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See More on a Kenya Safari Holiday   by Kelly Elmore

in Travel    (submitted 2013-02-14)

See More on a Kenya Safari Holiday

Life's a Beach at Mombasa

Kenya isn't landlocked, so why ignore its swathes of beautiful beaches when planning your Kenya safari holiday? Instead, set up base for a few days at Mombasa, the perfect place from which to explore the azure Indian Ocean waves and white sands of this stretch of Kenyan coastline. An eclectic ancient city founded back in the 12th Century, Mombasa is a melting pot of Swahili, European and Arab cultures located on an isolated island. The real appeal of Mombasa, however, is its proximity to the nearby beaches, which are a haven of diving, snorkelling and watersports of all descriptions. Popular with families, honeymooners, and people looking for a bit of luxury and relaxation, these beaches are really not to be missed - try Diani Beach for its exquisite sands, Nyali Beach for its watersports, or Galu Beach if you fancy something a little quieter.

Nairobi: More than Just a Gateway Destination

For many holidaymakers planning a Kenya safari holiday, Nairobi is little more than a gateway destination, good for only a stopover. This does do not justice, however, to the metropolis' vibrant and dynamic cultural life and fascinating history. Instead, if you possibly can, give this capital city the time it deserves and enjoy the cosmopolitan side of a Kenya safari. Indulge in the city's multicultural cuisine - eateries have menus ranging from traditional Kenyan to Indian, Ethiopian and Japanese - whilst taking in the colonial architecture. Then learn more about the country by paying a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum and the Nairobi National Museum. Don't forget to make time for the must-see Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (yes, it is as heart-warming as it sounds), before feeding giraffes at the Giraffe Centre out in the suburbs.

Explore the Enchanted Forest of Arabuko-Sokoke

If you want something a little different in your Kenya safari holiday itinerary, then be sure to visit the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, East Africa's largest remaining expanse of coastal dry forest. Several species of bird and mammals are endemic to this forest, and can be found living wild nowhere else: the Clarke's Weaver bird and rabbit-sized elephant shrew are just two such examples. The forest is also notable for its startling array of exotic and colourful butterflies, making it a favourite haunt for butterfly watchers. A visit to this atmospheric forest will make any Kenya safari holiday feel wonderfully complete.