Kenya- A beautiful country which is mostly known to produce a spirit of adventure and romance with the Kenya Safari. When you come to Kenya you better have a to-do list prepared; wildlife being the first. Be a witness of wildebeest and gazelles which rumble like thunder across the savannah during the Great Migration in Maasai Mara. Flamingoes which appear as a pink carpet at a far draws you closer at Lake Nakuru. Experience the diversity of Kenyan people and their culture. Make a point to relax on pearly beaches on the coast, while exploring tropical islands steeped in Swahili history. You can never get enough of this place, but first, let us know the top ten destinations to land in your visit.
1. Maasai Mara National Park Reserve
Maasai Mara National Park Reserve, also referred to as the Mara, is a National game reserve which borders Tanzania. The name of the national park originated from the Masaai people who live there and graze their cattle on the same land. The park is eminent for the Great movement of Wildebeest, Zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle, as the animals migrate from Serengeti National Park, which is in Tanzania in search of greener pastures in the Mara in Kenya in the month of July through October. Also, in the Mara river, you will get a glimpse of massive hippos and crocodiles. In the dry months of December through February, there is a presence of large populations of Lion, Cheetah, and Leopard collectively known as the predators.
2. Lake Nakuru National Park
Are you a bird watcher? Then Lake Nakuru is a paradise for bird watchers. The park is on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, beautiful, surrounded by wood and bushy grassland. It hosts a range of species of birds and has a variety of other wild animals including lions, leopards, warthogs, waterbucks, pythons and white rhinos. The park possesses an impressive landscape which has rocky escarpments, thick forests, and at least one waterfall, making the area perfect and ideal for hiking, picnic, and game drives.
Malindi is on North of Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast. The major industry in the town is tourism. Malindi is usually popular among the Italian tourists. The city has its domestic airport and a highway which is between Mombasa and Lamu. Watamu is a small town which is on the further south of Malindi, and it has broad white beaches, making it a home of well-established resorts and many private guest houses.
Divers and snorkels are all welcome to take a trip to Malindi because of the presence of the Watamu Marine National Park. A spectacular Marafa Depression, which is located in the North West of Malindi commonly known as Nyari and popularly known as Hell’s Kitchen, hosts an extensive series of sandstone gorges and sheer gullies which make the place ideal for tourists.
Lamu is a small island of Lamu in the northeast of Mombasa, which is known to be the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa, preserving its culture and traditions. This amazing town was built using coral stone and mangrove timber which highly contributes to the simplicity of structural forms in the area. For example, you will come across features like inner courtyards, verandas and carved wooden doors. Having hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, the town is the center for the study of Islamic education and Swahili cultures. When you make a point to visit this place, you will feel like you are stepping back in time. Because people in this area rarely use motor vehicles, but donkeys rule this place when transporting goods and materials and when they are moving about they either use foot or boat. Top attractions in this area are Lamu Museum, Lamu Fort, and the Donkey Sanctuary.
5. Diani Beach
The beach is on the South Coast of Mombasa. It is made up of Tiwi, Galu, Kinondo and Chale Island. The beach is one of the most uniquely located beaches for Kenya Beach Holidays. It hosts the pearly white sand beach which blends so well into the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean, forming a perfect backdrop of calm, quiet and truly memorable African Holiday.
If you are okay with Kite and Windsurfing, high coastal winds and low tides at Diani Beach, offer excellent conditions for all levels. You are also free to dive on the beach because of the spectacular coral reef and marine life which provides you with over 25 world class dive sites to explore. Snorkeling trips are highly encouraged in this area along with dolphin, whale and shark spotting aboard a local Dhow.
6. Mount Longonot
Mt Longonot is a volcanic mountain which is to the southeast of Lake Naivasha on the floor of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. Thick forest which lies within the crater of the mountain is the unique feature that you have to look at during your visit. The crater rim also offers a perfect scenic view across the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. If you are lucky enough during your site trip, you might come across buffaloes, lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe and gazelles. This place is perfect for hiking and camping. A point of advice. Do not make a mistake of leaving behind your walking stick. Trust me when you are there you need it.
7. Mount Kenya National Park
Mt Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano mountain which is the second tallest mountain in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This site is surrounded by lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral spring and a selection of wild animals which are rare and endangered like the rhinos. Mountain climbing and camping is very enjoyable, especially when you come to visit as a group.
Mount Kenya has three glacier-cloaked peaks that you can consider climbing while challenging yourself. The wide range of flora and fauna provides rewarding opportunities for Kenya safaris. For luxury retreats like trout fishing, golf and tennis Mount Kenya Safari Club, which is very famous will cater for that.
8. Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley. It is prone to shrink or to reduce its water level in times of extreme drought. Although, a flourishing floriculture industry, which is the primary industry in the area is also impacting the water levels in the Lake. Therefore, it has become a home for birds. More than 400 species of birds have lived on Lake Naivasha including the famous African fish eagles. Some of the wildlife animals like giraffes, zebra, buffalo and eland usually graze in greener pastures at the edges of the lake.
Point to note: There is the presence of Hippos in Lake Naivasha.
9. Mombasa City
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya after the capital city, Nairobi. It is on the Eastern coastline of Kenya having an estimated population of about 1.2 million people. The city is the country’s leading tourist destination. Mombasa town borders the Indian Ocean, which has made it famous for tourist destination in search of the beaches. The city offers varied marine life, prime and posh hotels plus friendly atmosphere all throughout the year. Mombasa is a city which is known to preserve its culture and traditions, so it offers activities for all people with different age. Historic monuments like Fort Jesus are found in Mombasa.
10. Lake Bogoria
Lake Bogoria is one of the Great Rift Valley lakes. It is a saline and alkaline lake which lies in the volcanic region. The lake hosts very exciting features like Kesubo swamp to its North and the Siracho escarpment to the east. The Lake has a reserve, which is known as Bogoria National Reserve, which hosts both the cliff and the swamp. The lake is popular for geysers and hot springs which are found along the bank of the lake and inside the lake itself.
Lack of a surface outlet on the lake makes the water alkaline and saline at the both time, and there is very high evaporation which accelerates the process of salinity. Huge flocks of flamingoes help in painting the alkaline water pink.
Now you will be able to make the right decision about the place you will visit when you come to Kenya!
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Updated: August 10, 2016