Nairobi, East Africa’s best connected city by air from Europe, the Gulf, India, the South and Far East, and of course from across Africa, is seen as the springboard to the region’s fabulous beach destinations, from Lamu to Shanzu and on to Diani, the Zanzibari islands of Unguja and Pemba, and further on to Mafia as well as the national parks found in every country of the East African Community.
Only Paris and Isfahan in Iran beat Nairobi in the rankings of the “Rough Guide” for city visits in 2017, as the Kenyan capital outshone such iconic names like Bristol, Antwerp, Medellin, Atlanta, Osaka, Guadalajara, and Palma de Mallorca, which made up the rest of the guidebook’s top ten.
Kenya alone has over 60 national parks and national reserves open for visits, and in addition, several are high-profile conservancies found across the country, such as Segera, Ol Pejeta, and Lewa, among many others.
Among the African countries chosen by the guidebook for the year 2017 is Uganda as Africa’s leading destination, in fourth place, only beaten by India, Scotland, and Canada but ahead of Bolivia, Nicaragua, Portugal, and Finland. Namibia as second African country in the top ten and rounding out the list is Taiwan.