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Kenya: I dream of Africa

Kenya, the heart of Africa

 “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.  The Equator runs across these highlands. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful and the nights cold.  The views were immensely wide.  Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility” – Karen Blixen, 1903

Ever since Karen Blixen (played by Meryl Streep) spoke these epic words in the movie Out of Africa, Kenya epitomizes the heart of Africa.  Years later, Hollywood cemented this perception with the all time favourite The Lion King, telling the story of Simba, the lion king.

How many countries leave you at a loss of words?  That is exactly how you will find yourself when you are there.  The adage “a picture says a 1000 words” has never rang more true as the “mind pictures” you had of Kenya, will be exactly what you see and experience:  umbrella shaped thorn trees, beautiful Masai people, dusted plains with herds roaming free and sunsets that will set the horizon on fire.

The annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest from the Serengeti is one of Nature’s miracles.  You will see the brutality of hunters and scavengers as they follow the migration, showing no mercy to the weak and the old. As the herds cross the Grumeti and Mara rivers, crocodiles lay in waiting, the sounds of shear anxiety depicting life and death.

Visitors flock to Kenya for the incredible diversity of animals and birds, but it is not just the wildlife that captivates you; the incredibly rich culture, Mount Kenya, amazing food, ancient villages and passionate people makes this a magical place to visit.  The Masai, Swahili and Kikuyu tribes are three of the over forty different ethnic groups.  You will go a long way to meet more personable, humble, proud and outgoing people than the Kenyans.  Kenya’s great reputation for safaris could make you forget that the Kenya beaches are highly popular. One of the most beautiful villages in all of Kenya is Lamu.  The village is one of Kenya’s oldest inhabited ones and was founded in 1370 by the Swahili tribe.  Lamu’s town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The town offers stunning townspeople, fantastic traditional food and stunning beaches.

As Karen Blixon wrote in her memoirs:  “Here I am, where I ought to be”.  That is certainly true of Kenya.

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