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Kenya – Amazing Country of Zebras, Volcanoes, and Great People – VIDEO
I flew to Africa for the first time. I did not expect anything from it. So Kenya could only surprise me. This choice was basically a coincidence. Within a month, I fell in love with her. I got a lot of new friends, experienced the beauty of wildlife, enjoyed the real adventure on a motorbike and strolled up to 5000 meters for an unforgettable sunrise. At least part of the experiences will share with you in the new series.
Kenya is located on the east coast of Africa and roughly through its center passes the equator. A large part of the country, including the capital of Nairobi, lies at an altitude of about two thousand meters, and in some parts of the year there is a very cold weather. I set out in a warm and dry season at the turn of January and February, which was the ideal choice for motorbike trips. Moreover, I have visited several tea plantations and factories and our winter is one of the best harvesting periods.
On the other hand, I lost the opportunity to see more animals in national parks. I can not complain, but in the parks like Hell's Gate, Naiwasha or Nairobi National Park, there is plenty to see in winter. Hippos, zebras, giraffes, plenty of antelope and majestic buffalo.
And how is he traveling around Kenya? First of all, I was very surprised that almost everyone knows good English. Nice change compared to Southeast Asia. I could finally make friends with anyone and learn more about the lives of local people. The vast majority of people were incredibly friendly and willing to help. Which, in a few unpleasant situations with a motorbike, was really good.
Whether close to national parks and other tourist destinations, I was surprisingly easy to find nice hotels at prices up to $ 30/night with breakfast. Of course, it took a bit of bargaining, but it was not difficult outside the high season.
But most of all, I was thrilled to learn how incredibly colorful experiences you get in a relatively small area. Every few dozen kilometers, landscape in Kenya will turn out to be unrecognizable and you will see everything from semi-deserts and fairy-taley beaches across vast savannas, pastures and forests to volcanic plains and glaciers on Africa's second highest Mount Mount Kenya. In addition, over 40 different tribes with varied cultures, languages and history live in the country.
If you are tempted to taste a real adventure, throw away your prejudices and go to Africa! I'll come back to her as soon as possible.
The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, boasts several unique features. The most interesting one for any visitor certainly is the national park of the same name. About 7 kilometers from the city center, over 100 square kilometers, you have the chance to see lions, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, zebras, ostriches or antelopes.
Kilimanjaro is the highest one. But it is said that Mount Kenya is definitely the nicest. I haven't been to "Killi" yet, but I will remember hitting and views of Mount Kenya for the rest of my life and I will be happy to come back. Just because of the glaciers less than 20 kilometers from the equator.
One of the most beautiful and perhaps the most surprising places you can visit in Kenya is the Mount Kenya National Park. You can come for a day and watch wild elephants, buffaloes or monkeys in the magnificent mountain forest, or try to conquer the Lenan peak rising to nearly 5000 meters, without need of any special climbing methods.
Already in the last episode you might have learned that Kenya is one of the largest tea producers in the world. Let's now take a look behind the walls of the tea factories where the fascinating transformation from green tea leaves to the form of tea we know in Europe takes place.
Kenya is one of the largest tea exporters in the world thanks to the British. The local mountains provide the ideal climate for its cultivation; Of course, as a tea lover, I couldn't visit the biggest tea area around Mt. Kenya before I left.
Shallow Lake Bogoria is about 50 km from Nakuru, Kenya. It lies in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, offering wonderful views. Especially here you will see a lot of waterbirds, including huge flocks of flamingos.
Another of the parks where I couldn't resist in Kenya and went wild, was relatively small Hell’s Gate in the immediate vicinity of Lake Naivasha. There are several canyons and lots of animals all year round. I was lucky to meet giraffes and dozens of buffaloes from a few meters away.
Leaving out Lake Naivasha during a visit to Kenya would be a sin. Unlike other national parks, you do not pay for entry, but you can almost certain that you will see hippos, plenty of waterfowl and probably buffaloes or giraffes in the immediate vicinity.
The first place I headed from the capital was Mount Longonot National Park. The 2 780-meter high volcano with an almost perfect crater offers a wonderful trek and the opportunity to see close enough wild animals. I set off right after sunrise and I did not regret it.
Nairobi ("a place where cold water is available") belongs to one of greatest towns in Africa. The British citadel, where the town was established (in the altitude of nearly 2000 metres above sea level), protected one of the first railway line (Mombasa-Victoria Lake) of the continent.