The country of Kenya is in East Africa, and named after Mount Kenya which is the second highest mountain peak in Africa. Portuguese explorers were the first to travel and establish trade routes throughout Kenya back in 1498. Up until the 1920's, Kenya was called the British East African Protectorate. Kenya is also rich in diverse cultures and landscapes.
Tsavo National Park in Kenya was established in 1948, and the park was a prime hunting ground for the Kamba and Waliangulu tribes before becoming a national park. The grounds are split into two sections by the Nairobi-Mombasa railway/road. During the construction of the bridge at the Tsavo River back in 1898, 130 workers were killed by man eating lions; the lions were eventually killed by Col. Patterson. This historic event inspired the movie, “The Ghost in the Darkness”. The Tsavo National Park is now home to large herds of elephants, lions, rhinos, and various types of wildlife. The weather in Tsavo is usually nice and sunny except in the two rainy seasons. The first rainy season is from March through May. The second is from October through December. Keep this in mind when visiting.
Lamu is an island located off the coast of Northern Kenya. Most of the visitors to Lamu arrive by plane. Arriving in Lamu is like taking a step back in time. Being one of oldest cities in Kenya, the first thing travelers notice about Lamu are the narrow eight foot streets. There are no cars on the island and the best way to travel is by foot or donkey. The winding narrow streets immerse the visitor in sights and sounds. In the center of the historic town is Sultan's Fort. The fort was built by Omanis in 1808. Sultan's Fort is now a museum and its forecourt is home to Lamus largest open air market. The market is a great place to experience the culture and find unique gifts and souvenirs.
In the city of Malindi offers many activities for visitors. Malindi is home to Marine National Park. The park has tours in glass bottom boats to allow visitors a view of the exquisite coral reef below, and also has snorkeling available at low tide. Other places to visit in Malindi include the Crocodile Farm, a Falconry Center, and Snake Farm. The main deep sea fishing season in Malindi, is from August to March. Some of the fish that can be caught here are marlin, tuna, hammerhead and tiger sharks. With so much to do and see in Malindi, the city has become a favorite for those who visit Kenya.
Mount Kenya is the highest peak in all of Kenya. The mountain is one of the few near the equator that has permanent glaciers. Mount Kenya is a great destination for hiking and getting a feel of some of the most diverse landscaping in Kenya. Climbing the mountain gives the visitor a chance to get panoramic views and an opportunity to take some beautiful photographs.
The Kilifi Bay Beach Resort is located between Malindi and Mombasa. This is a four star resort offering a swimming pool and most of the rooms offer an ocean view. The Kilifi Bay Beach Resort makes a great home base when traveling between Mombasa and Malindi. Diamond Beach Village is on the beach of Manda Island, Lamu. The resort has an ocean view in all six private beach huts. They even have a treehouse which is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. The Diamond Beach Village also has an open air restaurant and bar on site.
The country of Kenya is an exciting place to explore and the magnificent country has so much to do and experience, one visit here is not enough. Kenya is the true jewel of Africa and has much more to do than just a typical safari.