Kenya's one of the popular destinations in Africa, and a Kenya holiday certainly ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for the perfect experience of this epic continent. There's all that golden sunshine for one thing, and then there are the world famous animal reserves like Aberdare and Lake Nakuru National Parks, where you can see zebras, giraffes, baboons and exotic birds in the flesh. As well as the capital city of Nairobi, the tourist hotspot of Mombasa is famed for its stunning beaches and historic Old Town.
A variety of flights to Kenya are available from the United Kingdom, with airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Kenya Airways offering direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Average journey time is between eight and nine hours, and the airport is situated around 15 kilometres from central Nairobi. Regular bus services connect the airport to the city, while matatus, or minibuses, offer an easy way to see the country - thanks to increased governmental regulations, matatus are now safer and more comfortable than they've ever been.
Car rental is widely available, although you should be aware that roads can be fairly rough going and a Jeep or other heavy-duty vehicle will serve your purposes best on a holiday in Kenya. Kenya Airways also have connecting flights from Nairobi to other popular Kenyan cities such as Mombasa and Kisumu.
As befits a destination as popular as Kenya, the country offers everything from basic accommodation to luxury establishments. It's always a good idea to look online and book well in advance to maximise your chance of getting a good deal on a cheap hotel in Kenya. If you want a truly authentic experience, you could even opt for a village homestay package, which includes transport expenses in the country, meals and accommodation and can save money as well as make your holiday in Kenya one to remember forever.
When hunting for local artefacts and souvenirs, don't be afraid to haggle and bargain with the market traders. In fact, they actively expect this, and their initial prices are generally double what you should actually expect to pay. Be warned, though, haggling can be fairly time-consuming (although often a lot of fun). If time is short, just be honest and give them your absolute final price - hopefully they'll do the deal at that point!
Good, authentic Kenyan food and drink is widely available at reasonable prices, with plenty of great seafood eateries and outdoor barbecue restaurants offering fresh, tasty and eminently affordable food.
Updated 5th March 2014
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