From savannah grasslands peppered with herds of wildlife to bustling streets with energy that rivals any major city, Kenya is truly one of Africa’s most treasured gems. While you might think you already know the many ways to experience the East African nation from checking out social media, the beauty of the country is that there’s always something new to discover.
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Kenya, a safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve is surely at the top of your bucket list. But if you think the only way you can spot the Big 5 is from the confines of a jeep, think again. Private jet flight attendant and sports nutritionist Morgan (@connormorgan) recently took her safari adventure to new heights with a hot air balloon ride above the Maasai Mara that allowed her to take in Kenya from a different vantage point.
Check out our exclusive tips and photos from Morgan’s Kenyan getaway to see why this safari was anything but basic.
Welcome to Kenya
Bordering Rwanda, Somalia, and Tanzania, the East African country of Kenya is popular with explorers looking to visit the continent or who want to go on safari for the first time. Visit from July to September during the country's dry season to experience the best weather and the must-see Great Migration of wildebeest. If you're thinking a trip to Kenya is going to make your pockets cry, the country is actually quite budget-friendly with 1 Kenyan Shilling equalling $0.00980733 USD.
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One of the most luxurious places to rest your sleepy head in Kenya is the grand Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. With amazing views of Mount Kenya and friendly resident animals that include horses, stunning peacocks and maybe an ostrich or two, you might find yourself extending your stay.
Kenyan cuisine is just as diverse and vibrant as the country's culture. From the meat dishes of the traditional Masai Mara people to the Arab and Indian influenced foods of the coastal regions, Kenya's food has soul and flavor. Make sure to try some nyama choma (Swahili for roast meat) with some masala fries before you go.
Skip the typical jeep safari and opt for an adventure that allows you to really get up close and personal with some of Kenya's wildest residents. A quad bike safari through the country's wilderness will be an experience you won't soon forget.