Kenya is known world-over as a destination for wildlife, national parks, and game reserves. Although not so aggressively promoted in many countries, Kenya surprisingly has carved its own unique image on the world tourism map as a premium tourist destination.
From Tea and Coffee plantations to its coastal beaches along the Swahili coast, Kenya doesn’t have just the wildlife to offer, it offers a diverse and multi-faceted experience to discerning travelers. Masai Mara Game Reserve, known as the 8th wonder of the world, offers the ultimate in Kenyan Safari, and coupled with the Hot Air Balloon Safari, the adventure just gets magnified. Witnessing the wildlife atop the floating hot air balloon is an experience that only Kenya can offer.
Let’s have a glimpse of what Kenya has to offer.
Visit The Soda Lakes of Rift Valley
Make sure to take time out to visit the stunningly bio-diverse Rift Valley lakes when you travel to Kenya. There are many lakes that you can visit and amongst them are several national parks making this one of the places that have the most things to explore in Kenya. This is especially true if you are into nature as you will be able to take snapshots of black rhinos, flamingos, as well as hippos, depending on the lake you visit.
Some of the most beautiful lakes in our opinion are:
• Lake Naivasha
• Lake Baringo
• Lake Turkana
One place that is a must is Lake Nakuru National Park. All of these lakes as well as this park sits in the Rift Valley. Opening in 1961, the park contains richly diverse wildlife that will keep your camera flashing for days.
Relax on the Kenyan Coast
If safaris and lush grasslands are not your things maybe you want to take a trip to the coastline and enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches of Malindi. Just north of the second-largest city in Kenya Mombasa lies a beautiful historic beach town that is also one of the most modern tourist destinations in the country.
Here you can lounge on Watamu beach and dive into the coral reefs of the Watamu Marine National Park. You can even take a tour through Falconry of Kenya which is a center for sick and injured birds. So you see there's a lot of amazing things you can do if you want to relax on the Kenyan coast.
Visit The Second Largest City, Mombasa
Mombasa sits on the coast and is Kenya’s biggest port city. As a result of this, it has been influenced by many different cultures and they have intermixed to create a unique feel when it comes to everything from architecture to food. Taking a tour through this bustling and hectic city is an experience for anyone who plans to travel to Kenya. A must experience! Strolling in the old city including Fort Jesus will allow you to dive into the history of this city and give you an idea of the city’s vibe.
If you're not as much into the historical aspects of this city you can also take a day and rest on one of the many beaches that lie in the city or near the city. There are many beaches such as Diani, Shelly, or Tiwi that are good for you to stretch out and get some sun. Here you can dive into beautiful coral reefs at the Mombasa Marine National Park or tour around Wasini island.
Go On a Beautiful Hike Up Mount Kenya
While visiting the Central Highlands and the great River Valley it is very easy to take a little detour to spend some time hiking in the Mount Kenya National Park. This park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is comprised of three peaks- Batian, Nelion, and Lenana.
This is a great destination if you are an experienced hiker as the altitude change is quite challenging. Along with this challenging hike, you will also be able to catch sight of a diverse landscape both in flora and fauna as well as wildlife.
Spend a Few Days In The Capital
Most tourists fly into the International Airport in Nairobi but not all of them take the time to really absorb this unique and beautiful capital city. There are tons of fun things to do in Nairobi so if you are looking for things to do exploring the capital is a good start.
Nairobi has a rich history and because of this, many beautiful historic sites should be seen. Along with this comes museums such as the Nairobi National Museum and the Karen Blixen museum (the Danish author who wrote out of Africa).
But maybe the most unique experience is the Nairobi National Park that sits in the center of the city. This park is a black rhino sanctuary and houses other African wildlife too. There is also the elephant orphanage where you get up close to rescued baby elephants.
Stroll Through Old Town on Lamu Island
The small island that is just a short trip from Mombasa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been inhabited continuously since the 12th century. There may not be many attractions on this small island but if you're looking for a taste of the old world and unique architecture then taking a tour of Lamu island should definitely be on your agenda.
In fact, we would almost say travel to Kenya is not complete without taking a tour of the Lamu Fort and museum and maybe stepping into the donkey sanctuary on the island (if you're an animal lover). Wander the streets and alleyways to get a different outlook on this beautiful Eastern African country!
Take a Safari Through The Maasai Mara Game Reserve
When most people come to Kenya the first thing that they think about is going on a safari and few places offer a better experience than the Maasai Mara game reserve. This destination happens to be one of the greatest tourist attractions in all of Kenya and has been voted one of the best Kenya safaris consistently.
Several tours can be booked to guide you through the game reserve to capture snapshots of all the amazing landscapes and potentially the big 5 - elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. Along with all of the wildlife, you will take in life inside of a Maasai village.
Other amazing game parks in Kenya are Nairobi National Park, Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park and Tsavo National Park (famous for the Man-eaters of Tsavo on which the Hollywood movie blockbuster “The Ghost and the Darkness” was based).
Explore the Kereita Forest
Most people of course think of vast savannahs full of lions and tall grass when they think of travel to Kenya but there are also forested mountain ranges as well. This forest hugs the Aberdare Mountains and comes with a lot of adventurous things to do with the family.
Some of the amazing adventures you can take part in are things like:
Ziplining through the forest
If you're looking for some adventure in Kenya then exploring the Kereita Forest should definitely be on your list.
Camp Out In Hell’s Gate National Park
Adventure and sports activities such as climbing, hiking, and biking make you feel rejuvenated and charged. If you are a more active traveler then taking a tour up to Hell's Gate National Park is right up your alley. This is one of the only parks in Kenya that will allow you to camp within its borders which means you can make this your sole destination or augment it with a few of the other options depending on your style of travel.
There are plenty of stellar attractions that you can visit while in the park, for instance:
Hell’s Gate gorge and its red cliffs
The Obsidian caves
Fishers tower which is a former volcanic plug
Wanna explore this amazing national park in Kenya than just book your package right away.