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The waters of the great Ewaso Nyiro river draw wildlife in great numbers to its banks, creating an oasis of green.
This river flows through three great northern reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba. This is spectacular country, set against a backdrop of the mighty Mountain Ol Olokwe.

  Jumba la Mtwana  -  site represents the remains of a 13th century Swahili settlement.
  Koobi Fora  -  on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana
Koobi Fora is one of the world's leading prehistoric sites for the study of human evolution.
  Mnarani
The ruins of the Swahili settlement of Mnarani are located on the south bank of the Kilifi Creek on Keny's north coast....
  Olorgesailie
  Siyu Fort
One of the Swahili settlements in the Lamu archipelago. The town dates back to at least the 15th century.
  Takwa  -  ruins of Takwa
Located on Manda Island, a 30 minute boat ride from Lamu town. ..
  Thimlich Ohinga
Declared as a national monument in 1983, Thimlich Ohinga serves as an example of the dry stone enclosures widespread in the South Nyanza area of Western Kenya. Similar in construction to the well known ruins of Great Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, the Thimlich Ohinga structures represent some of the finest examples in East Africa...

  Nairobi Railway Museum 
The railway museum is situated at the north-west end of Nairobi station and can be seen from the Uhuru Highway where it crosses the main line. The museum was established in 1971 by the then East African Railways and Harbours Corporation to preserve and display relics and records of the railways of East Africa from their inception to the present day. In addition to the collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, there is a large display of smaller exhibits and models.
  University Kenya  -  University of Naurobi  

Main cities in Kenya : Baragoi, Bungoma, Busia, Eldoret, Embu, Garissa, Hola, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kakamega, Kapenguria, Kericho, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Kitale, Kitui, Limuru, Lodwar, Lokichokio, Loiyangalani, Lamu, Machakos, Malindi, Mandera, Maralal, Marsabit, Meru, Mombasa, Moyale, Mumias, Murang'a, Nairobi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Namanga, Nanyuki, Narok, Nyahururu, Nyeri, Ruiru, Thika, Voi, Wajir, Webuye, and Wundanyi..

History of Kenya

Former British East Africa.

Independence: 12 December 1963 (from UK)

The colonial history of Kenya dates from the establishment of a German protectorate over the Sultan of Zanzibar's coastal possessions in 1885, followed by the arrival of the Imperial British East Africa Company in 1888. Incipient imperial rivalry was forestalled when Germany handed its coastal holdings to Britain in 1890.

  Kenya's History  -  Wikipedia

Cuisine  -  Kenyan Cooking Recipes

There is no singular dish that represents all of Kenya. Different communities have their own native foods.

The Best of African Cooking   -   Manjase Banda, Robin Campbell (Editor)
This book has a collection of African recipes ranging from North, West, East, and Southern Africa. Only the best recipes were selected from the various African countries. The book has recipes from countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and many others. The book has over 120 recipes with colour illustrations all using a variety of different ingredients from Africa.
Paperback 128 pages (January 29, 2004);  Publisher: Esanjam;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0954682106

Music, Art & Culture, Events

  Music of Kenya

  Literature of Kenya

  Culture of Kenya
There are about 42 different ethnic groupings in Kenya - each of these with its own unique culture.
There are three major unifying categories of languages: the Bantu speaking people of the Coastal region, the Central Highlands and the Western Kenya Region, The Nilotes who are mainly found in the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Victoria Region and the Cushites who are mainly composed of pastoralists and nomads in the drier North Eastern part of the country.

  Kenya National Theatre   -   see Wikipedia
  Phoenix Theatre 

  Kenya schools and colleges drama festival
See Facebook.

  Swahili
Swahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people who inhabit a 1500 km stretch of the East African coast from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique. There are approximately five million first-language speakers and fifty million second-language speakers. Swahili has become a lingua franca for East Africa and surrounding areas.
The Swahili (The Peoples of Africa)  -   Mark Horton, John Middleton
The Swahili are one of the best known of the peoples of Africa. Living along the East African coast, they acted as commercial middlemen, exchanging the commodities of continental Africa, such as gold, copper, slaves, ivory, skins and timber with the luxury items of the classical, oriental and Islamic worlds. They were central participants in a global economy, long before the era of European expansion. This book is one of the first to draw on recent archaeological findings and a re-assessment of the historical and anthropological evidence to provide an account of this remarkable African civilization covering some two thousand years. This book is essential reading not only for Africanists, but also for those dealing with the history of Islam, Mediterranean history, and Indian Ocean studies, and for those who wish to understand how trading societies organize their landscape, society, governance and belief systems.
Hardcover 288 pages (January 6, 2001);  Publisher: Blackwell Publishers;  Language: English;  ISBN: 063118919X
  Maasai   -   Kenya's international cultural symbol   -   see Wikipedia - Masai
The Maasai or Masai are an indigenous African tribe of semi-nomadic people located primarily in Kenya and northern Tanzania. With their bright red traditional dress and a reputation (possibly exaggerated) for being fierce warriors, the Maasai are probably one of the most familiar tribes of Eastern Africa...


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