Karibu Kenya: 7 reasons this country should be on every Bangladeshi traveller’s bucket list!
For most Bangladeshis, Africa is a country not a continent. You tell your relatives you will be heading to Kenya for vacation, its very likely that you will hear confusion followed by some kind of racist remark about how its all jungle and full of tribal people *rolls eyes*. I have travelled extensively through out Africa, from north, south, east and west and honestly I do not take it lightly when I say, Kenya is absolutely incredible! Kenya is a beautiful coastal nation located in east Africa. Renown for it’s climate, natural beauty and interesting history, Kenya is a country that should be on every adventurers bucket list. Through this post, I hope to encourage and convince you to plan your next vacation to Kenya, because trust me when I tell you, you will not regret it.
Visa: Every serious Bangladeshi traveller knows that the biggest hurdle between them and their dream destination, apart from Money is getting a Visa. With a passport that only allows travel to 42 countries visa free/ visa on arrival, we Bangladeshis tend to miss out on a lot. But with Visa on arrival available for Bangladeshi Citizens in Kenya, we too can be like one of those privileged people that simply book a flight and “go”.
The beach: Perhaps because we host the longest sandy beach in the world or maybe because we are almost submerged in water, us Bengalis LOVE a beach holiday. And trust me when I say, Kenya will not disappoint. Boasting a coastline of over 500 kms on the Indian Ocean, Kenya has some of the most beautiful beaches with pristine white sand and clear blue waters.
Water and adventure sports: For the adrenaline junkie in you, Kenya has several water and adventure sports options. Including one of the few skydiving spots in the world that allow you to land on the beach and so for my 27th birthday, I bought myself a few seconds of freefalling and feeling like a bird. Skydiving in Diani beach on the coast of Kenya was one of my favourite experiences till date – there is no greater feeling than that of the freedom that comes with feeling like a bird, with not a care in the world. Furthermore, Kenya also has great spots to go diving, snorkelling and surfing.
Hiking: As Bangladesh is a relatively flat country, we don’t have many options to go hiking in country. But Kenya is here to fulfil that need too! From Ngong Hills to Karuro Forests, Kenya has beautiful hiking trails with lush green nature and beautiful sights to see!
Coffee: Being in close proximity to the country where coffee famously originated from – Ethiopia, it is no surprise that Kenya has it’s own booming coffee industry. Kenyan Coffee is rich, aromatic and delicious. So you can start every morning with a cup of delicious freshly brewed coffee to last you till your next cup ;).
Arts and Crafts: Kenya is home to some of the most incredible arts and crafts I have ever come across. From amazing woodwork to intricate beadwork, Kenya has it all. Be sure to explore the markets in Nairobi and bargain before you strike a deal!
Wildlife: No first trip to Kenya would ever be complete without a safari! Like its neighbours, Kenya has a rich and diverse wildlife and the opportunity to experience a Safari. In fact, there is a national park smack inside the capital city of Nairobi. Which is so surreal because you have this huge landmass full of wild animals but you can still see the tall buildings nearby. Also don’t forget to hang out with Giraffes at the giraffe centre!