Saturday, January 1


Kenya has many well known sights, so we will need to pick our favourite. There is overflow from issues in Sudan. There is banditry in the North and Northeast - the road from Marsabit to Ethiopia (that everyone takes) is done in convoy. The road is apparently very rough on tyres.

South Africans must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.

- Kakamega Rainforest - Kenya's only tropical rainforest. Entry roughly $20 ea. Hopefully it will not be mega kaka at that price :o
- Lake Bogoria - hot springs & geysers
- Lake Nakuru National Park - leopards, white rhinos, famous flamingos
- Aberdare National Park - moorland, peaks, forest, Kinangop Plateau
- Lake Naivasha - base for exploring - camp at Ol Dubai or Naiberta - large expat community- fish eagle
- Hells Gate National Park - walk, cycle unguided, cliffs, gorges, basalt columns, Fischer's Tower (rock climbing)
- Nairobi - bad reputation, but interesting. Probably similar to Joburg. There is a Carnivore restaurant, Carnivore Rd, Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, for a set price of 1700KES (approx £13 ea) which we will probably want to go to. Other good restaurants are Simmers, Pasara CafĂ© and Tropez apparently. Nightlife: New Florida club. Karen and Langata are apparently nice suburbs.

From here we are thinking of heading out to the coast, to the points below, but this stretch of coastline is only a few short kms from Somalia, so we will need to check if it's safe to be on the beach in these areas. Its also a lot of extra distance to cover. If not, we will just cut this loop out:
- Amboseli National Park - one of the most popular - elephants graze with backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro
- Tsavo National Park - lions, elephants, leopards, wildebeest migration
- Marine National Park - Malindi - snorkelling, coral reefs. Looks amazing. Would love to scuba dive here, but maybe not from a boat :)
- Tiwi Beaches - some kind of paradise, looks beautiful
- Lamu Town - Swahili culture, carved woods, traditional houses - UNESCO
- Kilwa Fortress
- Mombasa
- Watamu - beaches - Swahili ruins of Gede
- then back to Nairobi

- Mt Kenya National Park - 5199m - Kikuyu people - UNESCO + biosphere reserve. Mount Kenya the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power. Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa. Park fees approx $50 pp per day!
- Samburu National Park - Rugged semi desert park: not particularly well-known and as a result is less crowded than most
- Marsabit

National Geographic Pictures - http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/kenya-photos/

these are some teaser pics from the internet...

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