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Kenya

Kenya is a country in East Africa renowned for its breathtaking landscapes that range from the Great Rift Valley's dramatic cliffs and valleys to the expansive savannahs teeming with wildlife, making it a premier safari destination. Its diverse cultural heritage is a melting pot of over 40 ethnic groups, each contributing to the vibrant traditions, languages, music, and arts.

Nairobi, its capital, is a bustling metropolis that contrasts sharply with the peaceful, traditional life in rural areas and the pristine beaches along its Indian Ocean coastline.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring the Wild

morning:Embark on a sunrise safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve, watching the diverse wildlife come to life as the sun brightens the savanna. Don't miss breakfast with a view at Mara River Lodge.

afternoon:Visit a local Maasai village to gain insight into traditional culture and lifestyle. Enjoy a traditional Kenyan barbecue lunch at a nearby restaurant.

evening:Experience a memorable night of stargazing at a private bush dinner under the vast African sky.

day 2

Cultural Immersion

morning:Start your day with a tour of Nairobi National Museum to discover Kenya's rich heritage and history. Savor a delectable Kenyan breakfast at the museum's café.

afternoon:Explore the vibrant streets of Nairobi's Kibera, Africa's largest urban slum, with a local guide. Satisfy your appetite with authentic Kenyan street food.

evening:Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats and cultural dances at a traditional tribal music performance.

day 3

Coastal Retreat

morning:Indulge in a relaxing morning at Diani Beach, soaking up the sun and admiring the turquoise waters. Enjoy a delightful seaside brunch at Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant.

afternoon:Embark on a leisurely dhow cruise, exploring the breathtaking Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park. Savor a sumptuous seafood lunch on the dhow.

evening:Sip cocktails and watch the sunset at Forty Thieves Beach Bar, followed by a lively beach bonfire evening.

day 4

Nature's Wonders

morning:Embark on a scenic hike at Hell's Gate National Park, marveling at towering cliffs and geothermal activity. Refuel with a hearty brunch at The Olkaria Geothermal Spa.

afternoon:Discover the beauty of Lake Naivasha on a boat safari, encountering diverse bird species and wildlife. Enjoy a late afternoon tea at Elsamere Conservation Centre.

evening:Experience the magic of a serene night walk through Crescent Island's wildlife sanctuary, surrounded by grazing wildlife.

Kenya Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Ugali with Sukuma Wiki

Ugali, a maize porridge, is a Kenyan staple often served with sukuma wiki, a leafy green vegetable sautéed with onions and spices. Found at local eateries and restaurants across the country.

Must-Try!

Nyama Choma

Grilled meat, typically goat, is a popular dish often accompanied by ugali and a fiery side of pili pili (hot chili). Look for nyama choma stands at local markets and roadside eateries.

Mandazi

These sweet, deep-fried dough snacks are beloved throughout Kenya. Widely available at bakeries, street food stalls, and markets.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Maasai Market, Nairobi

This vibrant market is an excellent place to sample a variety of Kenyan street foods such as grilled meats, samosas, and seasonal fruits. It also offers a range of handicrafts and souvenirs.

Lamu Food Festival

Occurring annually in Lamu, this festival celebrates Swahili cuisine, featuring an array of traditional dishes, seafood specialties, and street food offerings.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While meat is prevalent in Kenyan cuisine, many restaurants and cafes in urban areas offer vegetarian and vegan selections, such as vegetable stews, lentil dishes, and coconut-based curries.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-free options are increasingly available in urban centers. Dishes like grilled fish, salads, and rice-based meals can often be found to accommodate gluten-free diets.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Kenya

Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi

Renowned for its 'Beast of a Feast,' this restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat selection of roasted meats, including game meats, in a lively atmosphere.

Tamarind Restaurant, Mombasa

Situated along the coast, this restaurant serves exquisite seafood dishes with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for a special dining experience.

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