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Unique adventures can be hard to plan. Thankfully, we’ve figured out a logical platform for uncovering bounteous great adventures in Kenya. Elekevu Kenya is a comprehensive touring directory for Kenya that studiously catalogs over 1,500 places of interest as a catalyst to revitalize your desire to explore Magical Kenya. It unravels in detail the 47 Counties of Kenya, with insightful notes on history, geography, climate, parks, hotels, road conditions and more. What is more, this comprehensive touring directory for Kenya also gives you percipient guides to; Festivals in Kenya, 60 National Parks and Reserves, 80 Wildlife Conservancies, Wildlife in Kenya, 37 National Museums, Historic Sites, Monuments and the 44 Cultures, which would assist you to make the best of your travels in every region of Kenya. The interests described are almost all of easy access to motorists in Kenya, and it is intended that the savvy descriptions should serve as appetisers and that potential visitors should seek further information in appropriate guide books – usually obtainable in the popular bookshops. Just the same, Elekevu offers insightful suggestions for short and longer stops in all Counties of Kenya. It does not just give an overview of the regions involved, but in complete details.
It is different things to different people. To the learner, novice explorer and the first time visitor to Kenya, it is an invaluable resource that provides up-to-date information on virtually all there is to know about Kenya in an easy-to-navigate platform. It is arranged and imagined as one would tour from site to site across all the 47 Counties of Kenya – with the aid of strip maps, distances involved, cultures, hotels, airports and the road conditions – making it indispensable. For the ardent traveller in Kenya who has done the popular places, the directory is a way to do it more by discovering places of interest which rarely get under the limelight but make for interesting new trips. Still to others, looking to buff their history and cultural wits, it is a singular resource of its kind available. And for the birders too! To others it’s none of these things. It is an discovery almanac of unputdownable holiday offers, latest travel information and recent trends in the industry. In fact, Elekevu is all these things. No other tourism resource in Kenya offers such miscellany of topics, different in many aspects from the innumerable resources that incline towards the crown-jewels of Kenya’s circuit.
Great Adventures – Fascinating Places
Kenya is a terrific place. It’s all of Africa in one country. It carries an ecological solitaire of all the paradigmatic landscapes of Africa – developed coastal strip; thousands of kilometres square of uninterrupted protected reserves; viridescent highlands; snow-capped mountain peaks; thick tropical forests; the picturesque Great Rift Valley; tremendous hot dry plains which carry the most spectacular concentration of wildlife; and picture-postcard desert dunes in the eye of the sun. It is also a land of sunshine. Few countries offer so vibrantly such diversity in relative area, allowing travellers to pack in multiple exciting interests which, elsewhere in the world, would prerequisite much more travel and planning. One competitive advantage Kenya has over such destinations as the Far East and the Caribbean is the closeness of its fine beaches to areas of wildlife reserves, thus enabling travellers to combine beach and safari holidays. It’s a place to explore unfamiliar horizons, new thrills and colourful cultures. Each County of Kenya has unique riches and the discovery of memorable adventures – in abundance. One is assured that in any direction they take in Kenya, great experience awaits.
|January – Visit Nairobi National Park|
Just 7 kms from Nairobi Business District, Nairobi National Park has a splendid display of wildlife year-round, best sighted in the early mornings and evenings.
|February – Paraglide in Elgeyo Marakwet|
Between December and March the conditions are perfect for a hair raising glide over the scenically-splendid Elgeyo Escarpment and across the superb Kerio Valley.
|March – Climb Mount Kenya|
The two seasons for climbing Mount Kenya – the greatest mountaineering locale in Kenya – are during the dry season, from December to March, and July to October.
|April – Travel Up North|
Tobongu Lore, welcome back home, is a festival held in Turkana set on unifying the diverse communities in the county, promoting tourism and showcasing cultures.
|May – Birding in Kisumu|
Between April and May the large swamps around Lake Victoria become a great breeding ground for scores of bird species. The main viewing area is Dunga Beach.
|June – Go Rhino Charging|
Held in June, this off-road race, testing offlanding skills, is a great event which raises funds for conservation of endangered rhinos. It’s raced on a one-off circuit each year.
|July – Flamingos at Lake Bogoria|
Historically, the largest flocks of flamingos – in the hundreds of thousands – arrive at Lake Bogoria when the lake’s water are low: between August and early October.
|August – The Mara Migration|
Between June and August 1.5 million wildebeest and many other species arrive at Masai Mara National Reserve for the migration. It’s a wonder of the modern world.
|September – The Whale Migration|
Enjoy the Humpback Whales migration, as one of the magisterial animals in the ocean searches for warmer waters off Wasini and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.
|October – March for Elephants|
Global march for elephants, rhinos and lions is a yearly charity walk with the noble goal of raising awareness about the plight of wildlife, especially Africa’s iconic big-5.
|November – Rafting at Sagana|
Between April and May or November and December the rivers in Sagana have the highest levels of water – soon after the rains – and the thrills here are guaranteed.
|December – Attend Lamu Festival|
Nowhere perhaps are the exotic ways of Lamu Island better displayed that at the annual Lamu Festival held in December. This is one of Kenya’s greatest festivals.
Where It All Begins
Kenya, a Cradle of Mankind in Africa, has a total land area of 583,644 km2 and shares common borders with Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. It gained its nationhood as an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations on December 12, 1963. Nairobi, the capital city, was incorporated on March 30, 1950, by the Duke of Gloucester, 13 years before Kenya gained her independence. There are 44 different ethnic groupings with more than 70 sub divisions. The population of Kenya as recorded in the 2017 census projection is 49.7 million. Official entry points to Kenya, with immigration, customs and police establishments are: 35 gazetted overland border points – with Busia for entry into or from Uganda, Namanga for Tanzania, Moyale for Ethiopia, Kolbio for Somalia being the busiest. For transcontinental, international departures and arrivals, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the principal contact point.
To begin, it’s better to know about all the places and only conjure up ways to get there, than to not know and never dream of getting there. As a great author unforgettable puts it, “every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” Adventure – long, big, short, or small – will provide you with a lasting memory, yet, for most us, it revolves around time and budget and, the further you wander from the quotidian 100 kms home-range the more planning it requires. Sightseeing trips for groups or solo-travel begin with a goal in mind, with a sequence of visits scheduled to points of interest, which must be finished during a limited trip duration. Whether planned automatically by using expert systems, scribbled on a paper or committed to mind, this deals with personal preferences and group consensus, and changing wishes to plans. This is the rule of thumb – ‘always, always have a plan’, a more detailed one, the better for you.
When art as an expression starts to appear, without prompting, all over the suburbs and villages of this country, what we are saying is: we are confident enough to create our own living, our own entertainment, our own aesthetic. Such an aesthetic will not be donated to us from the corridors of a university; or from the Ministry of Culture, or by the French Cultural Centre. It will come from the individual creations of a thousand creatives. Binyavanga Wainaina
A Huge Task: The Race to Save Elephants
Whether you are planning a safari in the not-too-distant future or years from now, sighting the iconic elephants of Africa is an experience often sold short. When it comes to wildlife in Kenya, we share the same philosophy about the greatest animals – the elephant topping the list in most cases. Which is why, everyday across the wilder places in Kenya, hundreds of conservationists and governmental organizations work tirelessly to ensure that direct and indirect effects of human do not eradicate the elephant, among many species that have been pushed to the brink of extinction. The wildlife conservation teams seek to navigate dangerous paths to counter poachers, find opportunities to bridge the human-wildlife conflicts, and manage risks so that Kenya’s emblematic wildlife is perpetuated for generations to come. Active matters that carry massive risks. Lately, there have been many important steps-forward in the conservation of elephants in Kenya, and around the world. But the true colour of today’s status of elephants is far from where it used to be. “In Kenya the elephant population declined from around 167,000 in 1973 to just 20,000 in 1990.” In the 1970’s and 1980’s poaching threatened the very survival of these elephants, which had been reduced to a fleeted fraction of the 1960’s population. Rather significantly, the 1990’s were the first years since the 1960’s that elephants in Kenya did not decline in number. Because for better or worse, the existence of the charismatic elephants is a pompadour of the well-being of wildlife. Few would dispute that wildlife conservation is a volatile and complex matrix whose nexus of woes is complicated by dwindling spaces for these giants. The fight on poaching, once its biggest threat, seems to be on winning ways. But surges do tend to increase with geopolitical trends especially insecurity across the borders. Safe to say, that unrelenting and tireless efforts by the Government and a number of non-governmental organization has turned around the kismet of elephants in Kenya.
– Celebrating Milestones in Elephant Conservation
|August 2019||The 183 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will adopt decisions and resolutions to expand and further strengthen the global wildlife trade regime at CITES’ triennial World Wildlife Conference at Palexpo, in Gevena|
|April 2016||President Uhuru Kenyatta oversaw the burning of 100 tonnes of ivory at KSW HQ in Langata, amounting to the tusks from 6000 elephants, or 5% of global ivory stocks. This was the fifth and final burn of ivory at this site. The first ivory burn in Kenya happened on July 19, 1989, where 12,000 kilograms of ivory were burned.|
|Mid 1990’s||To address human–elephant conflict, KWS personnel shot a number of problem animal and elephant proof fences were constructed. More recently, KWS emphasis has turned to translocating elephants to reduce pressure on their habitats.|
|1989||Kenya Government creates Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS); a semi-autonomous parastatal with instructions to defend elephants aggressively and ensure commitment to halting trade in ivory.|
Kenya at the Olympics
Everytime Kenya has turned up for the Olympics it has put up a great show, bagged an admirable collection of medals, and earned the moniker as the home of long-distance title-holders. This is a look back into some of the great moments and Olympics legends.
The Kenya Safari Heritage
Underneath the magic of safari is a crises of contrasts. On the one hand is one of the most focused and determined synergic effort to care for the wildlife in perpetuity, and on the other hand are the ever-growing, complex and hard to win challenges facing wildlife.
The Prodigious Turkana
The Turkana Tribe of North-Western Kenya are frequently depicted as a fierce, war-like community. They are also are a genial, hospitable people, who live much after the manner of the Maasai and converse the same.
Travel Quotes of the Day
To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks. – West with the Night (1942) Book by Beryl Markham