The very word conjures up images of safaris, half naked tribes and wild life reserves. Living on the edge of the wild.
There`s nothing like a personal visit to rob you of your preconceptions. Nairobi the capital of Kenya is like any other city in the developing world. There is nothing old-worldish or charming about it. Nairobi is a typical cosmopolitan city that is developing too rapidly for comfort. And losing it`s very soul in the process. Like many other cities in the world.
Mombassa, however, is another story altogether. Featured prominently in the Bible and the ancient Greek literature, this place has witnessed centuries of prominent history. The ancient traders of this place dealt with peacocks. rhinoceros horns, ivory, apes and even slaves.
Today, Mombassa has an interesting variety of African, Arabian and Portuguese people. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean border its beautiful beaches.
The Samburu and Shabha National reserves are semi desert regions that have an abundance of wild animals. Elephants, leopards, giraffes, lions and cheetahs roam around freely in this area. More than a hundred species of bird life is evident. The best place to sight them is at the watering hole where they converge in hundreds every day.
The Samburu is a nomadic tribe that herd goats and cattle and constantly move around in search of fresh pastures. They make a colourful picture out in the open and are friendly with tourists.
There are plenty of safaris one can go on in Kenya. This is one of the most attractive features of the country. The civilized urban cities are one of the less appealing features of the country.