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 6TH ISSUE

Just another reason why I Love Kenya.

Adventure Sports
Kenya has always been the ultimate safari land: a place of magical creatures, ancient cultures, postcard-perfect beaches, and one of the world’s warmest welcomes. However, Kenya’s diverse landscapes and year-round great weather also make it the ideal destination for thrill seekers and the last few years have seen a significant increase in facilities as well as schools offering professional equipment and world-class training.
Kitesurfing
Kenya is becoming known as one of the world’s leading destinations for Kitesurfing, offering incredible water conditions and two seasons that allow for up to 8+ months of wind a year. The two main seasons are June to September (Kuzi) where the wind speeds reach 30 knts and December to March (Kaskazi) where the wind blows from NNE and ranges from 18-25 knts. With idyllic scenery, powder white sands and flat water, the spots for kitesurfing along the Kenyan coast include Watamu, Diani and Che Shale. These locations are home to some of the world’s leading Kitesurfing schools with highly qualified instructors ensuring your learning experience is second-to-none.
Mountain Biking
Mountain biking can be enjoyed throughout Kenya in amazing places such as the Masai Mara, Hell’s Gate National Park in the Great Rift Valley, and Laikipia. Kenya’s famous ’10 to 4′ event is held annually where mountain bikers ride from 10,000 ft above sea level down Mount Kenya to Il Ngwezi at 4,000 ft. The course is run over two consecutive days with routes designed to challenge the most confident mountain bikers as well more friendly options for beginners and children.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
A relatively new sport to Kenya, SUP is a fantastic way to experience Kenya’s coastline and can be enjoyed as a relaxing activity or a more adrenaline filled adventure out on the waves. SUPing can be enjoyed wherever there is an expanse of water, from oceans to lakes and rivers, meaning you can take part in this sport all over Kenya. A very popular destination is Watamu where you can regularly go out Stand Up Paddleboarding with dolphins! Watamu and Diani both have SUP schools.
Skydiving
There are many exhilarating ways you can experience Kenya but how about taking a bird’s eye view from 14,000ft where skydivers can free-fall for a full minute? Definitely a sport for thrill seekers, skydiving is gaining popularity, especially in Diani on Kenya’s south coast where visitors gather for the annual Kenya Skydive Boogie. This event has been running for the past 14 years and is suitable for both experienced skydivers and those braving their first jump.
Wakeboarding and Waterskiing 
These two watersports have been very popular for a number of generations in Kenya. Along the Kenyan coast there are numerous flat water creeks that are perfect for skiing irrespective of wind conditions – Kilifi and Mida Creek being the most popular. Kilifi in particular boasts a wakeboarding and waterskiing school. Lake Navashia and Baringo that lie inland Kenya also offer great conditions and breathtaking backdrops for waterskiing and wakeboarding.
Windsurfing
There are some awesome spots on the Kenyan coast for windsurfing where the warm, still water is perfect for both beginners and advanced riders. The reefs that run along the coast provide the ideal playground for the more adventurous riders seeking swell for ramps and wave riding. Windsurfing is a sport accessible for people of all ages and it’s a fun sport that is relatively easy to pick up. Watamu, Diani and Nyali all have great schools and perfect conditions making them ideal destinations for windsurfing.
Paragliding
Paragliding safaris are one of the most unique and exciting ways to experience the stunning Kenyan landscape. You can paraglide all over Kenya in spots such as Kerio Valley, The Rift Valley, North Kenya, from Nairobi to Mombasa and down the Kenyan coast. You can enjoy trips either solo or in tandem to sit back and enjoy the sensation of soaring like a bird. Pilots can tailor the flights for scenic gentle rides or an adrenaline joy ride. Whatever you are looking for it, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Rock Climbing & Abseiling
Abseiling and rock climbing are gaining huge popularity in Kenya and can be experienced in a number of locations throughout the country, including Mount Suswa, the Ngare Ndare forest and Mount Kenya. One of the most challenging and advanced routes for rock climbing is the 5,199m peak of Diamond Couloir on Mount Kenya which is considered to be one of the finest ice climbs in the world and an absolute must for any enthusiast. There are many companies offering training in abseiling and rock climbing for all ages and to children even as young as five. Nairobi even boasts East Africa’s first indoor climbing gym, a sign of the increasing popularity of this sport.
Kayaking and Rafting
Over the last couple of years, Kenya has become one of the world’s top destinations for kayaking expeditions. You can enjoy the calm waters of the entire coast in a kayak but there are also rivers in Kenya where you can experience the thrill of faster rapids. The coastal towns of Watamu, Diani and Nyali offer kayaking through a variety of companies where you can explore the ocean’s rock pools at low tide or head out to the reef.White water rafting can also be experienced in Sagana, where the river Tana provides grade 3 – 5 rapids – the perfect place for adrenaline junkies.
Horseback Adventures
For the novice or expert rider there is no better way of experiencing a Kenyan safari than on horseback. Not only is the silence and extra height a huge advantage, horseback safaris allow you to get unbelievably close to wildlife.
5TH ISSUE  

Kenya’s Great Lakes

Kenya straddles the centre of the Great Rift Valley, the vast prehistoric fissure that stretches from Jordan to Mozambique. From the North to the South of Kenya, the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes. Travelling from lake to lake is a journey through a world of contrasts…
Lake Turkana – the Jade Sea
Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is Kenya’s most northern lake with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake as well as the world’s largest alkaline lake. The Lake is home to some of Kenya’s most remote and enchanting tribes and a vast population of large crocodiles. The Lake’s remote shores have revealed an invaluable wealth of prehistoric fossils including ‘Turkana Boy’, the most complete early human skeleton ever found dated at 1.5 million years old.
Hippos in Lake Baringo
After Lake Turkana, Lake Baringo is the most northern of the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes and one of only
two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley. Lake Baringo is home to hippos and crocodiles as well as over
470 species of birds.
Lake Bogoria: cool flamingoes and hot springs
Once described as “the most beautiful view in Africa”, Lake Bogoria is geothermically active on the western shore, with geysers and hot springs. At times the number of flamingoes feeding in the lake may be as high as two million.
Lake Nakuru’s Great White Pelicans
Huge colonies of Great White Pelican live along Lake Nakuru’s shores. Weighing in at up to
15kg the Great White Pelican is one of the heaviest airborne birds in the world.
A living carpet of pink flamingos covers the waters of Lake Nakuru, whose shores are a sanctuary
for rhino, big cats and opportunist hyenas!
Lesser Flamingoes at Lake Elementeita
Elementeita is derived from the Masaai word muteita, meaning “dust place”. The alkaline lake’s rocky islands are the only East African nesting site for great white pelicans, while its algae and plankton provide food for vast flocks of flamingos and a multitude of other waterfowl. In 1906, one of Kenya’s first settlers, Lord Delamere, established a ranch at Elementeita he named ’Soysambu’. The hill in the background is affectionately known as ‘Delamere’s nose’.
African Fish Eagle over Lake Victoria
Spanning three countries and with a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres, Lake Victoria is
Africa’s largest lake by area, and is also the largest tropical lake in the world. In 1862, British Explorer John Hanning Speke declared Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile!

3RD ISSUE

Kenya: the home of the safari
Immortalised as the home of the safari by legendary personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen and captured beautifully on celluloid in classic films such as Out of Africa and Born Free, Kenya has long been famous for its extraordinary wildlife.
Let the pictures speak for themselves.
Simply adorable
Born blind and quite helpless – beginning to crawl a day or two after birth and not walking till around three weeks old – it’s a dangerous world for young lion cubs. The lioness will move her cubs to a new den site several times a month to prevent scent from building up at a single den which may attract predators.
The greatest show on earth
From the vast Serengeti plains to Kenya’s Maasai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.
One of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”.
Lake Nakuru’s Flamingoes
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level. It is situated along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously line its shore.
Hippos in the Mara
Despite the peaceful and harmless appearance, the hippopotamus ranks among the most dangerous animals in Africa. Unfortunately, they are threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.
The Grévy’s Zebra
Also known as the imperial zebra, the Grévy’s zebra is the largest living wild member of the horse family and is found only in Kenya and Ethiopia. The endangered Grévy’s zebra is a protected species in Kenya, it being estimated that there are less than 2,500 still living in the wild.
Orphaned Eles
Daphne Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage is situated on the edge of Nairobi National Park and is a wonderful family day trip. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo. The orphans become very attached to their keepers.
It’s a tough life!

2ND ISSUE

Kenya: the ultimate holiday experience
No other country on earth can offer the visitor as much to see and do. Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and equatorial forests, searing deserts and cool highland retreats; and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery and relaxation – more than you could ever expect.
                                                     Mara Balloon Safari The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most impressive landscape – its great game-rich plains are iconic Africa at its best. For any visitor, the best way to appreciate the Mara is from above, on a dawn balloon flight. After the flight, guests are treated to a champagne breakfast at the landing site – what a way to start the day!
                                                         Nairobi Day TripsNairobi: by day, the hectic, cosmopolitan hub of East Africa; by night, a city of cool evenings and quiet tropical gardens, best enjoyed with a cold Tusker. For visitors, Nairobi offers a number of exciting day trips such as Daphne Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage; the Giraffe Center; Karen Blixen’s house; and of course Nairobi National Park and animal orphanage.
                                                  Golf on the wild sideLush fairways and flawless greens under a sparkling blue sky. A backdrop that alternates between azure lake views and sweeping game-filled plains. Ancient forests flashing with iridescent birdlife; antelope and monkeys gambolling on the fairways; a charming and attentive caddy. Pure, unfettered relaxation… this is Golf Kenya.
                                                      Helicopter SafariCamels drinking in the Ewaso Ngiro river after carrying the picnic for guests staying in Laikipia. Kenya’s most beautiful and remote destinations are always accessible by helicopter!
                                             Snorkelling with whale sharksBetween February and April, visitors staying on Kenya’s South Coast (Diani beach in particular) can enjoy incredible whale shark safaris. The whale shark is the world’s largest fish and the expeditions are an opportunity for guests to mingle with scientists and underwater videographers as they go through the rigorous exercise of whale shark tagging. Whale sharks are mostly seen on the surface so both divers and snorkelers can swim with this gentle, curious creature.

1ST ISSUE

Kenya’s unique diversity

The home of the safari and the ultimate wildlife experiences, Kenya is blessed with an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and topography. From the fertile highlands, to the Great Rift Valley, down to the postcard-perfect beaches on the Indian Ocean. Here are 5 glimpses of our magical country – just another 5 reasons why we love Kenya.

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Chyulu Hills

© Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation / Ol Donyo Lodge

A view from the Chyulu Hills to Kilimanjaro: Africa’s highest mountain at 19,341 feet (5,895 m) above sea level and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.

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Laikipia

© Alex Walters, Great Plains Conservation / Tassia Lodge

A view from the granite hills which look out over the varied and extraordinarily beautiful Northern Frontier District. The area is home to some of Africa’s rarest animals such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx.

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Wildbeest in Olare Motorogi Conservancy

© Alex Walters, Great Plains Conservation / Mara Plains Camp

Offering the ultimate game viewing and cultural experiences, the Maasai Mara Conservancies aim to protect the delicate Mara eco-system and benefit the landowners themselves – the Maasai people.

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Diani Beach

© Leopard Beach Resort & Spa

Diani Beach is a 10km stretch of idyllic Indian Ocean palm-fringed coastline on Kenya’s southern coast. The coral reef ensures clam waters, ideal for swimming and diving.

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Lake Nakuru

© Anna Omelchenko / Shutterstock

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes situated within Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously line the shore and the Park is also a sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhino.