Kenya

A holiday like no other

Kenya. It’s a country where you can come face to face with lions and watch a cheetah take its midday nap. It’s a land where elephants have right of way. And it’s a place where the sunset chorus from the waterhole will beat Adele’s latest album hands down.

The world’s best safaris

Let’s face it, this East African heavyweight rarely crops up in a sentence without the word ‘safari’ in it. The Big Five are undoubtedly Kenya’s biggest draw, and within the country’s borders, and south into Tanzania, you’ll find world-famous parks like the Masai Mara National Reserve. It’s home to lions, elephants, leopards – and the rest. Plus, it has the jagged peak of Mount Kilimanjaro as its cinematic backdrop.

Good-looking beaches

Kenya’s beaches are serious competition for the Caribbean. Blockbusters like Bamburi and Diani are the places to pull on your wetsuit and explore the nearby coral reefs – or you can just park yourself on the sand. And at the quieter ones like Galu, the only thing to disturb you will be the monkeys eyeing up your lunch.

Big cities

Kenya’s got a few lesser-known highlights, too, starting with the capital, Nairobi. With all its markets and bazaars, the city is the place to pick up everything from artwork to hand-painted fabrics. Souvenir shopping is sorted over in Mombasa, too, although the stand-out here is the coastline, and the string of postcard-worthy beaches that run along it.

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