This is one of the most beautiful lands in Africa and a satisfyingly exciting and relatively easy place to travel, whether on a short holiday or an extended stay. The Swahili word safari (literally, journey) wouldn't mean much to most people if it wasn't for this East African adventure land. Revered by anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity', Kenya boasts the most diverse collection of wild animals on the continent. On the Indian Ocean coast, the palm-shaded strands of beach and almost continuous, reef-protected lagoons await you. You'll find a rewarding degree of openness and curiosity in Kenya's towns and villages. Out in the wilds, there is an abundance of authentic scenic glamour - vistas of rolling savannah dotted with Maasai and their herds, high Kikuyu moorlands, dense forests bursting with bird song and insect noise, and stony, shimmering desert.