Flights to Kenya
Kenya is in eastern Africa and has a coast on the Indian Ocean and borders with the neighbouring countries of Uganda to the west, Ethiopia and Sudan to the north, Tanzania to the south and Somalia to the north east.
Kenya has three international airports, though your best choice for flights from South Africa to Kenya would be to land in the country’s capital, Nairobi, then to take a connecting flight if you’re travelling onwards. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi is only around 20 minutes from the main business district of the city.
Direct flights from South Africa fly here from O R Tambo, Johannesburg’s International airport, only; though you can of course get a connecting flight via Johannesburg from elsewhere in South Africa. Your choice of airlines includes the national carrier of Kenya, Kenya Airways as well as South African Airways (SAA), British Airways (BA), Air Malawi and Air Tanzania
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The Tourist Attractions of Kenya:
Kenya has long been a favourite for visitors who come here for the great National Parks and game reserves and to go on ‘safaris’, and this is what the country is most famous for. Kenya also has some beautiful beaches along its Indian Ocean coastline and is hence a great place for a beach holiday.
Kenya has an impressive 12 National Parks, the easiest of which to visit is Nairobi National Park as it’s situated just outside the city centre. The park is ideal for a day-trip out of the city and you can go it alone by renting a car from one of the many car hire companies in the city, though you will be more comfortable in a jeep or 4×4 than a basic car!
About 95 miles (150km) outside of Nairobi is Mount Kenya and the Mount Kenya National Park. This is the highest mountain in Kenya (at 5,199 metres /17,057 ft) and the second highest in the whole of Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is in fact on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect the mountain, an extinct volcano, and the surrounding areas.
The Masai Mara National Park is without doubt the most famous of Kenya’s national parks. It is situated in the south west of the country and is actually an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The park is named after the local inhabitants, the Maasai, and the Mara River which runs through it. If you’re visiting in July or August you must make sure you don’t miss the Great Migration of the wildebeest, best seen from a hot air balloon!
Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city and can be easily reached by taking a flight from Nairobi, of which several depart a day. Situated on the Indian Ocean, Mombasa is an important sea port and is also the centre for the country’s beach tourism. Many miles of beautiful beaches are here and several luxury hotels sit on the beaches which span both north and south along the coast from the city. The most renowned of these is the white sanded Diani Beach.
Mombasa city itself has a couple of attractions too, including the Old Town and Fort Jesus, which are nice to visit if you fancy a day away from the beach.
When Should You Visit?:
Enjoying a tropical climate, Kenya can be visited for warmth and sunshine throughout the year. Mombasa, on the coast, is hot and humid with an average yearly high of 30.3C and a low of 22.4C. Inland experiences a more temperate climate – Nairobi has an average annual high of 25.2C and low of 13.6C.
There are two rainy seasons, the long season is from March or April to June and a shorter one occurs between October and December. February and March are the hottest months and July and August the coldest.