Kenya's landscapes are varied: from rolling savannah and mountain forests to stony parched deserts and a tropical coastline. It is these habitats that harbour some of Africa's most incredible animals and a safari, meaning 'journey' in Kiswahili, is a highlight for many visitors. 

The principle draw card is the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, but there are numerous other interesting species. Some of the game parks and reserves, such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli, are world famous for their plains game, while thousands of flamingo live on the Rift Valley lakes, and the verdant woodlands are home to primates and a profusion of African birds. Along the coast, the azure Indian Ocean offers exotic palm-fringed and pearly-white beaches that lie in wait of the sun-worshiping crowd, while the coral reefs team with life and colour. 

Kenya is also known for its diversty of people: the majestic Masai and Samburu still stalk the plains dressed in their trademark red and purple robes, while the legacies of the European white settlers who came in search of pristine farming land and hunting trophies can still be seen.

Kenya Travel Guide Highlights
Kenya travel guide: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, Photo by Angela Ravaioli
Lake Nakuru National Park
Rich in wildlife, from monkeys to a healthy rhino population and pink flamingos.
Kenya travel guide: Buffalo Springs, Kenya, Photo by Brian Maudsley
Samburu and Buffalo Springs
View unusual wildlife in an arid environment at these lesser visited reserves.
Kenya travel guide: Lake Naivasha, Kenya, Photo by  Oleg Znamenskiy
Lake Naivasha
Rift Valley lake surrounded by feathery papyrus, marshy lagoons and grassy shores.
Kenya travel guide: Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, photo by Sekernas
Laikipia Plateau
Kenya's newest wildlife destination and a conservation success story.
Kenya travel guide: Lake Turkana, Kenya, Photo by Attila Jandi
Lake Turkana
Difficult to access but the parched desert environment and dazzling waters make the journey worthwhile.
Kenya travel guide: Aberdares National Park, Kenya, Photo by Aberdar
Aberdares National Park
Treetops and The Ark are famous park lodges, tucked in the mountains that are home to buffalo, elephants and monkeys.
Kenya travel guide: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Photo by Ventz
Masai Mara National Reserve
The home of the stars of Big Cat Diary and stage for the wildebeest migration.
Kenya travel guide: Lamu Old Town, Kenya, Photo by Cessna 206
Lamu Old Town
Steeped in Swahili history with intriguing alleyways and Arabian houses.
Kenya travel guide: Amboseli National Park, Kenya, photo by Sandra Van Der Steen
Amboseli National Park
With a backdrop of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, watching wildlife here is very scenic.
Kenya travel guide: Tamarind, Mombasa, Kenya, Photo by Pivariz
Eat delicious seafood on the romantic white-sailed Tamarind dhow.
Kenya travel guide, Tsavo National Park, Kenya, photo by Stefanie Van Der Vinden
Tsavo National Park
The largest game park in Kenya, famous for its big tuskers.
Kenya travel guide: Diani Beach, Kenya, Photo by Atakhar
Diani Beach
One of the finest stretches of white-sand beach in the country.

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