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Kenya travel guide

Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Kenya.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi (or Nai-Robbery as many dub it) is the first taste of Kenya for many travellers but is thankfully not a true representation of this amazing country. The city has a very dangerous side and travel alone is not recommended, day or night. The nearby Langata Giraffe Sanctuary and Elephant Park are a great chance to get extremely close (and sometimes hand feed) the animals. A popular place to eat is Carnivores Restaurant, which is a short drive by taxi, and offers safari meat on the menu.
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Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha, just north of Nairobi, has thousands of flamingoes and is also the place to enter the Hells Gate National Park for walking safari trips
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Elsamere, Kenya
Elsamere, made famous by Joy and George Adamson and their lion cub, Elsa, in the film Born Free, has a great visitor centre with tea and cakes served on the lawn. Colobus Monkeys roam free around the grounds.
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Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is considered one of the best sites in Kenya to view game. The soda lake is home to thousands of flamingoes but the park also has many Black Rhino, Lion, Zebra, Buffalo, and the odd Leopard.
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Masi Mara, Kenya
Masi Mara
The Masi Mara is the Kenyan side of Tanzania's great Serengeti NP. In July and August it is the scene of the migration of the wildebeest as 2 million travel north in search of wetter weather. Zebra intermingle and a significant number of predators follow too.
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Mombasa, Kenya
Mombasa has some of the best beaches in Africa but beware of the Malaria risk here - it is very high.
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The Masai people, Kenya

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