Kenya - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour to Kenya offers two very different but equally impressive experiences if you choose to combine a safari with an Indian Ocean break. And with the added bonus of a tropical climate with year-round sunshine, this beautiful corner of East Africa is a haven if you’re seeking the sun, although chilly nights and mornings are the norm, so remember to pack something warm for the safari part of your trip.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
One-tenth of all the land in Kenya, from desert and savannah to mountain and forest, has been designated as national parks and game reserves, including the Masai Mara, Tsavo and Amboseli. They are inhabited by a massive variety of wonderful wildlife and backed by spectacular scenery.
Spot the ‘Big Five’
The excitement mounts as you board your vehicle for your first game drive in a bid to spot as many species as possible, including the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo. This famous phrase, coined in a bygone era by white hunters, refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot, rather than their size. Fortunately, today the only shot you will get at these magnificent beasts is one to proudly display in your photograph album.
Luxury tented camps
Accommodation on a safari can vary from quite basic tents in fenced campsites to comfortable lodges and luxury tented camps featuring all mod cons such as hot showers. Bar areas with snug sofas surrounding open fires, and restaurants serving first-class cuisine are part and parcel of these lodges too. And many are built near to watering holes which lure all manner of wildlife come sunset, just as you are sharing a sundowner and a safari story or two with your fellow travellers.
The Great Migration
Among other highlights on a Kenya safari holiday are hot-air balloon rides over game reserves and the chance to view nature’s most fantastic spectacle, the Great Migration. Between June and September hundreds of thousands of animals, notably wildebeest, move between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in a quest for fresh pastures. Their hazardous journey is also watched closely by predators such as lions, leopards and crocodiles, which lie in wait ready to pounce on stragglers.
Snorkelling and diving
Some of Africa’s most idyllic beaches can be found in Mombasa. Spend lazy days on the snow-white sand, and dip into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, which nurtures a stunning array of marine life and colourful coral gardens. Snorkelling and diving trips will help you to discover this amazing underwater world at close quarters. Or opt to stay dry on board a dhow – a traditional sailing boat – in the company of dolphin experts and keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of these graceful sea mammals at play.
Reminders of the slave trade
On land, you can explore Mombasa’s fascinating Old Town, a collection of historical buildings dating back to the 18th century combining African, Arabic and European influences, as well as Fort Jesus. This monumental building was erected by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and inside you will find a museum displaying exhibits from the time when Mombasa was a transit point for the slave trade.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
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