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Kenya

Choose your Kenyan safari based on the animals that interest you most. Spotting the Big Five is simplest on a game drive, while a hot-air balloon is a spectacular way to see the annual Wildebeest migration. Bird-watchers can get closest to the country’s 1100+ avian species on a walking safari.

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Experience Kenya’s culture firsthand by arranging a visit to one of the country’s 42 tribes. Seek out a program that funnels proceeds to the host village rather than third parties. If you’re staying in Nairobi you can get a taste of the Maasai tribe’s heritage at the city’s open-air market.

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Thrill seekers can get a bird’s-eye view of the Indian Ocean during a tandem skydive or white-water raft down the Ewaso N’giro and Tana rivers. Climbing season for Mount Kenya is July to early October; allow at least six days for an ascent to the summit.

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Kenya is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites – all chosen because of their singular history or natural beauty (like the Lake Turkana area, seen here). The most other-worldly site might be Lamu Old Town, a quiet, vehicle-free island originally settled by the Swahili in the 14th century.

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Nine national parks and reserves safeguard Kenya’s vibrant wildlife and diverse plant life. In the Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve, you can find rare species like the reticulated giraffe or Somali ostrich that are unique to the reserve. Lake Nakuru National Park hosts Kenya’s largest population of rhinos.

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