Kenya is generally great and you will always find something unique with each destination. Famously known for its white sandy beaches and rich savannah which is home to the big 5 and other wildlife, the country has been among the top destination for international celebrities like Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, top model Naomi Campbell, Manchester Coach, Jose Mourinho just to name a few.
On Facebook Mark wrote, “One of my [favourite] parts of travelling to a new country is trying the food. I enjoyed ugali and a whole fried tilapia for the first time and loved them both!” Naomi Campbell, on the other hand, had a nice time in Malindi, in Coastal Kenya. On the Magical Kenya website she posted, “Many people discouraged me from coming to Kenya, saying the country was not yet safe to visit, but I insisted that I would come and here I am. I feel quite safe; I didn’t feel anything different from the way I have felt during my previous visits. There is tranquillity here, people should not shy away from visiting Kenya,’’ Jack Ma was joined by tourism cabinet secretary for a safari to the famous Maasai Mara. Even as you plan to undertake your placement in Kenya, here are some of the best places to do your internship
Mombasa, Kenya is the most popular destination, not only for our placements but also for tourists coming for holiday. Found on the Kenyan Coast, it’s beaches, marine life and history is something worth experiencing. Its unique Arabic architecture crowned with beautifully decorated streets brings a homely feeling. The narrow streets of Old Town in Mombasa, still have the Portuguese building design and the air filled with the aromatic smell of rich spices. Apart from the beach, you can visit historical sites like Fort Jesus, Gedi Ruins and even to understand more about the culture, you can visit the ‘Mijikenda’ shrines.
Nairobi, Kenya is a vibrant city. Many people refer to it as the city in the sun. With a National Park right in the city, you are not only treated to an amazing adventure but you also get the chance to feed the giraffe at Giraffe Centre and give some love to the young baby elephants at David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage. You may want to spend your evening relaxing to hilarious plays at the famous Alliance Francaise or at the Kenya National Theatre. For a culture-based souvenir, Maasai Market (an open market) offers you a wide range of arts, local paintings, curios, drawings, woodcarvings and jewellery. Ever been in a Matatu before? These are local public transport vehicles. These are the most common means of transport for most Kenyans. They have creative graffiti-featuring hip-hop artists, international pop stars, athletes, political icons and even religion. They also play music in most cases loud. See Matatu Culture
Kisumu on the hand is known for its fun-loving people. It is located at the banks of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and largest tropical lake in the world, and only of the two urban areas in Kenya that can be accessed by road, water, rail and air. Your placement will be in the biggest hospital in the region and also a teaching and referral hospital. The town is associated with fish, considering the lake is just a few miles away. You can enjoy freshly prepared fish in a number of hotels and eateries. Apart from its breathtaking sunset, Kisumu also has a park, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary here you will have the chance to see the big five. Did I mention the museum? You can also touch base with the community and the country’s history in the Kisumu Museum. ‘Boda Boda’ motorcycle, as locally referred, is one of the mostly used transports within the city.
Migori is another wonderful town worth experiencing. Its rural setting makes it just the right destination to undertake your placement. With a population of about 916, 000, the county rates among the 15 counties in Kenya that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The MMR IS 673 deaths per 100, 000 live births. That being said, Migori offers you a great environment to immerse in the culture of the host community. You can also go to the Sori beach and enjoy the cool breeze as well as participate in activities like witnessing dowry negotiation and building a house from scratch from mad.