DESTINATION/ Kenya – The Wildlife Destination

Pristine nature, remarkable animal species, UNESCO sites – Kenya has it all. Still, its potential as a travel destination is far from fully used.


Tourism in Kenya Developing Fast

Sara Thopson

Kenya is one of the world's best tourism destinations attracting millions of tourists over the past years. The country is endowed with attractive tourist sites, rich culture, striking geographical diversity and landscapes ranging from beautiful beaches, to animal parks and archeological sites. The tourist destinations are well distributed all over the country. Currently, Kenya has six properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. These include cultural properties which are: Fort Jesus Momb...

Masai Mara: The Jewel in the Crown of Kenya National Parks

Ashley Nault

Masai Mara National Reserve is without question my family's most memorable holiday spot. We drove down to the park as part of a 3-day safari package which incorporated a Masai Mara lodge accommodation, transport and a professional guide. The 270 kilometer (169 mile) journey from Nairobi took us 5 and a half hours. Although a stretch of the road was unpaved and extremely bumpy and dusty, there were some welcome distractions that more than canceled out this teeth-rattling experience. One of th...

Kenya Tourism: Still a Long Way from Reaching Its True Potential

Bill Alen

When I first came to Kenya, in August 1990, I was a backpacker on a shoestring budget. At midcourse between Cape Town and Cairo, I got accommodation at the New Kenya Lodge in River Road for $ 2.50 (Sh200). After spending two nights there, I continued to Garissa and Liboi, heading to Somalia. In 1994, I returned with my wife, and in downtown Nairobi, urban chaos and poverty struck her so much that she was reluctant to come back 15 years later, when I was offered a job. Today, I enjoy the ful...

Gedi Ruins – The Mysterious City

Justin N. Froyd

Gedi is one of Kenya's great unknown treasures, a wonderful lost city lying in the depths of the great Arabuko Sokoke forest. It is also a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continues to engender debate among historians. To this day, despite extensive research and exploration, nobody is really sure what happened to the town of Gedi and its peoples. This once great civilization was a powerful and complex Swahili settlement with a population of over 2,500 built during the 13t...