Someone visited Kenya recently and returned a changed man. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson the world acclaimed founder of the Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies, surely is not only a man of means but a man of many travels who delights in the sights and sounds of new worlds and fresh landscapes.
Sharing pictures and commentary via social media platforms, Richard Branson clearly revealed that Kenya is one of his favorite travel destinations.
With the ambrosial passion of a smitten lover, he had this to say about the country:
“There’s something about Kenya that makes you feel there’s magic in the air, wonder at every turn, and an ever-present sensation of oneness with nature.”
“A trip to Kenya can be an incredibly cleansing experience. Open spaces, so vast and untouched, lend perspective and instil a sense of peace. I love to visit the country, and, while I’m there, drop by Virgin Limited Edition’s stunning safari camp, Mahali Mzuri.”
“Opened in 2013, Mahali Mzuri was built to protect large areas of the land that act as pathways for Africa’s famous Great Migration. Positioned within the Maasai Mara ecosystem, the camp has a front row view of the wild and roaming game of the Migration.
“During my most recent visit, the landscape was alive with a majestic kingdom of animals. We were lucky to see hundreds of lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and wildebeest. In my opinion Mahali Mzuri offers the best wildlife viewing in the world. It’s a rare sight to see a cheetah kill or a leopard kill, and we were incredibly fortunate to see not one but two in a matter of weeks – one in South Africa at Ulusaba, then again in Kenya.”
“One of my favourite things to do while visiting Kenya is to invite a group of local kids on safari. The Masaai community love the animals and are doing everything they can to protect them. As an honorary Maasai Elder, I enjoy taking local children on game drives, so that they can learn about the animals, conservation and the world around them. The future of our planet is in the hands of our children – by allowing them to understand and appreciate the natural world at an early age, they can make a real difference.”
“Kenya is a beautiful country full of wonderful people, wildlife and landscapes. It’s always a pleasure to spend time there, and I look forward being called back. Have you visited yet? And if not, if you have the opportunity, isn’t it time you did?”
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