Kenya has, for over 30 years, played host to those searching for exotic holidays and honeymoons, while, at the same time, leading the way in promoting the ideals of conservation for the rare animals of this magnificent continent. The word "safari" means "journey" in Swahili and a visit to this beautiful country is indeed that. The history of Kenya is both long and diverse from its beginnings as a grazing land for Nilotic tribes such as the Masai, to the country as it is now, a peaceful and beautiful land.
Spanning across the last 30 or so years, the tourism industry has steadily grown both in its size but also in its diversity. With it ease of access to such wonderful parks as the Masai Mara and Amboseli for safari , it also offers plenty of alternative trips such as golf breaks and horse riding. Sadly though, through overcrowding and a rush to tourism, with the finance that safari brings, the country has also managed to gain a poor reputation for overcrowded parks and beach hawkers. Over the last decade, however the advent of responsible tourism and community management has re-aligned the balance away from numbers and back to quality.
Kenya remains, as ever, one of the places to visit in Africa for three principle reasons. The people, who are the most welcoming and friendly you will meet. The scenery, which ranges from the dramatic semi-desert in the north to the rolling hills and greenery of the highlands to the dramatic sweep of the Rift Valley floor and the Mara in the south. Finally, the game, with the Migration visiting the southern plains in August to November and the grevy's zebra and oryx upon the Laikipia Plateau, there is an abundance throughout.
Generally the climate is warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east. Across most of the country, rainfall is strongly seasonal, although its pattern, timing and extent vary greatly from place to place and from year to year. Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April.