With long, tropical beaches and dramatic wildlife parks, Kenya has an exotic tourist image. Enter the more genuine and different world inhabited by most Kenyans: a ceaselessly active, contrasting landscape of farm and field, of streams and bush paths, of wooden and corrugated-iron shacks, tea shops and lodging houses, of crammed buses and pick-up vans, of overloaded bicycles, and of streets wandered by goats, chickens, and toddlers. Discover the warmth, openness and curiosity in Kenya’s towns and villages, especially off the more heavily trodden tourist routes. Out in the wild, there is an abundance of authentic scenic glamour – savannah dotted with Maasai and their herds, high Kikuyu moorlands, dense forests bursting with bird song and insect noise, and stony, shimmering desert. On the Indian Ocean coast, the palm-shaded strands of beach and an almost continuous, reef-protected lagoon are even better than the brochures depict – no photo can do justice. Of course, Kenya’s wildlife adds a startling and rapidly addictive dimension.