African Safari Kenya: Bringing Kenyan History to Life

An African Safari Kenya will give you a deeper insight into Kenya’s history. Modern Kenya is the evolution of many cultural influences.  Long ago, native African migrations filled Kenya with Nilotic and Bantu populations whose diverse native cultures were steeped in African traditions.  Nomadic peoples followed herds as the rains moved across the plains creating natural pasture and watering holes for animals and humans.These paths are still followed by thousands of animals as they seek greener pastures. Precise timing of your African Safari Kenya still allows you today to witness thousands of wildebeest moving across the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Masaai Mara in Kenya as they follow the same migration path they have taken for thousands of years.

The Kenyan coast also has a story to tell. In the 8th century, Arabs and Persians developed trading routes to the Kenyan Coast, visiting what today are the towns of Mombasa, Malindi and the islands of Lamu. A visit to Tsavo East National Park will bring you in easy traveling distance of Mombasa on your African Safari Kenya.

By the sixteenth century, the tides had turned and Arab and Persian influences gave way to Portuguese influence as Vasco De Gama brought Christianity to the coastal town of Mombasa. Fort Jesus today is a magnificent architectural reminder of the Portuguese presence. Fort Jesus became a hub for trade with Europeans who flocked to the towns of Malindi and Mombasa in search of slaves.

Standing in the ruins of Fort Jesus the distant ghosts of imprisoned slaves echo through the centuries. By contrast, on your African Safari Kenya where you will experience herds of wild antelope galloping freely across the protected lands of Kenya’s National Parks.

The Portuguese were overthrown by Arabs from Oman, and Kenya, once again, was subject to Arab influence. The remains at Gedi, close to Mombasa still bear witness to the influence of a rich Omani Sultan who once ruled the Swahili people during the time of the Portuguese overthrow. The British arrived in the late 19th century and exerted their own stringent rule. The British influences live on today and permeate the Kenyan culture, language and food.

Kenya finally found independence in 1963. Today, Kenya is allowing its own diverse and unique African style to burst forth and blossom in the freedom of modern society. As you plan your African Safari in Kenya, remember that Kenya offers more than animals.