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first_img5. Barter for a bargain at marketGet your poker face on and prepare to haggle your havianas off: the vendors in Nairobi City Market know how to drive a hard bargain. Located in a 1930s building (a bit like an airplane hangar) where staggered windows stream sunlight in through dramatic concrete arches, there are hundreds of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, paintings, hand-carved wooden art, flowers, jewellery and clothes. Even if you’re not in a buying mood, go just to watch some brilliant bartering skills in action. Read more: 10 of the world’s weirdest animals (and where to see them)Find flights to KenyaHotels in KenyaSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Refresh in Lake TurkanaThe dusty grey landscape surrounding Lake Turkana is a million miles away from the lush green plains of the Maasai Mara in the south, and the blue lake waters are a striking oasis. The heat is stifling, the ground completely dry and the settlements few and far between, save for the little lakeside town of Loiyangalani: the perfect place to slow down to African time and take a refreshing dip in this vast and gorgeous lake.Read more: Escape the rain in the driest places on the planet 3. Explore the Indian OceanKenya’s 1400km long coastline is lapped by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean. There are strings of white beaches, but few beat the stretches around Diani. This little backpacker haven is a great place to wind down, party hard or meet some of the underwater wildlife. Take an excursion to Wasini Island for a fresh crab lunch, before swimming with turtles in the deep blue. Read more: 10 of the world’s best beaches – in pictures RelatedCheap Vs Chic: SafariWhether you’re a lover of the great outdoors or not, the safari is the ultimate wildlife experience.On safari: the great wildebeest migrationOn safari: the great wildebeest migrationWorld’s most travelled man: The Fred Finn interviewSo you thought you were well travelled? 2. Take a retro ride on the night trainForget five-star service, or even a reliable timetable; what the Nairobi–Mombasa night train lacks, it more than makes up for in charm. Hearty Kenyan meals are served in the dining car – a hand bell indicates when dinner is served – decked out with red leather seats surrounding table-clothed counters. Enjoy a beer and banter with the locals, and when you’ve had your fill of food, recline in your cabin and watch the world rush by as the sun sets. A First Class ticket (from £38pp) includes your own charmingly dated two-berth sleeper cabin, dinner and breakfast. 4. See big cats stuck up treesYou may think cats prefer to keep their paws on solid ground, but how about spending hours stuck up trees? On the banks of Lake Nakuru the lions and leopards have a head for heights, prefering to laze in the sun suspended above the forest floor. Spend long enough looking up and you may just spot one of these not-so-gentle giants looking somewhat like a cat stuck up a tree. An unusual but incredible sight. 7. Adventure along the rocky roadHead for the hills of Kenya’s Chalbi Desert to the north for a spot of wilderness roaming. It’s a starkly barren area, strewn with enormous rocks and the occasional acacia. Blue-hued mountains loom and small tribal settlements of straw huts are sporadically dotted along the roadside. Try thumbing a lift from Nairobi and take the long ride to Marsabit atop a cargo truck alongside the locals for a different view of the desert. There’s more to this African safari centre than the quest for the Big Five – but you should still try and see them all.Kenya is full of seductive landscapes, world-class wildlife and some of friendliest, warmest welcomes on the planet. From beaches to bargain shopping, and of course the epic Great Rift Valley, these are just a small sample of seven of the best things to do in Kenya. 1. Follow the herdThe first thing most people do when they arrive in Kenya is don the camo and set off on a safari, searching for spots, stripes and bushy manes. There are thousands of square kilometres of national parks and wildlife reserves, teeming with animals most will have only seen on screen. Watching playful zebras, bouncy baby elephants and lazing lions in their natural habitat makes for an unforgettable (if not slightly stereotypical) Kenyan experience. Read more: World’s 5 best adventure holiday destinationslast_img


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