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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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Diani Beach

Diani Beach is a large resort on Kenya’s southern coast, about 30 kilometres south of Mombasa. It’s an upscale sort of place with a gaggle of high-class hotels and restaurants, and the beachfront bars give out a relaxed, friendly vibe. But as the name suggests, this spot’s popularity is all down to the beach – you’ve got a whopping 25 kilometres of tropical white sands to play with here.

Tiwi Beach

Tiwi Beach is a textbook tropical retreat on Kenya’s south coast. It ducks well under the tourist radar, serving up a scattering of good-looking hotels and colonial-style cottages. They all line up along the white-sand beach. It’s got a wild side, too – bush babies and monkeys scale the coastline’s fringe of trees.

Watamu

Most people’s idea of paradise looks a lot like Watamu. On Kenya’s coast, 150 kilometres north of Mombasa, this isolated village is surrounded by plantations of coconut trees and mangrove creeks. It’s got a supersized white beach, perfect for lazing by day and romantic walks at dusk. And just off the shore is a coral reef that’s part of the Watamu Marine National Park and teeming with all creatures great and small.

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Terms and Conditions Limited availability at these price so book now to avoid disappointment. Guaranteed savings - Refers to an online discount of 10% on July & August nad 9% September & October holidays and applies to the basic adult cost before supplements. Available on package holidays booked online departing between 1st July 2014 and 31st October 2014 Online discount only applies to package holidays booked on firstchoice.co.uk and does not apply to flight only, accommodation only and tailor made flight+hotel bookings. Online discount is not combinable with free child places.

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