Dreaming of exploring Africa? Kenya might just be the perfect place to start. From the open plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve to the beaches and coral reefs of the east coast, Kenya is one of Africa's most enticing destinations.
Although the long roads are bumpy and not always easy to navigate, taking a safari can be one of the most unforgettable experiences you'll have in Kenya. Easilly accessible from cosmopolitan (by African standards) capital, Nairobi, the Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for its role in the great wildebeest migration.
Though Kenya's most famous game park, Masai Mara is definitely not the only one. Do a bit of research before choosing where to take your safari because Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Park and Meru National Park all make a good case for being your number one pick.
Spot the big five
Once you've discovered the excitement of spotting your first lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, visit a Masai village and interact with the locals, or take a hot air balloon over the herds to see the magnificent game parks from a completely different perspective.
Of all the other things to do in Kenya, most take advantage of the country's stunning natural beauty. A reputable Kenya travel guide can help you uncover many of the must-see destinations and hidden charms this vast nation has to offer but to take the stress out of travel, consider one of the excellent Kenya tours offered by Flight Centre.
Stand in awe of the views across the Great Rift Valley, visit beautiful Lake Naivasha or cycle among zebra, giraffe and baboons in the scenic Hell's Gate National Park. Keep heading north and you can witness a sea of pink in Lake Nakuru National Park, where thousands of flamingos flock to the lake. This is also one of the best places in Kenya to spot leopards and rhinos.
From peaks to coast
If you're feeling adventurous, consider climbing Mount Kenya – the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro. This 5,199 metre high extinct volcano is located in dense mountain forest with stunning glacial peaks and countless photo opportunities.
For a different point of view, head to the coastal city of Mombasa. Bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa is known for its beautiful beaches, diverse culture and lively nightlife. Explore the labyrinth streets of the Old Town, eat delicious food and go snorkelling in Mombasa Marine National Park.
The perfect way to relax after life on the safari roads, travel the beautiful Kenyan coastline and see even more beaches such as Diani, Watamu and Lamu.