Kenya is one of the best holiday destinations in Africa. Kenya is well known in the world as the top safari destination in Africa featuring wildebeest migration in Masai Mara Game reserve, Wilderness safaris in stunning national parks and game reserves, cultural experience, historical site safaris and Africa best beaches in Mombasa and Malindi. Masai Mara migration constitutes a natural migration of wildebeests search for water and pastures from to Serengeti Plain in Tanzania.
On the eastern coast of Africa, spanning on the equator, Kenya offers great topographical diversity from snow-capped mountains to granite hills and deserts and forests. It will be difficult to find such diversity in any other single country. The diversity extends to its people too with forty different tribes including the proud and beautiful red-clad Masai, who continue to have a semi-nomadic lifestyle of cattle herding along Kenya’s southern border.
There is so much to do and see in Kenya, offering endless prospects for discovering, adventure and relaxation. Come to explore its great wilderness, beautiful coastal areas, highlands and mountains, huge lakes, modern cities or forests and desert.
Places to visit in Kenya
This second highest peak of Africa, standing 17,058ft feet high, with its snow covered series of peaks makes an awe-inspiring sight. The local Kikuyu people regard it as the empire of Ngai. Usually, all Kikuyu homes were built to face this sacred peak. Though the 5199-meter summit is very challenging, any fit trekker can reach the peak of Point Lenana (4985m). It takes 3 to 5 days through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, and unique mountain vegetation including podocarpus and groundsel, and finally one of the world’s most rare sights, the equatorial snow!
Even if you decide not to go trekking, you can enjoy cool highlands surrounding its base. The forests are ideal for game viewing, including buffalo, black rhinos, Sykes and Colobus monkeys, elephants, leopards, the elusive Bongo antelopes and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with trout.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, spread over 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and forest is generally considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The gigantic grassland plains are dotted with herds of Gazelle, Giraffe, Zebra, and Topi. The Acacia forests contain plentiful of bird life and monkeys, while buffaloes and elephants lurch in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers overflow with crocodiles and hippos. From July to October, the world’s largest migration of animals is witnessed in Mara. The promising rains in the North with the resultant fresh life giving grass prompts more than 1.3 million wild beasts together into a single colossal herd. The Mara is known as the Kingdom of Lions and these majestic and potent hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetahs are also widespread in the Mara, as are hyena and smaller predators like jackals.
The Mara is possibly the best serviced of all Kenyan parks and reserves with wide ranging accommodation to suit any budget. Most lodges and camps recommend walks and balloon safaris.
Amboseli National Park
Spread over more than 400 sq kms, the park goes to meet Tanzania on its southern border. It is renowned for its large herds of elephants. Known as the land of freely roaming giants, it also houses herds of other wild beasts like zebras and impalas grazing on its open plains.
But the most imposing giant is Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s largest mountain, just across the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive sight of its snow-capped peak can be viewed from Amboseli. The spectacle of Kilimanjaro far above the herds of elephant crossing the plains of Amboseli is an everlasting African image.
Tsavo National Park
The twin National Parks of Tsavo East and West together form one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves, consisting of 10 million acres, the park is larger than the island of Jamaica. On safari here, you are sure to see large herds of Elephant, their hides often a luminous red with dust, as well as Lion, Buffalo, Eland, Giraffe Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros.
Lamu is a peaceful tropical island with a relaxed rhythm and a history as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of this medieval stone town.
It’s a beautiful island of rolling dunes and endless beaches with small villages nestled among coconut and mango plantations.
But the real charm is its Old Town. The town of Lamu came to life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, and has been witness to many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. Lamu Museum, the Swahili House Museum and the Fortress deserve a visit.
The coastline along its South makes Mombasa a tropical paradise with abundance of palm fringed white sand beaches. Here, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs that create protective and calm beaches with inviting waters. The reef walls present world class diving with stunning coral gardens. The offshore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins.
There is a concentration of world class resorts, around Diani Beach allowing visitors to relax and enjoy this natural paradise with the finest standards of accommodation, cuisine and service. The Marine Reserve At Kisite-Mpunguti will make an ideal day trip for diving and snorkelling.
Nyali, not too far from the town, is Mombasa’s best suburban beach that gets crowded on weekends.