Kenya is a beautiful country with diverse cultures and a fast growing economy. Kenya is also one of the world’s top tourist destinations and why not? Yes it might have been hit by travel bans but this country has got it all. Travel bans do not stop a good thing from shining since terrorism is a global threat and not a Kenyan threat. The country is also doing everything in its power to ensure both citizens and visitors are safe. So what are some of the reasons for visiting this East African country?
- The Mecca Of The Great Wildebeest Migration In Africa
Step into a real-world nature documentary of Kenya’s Great Migration! As you traverse the vast landscape of Masai Mara National Reserve from July to October, your African Mecca guide excitedly points to a dust cloud billowing on the horizon. Your gaze stays fixated as your anticipation builds. What magnificent scene awaits? As your safari vehicle draws near the source of the aerial disturbance, you feel a slight trembling on the ground. Suddenly, the immense shapes of wildebeests begin to emerge from the dust. A chaotic mix of hoofs, gray-black fur, white beards, tails and short manes thunder across the plains. As you pass the herd, flashes of black and white signify the presence of zebras. Following the direction of their heading, you see a seemingly endless number of the same creatures grazing upon shades of emerald-green grasses.
Other countries are trying what Kenya already perfected in the twenties. If it is your first time going on Safari then Kenya should be your first choice. There is good infrastructure to back the entire tourist sector from five star hotels, tour companies, parks and airports.
It’s ideal for safari first-timers
Brian Jackman, Telegraph Travel’s safari expert, recommends Kenya as one of the best countries in Africa for those on their first wildlife watching expedition: “If you catch an overnight flight from Heathrow you can transfer to a light aircraft next morning and be in the bush in time for brunch. Such things are possible in Nairobi because Kenya’s safari industry is backed up by an efficient tourist infrastructure with a dazzling choice of camps and lodges to suit all budgets. This is, after all, where modern safaris were invented back in the Twenties.”
When in Kenya you get to do what Kenyans do. This country should be rated as one of the leading countries with people who like to work hard and play hard. We are talking about road trips, dancing the whole night and eating some nyama choma.
Party all night
Going by how much Kenyans love to have a good time, one can safely assume that any day is party day. Locals will party hard after work until late and still be on their desks the following morning, hangovers notwithstanding. Throw a party on Wednesday evening with great music and plenty of drinks and people will still show up. Locals will always find something worth celebrating with friends; successes, milestones or just because it’s Friday. The biggest gainers are probably bars and nightclubs that are in business all week, with weekends being the frosting on the cake.
Eat Nyama choma
Nyama choma is a Kenyan delicacy, and the name is Swahili for ‘roasted meat’. Be it roasted beef, chicken or lamb, nyama choma is one meal that tends to bring people together. The meat can be roasted on a charcoal stove, grill or oven and can be prepared at home with friends and family. It is also readily available in many hotels all over the country at different price points. You will find locals queueing at Kenyatta Market, City Park or Nairobi west alley in Nairobi and some amazing restaurants in Mombasa and other Kenyan towns for delicious Nyama Choma.
In Kenya you can choose to take an Uber taxi or go for something even more adventurous. You can never go to Kenya and not take a matatu. These are colorful minibuses or vans full of graffiti and loud music. They are so numerous that now it is part of the urban culture.
The three million people who live in Nairobi use matatus to get around, but they are more than just buses, they are a cultural phenomenon. Their garish decorations and blaring music celebrate whatever is hip and current. The buses are decorated with whoever is popular – Obama, Jesus, P Diddy, and lately the Kenyan band Sauti Sol. If your face is painted on a matatu, you’ve made it.
Matatus have destinations, but no timetables. The privately owned minibuses compete for the same routes and only leave when they are full – it’s not worth the trip otherwise. Some unscrupulous owners even trick customers into hopping on board, by paying people to occupy seats (they then get off as it fills up and go and sit in an empty one).
The buses that fill up the quickest are the ones with the brightest artwork, the most likeable drivers, the nicest-looking conductors – and the best tunes. If there is a really good mix in the matatu, people are dancing in their seats. And because the music attracts more customers, they fill up and get to their destination sooner.
Sourced from: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31539776