THE ESSENTIALS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Brief Encounter -

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.

Sea­sons

• 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.

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