The Kenyan landscape has long been the key reason to visit this country. Mountains fall away to deserts, there are vast plains where exotic wildlife roams and at the coast you can take a dip in azure seas and dive in coral reefs. For a 'back to nature' trip with a hint of adventure, a holiday in Kenya is a must. Before you plan your trip, remember to check out the Foreign Office's travel advice, as some areas in the country are considered not suitable for travel.
A direct flight to Kenya from the UK will take anywhere from eight and a half hours to eleven hours, depending on your final destination. Nairobi flights fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is about 20 minutes outside of the city's centre.
Flight carriers are fairly limited in comparison to other destinations, so in order to find cheap flights to Kenya, you will need to research thoroughly online. Airlines that run flights to Kenya include Qatar Airways, Swiss Airways, Turkish Airlines and British Airways. Departure airports include a variety of UK locations, such as London Gatwick, Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
You can quite easily rent a vehicle to get around during your holiday in Kenya. At the airports or in the cities there are usually plenty of hire firms and you can pick from sturdy off-road vehicles to cheaper, smaller hatchbacks.
Trains run limited services between certain settlements and once you're in a town or city you will be able to rely on taxis and tuk-tuks to cover the shorter distances. Buses are another available option and have a fairly extensive reach, although the poor state of the country's roads means that travelling by train may be the safer way to go.
Like many other African nations, it is the national parks and wildlife that keeps attracting visitors to Kenya. Amboseli National Park, in the country's south, is perhaps the most famous, housing Kilimanjaro and stunning herds of elephants. The park is also home to the Maasai people, an African ethnic group located in parts of Kenya and Tanzania and you will most likely be able to visit one of their villages to get a glimpse into their old customs and unique traditions.
Other noteworthy national parks are Hell's Gate National Park and Tsavo National Park. Hell's Gate National Park is located west of Nairobi and is named as such because of its dramatic, plunging gorges. Here you can experience the wilderness on foot or on a bicycle, which makes for some thrilling experiences, especially as the park is home to lions, leopards and cheetahs to name just a few! Tsavo National Park is the country's largest national park and is located in the south-west, nearer to Mombasa. Along with its exotic wildlife of birds, buffalos, gazelles, jackals, zebras, hyenas and giraffes (the list is endless), the park also features some unique landscapes. The Mudanda Rock is a small isolated mountain that is a great place to view the surrounding plains, while the Lugard Falls is a set of white water rapids that are more brown than white!
The largest city on the Kenyan east coast, Mombasa is a city rich in history and aquatic delights. Its pleasant old town area is located near the Fort Forte Jesus de Mombaca or Fort Jesus, a 16th century Portuguese fort which is a testament to the city's previous Portuguese rule. The city also houses many different religious buildings, such as the Khonzi Mosque, Swaminarayan Temple and Mombasa Memorial Cathedral. For a very unique photo, visit the Mombasa Tusks, large tusk structures that arch over the road and act as an entrance to the city centre.