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Kakamega Forest
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Kakamega Forest is what remains of the mighty Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned across central Africa, from east to west. It’s situated in western Kenya, near the border of Uganda and around 350 kilometers from Nairobi city.

The Kakamega rainforest is particularly famous for its variety of bird species, with an estimated 360 species living here, including many not found anywhere else on the planet. Rare birds include the great blue turaco, the blue headed bee-eater, and the black and white casqued hornbill, among others.

The forest is also home to a wide range of unique flora, as well as 400 species of butterfly. Of the plant life found here, it’s said that 80% have highly medicinal properties, with local people traditionally using them to cure a variety of ailments. The mammals that call the forest home include seven species of primate, bush pigs, porcupines, flying squirrels, fruit bats, mongoose, clawless otters, and many more.

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Elsamere Conservation Centre

One of several private conservancies in Kenya, the Elsamere Conservation Centre is located on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley.

It's here that conservationist Joy Adamson nurtured some of her orphaned big cats -- including the most famous: Elsa. This orphaned lion cub was hand-raised in the 1950s by Joy and her husband, George, and released into the African bush. The book Joy wrote about the experience, "Born Free", was made into a movie.

The area is still a haven for wildlife, with its own small troop of black and white colobus monkeys in the acacia trees. Fish eagles can be found on the lakeshore, and hippos, eland and zebra graze on the lawns at night. More than 260 species of bird including rare species such as the Verreaux's Giant Eagle Owl have been spotted.

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Jamia Mosque

Gleaming silver domes and geometric minarets rise above Nairobi’s Jamia Mosque, which is among the most important religious buildings in Kenya. While the interior is generally only accessible to Muslim visitors, all travelers can enjoy outside views of the mosque, easy to do while taking in nearby downtown sights.

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Amboseli National Park

One of Kenya’s most popular nature preserves, Amboseli National Park comprises more than 96,880 acres (39,206 hectares) of savannah and swampland encompassing the dried-up Lake Amboseli. Visit for one of the world’s top wildlife-viewing experiences.

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Lamu Island

Much of Lamu Island, just off Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, is made up of dunes, with the occasional fertile oasis providing relief. But the chief attraction is the fascinating port town, also called Lamu. Step back in time in this UNESCO World Heritage site, a maze of winding lanes lined with elaborately carved houses. There are no cars here, so transport options are the ubiquitous donkeys or your own two feet.

Learn more about the area’s history and unique culture in the town’s Swahili House Museum, located in a beautifully restored 18th century house. And for some of East Africa’s finest white sand beaches, travel by traditional dhow boat to the town of Shela, at the eastern end of the island.

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Masai Mara National Reserve (Maasai Mara National Park)

Arguably the most popular nature park in Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve (Maasai Mara National Park) is near the country’s southern border and spills over into neighboring Tanzania. Take a guided safari tour for a chance to spot big cats—including lions, cheetahs, and leopards—alongside other wildlife.

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