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KENYA, EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURES & UNEXPECTED LUXURY

The adventure and wonder of travel is often characterized by fantastic and unique excursions paired with lavish and imposing accommodations. And while many places speak to this idea of luxury travel, few minds jump to the continent of Africa. Within this great land, the country of Kenya is uniquely qualified to speak to the elegance and appeal of unadulterated opulence and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Traveling with SKYIN boasts the very best in exclusivity and exquisite accouterments benefiting travelers from touchdown to takeoff. SKYIN seeks to pair the rare journey with undeniable grandeur.

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JESSICA’S JOURNEY ACROSS KENYA WITH SKYIN

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It’s here. Kenya is here! I have been traveling internationally since I was 14 years of age. Ever since I began to explore the world, I became addicted beyond words. The continent of Africa has always been my ultimate goal, especially given the career choice I have selected.

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TOP FIVE REASONS TO VISIT KENYA

Number One:  WILDLIFE

Slip away and immerse into a country which boasts the very best in wildlife. Whether it be a sanctuary or safari, there is no better place to experience the renowned Big Five. The elephant, African buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhino make up this exclusive group. Safaris are plentiful in Kenya and throughout Africa, but how you experience these intimate moments with such majestic beasts, matters. With SKYIN, regardless of what you do, we seek to make the very most of these adventures.

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RETREATBOSS PODCAST FEATURING SKYIN’S FOUNDER, SKYLER MASON

There is no denying the role of tourism in a country. However, it can only run as deep if it remains only within the national parks and tourist sites, bypassing the communities. All for a more immersive experience, our founder, Skyler Mason, was featured on a podcast episode of RetreatBoss with founder, Catherine Kontos. Tune in as Skyler unveils what inspired him to start SKYIN and his mission on changing the way local communities are impacted by tourism by providing real, non-commercialized experiences connecting travelers directly to Kenya’s suburban and indigenous communities creating a sustainable impact for its people.

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A FOUNDER’S JOURNEY INTO SKYIN

By heeding a call difficult to explain, Skyler Mason, left the reliability of working for the family business and established SKYIN. Believing the most authentic way to experience a foreign destination is to immerse oneself with the locals, he took it upon himself to curate the perfect excursion. During a recent interview with a regenerative travel advocate, Rebecca Thomas, founder of Community Back Pocket, Mr. Mason provided insight to the origins of his company as well as the exclusive options available when traveling with SKYIN.

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THROUGH THE LENS OF A LOCAL

Let’s face it. Venturing into the unknown can be full of trepidation. As you step away from your known surroundings to roam the streets of an adventure, it is always comforting knowing at day’s end, a hotel welcomes you back with familiarity. Especially if you are used to the accoutrements of housekeeping, room service, and Belgian chocolates on a pillow at turn-down. But are you truly getting the full experience of what the country has to offer by sheltering yourself at a hotel?

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THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF MOMBASA

Just the whisper of the name evokes mystery and magical imagery. While less known than other regions within Kenya, Mombasa is the second largest province, nicknamed the “white and blue city” resting on the southeastern side near the Indian Ocean.

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LIFE OF THE MAASAI

Known for their traditional cow dung mud huts, drinking cow’s blood, dressing in colorful tribal clothing, high jumping skills, and living only amongst their own kind in remote areas; the Maasai culture is one of the most recognized and famous tribes throughout Africa. Shaded hues of rich, red cloth drape the noble tribesmen of the Maasai distinguishing these fearless warriors from other people throughout Africa. Adorned with beautiful hand-crafted accessories and body ornaments, they wear these trinkets to reflect their identity, achievements, and status amongst their community.

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KENYAN CULTURE

The culture of Kenya is a result of people migrating from numerous countries across the world. Kenya is primarily Christian (over 80%) with a small fraction of other religions. This vast array of religions feeds into the diverse yet accepting population which reside in this country. Kenya is made up of 42 tribes and while their villages embrace the modern world, they are also rooted in the simplicity of it as well. Kenyans tend to focus on engaging people from all parts of the world.

The people of Kenya make it an amazing place to visit!

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WHY TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL

There are many ways to experience Kenya. One can seek luxury accommodations with a five star hotel or lodge or pursue a more frugal approach through discounted venues or hostels. Yet another option exists and awaits for the adventurous traveler.

This opportunity is to travel like a local, in ways only a true local could!

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