“Kenya's raw beauty and sweeping plains bewitch even the most seasoned visitors.” says Conde Nast Traveler. We couldn't agree more. Synonymous with sunshine and the ultimate safari experience, Kenya benefits from the most extraordinary range of landscape -from the kaleidoscope of blues on the Indian Ocean’s shores to the sands of the Turkana Desert, the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the steamy rain forests of Mount Elgon. Get inspired by Kenya as your next travel destination below.
A place of romance, adventure and magic
With award-winning beaches stretching lazily over the horizon and the grassland of the Savannah dappled with wildlife, there is pure wonder at every turn; one of the many reasons why this country has been titled “Magical Kenya”. After this year’s share of royal romance, we can’t help but remind the world that it was here that Prince William proposed to his princess in 2010. The couple had stayed in the Lewa Conservancy, touted as Kenya’s most successful game reserve with stunning views of the wild Northern Frontier District (NFD) and the majestic Mount Kenya beyond. From here, they traveled up the soaring highlands of the mountain to a secluded place called Rutundu where a log cabin provided the simple yet romantic environment from which this adventurous King-in-waiting would pop the question.
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The legacy of the safari lives on
Kenya has the oldest safari industry on the continent; it was here that the wild tales of decadence and exploration began. Travels were marked by discoveries of new species of animal and bird, each as exotic as the last, and landscapes both treacherous and breathtakingly beautiful. From as early as the 1890s, everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt to British nobility and Hollywood stars were soon venturing across the globe to experience it for themselves.
This is the country that, throughout the ages, has inspired stories, novels and films: Hatari starring John Wayne (1962), Born Free (1966), based on the life of Joy Adamson, as well as Out of Africa (1985), an adaptation of Karen Blixen’s love affair on the slopes of the Ngong Hills. It is home to Africa’s Great Migration -the greatest show on Earth, the setting for the Big Cat Diaries and the vision for Disney’s Lion King. Voted “Leading Safari Destination” at the World Travel Awards last year, it is clear that Kenyans run an incredibly smooth operation and live up to the legacy that has been passed down from generation to generation.
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Getting here is as easy as the days under an African sky
Just eight hours by air from London (an easy stopover for those coming from further afield), it’s not hard to get to here. Fly overnight and you could be in the bush in time for a picnic lunch. Even before you touch down in Nairobi, you can watch giraffe and zebra running under the flight path in the city’s national park. The capital is the first port-of-call for Kenyan safaris with the majority of visitors flying out to wilder places from Wilson, the world’s busiest airport for light aircraft.
At a short distance of 6 kilometres away, Radisson Blu Upper Hill Nairobi is the closest 5-star hotel to Wilson Airport. With world-class service, fine dining and amenities to cater for the most discerning of travellers, it is the preferred choice for a transit stay on your way through to the plains of the Maasai Mara to see the seventh wonder of the world, the awe-inspiring terrain of the NFD to tread where royalty have done before you, Diani Beach’s award-winning soft sands or any of the other experience-rich destinations that Magical Kenya has to offer.