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IN PICS: The MAGIC of Kenya

Last updated on: March 18, 2013 18:37 IST

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The wildlife safaris have been the top tourist attractions in Kenya for decades while other activities include trekking Mount Kenya, ballooning over the Maasai Mara and snorkelling in Diani on the Indian Ocean coast.

Here are five new things you can do while in Kenya this summer.


Photographs: Courtesy: Kenya Tourism Board
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Animal orphanage and Giraffe Centre, Nairobi

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is a shelter of abandoned or injured wild animals.

The Nairobi animal orphanage offers visitors a chance to see wildlife up close and personal and even pet a cheetah! The Orphanage is the home to more than 20 different animals and bird species.

At Nairobi Giraffe Centre, you can see these magically cumbersome animals up close and personal. Feed lanky giraffes from a platform and even touch a giraffe's tongue! A popular activity in Nairobi, Kenya!


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Ballooning over Maasai Mara

Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve is the ultimate ballooning destination. The landscape is astonishing, and the abundant wildlife can make for spectacular viewings from above. One can see a good concoction of animals, and it is likely to spot elephants, giraffes, various antelope species, ostriches or pride of lion from the balloon.

One can also see hyenas, hippos, and cheetahs form the above too. Ballooning is one of the best ways to experience the wildebeest migration or search for the elusive black rhino in the Mara.


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Sambaru village for an interaction with the tribal Kenya

Set within the ecosystem of Northern Kenya's Kalama region -- famous for its special five Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx -- this is an extraordinary opportunity to 'go bush' with your family or friends.

Gain in-depth experience in wildlife tracking, while following an elephant or a leopard; learn survival skills; visit an original Samburu villa#8805 learn how to use bows, arrows, pangas and spears; build a bush camp; tend goats and cattle whilst listening to Samburu stories, songs, drums and flutes or learn to dance Samburu style under moon.


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Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and a UNESCO world heritage site. This is also a natural wonder being a place on equator to get snow.

Mount Kenya gives you ample options, from expeditions to experiencing the thrill of safaris. The tour includes a wide range of attractions where one can enjoy a variety of cultures, wildlife, beautiful landscapes and experiencing the equator would be great learning for everyone visiting this site.


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Lamu Island

Lamu Island is a part of Kenya's Lamu Archipelago, and has unspoiled and pristine coastline. As the oldest living town in Kenya, Lamu Town has retained all the charm and character built up over centuries.

There are no roads on Lamu Island, just alleyways and footpaths and therefore, there are few motorised vehicles on the island. Lamu is one of the favourite destinations of world celebrities and offers an authentic Swahili experience.


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