Safari means “journey” in the Swahili language of East Africa and Kenya is the country that invented the modern concept — an expedition to view and photograph African animals in their natural habitats.
Kenya’s game parks are the stuff of safari legend. The vast expanse of Tsavo and Amboseli national parks with their elephant herds and snowcapped Mt Kilimanjaro as a photographic backdrop. The incomparable Masai Mara, a northern extension of the fabled Serengeti Plains. And the new frontier up north: wildlife conservancies like Lewa and Loisaba that are helping preserve endangered species like the rhino and giraffe.
But there’s far more than wildlife. Kenya has a long and languid Indian Ocean coast, with places like Lamu and Diani among the best beach towns you’ll find anywhere in the region. While Nairobi — Kenya’s helter-skelter capital — offers a modern African vibethat includes nightclubs and world-class restaurants.