This is a guest post by travel writer Bradley Fink.
I once attempted to travel all the way from Cape Town to Cairo. I made it the length of South Africa, up through the swamps of Botswana, across Zambia and into Malawi. Tanzania was grand, where I explored the forests and savannahs of Kilimanjaro. But ultimately it was Kenya, with its beaches and reserves, which stopped me in my tracks. Kenya truly is “God’s Country”, and as it held me under its natural spell, this was as far as I managed to go in my travels through Africa.
The cities in Kenya are generally chaotic. Though most visitors fly into Nairobi, there is not much there to see. Instead go west, to Maasai Mara, for the best of Kenya safaris. Maasai Mara is the northern end of Serengeti National Park. Here you can arrange a one-day game drive, or a full-on week-long safari. The reserve is home to every member of the Big-Five wildlife, which includes lions, leopards, African Elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros. Most hotels can arrange your trip with a certified African guide.
When you come out from the bush, you may be in need of some comfort and luxury. If so, head east to the beautiful, secluded white sands of Diani Beach. Here you’ll find a number of hotels and elegant beach resorts. If you’ve worked up an appetite, then Diani Beach is great for fresh Kenyan cuisine. Located at the five-star Leisure Lodge Resort, Fisherman’s Cove offers a variety of local a la carte seafood. With its ocean side ambience and romantic décor, this is one of the more fun and authentic Kenya Restaurants.
If sport is in order, then stay a few days at Kenyaway’s Hotel and Kite Village. Located directly on Diani Beach, this family owned estate is great for kite-surfing, or just basking in the African sun. Deluxe rooms with traditional furnishings offer private ocean views, and the conditions here are consistently perfect for catching some easy waves. The “Village” is run by the Kennaways, the youngest of whom, Linzi, is an experienced kite-board instructor. With Kenyaway’s as your base, you can kite up the coast, have lunch at another base, and make the most of your Kenyan adventure.
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