THE MAGIC OF EAST AFRICA

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From the trop­i­cal beaches of the East African coast to over 45 na­tional parks and re­serves, a vi­brant and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence awaits trav­ellers to Kenya. From hand­feed­ing gi­raffes and or­phaned ele­phants to breath­tak­ing bal­loon sa­faris at dawn, to en­joy­ing the beaches, lakes or tak­ing a sa­fari through the African wilder­ness; a visit to Kenya is a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

WHERE TO STAY

In Nairobi check out Gi­raffe Manor fa­mous for its friendly herd of Roth­schild gi­raffes or Hem­ming­way's Nairobi, a colo­nial-style bou­tique ho­tel. With small is­lands and sweep­ing white beaches Kenya has some stun­ning coastal re­sorts like the Lan­tana Galu Vil­las and Nep­tune Par­adise Beach Re­sort and Spa.

In­land and lo­cated in the foothills of Mount Kenya, The Fair­mont Mount Kenya Sa­fari Club boasts an out­stand­ing lo­ca­tion and fa­cil­i­ties and of­fers a su­perb col­lec­tion of wildlife tours and ac­tiv­i­ties. For a lux­ury tented ex­pe­ri­ence and a real sense of ad­ven­ture ex­plore The Fair­mont Mara Sa­fari Club.

WHAT TO DO

See Africa's fa­mous wildlife, swim with dol­phins at Mom­basa Ma­rine Na­tional Park and Re­serve or take a dawn or dusk hot-air bal­loon sa­fari and see the in­cred­i­ble vista and wildlife from above. The his­tory, culture and land­scape of Kenya is equally as ex­cit­ing. Visit the pre­his­toric art of the first hu­mans at Turkana or the colour­ful tribes of the Ma­sai Mara, or sim­ply re­lax on the sunkissed beaches of Watamu and Diani.

WHERE TO EAT

Kenyan cui­sine is as di­verse as its peo­ple and in places has a heavy In­dian in­flu­ence. Must-try lo­cal dishes in­clude the sa­tay­like mishkaki and nyama choma, a Swahili bar­beque with beef, goat and chicken.

The re­sorts and ho­tels of­fer a range of cuisines but for a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence try Tusks Restau­rant and Ter­race at Fair­mont Mount Kenya Sa­fari Club, The Lord Er­roll in Nairobi, the Moor­ings Float­ing Restau­rant in Mom­basa or the pic­turesque Ali Barbour's Cave Restau­rant in Ukunda. mag­i­calkenya.com

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