Visit the cradle of Mankind
Kenya Confidential Travel Editor, Nairobi – May 24, 2016
Both on and off the tourist routes, you’ll find warmth and openness, and an abundance of superb scenery
Straddling the equator on equal halves, Kenya enjoys a dramatic geographical formation that literally represents the entire Earth. The country centrally features snow capped Mt Kenya with polar-like icebergs bordering tundra climate down to Alps-like mountain slopes into temperate features ringing the mountain on a descent of magnificent landscape of forested hills into the Rift Valley canyons and rolling Savannas.
On further descent this magnificent gift of Nature embodies desert conditions to the North, Indian Ocean to the East, Lake Victoria to the West and Snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro to the South on the border with Tanzania. Kenya therefore, gracefully encompasses almost all Global geographical features, climatic conditions and vegetation.
Spectacular Tundra climatic vegetation on Mt Kenya
This has resulted in a great range of natural habitats, harbouring a huge variety of fauna and flora full of wildlife, birds and sealife. Kenya’s history of migration and conquest has brought about a fascinating social panorama, which includes the Swahili city-states of the coast, the Maasai of the Rift Valley, White Highlands Caucasian farmlands, Commercial Indian urban population and a mosaic combination of Bantus, Nilo-hamites, Nilotics, Hamitic and Semitic communities.
Wildlife National Park within the City of Nairobi
Kenya’s world-famous national parks, tribal peoples and superb beaches lend the country an exotic image with magnetic appeal. Treating her as a succession of tourist sights, however, is not the most stimulating way to experience it. If you get off the beaten track, you can enter the world inhabited by most Kenyans: a ceaselessly active scene of muddy farm tracks leading to Coffee, Tea and Sugar plantations, corrugated-iron huts, tea shops and lodging houses, rural crammed buses and streets wandered by goats and children.
Both on and off the tourist routes, you’ll find warmth and openness, and an abundance of superb scenery – rolling savanna dotted with Maasai herds and wild animals, high moorlands grazed by cattle and sheep, and dense forests full of monkeys and birdsong plus unpolluted white sands coastline doted with beach hotels and cottages.
Of course Kenya is not all postcard-perfect: start a conversation with any local and you may soon find out about the country’s deep political, economic and social tensions – a common feature in the developing world invested with corruption and loose threaded ethnic diversities.
Kenya is a richly rewarding place to visit in a lifetime.