Getting there: Many airlines fly to Kenya from most major Australian cities, so prices are competitive. Australians do require a travel visa to visit the country and must have an up-todate yellow fever vaccination.
Kenya Airways fly from Nairobi to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Guangzhou with connections on codeshare airline partners through to Australia.
Getting around: Wildlife Safari, the luxury travel company, presents the ultimate wildlife safari – the most exciting, value-for-money safari available today. It’s a nine day luxury Kenya safari visiting three unique and diverse wildlife sanctuaries.
When to travel: Kenya offers fantastic wildlife experiences year-round, however, the peak travel season is from July to November during the annual wildebeest migration.
• Dry Season – December to March and June to October
• Long Rains – March to June • Short Rains – November People: Kenya boasts at least 40 different ethnic African groups. There are many different languages spoken, but Swahili, the national language alongside English, is the most widely spoken. It is a culturally diverse nation, with large populations of Europeans, Arabs, Indians and Pakistanis. Twothirds of the population identify as Christian and about 15 per cent of Kenyans are Muslim, but belief systems among the remote tribes remain largely indigenous.
Points of Interest
1. Great Rift Valley
2. Lake Nakuru
3. Lake Victoria
4. Maasai Mara National Reserve 5. Crescent Island
6. Mount Kenya
7. Nairobi National Park
8. Tsavo East National Park
1 Even though the Maasai have been encouraged to abandon their seminomadic lives, they have stood strong and continue with age-old traditions. In fact, so unique are their practices that they are being embraced by western societies as the Maasai have solved the problems of producing food in the desert and scrubland, a trick that might come in handy as a response to climate change for millions of others.
2 The Maasai Mara is world famous for its healthy populations of Maasai Lions. Here two females rest in the shade of the midday sun, but their eyes are always scanning the horizon for movement, and a meal.
3 The waters of the Mara River are a dangerous place for grazers and this close-to 5-metre monster crocodile knows that sooner or later grazers must come to drink or cross the river.
4 A hippo glides through water lilies on the Mara River, crossing from bank to bank after a night of grazing on the open plains.