The Republic of Kenya may be a relatively small country located in East Africa, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with its abundance in mountains, beaches, savannah grasslands, rich culture, and developing economy. Kenya is situated right at the equator, bordered to the southeast by the Indian Ocean, to the south by Tanzania, to the west by Uganda, to the northwest by South Sudan, to the north by Ethiopia, and to the northwest by South Sudan. The country's capital Nairobi is known as Kenya's largest city, which is the most populous city in eastern Africa as well as one of the most prominent, politically and financially.
Nairobi National Park - Tourists come to Kenya to personally witness an authentic African wildlife safari. The Nairobi National Park is the country's most accessible place for a safari experience, as it’s situated at the southern outskirts of the city. What's so interesting about the place is that the breadth of the park is teeming with wildlife, yet in certain angles the city skyscrapers can be seen in the background. Nairobi National Park also has the densest concentration of the endangered black rhinos in the world. Additionally, there are lions, cheetahs, antelopes, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, and other animals constantly lurking about.
Hell's Gate National Park – If you think you've got what it takes, prepare to go hiking or biking unguided at the 68.25km2 vicinity of Hell's Gate National Park. Enjoy the scenic landscapes and explore the area freely for some wildlife sight-seeing. Be cautious of lions and leopards on the loose, although they're more likely to ignore or flee from humans. Camping and rock climbing are other activities allowed in the park.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – Visit young elephants and rhinos at the orphanage run by this Kenyan wildlife conservation charity. The trust is currently the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant – Perhaps one of the most stunningly beautiful and unusual restaurants ever, the establishment is set up in an actual cave in Diani. The atmosphere is unbelievably romantic and fairytale-like, and diners will be mesmerised simply by the fact that they are dining 10 metres below ground in a candle-lit open-air coral cave.
How to get around within Kenya
There are long- and short- haul bus routes available in Kenya, although most of them are limited in and around Nairobi. Buses are generally safer than other public transportation available. Unless you're capable of flying in with your own private vehicle, car rentals are available and are a great way to travel independently. Hitching is never entirely risk-free and recommendable anywhere, but it is possible in Kenya, so do so at your own risk. Hitch-hikers in Kenya flag down passing vehicles using a palm-downwards wave. Note that drivers often expect a contribution or payment of some sort for letting you hitch a ride.
How to get there
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the primary airport serving Kenya, situated in Nairobi. It ranked as the ninth-busiest airport in Africa, operating flights to and from over 50 destinations. Airlines that serve the airport include Air Arabia, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Korea Air, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates.
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