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Holiday planning, the Seasons & Events

 

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Click the month of your Best Holiday

The Seasons do not exist anymore! The meteorological changes shown must be taken as a broad indication to be confirmed in real time! In general, however, the best months to combine bush&sea are from December to January. On the coast, the climate is mild throughout the year. For the safari it must be considered that from April to October it's a rainy months and it's not the best time for long safaris, the tracks are practically impassable, and the wildlife difficult to sight. August, in addition to rainfall, is also quite cold. November is a month at risk because, as happened last season 2013, the rains have persisted throughout the month.

 

January February March April May June

 

Shimba Hills

Reserve, Diani

Samburu Nat.

Reserve

 

Safari off

road Athi 4x4

Challenge

 

One hour

safari Nairobi

 

 

Tsavo West

Mzima

Springs

Wildebeest

Migration

Serengeti/Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling

Mountain

bike wheels

safari

 

 

Open Golf

Championship

 

Ol Pejeta

Sweet

Waters

Game Reserve

 

Lake Turkana

by truck

 

Turkana

Festival

2018

 

Scuba diving

with whale

sharks

Tamarind

Dhow

Valentines's

Day

Lake Nakuru

National Park

 

Lake Naivasha

Marriage in

the savannah

Lewa

Safaricom

Marathon

 

Visit to

museums

 

 

 

 

Balloning

Safari

 

Kilifi 4x4

Challenge

 

 

 

 

Safari off

road

Rhino Charge

 

July August September October November December

 

Wildebeest

Migration

Serengeti/Mara

 

Wildebeest

Migration

Serengeti/Mara

Wildebeest

Migration

Mara/Serengeti

 

Wildebeest

Migration

Mara/Serengeti

Lakes

Bogoria &

Baringo

pink

flamingoes

 

Blu safari

coral reef

Mount Kenya

Trekking

 

 

Maralal Camel

Derby

Flying over

the savannah

Rafting on

Tana river

Two wheels

safari

 

Windsurf &

kite surf

Tsavo East

with the 

elephants

 

On foot or

by camel

Concour

d'Elegance

Nairobi

 

Standard

Chartered

Marathon

Horseback

safari

 

 

Christmas 

Shopping

 

 

january

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Reasons for

A great time for a coastal stay, it's the hottest and driest time of the year, the shoreline in the area features 213km2 of white sand, beaches and offshore coral formations, one of the best coasts of Africa. It’s also a perfect time for safari, gameviewing is spectacular as the wildlife in the reserves tending to group around water sources to drink and therefore easier to spot. Migratory birds species have by now arrived in ther millions, giving Kenya close to its full complement of more than 1100 species, a birdwatcher's paradise.

Reasons against

It is high season; prices are sky high and the parks are full of tourists.

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Snorkeling

 

The best part of snorkeling is that it comes without all the complexities of other underwater activities such as scuba diving. All you need is a snorkel and goggles, and even if you can't swim, you can use swimming fins or an inflatable tube and snorkel anywhere along the Kenyan cost.

 

 

Scuba diving

 

In the period from December to January, the sea near Watamu is rich in shrimp and plankton so the whale sharks are certain visitors to the area, t is their favourite meal! But for us, lovers of scuba diving, even if our luck does not favour us with meeting a whale shark, the depths of the Watamu Marine Reserve coral reef are still paradisiacal!

 

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♦ The best time for snorkeling and diving is from October to March.

 

June, July and August should be avoided because the combination of rough seas and agitated river sediment render visibility minimal.

 

   

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Snorkeling for little ones

 

Walking through kilometres of ocean floor holding small children is a strenuous sport nearly like diving. It's worth it though, especially since the coloured fish, corals and starfish seem to dance in the water amusing our little ones.

 

 

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Shimba Hills National Reserve

 

For those on holiday in Diani Beach, Shimba Hills National Reserve it's the perfet one day safari. The reserve, 33 km from Mombasa and 15 km inland from Diani Beach, is certainly not comparable with the huge parks we are used to, but here 700 elephants, the highest density of elephants in Kenya, live there very happily. And, unlike the other parks in Kenya, from high up in the Shimba Hills, the view stretches from the savannah to the coast at Diani.

 

The park is best known for its population of magnificent sable antelope, which occur in no other Kenyan park. Highly recommended guided forest walks are run by the KWS from the Sheldrick Falls ranger spot. The walk down to Sheldrick Falls, a fairly gentle up-and-down climb through the forest (a couple of hours roundtrip) is free, but a tip is appropriate.

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♦ How to get there

 

From Mombasa, take the ferry at Likoni to access the southern coastline where Diani and Tiwi beaches are. Then, take the main A14 coast road 10 km southwards until you join the main crossroad. Take the road climbing to Kwale Town (C106). The main gate is located at 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale.

♦ When to Go Year-round, but the dry season from November to March is best. 

 

 

 

 

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The same positives as January, but with considerable advantages:

 

Far more reasonable prices (flights first and foremost)

- There are fewer tourists

 

Furthermore, it is the period in which the wildlife reproduce in the Serengeti; their young pattering about all over the parks and reserves.

   

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Samburu National Reserve

 

Location: Samburu District of the Rift Valley Province, 350km of Nairobi. This area, 165 kmq, is the main house of three main cats, leon-cheetah and leopard, together wigh a huge number of Grant's gazzelle, dik dik, impala and the Grevy's zebra. Chases, speed world record, are on daily basis but our hearth goes with the gazzelle of course! 

 

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Mountain bike wheels safari

 

A week on two wheels, mountain bike wheels, has its reasons and is framed by the Rift Valley province, the North West side of Mount Kenya; Laikipia Plateau to be precise.Green pastures, dotted with tough spiny acacia, rocky gullies, rivers that swell with the rains, only to dry out again. By travelling by mountain bike, you have the opportunity to meet and interact with the people of the region – the Maasai Mukogo, the Kikuyu, the Meru.

 

A downhill mountain bike challenge ride that takes place on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. The event is held over two consecutive days with route designed to challenge the most ardent mountain bikers, yet also to provide pleasurable options suitable for beginners and family riders. It raises funds for local communities and conservation efforts on Mount Kenya.

 

 

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Tamarind Dhow

 

It's Valentine's Day this month, and you have probably exhausted the roses, chocolates and restaurant options. Take it a notch higher and dine on a boat. The Tamarind Dhow is a great place to start earning brownie points to last you the year. Sip cocktails as you watch the sun set, get soothed by coastal music and then be treated to a somptuous four-course gourmet meal.

 

 

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Visiting museums

 

Remember the Night at the Museum movies, where artefacts in the museum literally come to life? From displays of human origins to cultural and geological exhibitions, the museums aound the country will take you through the different time zones captured in the artefacts.

 

 

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Towards the middle of the month the bad season starts again: it isn't cold but mild, rains flooding much of the country makes tracks practically impassable and the wildlife difficult to sight. But if the rains are late it may be worth visiting now, conditions couldn't be better with wildlife desperate for a drink and most birds still around and the fact that prices are rock-bottom is only a minor detail.

 

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Athi 4x4 Challenge safari off-road

 

The Athi 4x4 Challenge is an off pest test of individuals’ courage and determination, featuring rocky areas, deep mud pits, tangling tyres, water slides and many more hurdles that takes place the 31st March - 1st April 2018 at Athi River at the East African Portland Cement Company Farm.

 

The extreme challenge type 4x4 event is organized by Rhino Charge competition team to raise funds for their entry in the annual Rhino Charge fund raising event. The funds raised support Rhino Ark’s conservation work in Kenya’s water towers.

 

 

 

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Kenya Open Golf Championship

 

The Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi will host this year’s Barclays Bank Kenya open, one of the European tour legs. And it will be Kenya’s time to shine for the first time in 21 years. Peter Livingstone was the last Kenyan to win the Kenya open overall title way back in 1994. The event will be held March 20th & 21st 2018 with organisers announcing a field of 156 local and international golfers will vie for a share of the 200,000 Euros (Sh20.78m) prize kitty.

 

 

 

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Lake Nakuru National Park

 

Location: Central Kenya, 140 km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru District of the Rift Valley Province.

 

The park is renowned worldwide for the presence of pink flamingos that only up to 2012 literally carpeted the shores of the park with their plumage bright pink. In the past two years however, due to the rains and rising water level, the pelicans have migrated to Lake Bogoria greatly reducing their presence. Nevertheless this is the park that we visit most regularly, because it is fenced and so we are sure of being able to track down all the wildlife.

 

The park has recently been enlarged to built a new fence to protect rhinos as the park boasts Kenya's first Rhino Sanctuary, home to the rare Black Rhino.

 

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Go balloning over the savannah

 

A bird's eye view from a hot air ballon of the savannah is breathtaking. Flying over the Savannah in a hot air balloon is like entering the bush on tip toes, or on the wing. Departing very early in the morning – nature is an early riser – after a while, the sensation of being at one with the landscape is absolute.

 

 

 

april

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It’s a rainy month and it’s not the best time for a coastal stay not even for long safaris, the tracks are practically impassable, and the wildlife difficult to sight. Instead it's easier to take a One Day small Safari, travelling around the country, visiting Nairobi or exploring Rift Valley region, a combination of stunning natural forms and soulful wildlife that gives the region it’s charme.

 

 

 

 

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Lake Naivasha

 

It's a freshwater lake, part of the Rift Valley, lying north west on Nairobi. The lovely lake, with its cool climate, has become a retreat for Nairobi residents and pit stop for tourist on the way to Masai Mara. Boat trips on the lake are widely available, sunsets are always stunningwith the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end. 

 

 

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Sweet Waters Game Reserve

 

 

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, is a 90,000 acre not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of central Kenya. The Concervancy boasts the largest sanctuary fo black rhinos in East Africa, it's popular waterhole is floodlit by night, providing excellent and secluded rarely seen game viewing, game drives are indeed a pleasure. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzees Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where chimpanzees, this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species, can be seen. At the Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees, rescued from traumatic situations, are carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzees Sanctuary is incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and is the only place in Kenya where chimpanzees, this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species, can be seen. At the Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees, rescued from traumatic situations, are carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure.

 

  

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One hour safari

 

Is there a way to observe the savannah from above (fly safari) to come across every single animal in just one dayto give grass and biscuits to giraffes, bottle-feed elephants and stroke leopards, colobus and crocodiles without having to go through hours of stakeouts and travelling, without choking on red dust or camping in tents?  

Yes, there is.

 

Nairobi, Langata:

Giraffe Centre, Nairobi Safari Walk,Animal Orphanage, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

 

On the Coast:

Colobus Trust Diani Beach, Mamba Village Crocodile Farm.

 

 

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Tsavo West

 

The Joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world. The park is located roughly halfway between Nairobi and the Coast, the savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges.

 

 

Tsavo West is the scene of a fascinating geological phenomenon, Mzima Springs: reminiscent of a desert oasis, Mzima Spring's waters bubble out from a mass of volcanic boulders having traveled underground from the Chyulu Hills. Arid savanna with a heart of fresh water, an oasis of trees surrounded by two large pools of rainwater filtered from Voi, pure and crystal clear. A unique underwater observatory has been built and gives an incredible view of this cristal clear underwater world, where massive hippos glide silently through swirling shoals of barbel, one of our favorite spots.

 

 

 

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Kilifi 4x4 Challenge

 
The Kilifi 4x4 Challenge is the first challenge-type, extreme 4x4 event to be held at the Kilifi Plantations (31st March - 1st April 2018) that captures the competitive spirit of off-road motor sport at the Kenyan Coast. The Kilifi 4x4 Challenge will present a stimulating platform for off-road enthusiasts, spectating fans and families to come together for a fun, weekend-long celebration of courage and determination that will showcase the very best of Kilifi. 

In addition, The Kilifi 4x4 Challenge will donate a portion of proceeds towards supporting the Flying Doctors Obstetric Fistula project in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

may

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The rainy season, which started around mid March, usually continue the well the whole month but when they stop, by late May, the country is wonderfully green. Temperatures are still warm and pleasant.

 

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Lake Turkana by truck

 

The coarse, untamed scenery that surrounds Lake Turkana requires an expedition by truckA road trip! The inside of the vehicle is completely kitted out for safari and its characteristics ensure the ability to transport all that is required for total independence, both nutritional and logistical. You can sleep inside the truck, or outside in a tent.

 

 

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Marriage in the savannah

 

Honeymoon in Kenya? Noo, far too obvious. Getting married in the land of Maasai instead is a real thrill. Have you ever though about?

 

 

 

 

june

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It's Safari time! The Masai Mara represents the cherry on the cake of a trip to Kenya, and is often the primary reason for visiting the country - Mara is the only park in Kenya where an encounter with the Big Five is a certainty!

 

 

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Wildebeest Migrate 

 

From Serengeti to Masai Mara. Following the rains, in mid June wildebeest  begin to arrive from Serengeti in Tanzania to Mara in search of pasture. This event, dictated by the rainy season, is one of the most spectacular phenomena in nature. The passage of this powerful herd of 1.4 million head, accompanied by zebra as well as predators taking every advantage to hunt, is an absolute must for safari photographers.

 

 

 

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Lewa Safaricom Marathon

 

June 30, 2018 - run wild, for the wild

 

One of the more notable characteristics of the Lewa Marathon is the setting in which it takes place, the Lewa wildlife conservancy, near Mount Kenya, a game park that is home a variety of large African wildlife to include lions, elephants, rhinos, and the greatly feared cape buffalo. 

 

There are no physical barriers separating the runners from the wildlife, making Lewa a unique experience in the running world. Anyone can run and around 1000 runners from across the world take part in full and half marathons and 100 children compete in the 5km fun runThe marathon is run over two 21km loops, at an average altitude of 5500 feet above sea level.   

 

It also happens to make training side by side with famous marathon runners as Rita Jeptoo.

 

April 21st 2014, Boston Marathon.  Rita Jeptoo repeats with a course record time of 2:18:57. It's her third career Boston Marathon title, also winning in 2006.

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Rhino Charge

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Rhino Charge is an off-road event, (2nd June 2018) in which competitors have to compete in a gruelling cross-country course in 4x4 vehiclesCompetitors are required to visit 13 points scattered over approximately 100 square kms terrain within a 10 hour period. They are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of vene, co-ordinates of the 13 control points a start position and they must plot the control points on the map and decide their own route. The winner is the competitor who visits the most controls in the shortest distance.

 

The event is held to raise funds for a very noble cause, the building of one of the world's larges eco-fences, designed to fence in Kenya's Aberdare National Park.

 

 

 

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Lake Turkana Festival

One of Kenya’s great cultural festivals, the Lake Turkana Festival, will take place 28th to 30th June 2018) in Loiyangalani showcasing the culture and art of 10 communities living near and around the ‘Jade Lake’ as Turkana is often referred to as a result of the water colourMembers of the following communities will take part in the now annual event, which gives them the opportunity to show their fellow country wo/men but also the rest of the world, what is going on in their part of the world and what challenges they face in their daily lives.

 

At the heart of the festival will be song and dance, the traditional foods, costumes, festive and regular wearbut also an insight of how the tribes people live with homesteads being constructed for others to see.

 

 

 

july

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The wildebeest migration is in full swing. So too is the annual migration of two-legged visitors who converge on the Mara, during this period the park is also full of tourists… the safari minibuses are almost as numerous as the animals themselves! Weather is fine and warm, with steaming condition on the coast, safari and excursions. Is the best time to climb Mt. Kenya!

 

 

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What a nice view from here!

 

Trekking over Mount Kenya

 

Mount Kenya, its panorama solemn with jagged peaks and equatorial snows, is 5,199m high. But we climb up to 4,985m to the top of Point Lenana – the most accessible of the three peaks. The climb is hard, with oxygen levels decreasing at every step, but reaching the summit is a great achievement.

 

The expedition lasts five days, and is very well organised; with competent and expert guides. Food, drink, camping equipment and personal belongings are all transported separately so that you can concentrate on the views, and on your breathing!

 

 

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Tsavo Est

 

The joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world. Tsavo East, the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi–Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. But the starring role goes to the elephants that, at this time of the year particularly dry, they love to gather near Voi Gate for watering.

 

 

 

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♦ Reasons for - the mid-year high season is at the beginnin, days are warm and dry, perfect conditions for safari, for exploring the country and ideal time for a coastal stay.

 

 Reasons against - Europeans on holiday flock to Kenya: prices goes up.

 

 

 

Maralal Camel Derby

 

Held out in the desert, aound the small town of Maralal in Northen Kenya, the International Maralal Camel Derby is Kenya's only camel classic and pits the best international jockeys and their one-humped friends against the reigning Kenyan championshimp.

 

From the 19th to the 21st of August 2018 the competition will be open to both seasoned riders and novices. 

 

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Anyone can compete in this, camels are available for hire, and for complete amateurs, it's very amusing as they try to persuade their reluctant charges to even move forward, never mind cross the finish line. Funds raised from the marathon are allocated for wildlife conservations, comunity development, health and education.

 

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On foot or by camel

 

Camels help us deal with the most impractical escarpments and to transport the camping equipment, but it is the local Samburu guides, who open the doors for us onto Lake Turkana and the spectacular territory of Laikipia Plateau which, with its magnificent escarpments, breaks away from the Rift Valley to descend into the wild lands of Northern Kenya. 

 

 

 

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Crowds drop off ever so slightly, but the weather remains fine and the Mara is still filled for bursting with wildlife. It’s a perfect time to visit, wildlife watching at this time can be tense, the sky is clear perfect for ballooning safari!

 

 

 

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The great show on earth, wildebeest migrate

  

From Masai Mara to SerengetiBetween September, peaking in October, the mighty herd of gnu which arrived in the Serengeti between June and August, abandons the desiccated steppe of the Maasai Mara in order to return to their Tanzanian park of origin. Spectacular scenes straight from the greatest documentaries and which provide unique photographic opportunities.

 

 

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Flying over the savannah

 

Of a hypothetical top ten things to do at least once during your life, flying over the savannah in a helicopter must be near the top of the list – at least it is on ours. Reaching places that are otherwise impenetrable is an affordable luxury, a luxury that can even be offered as a gift when the desire to amaze and to emotionally touch has no boundaries.

 

 

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Concour d'Elegance

 

Every year in September (dates 2018 to be defined) hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles take part in the classiest event on the Kenya motor sport calendar. Entries from the proud owners of all makes and types of cars and motorcycles, competitors delight in driving their superbly prepared cars down the judging line in front of the crowded Racecourse in Nairobi grand stands.

 

This past Sunday, Ngong Racecourse hosted another successful Concours d’Elegance, The theme for this 47th edition was “Beauty & the Beasts”. There were a lot of gems to feast the eyes on, the stand out ones being a classy-looking 1951 Rolls-Royce, a 2016 Cadillac Escalade which is a sophisticated beast of a car, and a 1974 Mercedes W114 that oozed with presidential suave.

 

 

 

 

october

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Kenya’s short rains begin and continue into November cause only minor disruptions to safaris. Rains are generally localized and heavy, but only last for an hour or two each day. Temperatures keeps anyway warm and this is the best season for diving and snorkeling.

 

 

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The best time

 

For snorkeling and diving is from October to March.

 

June, July and August should be avoided because the combination of rough seas and agitated river sediment render visibility minimal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rafting on Tana river

 

Nature from a different perspective. In October, the river level is high; its course branching off into a multitude of streams and brooks through the depths of the forest where waterfalls and rapids turn the water white. The Tana River is a 'pool/drop' river where areas of calm water, perfect for viewing the wildlife, allow you to catch your breath after navigating stretches of class II to V white water.

 

The trip starts with 3km of easy class II and III white water, with plenty of opportunity to gain practice in the paddle skills required to run the lower part of the river. A calmer 6km section follows and the final 7km back to the campsite start with easy class III water where paddle commands are reviewed in advance of the final challenge!  



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Standard Chartered Nairobi

  

Kenya is one of the highest world and Olympic record holders in running, and the Nairobi Marathon is famous for producing new winners every year destined to distinguish themselves on the international stage.

 

Actually, anyone can take part, even if it is pretty arduous and Kenyan athletes practically impossible to beat!

 

Saturday 28th October 2018 runners will choose between:

the full 42Km Marathon

21Km Half Marathon

10km road race (open to individual competitors or corporate teams) or a

4 km Family Fun Run - that's the one we prefer!

 

Full marathon route:

  • Start line 100 metres before Bunyala roundabout
  • Tour of the City of Nairobi (Uhuru Park, University Way Roundabout) Kenyatta Avenue, Harambee Avenue, Hairle Selassie Rd. and back past the Nyayo Stadium)
  • The Mombasa Rd Loop 1st passage : approach to Airport North Rd, return to Lusaka Rd.
  • The Mombasa Rd. Loop 2nd passage: identical to the first
  • Return into Langata Rd on route to Nyayo Stadium where full marathon finish.

 

Standard Chartered Bank’s main objective for sponsoring the Nairobi Marathon is to raise funds for the eradication of avoidable blindness among children under the age of nine years.

 

 

 

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The month normally begins hot and dry and ends with the arrival of the small rains, hot dry days with thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening. The rain fills up the Marsh and the savannah grass begins to grow. With the grasses grazed down the great herds of the wildebeest migration congregate and prepare for their long trek down south. Large River crossings begin ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand as the waiting herds begin to leave. Birdwathers couldn’t hope for a better time to visit, as millions of birds and hundreds of their wintering grounds while Europe shivers.

  

 

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Lakes Bogoria and Baringo

 

In the stretch of Rift Valley that heads north towards Nakuru and the Ethiopian border, the land is arid apart from the areas around Lakes Bogoria and Baringo. This severe climate is perfect for bird watching, with an abundance of water birds. We usually visit in five days safari.

 

Lake Bogoria National Rerseve

 

This 107 square kilometre reserve safeguards Lake Bogoria, a salt alkali watering hole from whose rocky banks thermal springs and geysers spray boiling water up from the depths of the earth between clouds of sulphur vapour. This arid, and seemingly hostile environments attracts millions of flamingos with bright red plumage to feed from the algae – they have made the lake their habitat. An absolutely incredible spectacle!

 

Lake Baringo

 

Is one of the few freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley; surrounded by mountains, it is characterised by its picturesque islets between which swim permanent residents – the hippos. Small water craft are allowed to cross the lake and see the hippos up close – just don’t lean out too far!

 

 

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Horseback safari

 

Journeying through the open plains of Kenya on solid crossbred horses offers an unrivalled African experience to see abundant wildlife and habitats off the beaten track. Horse and rider become one with the environment - sharing the same sights, scents, sounds and excitement of the African wilderness.

 

 

 

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Two wheels safari

 

When a group of Enduro fans decides to combine their love for two wheels with their knowledge of the area, their experience in the field and their love for nature – they organise safaris. But safaris that are far removed from the usual tourist routes – crossing the Rift Valley on the saddle of a FE 390 Husaberg is literally transformed from dream, to reality.  

 

The simplicity of the organisation makes the job easy:

  • the participants are few with a maximum of 8 per group.
  • the routes are planned to suit the level of competence of the riders and vary from weekend excursions to road trips that crisscross the entire country.
  • the back-up vehicles accompanying the group also transport fuel, water and other equipment
  • sleeping is done in tents.

 

 

 

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A great time for beach holidays! Kenya's Indian Ocean coast is one of Africa's prettiest shores: long stretches of white sand, translucent waters and coves sheltered by palm trees would be sufficient reason for most travellers to visit.. and of course Safari!

 

 

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Blue Safari, it must be done

 

In the land of the safari, an underwater excursion – an entire day dedicated to fish, coral, sand atolls and crystal waters is called Blue Safari! The boat trip in the marine reserve begins in the early morning – destination a small islet in the middle of the ocean: by following the direction of the tide the boat slowly goes towards the coral reef, one hour trip approx. Boats are kitted out with all the necessary equipment for snorkelling and diving, flippers and fishing tackle, allowing the trippers to partake in sporting activities during the crossing. Arrival at the coral reef coincides with low tide and after snorkeling and swimming it is time to pull on the rubber shoes and climb over the white sand atolls that emerge from the low-lying water.

Fee: the demand is around 50.000Ksh (50euro) but we can bargain up to 40.000Ksh. There are lots of beach boys on the beach offering Blue Safari but we usually rely to hotels/residences to organize our excursions.

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Watamu bay surf forecast

Looking at the sea from up high

is a whole new thing

 

Kenya is a true kite surfers’ paradise.

 

The beaches: very quiet, they allow even beginners the space to gain control of their kites.

The sea: calm throughout the year, with very light sea breezes and waters that are so hot it is not necessary to wear a wetsuit.

The wind: thanks to the effect of the monsoons, they are constant throughout the year, Kuzi and Kaskazi create optimum conditions for aficionados.

 

 

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Christmas

 

Christmas without the cold or snow is special, but without presents ce n’est pas possible. So, when your loved-ones are many and presents nowhere to be seen, a trip to the Maasai Market becomes a must. Local crafts over the festive period are an explosion of creativity. go to Maasai Market

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