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Make a holiday rental, home, or villa in Kenya your home away from home

Kenya, Africa has been acknowledged academically as the "cradle of humanity", but today, Kenya is better known as an ideal destination for adventure holidays. The country shares borders with Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia. There are numerous options when it comes to looking for your dream holiday home or holiday accommodation in Kenya, with options to suit every taste and level of adventure! Holidays to Kenya have claimed global recognition due to the quality of its safari holidays. Kenya is a diverse country though; away from the safari parks, there are regions where your holiday home is surrounded by forest and beautiful fauna. And for those looking for a more cosmopolitan holiday rental, there are areas full of business centers and urban luxuries. Holiday makers have several options when choosing where to have a holiday rental, home, or villa in Kenya.

Places to holiday in Kenya

Nairobi is Kenya's capital city and the site of the world's safari capital. Some of the most interesting places to visit from a Kenya holiday rental in Nairobi include the National Park, Nairobi Races (horseracing on Sundays), and the National International Show (August/September/October). The shopping in Nairobi is magnificent, and the City Market on Muindi Mbingu Street is worth visiting in search of bargains.

Mombasa is Kenya's oldest town and was once Africa's trading centre with Asia. Nowadays Mombasa's main attraction is the tourist industry, with several luxurious holiday resorts located along the coastline, where some of the most exclusive holiday villas in Kenya can be found. The main attractions in Mombasa include Fort Jesus and the old town with its Arab style buildings.

Malindi is another old town in Kenya. The town has gorgeous traditional style holiday homes alongside small craft shops, beautiful beach, and friendly people. A holiday rental in Malindi provides the perfect base for kite surfing, diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and many other water sports.

Things to do in Kenya

Because of Kenya's favourable climate, it is ideal for sports and recreation all year round. There are activities on offer from a Kenyan holiday homes suitable for visitors of any age.

Adventurous holiday makers and those taking a holiday rental in Kenya as an activity holiday, will undoubtedly enjoy the hiking in Kenya. The most favourable areas are the Aberdare Mountains, the Chyulu Hills, Hell's Gate, Mt. Susua, the Menengai Crater in the Rift Valley, Ngong Hills, Mt. Elgon and Mt Kenya.

As with many African countries, golf has become a popular sport. There are six high quality 18-hole and four 9-hole golf courses within a 20 mile radius of Nairobi. There are 3 other main golfing circuits to explore from a holiday villa in Kenya; the Central Highlands, The Coast and The Western Circuit. Many large towns have a 9-hole course which are generally open to casual visitors staying at holiday homes in the area.

Water sports of all types are very popular throughout Kenya, and the warm water is ideal for swimming. Additionally windsurfing, parasailing and water-skiing are available at holiday homes right along the coast.

For nature lovers, Kenya is not only renowned for safaris, but is an exciting place to do some bird watching. Kenya has over 1,033 known species of bird and more are still being discovered. Places such as Lake Turkana and Nakuru provide some of the most impressive sights, and park staff will equip you with a good pair of binoculars.

Weather in Kenya

The climate of Kenya varies from the tropical humidity of the coast, through the dry heat of the northern plains, to the cool air of the plateau and mountains. Despite Kenya's equatorial position, Mt. Kenya is perpetually snow-capped. The coastal temperature averages 27°C. The capital, Nairobi has an average temperature of 19°C.

Travel to Kenya

Kenya is a regional travel hub and has connections by a large number of airlines from all over the world particularly those from Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa. The country has three international airports at Nairobi (NBO), Mombasa (MBA) and Eldoret. British Airways and Kenya Airways fly to Nairobi direct from London.

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                                                  Relaxing in luxury, menus from a 1st class chef

                                                  5 of 5
                                                  We came to the Villa Soleil on our honeymoon, wondering what awaited us on our first trip to Africa. We came back from our honeymoon rested, relaxed, pampered, and determined to book again ASAP. "Team Soleil" made every part of our honeymoon special, from Wolfgang's friendly and helpful emails telling us everything we needed to know about preparing for the trip, to Musa's beautifully tended garden, to Eunice's warm smile and readiness to help with anything we needed, and especially chef Anthony's incredible cooking! Even on a honeymoon, we're not usually the types to hang around the house, but we honestly just didn't want to go anywhere else. We dipped in the pool, swung on the porch swing, watched films, and stuffed ourselves to bursting every day. We did wander down to the beach and it was lovely, no problems with beach boys at all. But it just couldn't compete with the beauty, privacy, and peace at the villa. Just to keep it real, there was one small imperfection-- the power went out a few times during our visit, which was annoying. However, I have heard that Wolfgang will be adding a generator to the property soon. If the property happens to be available, I can only say book it immediately!
                                                  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
                                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                  Our favourite place

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                                                  We have stayed here many times and it is our favourite place to escape to (from the UK) and relax. The house is beautiful and the lovely gardens and pool are well maintained. The permanent staff are fantastic and have become friends over the years. Although the interior of the house is lovely, we always eat outside on the veranda and enjoy the cooling breeze late into the night. We have stayed here at many different times of year. The only time that the rain has been a problem was in May, when we had 3 or 4 days of bad weather. We highly recommend the house.
                                                  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2016
                                                  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015

                                                  Incredible Family Home for a Holiday

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                                                  Our group of 3 adults and 5 children (ages 5-11) stayed at Himaya House for one month and it completely exceeded any expectation we might have had in every possible way. I cannot speak highly enough of what a joy all of our family had. We were in major need of a relaxing, peaceful time and we found that and more. The setting was beautiful and our kids had such a great time swimming in both the pool and ocean. We brought our own snorkel gear and were able to see amazing sea life just outside our private beach door. The amazing staff took care of our every need, but seemed invisible when they were not needed. Lissa was so helpful with all the details and even arranged to have the first lunch, dinner and breakfast taken care of so we wouldn't have to worry about it. The chef, Sammy, made incredible meals that even our picky 5yr old enjoyed. Town was just a short tuk tuk ride away for any food or supplies that we needed. We can't wait to travel back again and hope that Himaya will become a regular part of our children's memories for years to come.
                                                  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2015
                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015