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Cheap flights to Kenya

Cheap Flights to Kenya

If the mental image of Africa that you carry in your mind involves a solitary acacia tree against a reddish setting sun, or a snowcapped mountain surrounded by an endless savanna, it's Kenya that you're thinking of. If you're wondering where your journey in the continent should begin, Kenya is a great candidate.

Kenya is among the few African countries that use armed ranchers to protect their wildlife, and it shows. The country's tough, protective stance is what makes it easier for you to see wildlife here, than anywhere else -- your first cheetah in hot pursuit of prey, your first family of lions and your first close encounter with a herd of elephants.

Even more surprising, you're likely to see wildlife in national parks immediately outside the capital, Nairobi, with the skyscrapers of the city in the background. While wildlife and a city skyline may seem to not go together, they do in Kenya; just as snow-capped mountains on the equator do in this country.

Essential information when traveling to Kenya

While Canadians do not require visas to go to most countries, Kenya is an exception. You either need to visit the nearest Kenyan High Commission before you leave, or apply online for an e-visa.

While Kenya is considered safe for Canadian citizens and there is no specific travel advisory, the government does warn visitors to exercise caution in some areas. Kenya's borders with Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia are considered unsafe, as is the Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh.

While there are railway lines connecting Kenya to many neighboring countries, arriving over land isn't considered safe, because doing so involves passing through war zones. As a final word of warning, it isn't a good idea to drive a rental car on your own in Kenya. Kenya's roads are considered to be a high risk for accidents.

Nairobi is connected by air to many parts of the world. Since the country is a top tourist draw, however, both ticket and hotel prices can soar in January and February, and between June and October, the peak season.

You can do two things to save on costs -- travel in the shoulder season in October or November when it doesn't rain often, and use a good travel search engine like Skycanner.

Finding out what you can do in Kenya

Kenya is home to some of Africa's most well-known tribes, including the Swahili and the Maasai. They often depend on tourism. Coming into contact with members of these tribes can be a wonderful experience.

Kenya's wildlife sightings tend to be right out of the movies. The country is home to the Maasai Mata, where hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate across the plains, with lions, leopards and cheetahs in tow. Families of Amboseli elephants amble in the in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, and thousands of pink flamingos daintily stand around shallow pools of water - picture-postcard scenes of Africa that turn reality in Kenya.

Kenya's experience may be simple, but they tend to be perfect and dreamlike.

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