KENYA – AN IDEAL ROMANTIC AFRICAN SAFARI HOLIDAY DESTINATION
Kenya was previously known as the birth place of the 44th president of the United States, Barrack Obama. Kenya has once again featured in the romantic journey of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It provided the quixotic scene where Prince William proposed to Kate the at the Rutundu log cabin on the slopes of Mt. Kenya in October 2010.
In his own words Prince William said “Africa is the perfect place to come. The locals have no clue who I am and I love it’’
The British royal’s connection to Kenya did not begin with Prince William. Other than Kenya being a British colony, Prince William’s grandmother the Queen Elizabeth was announced queen while on a Kenya wildlife safari in 1952. She was on a detour to Kenya on a visit to a prominent settler Major Sherbrook Eric Walker when news reached her at the demise of his father while at the treetops hotel during a mountain retreat with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. As for Prince William Kenya was the perfect destination for a needed holiday with his girlfriend and he had the opportunity to propose while on a 10 day Kenya safari holiday. The past times activities for the newlyweds while staying at the mountain cabins in Mount Kenya was ‘looking up at the dark nights under the Africa’s skies, staring up at the stars till dawn. Prince William is known to have stayed at Lewa Downs, a place he is known to be fond of when he is in Kenya. In fact among the girls that he once dated was Jecca Craig a daughter of the owner of Lewa. Lewa Downs is a sprawling 60,000-acre wildlife conservancy that straddles Laikipia and Meru counties. The specific location of the royal engagement — in October last year — was the idyllic Lewa Safari Camp, deemed as one of the most stunning and luxurious safari destinations. The 28-year-old former Prince, now Duke of Cambridge, the second in line to the British throne, has had a long association with the wilds of northern Kenya, and reportedly spent three months there after leaving secondary school. At that time he was an honored guest of the family of Ian Craig, the founder of the conservancy whose daughter He once dated.
Another favorite destination of Prince William’s is an eco-lodge known as Il Ngwesi. Run by the local Maasai community, it offers nights spent on special high beds — dubbed “star-beds” — in the open. Sources at the lodge intimated that Prince William loved those nights under the African skies, staring up at the stars till dawn. This confirms his love for watching the skies at night. The magic that has attracted the royalty to the concervancies in Laikipia and Meru include the 36,000-hectare Ol Pejeta Reserve, home to Kenya’s largest single population of black rhinos, lions and the graceful zebra. Ol Pejeta House, formerly the private home of billionaire international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, is a delight of unrestrained hedonistic living. Today it is managed by Tourism Promotion Services under the Serena Group of Hotels. Ol Pejeta House is a favorite destination for high end clients. The well-acquainted facility consists of four rooms in the main building and two more in the adjoining Buffalo Cottage. It offers carefree unrestrained relaxation for its discerning guests, and is almost always fully booked throughout the year. To the North of Ol Pejeta is the Samburu National Reserve, which is adjacent to Lewa Downs. It is the home of the Beisa Oryx, the Somali ostrich among others that include the big five. To the South, is the Aberdares National Park, the home of the tree house – Treetop Hotel where Queen Elizabeth was at the death of his father King George V. Lake Nakuru National Park is just 190Km from Aberdares and this is the home of the Greater and Lesser Flamingoes and a haven for the bird lovers. To the east of Lake Nakuru is Lake Naivasha, where we get one of the few game reserves in Kenya where you can walk, the Hell’s Gate Game Reserve. You can also enjoy Rock climbing here. To the South is the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, The home of wildebeest migration and a favorite place to watch the big five. Past the Nairobi, the capital city is Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. Adjacent to Amboseli is the Tsavo West National Park, the home of the Mzima Springs and known for the man eaters of Tsavo. The mane less lions nearly stopped the construction of the East African Railway in the 1900s. The lions are now preserved in a United States Museum. Further South is the Tsavo East National Park which is home to the elephants. It has large herds of Elephants compared to other parks in Kenya. Also of interest here are the cats. From Tsavo, you get down to Mombasa the home of beach holidays in Kenya.
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