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Going on a safari
Kenya maintains a well-managed system of national parks, which are among the finest of Africa. This has made Kenya the top safari destination in the world. Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park are the most popular wildlife resorts, and they draw in the tourist high seasons (July-August and December-January). However, there are plenty of hidden gems for safaris left. Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to Kenya; as she got the news she was taking over the throne whilst on a safari in Aberdare National Park.
Visit the Swahili coast region
Within Kenya, the coastal region stands out. Arabs have frequented this part along the Indian Ocean since the 9th century, and this has led to the rise of the famous Swahili culture - the vibrant mix of African, Arab and Indian cultures.
If you have the chance, watch a Taarab performance, seductive African-Arab-Indian music played at weddings and other festivities. And of course, Kenya has 500 kilometers of white sand beaches with excellent and affordable beach resorts, where you can dine and sip Martinis right at your private beach. Prince William & Kate Middleton got engaged in Lamu, which lies in the North Coast. (Watch Video)
Visit a tribal village
Especially the Luo, Masai, Samburu and Turkana people still live a traditional, tribal lifestyle. It's possible to visit their villages and do a tea drinking ceremony or watch traditional dances. You can even visit President Obama's village in the western city of Kisumu which now has an international airport. For those looking for an escape from the major parks & reserves, Rusinga island, among other uninhabited islands located in Lake Victoria will take your breadth away. (Watch Video)
Experience the Wildebeest Migration
Perhaps the best of all Kenya travel tips. Each year in August-October, between half to one million Wildebeest suddenly gather on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania, after which they trek in a big circle through the south of Kenya and back again. It's one of the biggest wildlife shows on earth. Some lodges are strategically placed so you'll be right in the middle of it.
Take a balloon trip
Short hot air balloon trips over one of the major wildlife resorts - especially Masai Mara - have become increasingly popular. They typically leave very early in the morning so you'll spend the first hours after sunrise gliding over the Kenyan plains, which is the best time for animal watching. There's breakfast with champagne after landing.
Nairobi has two informal nicknames. The first is "The Green City in the Sun", which is derived from the city's foliage and warm climate. The second is the "Safari Capital of the World", which is used due to Nairobi's prominence as a hub for safari tourism.
Go diving in the Indian Ocean
Kenya has great possibilities for diving and snorkeling, even by professional standards. The reefs at Watamu National Park along the coast are in an excellent condition. There are many of very exotic fish, in every color and shape conceivable. Fishers are totally banned from the waters, so you'll not be disturbed. Even harmless whale sharks visit the waters regularly, a highlight for any diver.
With this list of Kenya travel tips, I still haven't mentioned trekking the permanently iced Mount Kenya, the huge pink flamingo population of Lake Nakuru, President Obama's lake-side hometown - Kisumu city, the Great Rift Valley, the dhow races, and much much more.Arjen Koopman is an Amsterdam-based journalist and editor of http://www.kenya-advisor.com the independent travel and country portal to Kenya. Subscribe to his e-zine for free at http://www.kenya-advisor.com/e-zine.html and receive a free e-photo book with top, big-size Kenya pictures, a free report to help you avoid safari scams, and some great Masai music. For more Kenya travel tips, visit http://www.kenya-advisor.com/kenya-travel-tips.html - Copyright: You may freely reprint this article provided the whole text, the author name, all links and this notice remain intact.
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