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Kenya

The Malindi Marine National Park; Mount Kenya; volcanoes and lakes of the Great Rift Valley; bustling Nairobi; green sea turtles in Watamu Marine National Park; Moray Reef; and fabulous marine life in Mombasa Marine Park.

Kenya, the complete official name is the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa. Kenya is situated on the equator and is washed by the Indian Ocean to the south-east. It borders Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. The total area of the country comprises 581 thousand square kilometers; the population is around 45 million people. The capital and largest city of Kenya is Nairobi. The official languages are English and Swahili.

The national currency is the Kenyan shilling. You can withdraw the local currency at most ATMs or exchange money at a bank or exchange office. The US dollars are accepted almost everywhere.

Kenya’s climate is tropical near the coast, temperate inland and arid in the north of the country. The terrain consists of low plains which rise to central highlands.

The main tourist attraction of Kenya is its fantastic nature. Here you will find deserts and mountain snows; plains and forests; bustling urban life Nairobi and traditional tribal cultures; picturesque coral reefs and crystal clear lakes.

In Malindi you can go surfing, deep-sea fishing and snorkeling, or just enjoy gorgeous beaches and clear water of the Malindi Marine National Park.

Mount Kenya, the second highest mount in Africa, offers an impressive view. Some of its lower peaks are easy for trekking.

Nature enthusiasts will undoubtedly like Samburu National Reserve, where you can see lush forests and grasslands inhabited by lions, buffalos, cheetahs, elephants, leopards and hippos;; Hell’s Gate National Park, which can be visited without a guide; Tsavo National Park, the largest in Kenya, where you can enjoy majestic savanna and volcanic landscapes; and the Masai Mara National Reserve, where the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra can be watched from a hot air balloon.

In the Great Rift Valley you can see twelve volcanoes and seven lakes, the most famous of which is Lake Nakuru, where you have a chance to see a million of flamingos at once.

Diving in Kenya

Diving in Kenya is possible all the year round, though in July and August the water visibility becomes worse.

In Watamu Marine National Park you can see green sea turtles, come out to the beaches to lay their eggs.

Near Moray Reef there is a stunning 28-meter steep overhang. The reef is inhabited by octopuses, eels and large morays. From October to February you have a chance to see whale sharks passing through.

In Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve you can meet very large manta rays.

Mombasa Marine Park features an amazing coral reef and rich marine life; which makes diving and snorkeling here truly fabulous.

In the Malindi Marine Park you can see barracudas and explore picturesque reefs.

Those who are fond of wreck diving will praise the Dania, which is said to be the best Kenya’s wreck. This cargo vessel sank in 2003. Now she is lying at a depth of 12-32 meters and is teeming with groupers, barracudas, batfish and moray eels.

Eldoret Airport (EDL), located in Eldoret.

Moi International Airport (MBA), situated in Mombasa.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), an international airport in Nairobi.

Diving in Kenya is possible all the year round, though in July and August the water visibility becomes worse.

In Watamu Marine National Park you can see green sea turtles, come out to the beaches to lay their eggs.

Near Moray Reef there is a stunning 28-meter steep overhang. The reef is inhabited by octopuses, eels and large morays. From October to February you have a chance to see whale sharks passing through.

In Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve you can meet very large manta rays.

Mombasa Marine Park features an amazing coral reef and rich marine life; which makes diving and snorkeling here truly fabulous.

In the Malindi Marine Park you can see barracudas and explore picturesque reefs.

Those who are fond of wreck diving will praise the Dania, which is said to be the best Kenya’s wreck. This cargo vessel sank in 2003. Now she is lying at a depth of 12-32 meters and is teeming with groupers, barracudas, batfish and moray eels.

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