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Exploring Korea And Kenya


Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is a Game Reserve located in Narok County. It is one of the best vacation sites in Kenya. From the abundance of nature and wildlife to the magnificent camps all over the reserve, the Masai Mara is definitely a fun-filled experience for all its visitors’.  It is especially famous for the Great Migration of Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomson’s gazelle from the Serengeti across the Mara River. Visitors can enjoy residency in one of the reserve’s camp sites all the while enjoying a variety of cuisine from the Isokon Restaurant. There is a range of activities one can participate in while at the Masai Mara; sightseeing tours on the hot air balloons, wildlife safaris and visiting the Masai village and market. While here one can experience the exciting Masai culture. This is definitely a place to visit.

Mombasa

This is a town on the coast of Kenya which is well known for its warm and palm-lined sandy beaches and clear waters. For animal lovers, Haller Park is the place to visit. With over 160 species of birds and a variety of wildlife it is a great hit. One can also visit some pre-historic sites like the Fort Jesus and the Gedi Ruins for an exciting cultural experience. Mamba Village, a crocodile farm is a popular spot with tourists. The Marine National Park is the place to visit. With activities like diving and snorkeling, one can get the full marine experience. You can also view the marine life from the glass-bottom boat if you don’t want to get into the water. Honestly there is really no limit to the places you can visit in Mombasa.

The Rift Valley

The Rift Valley extends through Kenya through from the north to south. As you travel up there are so many sites to behold. You could hike your way up Mt. Longonot or simply enjoy the view of the mountain from the view point along the highway. There are also numerous curio shops where one can buy authentic Kenyan antiques. While in Naivasha, Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate are just a few of the places you should visit. Along the highway you can observe Zebras, Baboons and gazelles on the sides of the road. A tour of Lake Nakuru national Park is also a must-do. The view of the pink flamingos and the beautiful wildlife is a breathtaking scenery. From Black Rhinos, Hippos, Horned Baboons, Leopards and more you will definitely have the experience of a lifetime.

Mt. Kenya

Mt.Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya located in Nyeri County. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Kenya. The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club at the foot of the mountain is a beautiful and a serene place to kick back and relax. Mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking, camping; one is spoilt for choice. Up the mountain there are beautiful glacier lakes with pure and fresh water. Further up the mountain you’ll find the magnificent peaks Batian, Nelion and Lenana. At the peaks one can go glacier snow-boarding, with the right supervision of course.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

It was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty. It served as both the homes of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and the government of Joseon. It was previously destroyed during the Japanese Invasion but over the years it has slowly been restored to its original state. Tourists flock at the palace to experience Korea’s history and cultural heritage as it houses the National Palace Museum of Korea. The scenery is spectacular and the staff are very kind and dedicated to make your visit a memorable one.

Everland

This is South Korea’s largest theme park located at the Everland Resort in Yongin. There is definitely something for people of all ages. Known for its beautiful scenery, tourists visit the park to experience nature at the garden which has so many different types of flowers and trees. Zootopia is also a must-see with over 2000 animals of 201 species. One can also see the giant Pandas that were given to Korea by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to symbolize the friendship between Korea and China. One can also enjoy rides like the T-Express (the first wooden roller coaster) which is especially popular with young kids. There are festivals all year round which are a great way of experiencing the Korean culture and cuisine. Good food, rides, wildlife and nature, what more do you need!

Busan

Busan is South Korea’s second largest city. There is so much adventure to experience in Busan. It is well known for its beautiful beaches where one can visit the aquarium or play traditional games like tug of war at the Folk Square. Hiking up the mountains is a good way to keep fit while exploring the beautiful country of Korea. Have a feel of Korea’s religion when you visit the Buddhist temples like Beomeosa Temple. Busan also houses museums and historical buildings. Animal lovers can visit Dongbaek Island and take part in bird-watching at the Nakdong River estuary. It is simply amazing.

Jeju Island

Also known as Jejudo. It houses the Hallasan National Park where people go hiking up the Hallasan Mountain. Beautiful beaches, waterfalls, museums, theme parks, caverns and caves are just a few of the places you can visit while in Jeju Island, an experience that is bound to leave you mesmerized.

Story by : Virginia Chege

 


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