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Get swept up by the romance of Africa when you book hotels in Kenya...
If Africa were condensed, it would be Kenya. This east-coast nation encapsulates the continent: it's got mountains, beaches, game reserves, vibrant cities, deserts, tribal culture and some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.
You should visit Kenya to see the big five under the big sky. Or go to lounge on sands as white as sugar. Or you could travel to dive into city adventures. You could even do it all during one holiday, if you wished. Whatever the reason, there are hotels in Kenya that will make your African dreams a reality.
In Kenya, hotels cater for a variety of tastes and budgets...
If you're staying in the cities of Mombasa or Nairobi, your money can stretch very far when it comes to hotels. You'll find good value rooms around Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi and hotels in the city centres are of a good standard.
In the island city of Mombasa there are budget hotels and luxury hotels in the central areas, which are ideally located for shopping at the buzzing markets or visits to Fort Jesus. Most visitors, however, book hotels in the beach resorts that dot the pristine shores to the north and south of Mombasa. These include Malindi, Watamu, Lamu, and Diani Beach. Most hotels by the ocean are fairly self-contained, with food and drink offered on an all-inclusive basis and entertainment around the clock.
The capital of Nairobi is an interesting place to visit and hotels here range from budget rooms to fabulous five-star hotels featuring swimming pools and sumptuous furnishings. There are modern, high-rise, luxury hotels as well as low-rise, colonial-style lodges. Though tourists are advised to steer clear of poorer areas of Nairobi, there's plenty to see and do in this fascinating inland city.
It's easy to book overnight trips from hotels in these areas to the best wildlife spots in Kenya. Or you could consider staying in hotels in Kenya's game reserves and national parks to make the most of your time in the nation's verdant and varied back garden. Look for hotels around the best reserves, such as Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli, the Masai Mara, and Lake Nakuru - and watch out for Africa's big five of lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino as they can all be found in Kenya. Hotels around the reserves usually cater for the top end of the market and there are plenty of luxury lodges that grant amazing views and impress guests with the highest levels of service and comfort.
Mother Nature was having a great day when she got to work on Kenya...
Some of the best bits of this African nation are 100% natural, though the cities are pretty exciting too.
Top five attractions
Also known simply as the Mara, this national reserve is Kenya's best. The population of big cats is huge so chances of spotting lions on the hunt - or simply lazing in the sun - are very high. Later in the year, you might catch the incredible great migration, when millions of beasts gather in the Mara after fleeing the Serengeti.
Tsavo National Park
Made up of Tsavo East and Tsavo West, you are more likely to see elephants and zebras in the east, with the western swathe of park better known for rhinos and big cats.
Malindi Marine National Park
Dive or snorkel here to see coral reefs housing anemones that dance in the water and scores of tropical fish that weave in and out of the rocks. You might also spot turtles and dolphins. Book a glass-bottomed boat trip if you want to stay dry and above the waves.
Africa's second highest mountain is a sight to behold. Clad by forest at its base, there are many adventures to be had around this impressive peak.
Amboseli National Park
With Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro, providing a backdrop just over the border in Tanzania, photographs containing Amboseli's elephants in the foreground look like they've been digitally enhanced. It's all real though, and incredibly magical.
A range of events take place around Kenya; discover some of the top annual events...
It's difficult to pick three events from a country so large and diverse. These, however, are three events that are worth visiting and will require you to book hotels well in advance to secure your stay.
Great migration; July to October: The plains of the stunning Masai Mara magically change during the great migration when millions of zebra and wildebeest arrive from neighbouring Tanzania to graze before going back again around early November.
Rift Valley Festival; August-September: Journey to the banks of Lake Naivasha for one of Kenya's biggest festivals of music. The festival site is huge and packed with things to see and do besides listening to the funky tunes on stage.
Mombasa Carnival; November: This is a mass street party, Kenyan style, and you shouldn't miss the energetic parades and the markets that occupy every nook and cranny of Mombasa during this popular event.