From its green coastal plains, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, to its crisp and arid interior, the Republic of Kenya has long been a popular and diverse landscape for visitors to explore. The nation’s name originates from Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain, located near the centre of the country. When translated into English, ‘Kenya’ means ‘the place with ostriches’. Incidentally, when viewed from afar, the snow-capped peak also resembles the contrasting black and white plumage of this large, flightless bird.
Kenya’s weather varies: from tropical along its coast, to temperate in the west and dry in the highlands. Locals break the year up into a ‘long rain’ and ‘short rain’ season. The long rains occur between March/April to May/June and the short rains are from October to November/December. The hottest time of the year is in February and March, leading into the season of the long rains, and the coolest is usually in July and August.
When it comes to its key attraction, it’s wildlife. Kenya prides itself on offering visitors a view of one of the Natural Wonders of the World – the great wildebeest migration. The spectacle sees over 11 million of these horned mammals migrate as one over a distance of 2900 kilometres; from the Serengeti (in neighbouring Tanzania) to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The 20,808 square kilometre Tsavo National Park in the south east of Kenya is another magnificent wonder, offering safari seekers up-close encounters with lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant.
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