Kenya Vacations

Kenya vacations originate in a diverse country with landscape ranging from flat savannahs to rocky volcano mountains in the north with a coast line of sandy beaches along the eastern border. Many visitors to Kenya come to enjoy safaris that can cover over 19 National Parks and Marine Reserves. Kenya is also home to a variety of nomadic tribes, 42 in total. Each tribe has their own language and culture. The most famous tribes are the Masai and the Bantu. The tribes make their living as nomadic pastoralists or agriculturalists across the wild savannahs. Kenya has over 64 lakes and many are found along the Rift Valley in northern Kenya. Comprised of volcanoes, lakes and hot springs, the Rift Valley is populated by wildebeest, rhinoceros,zebras and elephants. Many of the saline lakes in the area provide a perfect habitat for the beautiful pink flamingos...

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GEOGRAPHY OF KENYA VACATIONS

Kenya is located in East Africa and has a coastal area facing the Indian Ocean. On the western border is the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria. Kenya is divided through the center of the country by the equator. In the Rift Valley and several shallow lakes are surrounded by extinct volcanoes. The largest of these lakes is Lake Naivasha. The highest mountain is Mount Kenya which rises to 17,058 feet

HISTORY OF KENYA VACATIONS

Kenya's history is thought to extend back millions of years. The most famous person who studied the history of Kenya is perhaps anthropologist Richard Leakey who discovered some of the earliest fossilized humanoid remains in Kenya that he believed were 2.5 million or even 3.5 million old. His wife, Meave Leakey, also discovered hominid remains in the Turkana region thought to be 3,000,000 years old and they were named Kenyanthropus platyops.

During the 18th and 19th century the Maasai moved into Kenya from the north. They were aggressive warriors and took control of the area from the Bantu tribes. It was during this time that Arab traders were actively searching the interior for ivory. It was these Arab traders who helped establish the Swahili Language. The Sultan of Zanzibar ruled a stretch of land on the western coast Kenya that faced the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the shores of Kenya that was occupied by Arab traders who profited from the slave trade.

During 1920, the region became a colony of Great Britain and was named Kenya after the highest mountain in the region.

During the 1928 Jomo Kenyatta began his rise to power that continued until 1960 when he became the 1st President of Kenya while he was in forced exile.

CULTURE OF KENYA VACATIONS

Kenya's indigenous population is comprised of two different types of cultures. They are grouped as either Pastorials or Hunter-Gatherers. The Pastorialists is the largest group as it consist of 38.6 million people or 25% of Kenya's total population. The most famous Pastoralist Tribe in the Maasai Mara who are known world wide for their unique and flamboyant clothing and for being fearless warriors.

Kenya is famous because of the numerous wildlife migrations that occur over several months as the animals travel across the Serengeti in search of grass and water. It is this migration of wildebeest and zebra that has made Kenya famous and attracts numerous tourists. The great migration extends from Tanzania into Kenya. And following the migration are numerous large predatory animals that follow the herds waiting for an opportunity to feast. The procession attract numerous safari groups hoping to experience this unique scenario of animals and predators traveling across the wild African savanna landscape.

LANDMARKS OF KENYA VACATIONS

The opportunity to experience this unique scenario can be found on the numerous parks available in Kenya.
There are -
24 National Parks in Kenya
16 National Reserves in Kenya
6 Marine Parks & Reserves in Kenya

*The Masai Mara Reserve is perhaps one of the most famous reserves in Kenya. The reserve is also home to the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros). Plus hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes

*Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake that attracts huge flocks of flamingos because of its shallow alkaline waters. The number of flamingos have been known to reach a million on the shores of the lake.

*Amboseli National Park is surrounded by the Masai tribes and is host to over 400 bird species. You will also get to experience views of the highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro that rises 19,000 feet across the border in Tanzania.

*Nairobi National Park is famous for being a black rhino sanctuary and it's close proximity to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
*Visit Elsamere Lodge and Conservation , initially built by Joy and George Adams, who lives were depicted "Born Free" the story of Elsa the Lioness.

*Explore Nairobi National Park, which was Kenya's first national park and has a decent size rhinoceros population.

*Explore the coral reefs off the east coast of Kenya and that extend over 240 square miles up and down the coastal area facing the Indian Ocean.

*Stop in and visit the Blixen's House & Museum, home to Karen Blixen who wrote "Out of Africa" and which is located in the Ngong Hills just outside Nairobi.