Four hotel projects to be excited about this summer


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Romantic place | Mirihi Island Resort Maldives


Mirihi Island Resort Maldives

A 5 star luxurious Resort in the Maldives. This property located in the Island of Mandhoo, South Ari Atoll, Maldives, 85 km from Male International Airport. Via seaplane, it is a 30-minute journey from the airport to the resort (see Maldives Map).

>>>> $637 – $2,301 Price range (rate for standard room) For more information.

On site Restaurants 4

Rahgandu Wine Lounge
Food: International
Open for: Dinner, Cocktail hour
Menu: À la carte
Dietary Options: Halal, Vegetarian

Muraka Restaurant
Food: Australian, Asian, International
Open for: Dinner
Menu: À la carte
Dietary Options: Halal, Vegetarian
Anba Bar
Food: British, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Asian, International, Grill/BBQ
Open for: Lunch, Dinner
Menu: À la carte
Dietary Options: Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan

Food: American, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Seafood, Szechuan, Austrian, Australian, Local, Asian, International, Grill/BBQ
Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Menu: Buffet
Dietary Options: Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan


Live Music/Performance
Cooking Class (additional charge)
Themed Dinner Nights (additional charge)
Movie Nights
Water Sports Facilities (on site)
Diving (additional charge)

Also check: Cheapest water villa.

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Atoll Hospital Maldives and contact number


Names of Atoll Hospital Maldives, visitors or travelers must know the hospitals and healthcare facilities in the country when traveling. One of the important information. Maldives composed of 1,190 small islands and segregated in 20 natural atolls (see Map of Maldives).

Below are the list of hospital in Maldives, Atoll located (from north to south) and contact number.

List of Atoll Hospital Maldives

Haa Alifu Atoll

Haa Alif Atoll Hospital
Shareeul Ameen Magu H. A. Dhidhdhoo
Contact: +960 6500053

Haa Dhaalu Atoll

Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital
Bandaara Magu, Dhekunu Avah, H. Dh. Kulhudhuffushi
Contact: +960 6528864

Shaviyani Atoll

Shaviynai Atoll Hospital
Nooraanee Magu Sh. Funadhoo
Contact: +960 6540061

Noonu Atoll

Noonu Atoll Hospital
Roashanee Magu, N. Manadhoo
Contact: +960 6560036

Raa Atoll

Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital
Dhandehelu Hingun, R. Ungoofaaru
Contact: +960 6580029

Baa Atoll

Baa Atoll Hospital
Roashanee Magu, B. Eydhafushi
Contact: +960 6608309

Kaafu Atoll (also known as Male’ Atoll)

ADK Hospital
H. Sosun Magu, K. Male’
Contact: +960 3313553

Hulhumale’ Hospital
Huvandhumaahigun, Hulhumale’
Contact: +960 3350037, 3350038, 3350592, 960 3350593

Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital – IGMH
M, Kanbaa Aisa Rani Hingun, K. Male’
Contact: +960 3335335

Lhaviyani Atoll

Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital
Ifthithaahee Magu, LH, Naifaru
Contact: +960 6620048

Alifu Alifu Atoll (also known as North Ari Atoll)

Alif Alif Atoll Hospital
Saharaa Magu, A. A. Rasdhoo
Contact: +960 6660645

Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (also known as South Ari Atoll)

Alif Dhaalu Atoll Hospital
Ameenee Magu, A. Dh. Mahibadhoo
Contact: +960 6680529

Vaavu Atoll

Vaavu Atoll Hospital
Nooraanee Magu, V. Fulidhoo
Contact: +960 6700691

Meemu Atoll

Mulee Regional Hospital
Rankokaa Magu, M. Muli
Contact: +960 6720605

Faafu Atoll

Faafu Atoll Hospital
Kudagan’duvaru Magu, F. Nilandhoo
Contact: +960 6740086

Dhaalu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll Hospital
Ameenee Magu, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo
Contact: +960 6760622

Thaa Atoll

Thaa Atoll Hospital
Haveeree Hingun, Th. Veymandoo
Contact: +960 6780057

Laamu Atoll

Gan Regional Hospital
Causeway, L. Gan
Contact: +960 6800026

Gaafu Alifu Atoll

Gaafu Alifu Atoll Hospital
Ameenee Magu, GA, Vilingili
Contact: +960 6820034

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll

Thinadhoo Regional Hospital
Orchid Magu, GDH, Thinadhoo
Contact: +960 6841990

Gnaviyani Atoll

Gnaviyani Atoll Hospital
Dhuvahfan’di Magu, Gn. Fuahmulah
Contact: +960 6861860

Addu Atoll (also known as Seenu Atoll)

Gan Regional Hospital
Bodu Magu, Mathimaradhoo, L. Gan
Contact: +960 6800096

Hithadhoo Regional Hospital
Rahdhebai Magu S. Hithadhoo
Contact: +960 6885045

IGM Hospital is the biggest government hospital located in Male city, capital city of Maldives.
ADK Hospital a private hospital located also in Male city, second largest hospital in the country.

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Map of Maldives / Atolls Names

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Full Map of Maldives with useful information (Island resorts, Atolls name, local Island, Airports, diving areas and many more). Maldives located, Regional Hospitals. Download the Map of Maldives PDF file.

full Map of Maldives atolls name

Full Map of Maldives

Map of the Maldives

When traveling, Map is one of the most import thing you need to bring. This Map of Maldives will help you to figure out in which atoll you are and what are the nearest facilities or property within in your area. Airports, local island, Island resorts, sandbank, atoll names, activities and more are the useful information you may used when traveling in the Maldives.By using this Map, you can see what are the nearest Resorts near in your area or if you have a plan to do diving.

Maldives is composed of 1,190 small string island’s divided into 20 natural Atolls, it is located in the southwest of Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean. Male City is the capital of Maldives, situated in Male Atoll (Kaafu Atoll), Male island at the central Part of Maldives. Hulhumale Island 3km away from Male Island where the Main Airport (Velana International Airport) located, a man made island, right now there’s a ongoing bridge to connect this two island possible to finish next year 2019.

Rufiyaa is the local currency in the Maldives, however USdollar is widely accepted in any shop, hotel, resorts and even for transportation fee. For more than 417,000 total Maldives population, Fishing, tourism and construction are the major source of their revenue. Mostly of the Island (land) in Maldives are owned by the government and rented by a businessman.


Maldives is the lowest country in the world, 3 meters high from sea level.
100% Muslim
Safe country
Dogs not Allowed
Alcohol are not allowed (however you can buy alcohol drinks in the resorts or some hotel only, check do’s and don’ts in Maldives)
Weather in Maldives, Wet season and dry season. (Check weather in the Maldives)

Airports in the Maldives

  • Gan International Airport
  • Hanimaadhoo International Airport
  • Velana International Airport
  • Villa International Airport
  • Dharavandhoo Airport
  • Fuvahmulah Airport
  • Ifuru Airport
  • Kooddoo Airport
  • Kadhdhoo Airport
  • Kaadedhdhoo Airport
  • Dhaalu Airport
  • Thimarafushi Airport

Check more details Maldives airpors

Hospitals in the Maldives

  • Haa Alif Atoll, Haa Alif Atoll Hospital
  • Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital
  • Shaviyani Atoll
    Shaviynai Atoll Hospital
  • Noonu Atoll
    Noonu Atoll Hospital
  • Raa Atoll
    Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital
  • Baa Atoll
    Baa Atoll Hospital
  • Lhaviyani Atoll
    Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital
  • Kaafu Atoll (also known as Male’ Atoll)
    ADK Hospital
  • Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital – IGMH
  • Hulhumale’ Hospital
    Huvandhumaahigun, Hulhumale’
  • Alifu Alifu Atoll (also known as North Ari Atoll)
    Alif Alif Atoll Hospital
  • Vaavu Atoll
    Vaavu Atoll Hospital
  • Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (also known as South Ari Atoll)
    Alif Dhaalu Atoll Hospital
  • Meemu Atoll
    Mulee Regional Hospital
  • Faafu Atoll
    Faafu Atoll Hospital
  • Dhaalu Atoll
    Dhaalu Atoll Hospital
  • Thaa Atoll
    Thaa Atoll Hospital
  • Laamu Atoll
    Gan Regional Hospital
  • Gaafu Alifu Atoll
    Gaafu Alifu Atoll Hospital
  • Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
    Thinadhoo Regional Hospital
  • Gnaviyani Atoll
    Gnaviyani Atoll Hospital
  • Addu Atoll (also known as Seenu Atoll)
    Gan Regional Hospital
  • Hithadhoo Regional Hospital

Atolls Maps

Haa Alifu atoll map

Haa Alifu atoll


Haa Dhaalu Atol



Noonu Atoll map

Noonu Atoll

Raa atoll map

Raa atoll

lhaviyani atoll map

lhaviyani atoll

Baa atoll map

Baa atoll map

Meemu atoll map

Meemu atoll

Male atoll map

Male atoll

Thaa Atoll map

Thaa Atoll

Seenu atoll map

Seenu atoll

laamu atoll map

laamu atoll

gnaviyani atoll map

gnaviyani atoll map

gaafu dhaalu atoll map

gaafu dhaalu atoll map

gaafu alifu atoll map

gaafu alifu atoll

faafu atoll map

faafu atoll

dhaalu atoll map

dhaalu atoll

alifu dhaalu ato map

alifu dhaalu ato

alifu alifu atoll map

alifu alifu atoll

Felidhe Atholhu map (Vaavu Atoll)

Felidhe Atholhu map (Vaavu Atoll)

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Kurumba Maldives recognizes Global Wellness Day


9th June has been accepted worldwide as Global Wellness Day with celebrations taking place in 100 countries around the world. “One day can change the whole life” has become the motto of this day. A day of dedication to fitness activities and wellness experience focused on living well and healthy.

At Kurumba Maldives, guests and team members had the opportunity to take part in a range of wellness activities to celebrate this special day.

The day kicked off with an idyllic Sunrise Yoga session by the beach, followed by Cross Fit Exercise, Kayak Race around the Island and finally ended on an energetic note of a forty-five minutes Zumba class. Take-the-walk challenge was the highlight of the day, with an aim to remind everyone that a simple practice can make a huge difference to our body.

The event saw the participation of not only guests but also team members on “No Selling of Cigarettes” challenge which encouraged smokers to reduce cigarette consumption for a better and healthy lifestyle.

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Kurumba Maldives Celebrates World Oceans Day


The annually celebrated World Oceans Day comes along every 8th June with numerous events and activities to be held around the world, bringing people together to celebrate and honor the ocean.

To support this global environment initiative, Kurumba Maldives hosted number of activities for guests and team members to participate. Complimentary Snorkeling Safari and Lagoon
Cleaning in conjunction with Clean-up dive activities were taken place with the participations of those who wished to take part in lagoon and house-reef clean-up activities. Inspired by the theme
of this year’s event ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’, the clean-up activity aimed to raise awareness about the danger of plastics to marine life.

Children were also encouraged to engage in this event and show their appreciation to the ocean in a fun Art Competition organized at the Kids Club.

The celebration day marked by a Marine Life Presentation which helps ocean lovers to learn more about the inhabitants of the ocean- home to a diverse range of marine life.

For more information about upcoming events in Kurumba Maldives, please check

For more information on Kurumba Maldives’ CSR program, which includes environment initiatives, please check

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Dream Destination by Private Jet


With the Maldives’ Dhaalu Airport now open to private jets, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is closer than ever and accessible 24 hours a day. Soar over droplet islands floating in jewel-toned ocean hues. Breeze through the VIP lounge before speeding across the waters from Dhaalu to Nature’s Playground, a mere 10 minutes by speedboat.

Niyama Family Beach Pavilion Living Room

Step into your private playground, a quintet of overwater pool villas fanning out over the ocean in stunning isolation. Accommodating up to 22 persons, The Crescent is designed for luxury living, with a team of butlers, private chef and housekeeper on hand to cater to your whims.

Private dining adventures are limited only by your imagination. Barbequed seafood at water’s edge then a movie under a canopy of stars. Champagne breakfasts six metres below the ocean’s surface, parrotfish and the occasional Hawksbill turtle gliding by.

Time is yours to revel in as you like on twin islands Chill and Play. Cruise into the sunset on board a dream dhoni of billowing ivory sails. Seabob through the water at 20 kmph or shoot for the sky with a Superman jet pack.

Surfers in the know head to Niyama where the waves break directly on shore. Bring your board for adventures near and far with our resident Surf Guru. Head out by seaplane to tap off-the-beaten-track rippable walls. Relax afterwards with surfers’ massages at Drift Spa or in the privacy of your villa.

Niyama offers the luxury of choice, and is the perfect destination for private jet getaways. Contact Niyama at [email protected] or explore more at

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6 Hotels to “Go Green” for World Environment Day


Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay travellers! Here at Best at Travel, we’re encouraging you to “go green” and give back to the environment on your next adventure. You can do this in one of many ways (or all of them!) – by hand-picking an eco-friendly hotel that prides itself on its sustainable practises, reducing your carbon footprint by sightseeing on foot or bicycle or by planting a tree and leaving a natural legacy to remember your holiday by. Here are our five favourite hotels for a sustainable holiday…

Sarova Hotels – Kenya

Plant a tree in Kenya

What to do: Plant a tree or support anti-poaching

Pick Sarova Hotels for your next green getaway and give back to the environment by literally growing it. These impressive safari hotels (of which we feature six!) offer guests the chance to plant an acacia or commiphora tree in the Taita Wildlife Sanctuary during their stay as part of their Sarova Cares programme – complete with a certificate of appreciation! Plus, the hotels use sustainable practises such as recycled paper for business cards and they support elephant anti-poaching campaigns. It’s a no brainer!

Stay at: Sarova Salt Lick in Tsavo,  Sarova Stanley in Nairobi, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Sarova Mara Game Camp in the Maasai Mara, Sarova Shaba in Samburu, and Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in Lake Nukuru.

Amari Hotels – Thailand

Plant a tree in Thailand

What to do: Plant a tree or get involved in a beach clean up

Whichever Amari Hotel you stay at – from Bangkok to Hua Hin to Phuket – you’ll have the chance to plant a tree in the local area on public holidays or to mark a special occasion, such as a honeymoon or anniversary. They’re incredibly eco-conscious with a focus on reducing energy and water usage and they use eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce their impact on the environment. Not to mention their monthly associate village cleaning day (where they gather together to clean the neighbouring land), their annual donation of food to the local children on hotel anniversaries and Christmas as well as their regular beach clean ups.

Stay at: Amari Koh Samui, Amari Hua Hin, Amari Vogue Resort in Krabi, Amari Boulevard Hotel in Bangkok and Amari Phuket in Thailand.

Denis Private Island – Seychelles

Give Back to the Environment at Denis Island

What to do: Switch off from the modern world

Denis Island is big on conservation. This self-sustainable lodge in the Seychelles is unique in that everything you eat has been grown right there on the island – from dairy products and island-grown fruits and vegetables to eggs, meat and poultry from the farm. There’s also a lumber mill, carpentry workshop and coconut palm plantation that’s used as cattle fodder (and in turn, to produce milk production for the entire island). You’ll also enjoy some incredible nature here as Denis Island has provided a home to nesting Hawksbill turtles and some rare birds on the IUCN Globally Threatened Birds list. Did you know that Denis Island is the only place in the world where you can see the Seychelles fody, magpie robin, paradise flycatcher and the Seychelles warbler?

Stay at: Denis Private Island in Malé, Seychelles.

1 Hotels – United States

Reduce your carbon footprint with 1 Hotels

What to do: Reduce your carbon footprint

1 Hotels are a collection of eco-friendly hotels across America that encourages you to “live green”. The hotels were built using reclaimed wood and in order to lower the levels of city pollution caused by cars, they encourage you to reduce your carbon footprint by walking and cycling – we love that they offer complimentary bicycle hire! Where cars are used, however, you can rest assured they are fully electric. The hotel itself has been built to make the most of natural light with windows, retractable walls and open doors but energy-saving light bulbs are also used where necessary.  Other sustainable practises include using 100% organic cotton, recycling waste, water reduction and using filtered water.

Stay at: 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and 1 Hotel Central Park in New York.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

Go green with an eco tour in Mexico

What to do: Explore the natural surrounds on an eco-tour

Guests staying at Grand Velas Riviera Maya (a Green Globe Certified resort) have the chance to “put down roots” and reconnect with nature as part of the resort’s twice-weekly ecological tour. It includes a local nature walk throughout the property to reveal facts about the native fauna and flora, including over 15,000 transplanted trees, details about the beach coral preservation and even local Mayan legend! Guests can plant a tree at the end of the eco tour and watch it grow from home on Google Earth. The experience comes complete with a free t-shirt and official certificate!

Stay at: Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico.

Maya Ubud – Bali

Go Green at Maya Ubud

What to do: Help grow the resort garden

Maya Ubud is blessed with hundreds of trees and perhaps it has something to do with their tree-planting initiative. Each guest is invited to plant a tree of their choice in the resort’s riverside garden (pssst! The mango tree is most popular!) Complete with a plaque displaying the guest’s name and a personal message, it’s the perfect way to mark a special occasion. Maya Ubud also runs best sustainable practises such as paper reduction, recycling and green building –  did you know that over 90% of the materials used to build the hotel has been sourced locally?

Stay at: Maya Ubud in Bali.


Want to plan your green holiday with us and give back to the environment? Give us a call on 020 7849 4100!


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Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital Haa Dhaalu Atoll


Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital

Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital
Located in the island of Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Northern most one the Maldives (Map of Maldives). Kulhudhuffushi is the capital of Haa Dhaalu and laso known as the “Heart of the North”. 274.15 km (170.35 mi) distance from the Capital of Maldives, Male City.
Under the management of NIMS was to develop Kulhudhuffushi regional hospital into a multi-specialty tertiary hospital of morethan 150 beds within a year and four months. While they were given the hospital for 50 years, it was also contracted that services such as MRI, CT scanning, major surgeries, specialist consultancies, diagnostics, laboratory services and treatments for genetic disorders should be available from there.

Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital Map

Nearest Budget Hotels/Resorts

Hany tropical Maldives

21.6 km from Kulhudhuffushi Island, Hany tropical Maldives offers a budget accommodation situated in the island of hanimaadhoo. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. There is a coffee machine and a electric tea pot in the room.

==>US$45 per person, (online rate)more info
Cerulean View Residence

Hanimaadhoo island is one of the nearest island in Kulhudhuffushi, numbers of hotel or guest houses are offering a budget accommodation there, Cerulean View residence is one of the property.
Each room at this guesthouse is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the sea or garden. All rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find slippers and a hair dryer.
==>US$112.20 per night 2 person, (online rate)more info

It is 12.2 km from Kulhudhuffushi, NOLHI ESCAPE (MALDIVES) offers a reasonable rate for accommodation, the facilities are good, staff are excellent, location is fantastic. 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace. Budget and couple travelers recommended this property.

==> US$93.50 per night for 2 person, (online rate) more info

Hondaafushi Island Resort

19.4 km from the Kulhudhuffushi, where the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital is located. Hondaafushi Island Resort offers accommodations in Vaikaradhoo. The resort has an outdoor pool and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
==> US$192 per night for 2 pax (online rate) more info

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Fushifaru Maldives announces its first MMA Retreat in collaboration with professional MMA/ Muay Thai and ONE Championship fighter, Saiful Merican and Maldivian Muay Thai trainer and Fushifaru Wellness Guru, Kai this June 19th – 21st, 2018.

With over 130 fights to his name, renowned ONE Championship fighter and former World #1Muay Thai kickboxer (57KG) Saiful Merican, will be bringing his ring-ready techniques and drills to the island for guests to sign up and test their strength, stamina and agility on the beach. Joining him will be Maldivian expert trainer, Kai, who will be bringing her signature brand of strength conditioning and training to the retreat. A certified trainer for over ten years, Kai has participated in various sporting events, conducts her own bootcamp in the Maldives and retreats around the world, including running a marathon barefoot in Athens.

Mixed Martial Arts, or more popularly known as MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. It encompasses both stand -up and ground skills using techniques from various other martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, Sanda and many more. As the Vice President of the Mal aysian MMA Association (MASMMA), Saiful is one of the country’s pioneer professional MMA fighters. He transitioned to MMA in 2013 after competing in hundreds of Muay Thai fights from the tender age of 11. “I wanted to test myself and keep learning other disciplines. MMA workouts challenge your mind and body to push yourself to its limits,” says Saiful. The customized workouts are designed to train your entire body with a focus on strength and endurance. The intense combat drills test one’s physical and mental stamina. Experience what it’s like to train like a pro athlete and recover after with our spa treatments curated exclusively for this retreat.

Our VIKs (Very Important Kids) will not be left out on this retreat! Kids aged from 6 -12 can join the MMA Kids Retreat to learn and adopt a great active and healthy lifestyle through mixed martial arts. Not only will they learn self confidence and discipline, they will have fun doing it! Fushifaru’s ‘Family Fantastic Offer’ where up to two kids under the age of 12, stay and eat for free on the same board basis as their parents, would be the perfect reason to book.

Fushifaru 3-Day MMA Retreat includes:
19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Wrap Hands
  • Stand Up Techniques – Muay Thai Shadow Boxing
  • Muay Thai Pad Work
  • Technique Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Wrestling Drills
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fit Body Massage – Designed to encourage blood flow, stretch muscles and ease joints

19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Ground Techniques – Jiujitsu Drills
  • Takedowns
  • Boxing Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fushi Deep Tissue Massage – Perfect for post-intense activities to target those deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue to help increase muscle flexibility

21st June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Running
  • Shadow Boxing
  • Stand Up & Ground Techniques (incorporating both Muay Thai & Jiujitsu)
  • Light MMA Sparring with Saiful
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 30 Minutes Tension Release Back Massage – Focused on releasing muscular tension in the back and improve circulation.

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Kenya Travel Guide: An Introduction


“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy” – Ernest Hemingway.

Kenya is one of those destinations that truly capture the heart and soul of Africa. Seas of golden savannahs conceal stalking predators while giraffe, zebra and antelope alike graze unawares on open plains. Traditional villages sit beneath the snow-capped slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and seem to have a palpable energy, spilling over with a melting pot of proud and ever-smiling tribal people. And despite its increase in tourism over the past few years, Kenya is not a new destination. Travellers have been visiting Kenya for years, seeking its exceptional wildlife experiences that make the most incredible memories – even Queen Elizabeth holidayed here in the fifties before she was crowned.

In a snap shot

  • Capital City: Nairobi
  • Population: 44 million
  • Flight time from the UK: Approx. 9 hours direct from the UK to Nairobi Airport
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling
  • Language: Swahili, English
  • Time difference: GMT + 3 (2 hours ahead of British Summer Time)
  • Visas: Required
  • Best time to travel: July to February (peak migration period in July to October)

10 things you didn’t know about Kenya…

  • It’s old! Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed over 20 million years ago by the movement of the earth’s crust.
  • It’s big: Stretching 580,400 square kilometres, its more than twice the size of the UK.
  • There haven’t always been people: Palaeontologists believe the first humans inhabited Kenya about two million years ago.
  • It’s historic: Kenya is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Fort Jesus, Mount Kenya Forest, Lamu Old Town, The Sacred Kaya Forest, Lake Turkana and the Great Rift Valley.
  • It’s very ‘green’. There are over 65 national parks and wildlife reserves in Kenya.
  • There’s great coffee: Tea and coffee are Kenya’s largest exports – despite Kenyans not being big coffee drinkers themselves.
  • They’re smart: Kenya has one of the highest literacy levels in Africa. Approx. 85% of its adult residents can read and write.
  • They’re polygamous: Like many African countries, Kenyans have more than one wife. Men are required to pay a dowry to their chosen bride’s family.
  • They’re connected: Kenya has the second most active Twitter community in Africa.
  • It’s got royal roots: Queen Elizabeth was staying at The Treetops Hotel with Prince Philip when her father, King George, died. So she technically became queen while in Kenya.

Find out more

Want to plan a trip to Kenya? Visit our website to view our tailor-made itineraries or give us a call today to get expert advice from our travel specialists. See our best Kenya offers.

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Kenya Travel Guide: Health & Travel Information


Planning on travelling to Kenya and wondering about vaccinations and visas? We’ve done all the homework for you… Read on for information on health and safety as well as the passport details required for your visit to Kenya…


Health & safety

Malaria medication

As Kenya is prone to malaria, make sure you take all the necessary precautions. The highlands are a greater risk while Nairobi is a low risk area (see this malaria map for more info).  Visit your doctor at least a month before your departure to discuss the right malaria prophylactic for you. The most common pills include mefloquine (sold as Lariam) that’s taken weekly, the antibiotic doxycycline that’s taken daily, and atovaquone-with-proguanil that’s also taken daily (sold as Malarone).  Your doctor will be able to advise further on which of these pills is best for you, and what the various side effects can be.

Malaria prevention

Prevention is always best – make sure you are protected against mosquitoes by covering your arms, legs and feet as much as possible in the evenings. As it’s believed that mosquitoes are naturally attracted to dark colours, pack plenty of light coloured trousers and long-sleeve shirts. Most lodges will have mosquito nets above the beds but it’s also worthwhile investing in a good quality mosquito repellent with DEET.

Sunshine & hydration

Pack high SPF sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright glare of the equatorial sun. Beware of dehydration by making sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Stick to bottled water which is widely available and is usually provided by your lodge.


Kenya is a yellow-fever zone and you’ll need to show your yellow fever vaccination card when you leave Kenya. An International Vaccination Certificate (IVC) only becomes valid ten days after you’ve had the vaccination, after which it is valid for ten years. You should also make sure you are up to date with your childhood tetanus and polio protection: you will need a booster every ten years.

Travel information


Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the end of your holiday and make sure that it has at least two blank pages in it.


British travellers will need a visa to visit Kenya. This can be obtained on arrival at the airport (cash only). To save time, we’d recommend downloading the application form, and have it filled in ready for your arrival or you can even get your visas online in advance from the Kenyan embassy or high commission – in person or by post. We’d recommend checking with the Kenyan embassy website to see the most up-to-date information.

The Kenyan Embassy in London

45 Portland Place, London W1B 4AS | 020 7636 2371 |

Travel insurance

We’d recommend taking out a good travel insurance policy before travelling to Kenya. A typical insurance policy usually provides cover for loss of baggage, tickets and cash up to a certain limit, as well as cancellation or curtailment of your journey. Planning to enjoy adventure sports? Check that your insurance plan covers diving, climbing, etc.

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Kenya Travel Guide: Culture & Coast


Curious about Kenya? This unique destination is a melting pot of diverse and fascinating and human history that dates back as far as six million years ago. Today there are over 70 different ethnic groups in Kenya. Read on to discover some unique facts about Kenya’s culture and coast:

Culture & traditions

Visiting Kenya is an incredible cultural experience where you can mix and mingle with ancient African tribes. Meet the Maasai people (semi-nomadic) and a host of other tribes such as the Samburu, Swahili, Turkana and Kikuyu tribes. In Nairobi, about 40% of the population is Kikuyu—a Bantu tribe home to over six million people.

Food & drink

Kenya is steeped in local tradition and the foods and it is definitely recommend to try out the local food and drink while you’re here. Sour milk is the most common while the foods consist largely of meat, potatoes, vegetables and fish. Definitely try nyama choma – roast meats served on a wooden platter with ugali (cornmeal porridge) and kachumbari – tomato and onion relish. Head to the coast for delicious roasted cashew nuts and great seafood flavoured with coconut, tamarind and local spices! You’ll also find plenty of fruit (bananas, mangoes, coconut and passion fruit) and deep-fried snacks here, including samosas, pancakes and more. If you’re in Nairobi, stop for some street food – cassava chips, roasted corncobs and roasted termites. Chai tea is also popular and Kenyan beer brands include Tusker and White Cap while palm wine is popular on the coast. Did you know that most drinks are served at room temperature in Kenya as the locals believe it is unhealthy to drink ice-cold drinks?

The Kenya coast

Stretching 500 kilometres long, Kenya’s coast is blessed with rustic coral beaches and tropical waters. Known as the Swahili Coast, a beach escape is the perfect way to start or end off your Kenyan safari adventure. Spend your days relaxing on the soft white sands of your hotel beachfront, head further afield to the quieter and more isolated sands of Msambweni or enjoy a sailing trip on a traditional dhow – the choices are endless. Whatever you do, make sure you add a trip to the coral reef in Watamu Marine Park, home to more than 600 different species of fish as well as endangered sea turtles that nest on the quieter beaches here. The wildlife spotting opportunities are impressive here – keep your eyes peeled for whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and even Humpback whales (July to September).


The main port of call for your holiday on the Kenya Coast, Mombasa is an intoxicating mix of cultures with an old town that was built back in the 1500s from coral rock. As it was built by the local Swahili tribesmen, the town is an exceptional example of Swahili architecture with dramatic archways, impressive Islamic-inspired doors and large balconies. There’s plenty of history to be found here – visit the 16th century Fort Jesus (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), shop for souvenirs at the Akamba Handicraft Industry Cooperative Society (providing jobs for 10,000 local people), explore the Mandhry Mosque (the oldest Swahili building in the town) and barter for bargains at the Spice Market and Main Market.

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Kenya Travel Guide: Wildlife & National Parks


Did you know that Kenya is home to more than 50 different national parks that stretch cross-country from the Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria? In fact, close to 8% of the country is protected by national parks and reserves where you’ll find everything from herds of elephants to hordes of pink flamingos and big cats on the prowl. You’ll find 23 national parks and 28 national reserves to choose from on land as well as a further four marine parks and six marine reserves and four sanctuaries. Most of these parks are not fenced which means the animals are free to roam freely. Each park and reserve is open to private visits.

Struggling to decide which parks to visit? Here are Best at Travel’s Recommendations…

Best at Travel recommends

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: the most famous and most visited of Kenya’s parks, this is one of the best places to see the Big Five and witness the annual wildebeest migration.
  • Amboseli National Park: Kenya’s second most popular park. Visit for exceptional wildlife experiences and views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
  • Tsavo East National Park: Great for wildlife spotting along Kenya’s coast.
  • Tsavo West National Park: Taking up 30% of Kenya’s total park area, this is one of the largest and easily accessible from Mombasa.
  • Nairobi National Park: A great way to see wildlife without straying too far from the city. This park and rhino sanctuary is perfect for shorter visits or twin-centre holidays!
  • Mount Kenya National Park: Hike the slopes of Kenya’s highest mountain to see incredible snow-capped peaks and glaciers and some of Kenya’s wildlife on the endangered list.
  • Samburu National Reserve: To spot the rare Kenya leopard
  • Mount Elgon National Reserve: To spot cave-dwelling elephants in the Rift Valley
  • Lake Nakuru National Park: For lake views and a chance to see over 400 species of birds, including the iconic greater and lesser flamingo flocks

Entry fees

National park and reserve entry fees are in US dollars and can be paid in dollars, pounds, euros or Kenyan shillings (cash only). You will be charged per person per 24-hour visit. Entry to the eight most popular parks is done by a pre-loaded smartcard called a Safari Card but if you are visiting the parks as part of an organized safari, this will all be handled for you.

Unusual wildlife

There are some phenomenal wildlife experiences to look forward to in Kenya. In addition to herds of elephant and lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo (The Big Five), you may also spot a host of unusual wildlife on your Kenyan safari. Spot rare red elephants of Tsavo and the endangered black rhino. Our game viewing highlights include the aardvark, pangolin, caracal, serval and fierce honey badger. Did you know that you get more than one type of giraffe in Kenya? Keep an eye out for Reticulated giraffe in Samburu National Reserve, Rothschild giraffe at Lake Nukuru and Maasai giraffe in the open plains! 

Game viewing

If you’re staying at one of our lodges, two game drives will be included in your stay – one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon. Each lasts approximately two to three hours and offers the chance to track wildlife throughout the reserve. Most lodges offer both a dedicated ranger and a wildlife tracker who will track the footprints of your chosen animal to give you an unforgettable safari that’s tailored to your interests.

Different safaris

Want to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time? Scenic flights are a great way to see Kenya from above. Note that getting around by internal flights will be pricey but you will get to see much more of Kenya. Want to enjoy a bird’ eye view without the hefty price tag? A hot air balloon safari at sunrise is one of the best ways to experience the savannahs from above – the silence is incredible! A one-hour balloon flight can be added to any safari in the Maasai Mara – chat to your specialist about including this in your itinerary.

There are countless ways to game view in Kenya, from horse-riding and cycling to camel-assisted safaris. The more daring may opt for a guided walking safari where you can explore the parks less known for their predators, such as Hell’s Gate and Lake Bogoria, on foot. You can also hike Aberdare and Mount Kenya at your own risk.

The great migration

The annual wildebeest migration should be a highlight on every Kenya bucket list. From July to October each year, the Maasai Mara is a hive of activity when over two million animals make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. We’d highly recommend travelling during this time as the game viewing is unparalleled – at no other time of the year is the wildlife so concentrated. You’ll get to witness predator action on land and in water – by big cats (the Maasai Mara is home to the largest concentrations of lion in the world) and by crocodiles as they try to cross the Mara River. Don’t want to miss the action? We have a variety of mobile camps where you can follow the migration as it moves.

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Kenya Travel Guide: When to Travel


Planning your holiday to Kenya and wondering when to go? There are a number of deciding factors to keep in mind when planning your safari, depending on the focus of your holiday. Discover the recommended times to visit Kenya for the great migration, the best weather and the best game viewing conditions. We’ll have you planning your Kenya holiday in no time!

Best at Travel recommends

In our opinion, the best time to travel to Kenya is between July and February. This is the dry season (best for game viewing) and it also includes the peak migration period from July to October. Because if you’re going to come all this way, we think it’d be a shame to miss the migration the destination is so famous for. Game viewing is at its best during the dry season when the animals gather in numbers around the watering holes to drink.


Set on the equator, Kenya has one of the best climates in the world. The country enjoys warm, sun-filled days with daytime temperatures between 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. The coastal area near Mombasa tends to get rather hot and humid but the cool sea winds keep things cool. There are two wet seasons – short rains in November and December and longer periods of rainfall from March to April.

Safari seasons

Most of Kenya’s national parks experience just two rainy seasons: the short periods of rainfall in November/December, and the heavier rainfall of April/May. The best time to view the animals is during the dry season when they gather around the watering hole to drink. Safari high season runs from July to November when the wildebeest migration is at its peak but it is often more affordable to visit during the low season (April and May). High season differs at the coast (September to January) with December/January being the hottest time and the Christmas period is extra crowded. If you’re a birder, aim to visit from October to April when the migrant species have arrived.

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