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Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Kenya Update

Written by  Lisa Loverro

Africa-Kenya
A trip to Kenya is a trip of a lifetime for most of your clients. The country, which has a rich heritage and an array of tourist attractions along with breathtaking landscapes, makes Kenya an ideal holiday destination. In central Kenya there are cool temperatures and expansive tea and coffee farms.

The largest tropical lake in the world, Lake Victoria, lies to the West and serves as the source of the Nile River. Kenya has 61 national parks teeming with wildlife and reserves throughout the country, ten of which are marine and located in the Indian Ocean. The most popular attractions include opportunities to spot the “Big 5”, dolphin watching, diving, dhow trips and mountain climbing. For the birding enthusiast, Kenya has one of the world’s highest bird diversities and offers specialized birding safaris. But undisputedly, Kenya’s most renowned attraction is the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara.

Culture and History
There are 19 national museums countrywide. The National Archives and the Bomas of Kenya are must-sees for culture and history enthusiasts. Lamu island offers the same culture and is perfect for the history buffs who want to experience the Arab influenced architecture of Lamu’s Stone Town and the Portuguese-styled Fort Jesus in Mombasa. More importantly, Lamu County has a new tourist attraction in the Takwa ruins. Takwa, a Swahili settlement on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and was then abandoned. According to National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Takwa is important not only because of its period of occupation but also because of its dense settlement and relatively well-preserved remains. The inauguration took place on January 18, 2015 and the site is now one of the premier attractions in Lamu.

Hotel Info
Upon arriving in Nairobi, have your clients stay in The Giraffe Manor or the Tribe Hotel, both offering the perfect spot for them to recover and refresh after their long journey over.
The Kempinski Hotels in Kenya have received three awards at the recently concluded continental World Luxury Hotel Awards Ceremony in Cape Town. The Olare Mara Kempinski in the Masaai Mara won the Luxury Tented Safari Camp and Luxury Wildlife Resort, 2014 awards. In the 12 tents in Olare Mara your clients will find four-poster or twin beds, outdoor and indoor showers with oversized, old-fashioned clawfoot bathtubs and a teak deck spread over 800 square feet. One of the tents features a private plunge pool, perfect for honeymooners.
The Nairobi-based Villa Rosa Kempinksi was awarded the Luxury City Hotel, 2014. The 200-room Villa Rosa Kempinksi in Westland’s is a fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality, and is popular with business and leisure travelers.
For a unique hotel stay, The Aberdare Country Club (www.aberdarecountryclub.com), located approximately 2 hours by car from Nairobi sits on a beautifully manicured hill in the Aberdare Highlands, part of the Great Rift Valley. The Aberdare Game Sanctuary located nearby covers over 1,300 acres filled with wildlife and birds, along with an abundance of flora and fauna. For the more athletic visitor, a hike to the top of Satima, the highest peak in the Aberdare Range is a great option to see the country while enjoying an outdoor endurance activity. Visit www.magicalkenya.com

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