Kenya activities: Trekking, Climb, Safari and Rafting
Kenya has a wealth of superb and varied destinations, many of these rival the best in Africa and often are less popular and crowded than other parts of East Africa.
Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa reaching 5199m and is located on the equator. Magnificent cliffs and glaciers protect the highest peaks of Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m). The third highest summit is Point Lenana, (4985m) and is accessible to walkers. Tarns and alpine meadows, high-altitude vegetation, hyrax and soaring eagles makes the walk around the peaks one of the most beautiful expeditions in the East African mountains.
The “Big Five” animals of Africa can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara in particular: the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant. A significant population of other wild animals, reptiles and birds can also be found in the national parks and game reserves in the country. The annual animal migration – especially migration of the wildebeest – occurs between June and September with millions of animals taking part.
It’s generally sunny, dry and not too hot for most of the year in Kenya despite being situated on the equator. The main rainy seasons are from March to May and November to early December but the amount of rainfall varies year to year. Central Kenya is situated on a plateau and the altitude keeps the heat at a comfortable level. The coastal areas are obviously hotter, but the ocean breeze also makes that region (Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi) fairly comfortable for most of the year. Mount Kenya is high enough to have permanent snow and it will often freeze at night.
The main International airport in Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and lies 10 miles (16 km) south east of the capital city, Nairobi. From here you can be met to begin your trek or safari quite easily. There is also a long-distance bus that travels between Nairobi and Tanzania and Uganda. Most nationalities will need a tourist visa to visit Kenya which will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. You can obtain your visa in advance through your nearest Kenyan High Commission (check before you travel), or on entry into the country (airport or border crossing if travelling by road).
English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya, though an attempt at Swahili will always be appreciated!
Hello = Jambo / hujambo / Salama
How are you? = Habari gani
Fine (response) = Nzuri
Yes = Ndiyo
Nice to meet you = Nafurahi kukuona
Goodnight = Lala salama
No = Hapana
Thank you = Asante
Thank you very much = Asante sana
Please = Tafadhali
OK = Sawa
Excuse me = Samahani
You’re Welcome = Starehe
Friend = Rafiki
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