What makes Kenya great again?

10 new things that everyone should know when Kenya forms part of their bucket list Safari

Lately, Kenya has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Just in case you forget why this country became a top class tourist destination in the first place, we want to remind you of all the positive aspects Kenya has to offer and we want to encourage you to add Kenya back on your ultimate travel bucket list.

1. Kenya, the inspiration to Lion King

Our favourite childhood movie has come to life in the most recent release of the live-action version of the Lion King. Click here for a glimpse into the real life locations that inspired this world-famous movie. People traveling to Kenya from the USA better keep their eyes open for some exciting travel deals to Kenya, one of which is Delta Airlines. They are currently running a promotion on their routes from various cities into Nairobi, Kenya. Make sure you don’t miss out on these exciting deals.

The setting where Nala re-enters Simba’s life took its inspiration from Karuru waterfall in Aberdare National Park (Getty)

2. Easy access to Kenya

Kenya Airways is currently the only airline that offers a non-stop flight between East Africa and the USA. This route plays a significant role in opening more economic and tourism growth opportunities for Kenya and East Africa. To top it all, they offer these direct routes five times a week, making it so much easier to plan a proper educational holiday in Kenya.

The European market have also been included in the Kenya Airways route planning. They are also launching flights to Rome, Italy and Geneva and Switzerland.

3. The combo deal

Did you know that Kenya also have amazing beaches? A shoreline that forms an ideal haven for those seeking peace and tranquility amidst salty air. Can you think of a better option than combining a trip to the world famous savanna and wildlife of Kenya with a few lazy days on the beach!  We don’t think so. Consider an exciting 7-day Masai Mara EcoQuest while planning your perfect beach and bush combo holiday.

4. Photographic Safaris

The growing demand for photographic safaris has been realised by the tourism industry, with many providers tapping into this trend by offering niche, tailor-made photographic safari experiences in Kenya. Trust EcoTraining to ensure you move beyond the big five, to capture those 2 or 3 images that will last a lifetime. This is done in accordance with their immersive niche approach, that’s fits well with the company’s emphasis on specialist skilled guide trainers that are also good photographic trainers.

Learn how to capture those perfect moments in the African bush (c) Corne Schalkwyk

5. Have you always dreamed of being a ranger?

With EcoTraining now having a permanent footprint in Kenya you can opt for the perfect “Ranger Experience” with Africa’s premier Safari guide trainers as part of your Kenya Safari. If you have more time available, you could even try your hand at the 28-day Kenya Safari Guide course starting in November (KPSGA qualification). You will get the rare opportunity to traverse 16 000 hectares of the Masai Mara as part of this sought after course.

6. A first of its kind in Kenya

EcoTraining has just launched their first 55-day FGASA Apprentice Field Guide course in Kenya. Make Kenya your one stop destination and get the opportunity to traverse on three northern conservancies within the Masai Mara, the famous route of the great wildebeest migration encompassing over 16,000 hectares, providing students access to a diverse range of biomes that make this a truly insightful course. You will have the chance to walk away as a qualified Field Guide and one of the first people to obtain such a qualification in Kenya.

Professional Field Guide EcoTraining

Vehicle-based guiding

7. A world-class reserve for spectacular game viewing

The Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly Kenya’s most famous wildlife destination. The reserve is situated in south-west Kenya together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms part of Africa’s most diverse and spectacular ecosystems. Not only does the reserve offer abundant game viewing opportunities because of its open and flat landscapes, it also forms part of the annual and world renowned Great Migration. It has been said that this massive migration is nothing short of amazing, hence the importance of adding this to your bucket list

(c) Tigris Zhang

8. Maasai people – warrior tribes

The Maasai people is a well-known ethnic group who are situated in Kenya and Northern Tanzania.  They live in close proximity to the various game reserves throughout East Africa.

They are known for their distinctive appearance. Most Maasai wear blood-red cloaks (shukas) because the colour red symbolizes their culture and it is believed that it scares of lions. The group also rear cattle and therefore must often venture out in search of new grazing fields.

To get exposure to the fascinating three-way relationship between Masai Mara wildlife, communities (Maasai Mara Tribes) and conservation efforts, join EcoTraining for a 7-day or 14-day Masai Mara EcoQuest.

(c) Sam Davies

9. An opportunity to view Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla in Uganda (c) Corne Schalkwyk

From Kenya, you can connect to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to track down the rare mountain gorillas. Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savanna meets the West African jungle – a must see! Uganda is home to a wide range of forest primates, with the star attraction being the endangered mountain gorilla. Coming into close contact with these gentle giants, is as humbling as it is thrilling, particularly when one realizes that there are some 800 individuals left in the wild that can only be found between Bwindi National Park and the Virunga Mountains. This verdant biodiversity is further attested by a bird checklist of over 1000 species – avid birders take note!

10. Best of both worlds

While you are busy planning a trip to Kenya, also remember that non-stop flights between Nairobi and Cape Town has been reintroduced making it easier to travel between Kenya and South Africa (five times a week). This sounds like a combo trip that will make your holiday even more exciting.

These aforementioned points only forms the tip of the iceberg because Kenya has some of the most exciting tourist activities and spectacular scenery on offer. We hope to see you in Kenya soon.