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Lifestyle 11 reasons why Kenya should be your next holiday destination

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While there are 196 countries in the world today, there is only one country however that promises to make your holiday memorable for decades to come.

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  • While there are 196 countries in the world today, there is only one country however that promises to make your holiday memorable for decades to come.
  • Kenya was voted the world’s leading safari destination by the World Travel Awards (WTA) in 2015.

December is just months away and you need to start planning your holiday destinations. After all, you know what they say, make hay while the sun shines.

While there are 196 countries in the world today, there is only one country however that promises to make your holiday memorable for decades to come.

Lying at latitude -0.023559 and longitude 37.9061928, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world which was voted the world’s leading safari destination by the World Travel Awards (WTA) in 2015.

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Kenya, the safari capital of the world, teems with all manner of unique flora and fauna, not to mention friendly and hospital people who will go out of their way to ensure your vacation is stress-free in the true spirit of ‘Kenya hakuna matata’.

Here are eleven reasons why Kenya should be your next holiday destination.

Entering Kenya is now simpler than ever

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Nothing dampens the holiday mood like long and cumbersome immigration processes that make you feel more like an intruder than a tourist.

Lucky for you, in Kenya you won’t experience any of that. Entering Kenya is now simpler than ever.

The country already has one of the most straightforward online processes for short-term visas and welcomes visitors with open arms.

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Kenyan authorities introduced an e-visa system in 2015, meaning British travellers no longer need apply for entry documents before travelling, or queue at the airport for all the right stamps. A single entry visa costs $51 per person (£39) and the e-visa site is linked from the Foreign Office’s Kenya travel advice page.

For African tourists it is even simpler, the country has scrapped visa requirements for African travelers. Africans are issued with visa on arrival and longer need to get a visa before travelling to the country.

You can literally have breakfast with giraffes

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I know this sounds like a scene directly from one of Hollywood’s animation movies but in Kenya it is a reality.

The famous Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land in a Nairobi suburb and allows guests to participate in sunrise and sunset feeding sessions with Rothschild giraffes as they have their meals.

play Eating breakfast with Girafes at manor house, Nairobi. (TwistedSifter)

Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi couldn’t help but flirt with the giraffes on their recent visit to Kenya.

play American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres feeeding a Giraffe at manor house. (Daily Mail)

 

You can propose to your loved one at the same spot where Prince William went down on one knee and proposed to Kate Middleton

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Kenya is a beautiful romantic getaway and the perfect place to pop up the question to your partner.

A fact that even Royals cannot dispute.

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On October 2010, Prince William went down on one knee and proposed to Kate Middleton at a luxury remote lodge at the foothills of Mount Kenya.

UNESCO-listed Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located at the foothills of Mount Kenya and is home to the Grevy’s zebra, and more than 70 black rhinos, as well as elephants, lions and cheetah who roam the 55,000 acres of savannah.

You can stay at the Queen’s favourite hotel where she turned from a princess to a queen overnight

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On the morning of 6 February 1952, when King George VI died unexpectedly at the age of 56, Princess Elizabeth was at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, watching big game with the Duke of Edinburgh.

For the first time in the history of the world,” wrote big-game hunter Jim Corbett in the Treetops logbook, “a young girl climbed into the tree as a princess and climbed down as a queen.”

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Founded in 1932, Treetops is Kenya’s oldest safari lodge, and its doors are still swung open to visitor up to today.

Kenya’s capital is the only city in the world with a national park

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A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park, the only national park in the world situated next to a capital city.

The world famous park play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.

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Nairobi also has a thriving creative arts scene, art centres such as GoDown Arts Centre, Shifteye Gallery, and The Kuona Trust dot the city and offer visitors and locals a chance to see Kenyan creative at work, showing another side to Nairobi.

Live music is also picking up in Nairobi and is another great experience.

You can witness the greatest migration on earth in Kenya

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Considered one of the seven new wonders of the world, from mid-August to October, more than a million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti national park in neighbouring Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland.

What you see on videos and photography is nothing close to seeing in person the mass movement of animals, lumbering, strutting and swaying in one of the great wonders of the natural world.

Kenya’s Mount Kenya rivals Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro

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While it is shorter than Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, by 696 meters, Kenya’s Mt. Kenya rivals Mt. Kilimanjaro in many aspects.

For a start, Mt. Kenya makes a more challenging climb than Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kenya also sits in its own national park, amid endemic fauna and flora.

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The highest of three peaks rises to 5,199m, but even the lowest of its three summits, offers astounding panoramas over the plains and savannah below, and as you ascend through the foothills you may spot elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, Colobus monkey, antelope and giant forest hog.

Kenya’s bird life will have you all aflutter

play Flamingos at Lake Bogoria, Kenya (AirPano)

 

Kenya has more than 1,000 recorded bird species, including flamboyant crowds of pink flamingos whose massing makes for surreal photographs.  The flamingos can be seen at Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria.

You can also visit Lake Naivasha, home to Golden-winged Sunbirds, Superb Starlings and African Fish Eagles.

You can wake up at a beach, have lunch in a forest and enjoy a cup of tea in the evening  while watching wild animals have an evening drink

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You can wake up in Kenya and go for a beach walk in the seventh best beach in Africa located in Mombasa and then in the Afternoon hop on a plane and go get lost in nature at Chyulu hills and then in the evening pass by world famous Maasai Mara and enjoy the sunset as you watch lions and elephants come for an evening drink.

You might be even lucky enough to witness a leopard making a kill in the evening sun.

You can spot all the big 5 in Kenya

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Kenya is easily one of Africa’s greatest wildlife watching destinations, home as it is to the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and white/black rhinos).

You can sleep under the stars

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You can let get all cozy inside a five-star love nest located in serene plains of Kenya.

Located in the wilds of Kenya and nestled between glorious Mount Kenya to the east and the Great Rift Valley to the west, is a luxurious safari lodge modeled in the design of a nest.

Nay Palad Bird Nest is the world's first five-star BIRD’S NEST built alongside a river teeming with wildlife in one of Kenya’s most popular safari locations – Laikipia, Northern Kenya.

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The nest is a raised suite built entirely from tree branches that offers 360-degree views over the surrounding plains of Laikipia.

Located a few meters from Nay Palad Bird Nest is another lodge where you can sleep under the stars.

Loisaba is a 56,000 acre wildlife conservancy located in Laikipia, teeming with abundant wildlife, exquisite accommodation and adventurous activities.

“This is the Africa of dreams: the air fragrant with the smell of greenery, alive with the sound of creatures, and, at night, lit up by what seems like a trillion stars,” says Lisa Grainger, a travel writer.

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