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.
Our private vehicles and drivers allow you to get close to the animals and witness the power of their strides, their strength and sometimes, the gentle murmurings of their young. You’ll sleep in beautiful glamping accommodations under the midnight sky shattered by thousands of twinkling stars. At the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre, the mission of conservation and relief for abandoned baby elephants and Rothschild giraffes afford guests another close interaction. Giraffes eat out of your hands and baby elephants’ trunks playfully extend to you in greeting. Seeing these beautiful creatures so close is a treasure and eclipsed only by the ability to touch them.
Number Two: CULTURE
Maasai. Just the word conjures vibrant colors and high jumping warriors of a primeval culture. But don’t just let a commercial hour of dancing and performance be your barometer of experiencing the true indigenous tribesmen and women of this proud culture. SKYIN wants you to deeply connect with these marvelous people and to do so means only one thing…immerse. Immerse into their villages, their huts, their traditions, their food, and their fantastic people. Their welcoming smiles and eagerness to share the best of what they have, as a sign of respect and honor. The Mijikenda tribe also creates an informative and heart filled experience ensuring you are leaving with more knowledge and a greater sense of who these indigenous people are, than when you arrived. The generations of stories and teachings are shared as visitors are welcomed with warm smiles and open arms.
Number Three: BEACHES
Kenya’s beaches are exquisite. Mombasa is a coastal town which boasts sterling white beaches and clear, pristine blue waters. While relaxing on the sand, you can bury your toes or relax as you walk along the edge of the sea. The Indian Ocean coaxes you close and while snorkeling or riding along in a traditional Kenyan dhow boat, the marine life and dolphins entice you to look under the surface and explore their world. Sailing in an authentic vessel with fellow adventurers, one hears the rhythmic sounds of drums beating their pulse as you ride the waves entreating you to listen to the music of their ancient history. Your accommodations along the beach are lovely and inviting, providing a respite after days of fun and adventure.
Number Four: HISTORY
The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, and from 1920 was known as the Kenya Colony. The independent Republic of Kenya was later formed in 1963. Kenya’s history is steeped in a rich tapestry of timeless heritage, its people and its ancestorial lineage. However, physically manifested in monuments and museums, forts and sites anchor this society in who they are and what they wish to become. Fort Jesus is an enchanting testimony to the people of this country, who, together with Italian architect, Giovanni Battista Cairati, built in 1593 and 1596 this staggering edifice to guard the old port. Now a National Park, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and highlighted as one of the most outstanding and well-preserved examples of 16th-century Portuguese military fortifications. Numerous museums covering all areas of interest scatter themselves throughout the country brimming with artifacts. They share an esteemed history and perhaps a nod to a land where every street and every corner, has a memory or song reflecting a time gone by.
Number Five: HOSPITALITY
A picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is this truer than in the heart and warmth of the Kenyan people. Seen in the faces and smiles of most, their genuine hospitality, and engaging stories, encourage you to sit down, share a drink and listen for a while. Music and dance story tell their history, both the joys and anguish, movingly expressing their resolve and pride. Their homes are inviting and everywhere you turn, arms are welcoming, outstretched for a joyous hug or comfort. The children dot the suburban and rural landscape in matching uniforms running to school brimming with laughter and the anticipation of the day ahead. Parents and families maintain multigenerational connections ensuring no one is left behind and their history survives another day.
This is Kenya. The love of country and family is no different than those shared with others around the world. No words can begin to share the experience awaiting you in this ancient land, its exotic and fantastic wildlife, exquisite beaches, and crystal blue ocean, all wrapped in the arms of a loving and thoughtful people.
Kenya. A country of magnificence!
Last modified: April 11, 2022