For ages now, Kenya has been a popular tourist destination, a favourite for global leaders, celebrities of international repute and renowned tycoons in the business sector.
Some of the big shots who have visited Kenya in the past have spoken positively of the riveting nature of parks, reserves and sanctuaries in the country and their experience with wildlife sightings.
This is the place where the African spirit dawns on them like fog and etches deep into their memory that Kenya is Africa’s pride when it comes to tour and travel.
Down memory lane, here are the globally renowned personnel who have visited Kenya.
In 1952, a then young, charming Queen Elizabeth made history with her visit to Kenya accompanied by Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth chose to stay in the Aberdares, beneath the foothills of Mount Kenya and booked herself at the Treetops Lodge set up in the amazing Aberdare National Park.
Her memories of the visit remain deep in the hearts of Kenyans as it was during her visit that her father King George VI passed on. She got wind of the news while at the Sagana Lodge which would be elevated to become a State Lodge hosting Kenyan Presidents whenever they visit the Mt Kenya region.
At the slopes of Mount Kenya in Rutundu, Prince William immersed himself in the beauty of the land at a log cabin where he took his wife Kate and proposed to her, far from where their friends who were at the Lewa Downs.
The richest man in Asia, billionaire Jack Ma in 2016 felt the warmth of Kenya when he visited some of the Kenyan parks courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). He danced tot the Maasai cultural songs while in the wild.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2016 landed in Kenya for a conference with leading tech developers. He was assimilated into the beautiful Kenyan food culture of Ugali and fish, a typical Kenyan meal loved more by the Luo people from the Lakeside region of Nyanza.
British model Naomi Campbell befits the status of a regular visitor to Kenya. A few years back, she shot her project in Kenya and returned in 2020 for a one-month holiday before she was named Magical Kenya’s International Ambassador.
She enjoys her time at the exclusive Billionaire Resort village and Sun Resort owned by Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore. She loves Kenya like her second home.
American Queen of pop, Maddona herself tagged along with her young boyfriend Alhamalik and toured the culturally scenic Samburu and Pokot areas. She engaged in a dance session with the locals and even sought advice on how to keep a marriage intact.
The RnB superstar made memories of the Nairobi National Park which she visited during her short vacation to Kenya.
Known for sex and the city Kristin Davis left a print at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where she versed herself with the efforts of the trust in protecting endangered species such as elephants, rhinos among others.
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During one of his visits to Kenya, Richard Branson fell in love with Kenya and hatched a plan to open a luxury safari tented camp. In 2013, he launched the exclusive Mahali Mzuri tucked deep in the iconic Maasai Mara at the Olare Motorongi Conservancy which has scenic views of the annual Great Migration.
The Hollywood star was speechless after his stay at Camp Ya Kanzi in Chyulu Hills, Eastern Kenya.
There is nothing that gives good memories for tycoon Bill Gates other than Kenya’s nature. The memories were birthed during his stay at Sanctuary Olonana along the Mara River in Masai Mara. He witnessed first-hand the beautiful Great Migration as thousands of wildebeest crossed the crocodile-infested river to the Serengeti in Tanzania.