Kenya: A Top Travel Destination for February February 12, 2015 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Whether you are looking to relax at a brewery, climb to new heights on Mt. Kilimanjaro, or go on a wild African safari, Kenya is a country full of adventures for everyone to experience. While traveling in Kenya, you can set up a reservation at the Giraffe Manor and get up close and personal with the herd of Rothschild’s giraffe that live just outside of your hotel! For those who prefer to keep wildlife at a greater distance, you can attend a cheese tour thirty miles away from Nairobi at Brown’s Cheese Factory, a winner of numerous international awards. If you are traveling to Kenya with children, the factory offers cheese-making classes as well as milking sessions. For the active traveler, Kenya offers many different mountains to climb. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular and challenging because it is the highest mountain in Africa. The routes are all beautiful, but the easier routes up the mountain are through Marangu and Rongai. This climbing expedition will take you through five different climate zones, so be sure to dress accordingly and be well hydrated. When planning travel to foreign countries, try to use well-known travel agencies to help book activities for optimal safety and security. Big Five Safari is one of many reputable safari companies operating in Kenya and offers a tour that goes through forests, rivers, mangroves, and rocky areas in search of over 100 snake species including pythons, cobras, and mambas. The tour is an educational experience aimed at improving awareness about snakes’ roles in the ecosystem. For the traveler who prefers eating animals versus seeing them in nature, there is Carnivore, a restaurant in the heart of Nairobi that serves all sorts of meats including lamb, beef, crocodile, and ostrich, among many other exotic items. If you are confused on what to order at this restaurant, there is no need to worry because there is no ordering at the Carnivore. Carvers dressed in festive clothing and straw hats carve the meats with swords right in front of guests. This theatrical and entertaining meal is one-of-a-kind experience and is just one of many things to do while visiting Kenya. When traveling to Kenya, there are many important pre-trip considerations such as making sure you have a passport that is valid and also getting a visa for Kenya. Pay very close attention to the days your visa is valid to avoid fines. It is very important to go to a travel health clinic before travel to find out what vaccinations you might need. The recommended vaccines normally include routine vaccines (i.e. MMR and Hepatitis A), and travel shots such as Typhoid may be recommended as well. Since Kenya has a higher occurrence of Malaria, Yellow Fever, Polio, and Rabies, it is important to consider the medications and vaccinations for these diseases before your trip too. Be sure to pack enough medical and first aid supplies for the entire trip and even some extra. Some areas of Kenya are harder to access, so it is better to have medical supplies packed with you in case of an emergency. It is recommended to take out traveler’s insurance and make sure that your trip and length of stay are covered. This will ensure that any medical emergencies you may have while in Kenya are taken care of. Bottled water is recommended, and swimming in freshwater areas is strongly discouraged to avoid water-borne illness. Bring insect repellent, and wear loose clothes that cover skin to help prevent bug bites, especially from mosquitos. Finally, there have been recent acts of terrorism in Kenya, so be vigilant at all times, avoid demonstrations and large crowds, and follow the local news. Vigilance is very important as mugging and armed robbery tend to be common occurrences too. Following these steps will help ensure a safe and fun trip to Kenya. Have you ever visited Kenya? What were your favorite activities? Please tell us in a comment below!