Kenya is popular for tourism because of a rich natural environment that can be enjoyed throughout the year. White sandy beaches on the coast, beautiful landscapes, unforgettable mountain treks and the grand beauty of many varieties of vegetation and animals are must-sees.

TICAD VI delegates will be able to enjoy the sights in Kenya through tour packages, including those offered by Avril travel, Classic Safari, Bunson Safari, Animal World Safaris, Somak Safaris, Twiga Tours and others.

Below are some of the places included in such tours, which generally cost $120 or more a person, excluding lunch, for one-day trips.

The Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage, an animal preserve that works to rescue animals and rehabilitate them for a return to wild, has achieved worldwide admiration for its enormously successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. There are over 150 infant elephants that have been successfully raised so far. Visitors can see baby elephants being fed and play with them.

The Giraffe Centre offers visitors the opportunity to get quite close to giraffes. It was established by Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979 to protect the threatened Rothschild giraffes and has also seen great success. The center has been able to contribute several breeding pairs of giraffes to some national parks in Kenya and people can see, feed and take pictures with giraffes. Elevated platforms allow visitors to come eye-to-eye with the animals. Also there are a number of art pieces made by local students during yearly environmental competition.

The Karen Blixen Museum was the centerpiece of a farm built for Karen Blixen. She was a talented Danish author also known by her pen name, Isak Dinesen, who ran a large coffee plantation with her husband. They were known for mainly hiring African workers and the farmhouse gained international fame with the release of the movie “Out of Africa” an Oscar-winning film based on Karen’s book of the same title. It is today one of the National Museums of Kenya.

Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village that contains traditional straw houses and is a protected place for domestic animals and people. Bomas of Kenya has been recreated for visitors to see traditional village life, cultural dance performances of various local tribes, as well as music and songs in this brilliant arena.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. There are over 1.5 million wildebeest that migrate into the area in July and depart in November, as well as 400 birds species and 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles have been recorded on the reserve. The Masai Mara is regarded as one of the places where people can admire the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife. This place is one of the most abundant places for animals in Africa and it is one of the reasons that visitors seldom miss seeing the “big five” of buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos there. The best time to go there is between July and October because of the migration patterns, making the dates around the conference perfect to enjoy the reserve.

The Mpata Safari Club was established in 1992 and designed by Japanese architect Edward Suzuki. It is included in one of the plans of Avril Travel that offers an overnight stay, but also some activities such as driving game or taking a hot air balloon safari in the Mara. It is priced at $800 per person sharing and available for a maximum of four days ($1,850).

One of the tour packages offered by Classic Safari is the Kenya Holidays that allows people to visit a beautiful beach and go on safari in Amboseli National Park and Tsavo West National Park. People can enjoy the pristine white sandy beach and a wide range of wildlife in the two national parks. The tour, which lasts five nights and six days, offers plenty of time to revel in Kenya’s beauty, starts at $1,566 per couple.

Another tour offered by Twiga Tours takes place on the foot of the great Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Amboseli Game Reserve is one of the best places to get close to many elephants that roam freely. People can experience both the beautiful tranquility and bustling hustle of Nairobi. The price is from $836 (non-residents, up to six people).

Twiga Tours also offers a delight for bird watchers with a tour to Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru National Park boasts one of the greatest avian spectacles in the world. Visitors can enjoy views of the park surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland and a lake with a wide variety of birds. There are many animals other than birds such as zebras, rhinos and more.

Road Package offers an opportunity to visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This conservancy works to conserve wildlife and provide a sanctuary for great apes. The 90,000-acre conservancy has large numbers of wildlife such as the big five mentioned above, Grevy’s zebras, cheetahs, gazelles, black-backed jackals, ostriches, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, elands and several hundred bird species. The sights are impressive and provide an unforgettable safari experience. People also can go to Nairobi, Kenya’s colorful capital city, by driving south through the rich agricultural and hilly mosaic of small farms, coffee plantation and pineapples that make up one of the main parts of Kenya’s economy. The one-night, two-day plan is priced at $535.

The Mombasa two-night, three-day Flying Package also offers good value for those looking to relax. This package simply involves a trip to a great beach in Mombasa. There are a variety of hotels and rooms and the plan is perfect for visitors who prefer relaxing at a pristine beach and doing nothing. Prices for the plan start from $616.

Furthermore, there are many activities introduced on the website, www.magicalkenya.com. It has a number of plans, including a safari that offers adventure and relaxation, natural simplicity and opulence, social experiences and solitude. Visitors who come to Kenya will be able to experience and see completely different things because the experiences are never the same twice.

Other activities outlined on the website include water sports such as diving, kitesurfing, whitewater rafting and big game fishing. Also offered are safari opportunities and the chance to participate in events to experience both village life and urban culture.

One of the popular water sports is diving in the beautiful splendid sea in Watamu Marine National Parks, Mtwapa and barracuda reef and the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve. Kenya is becoming more and more popular as one of the great dive destinations. The calm turquoise waters off the beaches lie in the protective shelter of reefs and diving in Kenya is great all year round.

The Maralal Camel Derby is an annual event and the best renowned. People who come here are not only spectators, but also racers and the competition is fierce.

The cities and beaches in Kenya are of course marvelous places, but the villages are also perfect to get introduced to local cultures and lifestyles. Visitors also can spend days in the homes of ethnic communities through Village Visits. It is a wonderful experience to live in Kenyan villages and learn about people’s daily lives.

Kenya has a great many places to visit and offers something for everyone.

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