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| Updated on Aug 29, 2016

Kenya and the hidden canvas

Wild, bewitching and plural, Kenya is a paradise for all travellers. Located in East Africa, Kenya is a land of colour and contrast, where beauty is found in endless shapes and locations. Culminated by the astonishing silhouette of Mount Kenya rising above the crimson and golden savannah, Kenya is by far the most iconic place on the African continent.

Hell’s Gate National Park is one of the most visited nature reserves in Kenya.Its astonishing combination between oniric rock formations and vibrant wildlife captivates visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Hell’s Gate, 2014

The Chogoria Route is, unarguably the most scenic and aesthetically pleasant hike in the country.. With a wide variety of landscapes, exuberant flora and exotic fauna, the Chogoria Route offers a solid alternative to most safari plans in Kenya. The hike usually takes around 5 days long, and holds some of Kenya’s most iconic views. The hike starts at the Chogoria Park Gate National Park and finds its endpoint at Lenana. The route is generally trouble free, as it's the driest route up the mountain. The difficulty level of the route is moderate, as it scrambling areas are not recommended for children and people that are not in a good physical condition. Mount Kenya is the ultimate hiking and climbing destination in the country, as it is the second highest mountain in the African continent, raising 5199 m above the sea level. Mount Kenya features ice capped peaks, outlandish glacial valleys and crystalline glacial lakes that will captivate the heart of any adventurous hiker.

To visit Kenya you are required to have a working visa and a valid passport for more than six months. Single entry Kenya visas for US citizens are typically available on arrival on the country’s three international airports and land crossings with Uganda and Tanzania. Therefore, visiting Kenya is generally pleasingly straightforward. Although there is not an official Kenyan application visa, visitors are always welcome to contact their nearest diplomatic office to solve any potential question about the mandatory vaccinations or the recommended safety measures for western visitors . Although some Kenyan embassies are not allowed to give visas, they will provide you with clear and insightful information regarding your trip to the country.

Visas can be renewed at immigration offices during regular office hours, and visa extensions are usually issued on the day of request. In order to apply for a 3 month visa extension, you will need to present two passport photos. The cost of this procedure will vary depending on the office. Please note that small size offices may refer travellers to bigger offices in Nairobi and Mombasa for visa extensions. Please find here the link to the Kenyan Government’s website regarding visa extensions and registrations. Regarding customs regulations, there are strict restrictions about which items can be taken out of the country. The export of products elaborated from endangered or local animals will be confiscated.

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