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Kenya is home to some of the most beautiful creatures alive on this earth. While we could ramble on about how Kenya should be your next trip, we will let the following video show you what you are missing out. If you need more help with planning out your vacation to Kenya, check out our awesome articles which tell you all the things a tourist should explore:
I have lived my whole life in Kenya and it’s always been so important to me that I could never think of leaving. But I do travel once in a while just to see new places and meet different people with different cultures and mindsets.
I had the chance to visit the United States not long ago and I was amazed at the way they live versus how I and my family live in Africa. They had so many exciting things in the way of technology! One of the things I was fascinated by was electric lawn mowers that run with only a battery!
So I decided to read about it online to see if I could get one for my family to use, and I’m still looking into the possibility of that. It would make things so much easier and it wouldn’t pollute the air. That’s important, as we live close to a wildlife sanctuary and we are very respectful of the animals there.
I plan to visit the U.S. again in the future, as well as other more advanced countries. I love to see how others live, and I wish they could all see how simply we live at home. I think they would appreciate what they have more and not take things for granted.
A trip to the African country of Kenya is definitely on the bucket list of many people. Famous for its outstanding athletes, incredible wildlife and vast savannah grasslands, the thought of visiting this country is bound to whet the appetite of any travel enthusiast. For those intending to visit Kenya, here is an insight of what to expect:
1. Wildlife Safari
Kenya is home to what is known as ‘The Big Five’. This is a term that refers to the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. You will also get to see other wildlife such as zebras, cheetahs, antelopes, giraffes, hyenas and so much more. You therefore need to visit the Maasai Mara, Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks to get the golden chance of seeing these animals.
Also, from July to October every year, you will get a lifetime opportunity to see the wildebeest’s migration from the Serengeti National Park to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in search of greener pastures.
2. Tourist Attractions
A visit to Lake Nakuru will give you a chance to see the great pink flamingoes. Lewa Downs which is a wildlife conservancy, which is home to the black rhino and the endangered species of zebra and antelopes. Those who love bird watching will enjoy viewing over 200 species of birds here. In related news, it is also here that Prince William became engaged to Kate Middleton.
Lake Turkana will give you the awesome chance of seeing abundant pink flamingoes as well as gigantic crocodiles which prowl its shores in search of food.
Watamu is also a natural park found along the coast that features two lagoons as its main attractions: Turtle Bay and Blue Lagoon. Moreover, there are many water oriented activities such as dolphin watching, scuba diving and snorkeling. Another popular thing to do is to sail around on Africa’s sailboat, the Dhow.
Mt. Kenya is estimated to be over 17,000 feet tall, and this ancient volcanic mountain is a great hiking and camping site as well. Two of its most popular spots are the Batian and Nelion, its highest peaks.
Lamu Island was first settled by the Swahili over 700 years ago, and is one of the older towns in the country. The town has no motor vehicles so donkeys are the choice of travel for many people. Also, you can take the Dhow and see the island.
If you visit Malindi, you will experience different species of great marine life, as well as enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling.
3. Political Stability
There is no doubt that Kenya has remained one of the most peaceful countries in Africa. With no history of civil war and championing peace keeping missions within Africa, it is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful countries you will find in Africa. In the past, however, tourism in Kenya experienced some setback when the country was plunged into ethnic clashes following the 2007 national elections. Since then the country has dramatically recovered from that and its people are championing for peace, love and unity.
4. Rich Cultural Heritage
Kenya’s people are warm, hospitable and friendly. With over forty ethnic groups, this country has a very rich culture, with its official languages being English and Kiswahili. The good news for english speaking tourists is that a large percentage of Kenyan people speak english very well.
You will especially love to see the Maasai tribe in Kenya that has defied modern culture and stuck true to its indigenous culture. You can also buy some Maasai artifacts such as bead jewelry, sisal baskets, tribal masks, paintings, and sculptures. You can also buy kangas, which are wraparound skirts for women that have beautiful patterns with Kenyan proverbs printed on them.
5. Great Food
A food known as ‘ugali’ is the staple food of people in Kenya. It is ground corn flour cooked in water and eaten with chicken, fish, goat meat or beef. It is also accompanied by green vegetables known as ‘mboga’. Another delicacy you cannot afford to miss out on is the ‘nyama choma’, a term that refers to roasted meat eaten with ugali and ‘kachumbari’, a vegetable salad.
6. Beautiful Climate
Because it lies on the equator, Kenya is one of those countries that cannot experience a true summer or winter, so weather conditions are inviting throughout the year. Temperatures range from 68-82 degrees inland, while it stays hot on the coast, but is more bearable with a nice wind. June-Oct is the dry season and the wet season is Nov-May and the severity of the rainfall depends on the month. Also, if you are mountain climbing, the temperature goes down the higher you climb.
7. Beach Tourism
The white sandy beaches of the Kenyan coast offer an excellent platform to enjoy the sand, sea and sun in a way that you have never imagined. Moreover, the coastline is a fascinating paradise with palm trees where you can enjoy a nice pina colada. A deep ocean adventure will offer a breathtaking view of colorful corals and hundreds of fish species.
When visiting Kenya, why not visit the most beautiful beaches it has to offer? The following are seven of the best beaches that Kenya has to offer:
Surrounded by palm trees on all its sides, Diani beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. Skydiving is the most popular activity here. There is a famous skydiving club, called Skydive Diani which offers this service. There’s nothing to worry if you haven’t done it before. Professional instructors will be there to guide you.
It is located in Mombasa and has a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The best thing about Nyali is that it never gets overcrowded. Apart from relaxing and admiring the beauty of the place, you can try out surfing, which is quite popular here. Since the beach generally remains empty, it is actually a very good place to learn surfing.
Some of the most famous beaches in Lamu Island are Manda Bay and also Shela Beach. The favorable climate here, along with excellent infrastructure facilities, makes this an ideal place to try out water sports. Kayaking is very popular here. Grab the best inflatable kayak you can and have a blast!
You should try out the kayaking safari here, which will take you to some of the most remote and beautiful islands. In this kayak safari, you have to paddle for around 10 km everyday and will get to learn a lot about the marine life. At the very least, take your own inflatable kayak or canoe or boat and you won’t go wrong!
Tiwi Beach is a very peaceful, white sand beach, located around 15 km from the city of Mombasa. You can try out several water activities here. Deep sea fishing is popular here. If you are lucky, you may even catch a marlin. Apart from that, you can also go for scuba diving or snorkeling. Want to spend the night? Check out the Amani Tiwi Beach Resort where hundreds have had left a positive review.
This is probably the most secluded beach in the whole of Kenya. It is famous for the presence of a large number of turtles. Apart from turtles, there are also many rare marine creatures here. Hence, the best thing will be to take a ride in a glass bottom boat and admire the underwater creatures.
This is one of the best beaches in Kenya for sunbathing. It is a great place to swim, thanks to its clear water. Some of the most popular water activities here are snorkeling and diving. While you are here, don’t miss out on the local dishes ; they are amazing.
Bamburi Beach has something to offer to everyone. There are several top clubs here which offers a great nightlife experience. Adventure lovers can try out jet-skiing or can also go sailing. The presence of many fishing spots makes this beach more attractive.
Looking for more awesome things to do in Kenya? Check out 6 of the Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Kenya and have BLAST!
Kenya is, undoubtedly, one of the most breathtaking destinations on Earth. There is simply no shortage of things to do and see in this picturesque country – from waterfalls to the lovely sunsets in Kenyan parks; from the beautiful lakes to the mountains; the beaches; the Great Rift Valley; springs etc. just to name a few.
In fact, Kenya is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, renowned for its classic savannah safaris: a country of classic contrasts and dramatic extremes; open plains and forests; alpine snows and deserts; coral reefs and fresh water lakes; and the colorful tribal cultures and the metropolis of Nairobi.
Below, we take a look at 6 of the top rated tourist attractions in Kenya as follows:
1. Tsavo National Park
Tsavo, Kenya’s largest park is divided into two: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Together, these two comprise about 4% of the country’s total land mass and encompass volcanic hills, savannah, waterfalls, rivers, an impressive diversity of wildlife, and a massive lava-rock plateau.
Midway between Nairobi (Kenya’s capital) and the coastal city of Mombasa, Tsavo East is acclaimed for its photo-worthy sightings of elephant herds bathing and rolling in red dust. In addition, the palm-fringed River Galana meanders through the park providing a lush counterpoint to the arid plains as well as excellent game. Other highlights here include the Mudanda Rock, Lugard Falls, which spill into crocodile-filled pools and rapids, and the Yatta Plateau (the world’s longest lava flow).
2. Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The Maasai Mara is, arguably, one of the world’s most spectacular game reserves. Bordering Tanzania, it is the northern extension of the Serengeti Game Reserve and forms a wildlife corridor between the two East African countries. It derives its name from the red-cloaked, statuesque Maasai people who have lived in the park and grazed their animals there for centuries.
In their native language, Mara denotes “mottled”- a probable reference to the play of shadow and light from the cloud-studded skies and acacia trees on the expansive grasslands.
The Mara is renowned for the Great Migration, where thousands of Thompson’s gazelle, zebra, and wildebeest travel to and from the Mara, from June through October. In the Mara River, throngs of crocodile and hippos abound. The park is also provides excellent predator sightings owing to its relatively large populations of leopard, cheetah, and lion- especially in the dry months of December through to February. Thanks to its altitude, the weather in the Mara is gentle and mild all year round.
3. Lake Nakuru National Park
Located in central Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is prominent for its numerous flocks of flamingoes. The birds throng on Lake Nakuru- one of the soda lakes in the Rift Valley and which comprises about a third of the park’s area. Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to over 450 species of birds in addition to a rich diversity of other wildlife. Pythons, waterbucks, warthogs, leopards, lions, and white rhinos are just some of the animals that tourists to the park may encounter, with landscapes ranging from woodland and rocky cliffs to sweeping grasslands bordering the lake.
The park is also active in the protection of the largest euphorbia candelabrum forest on the African continent. These branching, tall succulents are native to the region and provide a riveting textural element to the prevalent arid landscapes.
Located northeast of Mombasa, the small island of Lamu oozes old charm. In fact, Lamu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited settlement, dating back to the 12th century. Strolling the narrow, labyrinth-like streets, tourists will be fascinated to see the island’s rich merchant history reflected in its buildings.
Architectural features from India, Europe, and the Arab world are evident, but with discernible Swahili technique- coral stone buildings, intricately carved wooden doors, verandas, hidden courtyards, and rooftop patios are common features and visiting here is essentially stepping back in time. There are few if any motorized vehicles, dhows plow the harbor, and donkeys still rule the labyrinthine streets as they have done for hundreds of years.
Majority of the population in Lamu is Muslim, with both women and men dressing in traditional attire. Some of the top attractions on the island include the Donkey Sanctuary, Lamu Fort, and Lamu Museum, with displays on the region’s nautical history and Swahili culture.
Situated north of Mombasa city on the Kenyan coast, Malindi is a popular beach resort, especially with European visitors. Thanks in part to its rich trading past, it too is a melting pot of cuisines and cultures and also displays a split personality.
Part modern tourist hub and part historic old town, Malindi is where tourists come to dive the coral reefs of the Watamu and Malindi Marine National Parks; enjoy the sun on the white sandy beaches of Watamu beach; and soak up Swahili history in the historic town that traces its routes back to the 12th century.
Here, tourists can visit the Church of St. Francis Xavier (one of the oldest churches in East Africa), two pillar tombs from the 14th century, the Jami mosque, and the Malindi museum which has displays on the legendary Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, and also doubles up as an information center.
Other popular attractions include the Falconry of Kenya- a rehabilitation center that caters to injured and sick birds- as well as the Marafa Depression (also variously referred to as Nyari or Hell’s Kitchen)- a set of sandstone gorges that have been sculpted by the rain and wind.
6. Mount Kenya National Park
East of the Great Rift Valley, in the Central Highlands, lies Mount Kenya National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the nation’s namesake highest peak at 5,199 M and provides the quite rare sight of equatorial snow.
Formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, Mt. Kenya actually consists of 3 glacier-cloaked peaks- Batian (highest), Nelion (toughest climb), and Lenana (lowest peak).
The scenery varies from mineral springs, lakes, and glaciers to dense pockets of bamboo and alpine forests. The diversity of the fauna and flora provides rewarding opportunities for safari enthusiasts and among the wildlife that visitors may spot include hyenas, leopards, tree hyraxes, elephants, buffaloes, and black and white colobus monkeys.
Lastly, nestled in the foothills is the world-famous Mt. Kenya Safari Club- a luxury retreat that offers among others tennis, golf, and trout fishing.