The Best Things to See and Do in Kenya
One of the most scenic countries in the world, Kenya is famous for its vast landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage. It is no wonder that Kenya is the most visited travel destination in East Africa, with more than a 1.5million visitors in 2017. As well as its safaris and national parks, it is also adjacent to the sparkling Indian Ocean, where you can sail, snorkel, or swim to your heart’s content.
With so many things to see and do in Kenya, it can be difficult to know where to start planning a visit, so here are a few of our picks for this beautiful destination!
Great Rift Valley
If you’re looking at taking a road trip through some dramatic scenery while listening to your favorite songs, then the Great Rift Valley is the place for you. Head to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park to see the crowds of beautiful flamingos, before making your way to Hell’s Gate National Park, where the natural hot geysers and geothermal vents provide some spectacular natural entertainment. The nearby Lake Naivasha is home to an enormous lake inside a volcanic crater, as well as two wildlife sanctuaries and lots of flamingos.
To dive deep into the history of Kenya, the National Museum in Nairobi is a must-see. As well as a stunning display of Kenya’s heritage, visitors are also treated to botanical gardens, shopping, and dining facilities. There are cultural and natural history exhibits, and the museum features one of the biggest collections of skulls in the world in the Hominid Skull Room. Take a tour with a guide to get the most of this experience, as there is so much to see that it’s difficult to take it all in at once.
Masai Mara National Park
One of the most famous nature reserves in the world, the Masai Mara National Park is a jewel in the crown of Kenya’s environmental conservation efforts. Lush vegetation and expansive savannas are home to a beautiful ecosystem that supports all kinds of wildlife, from leopards and lions to zebras and elephants. The Park is beautifully conserved by the Narok County Council and the Mara Conservancy and is a prime example of what conservation initiatives such as World Earth Day are trying to achieve. In a recent World Earth Day poll, 92% of Kenyans said they were willing to take personal action on sustainability, and this is heavily demonstrated by the beautiful work being done at the Masai Mara National Park.
A truly beautiful natural wonder, Mzima Springs is a real-life oasis that provides a large portion of the freshwater for Mombasa. The series of four natural springs rise from an underground reservoir in the Chyulu Hills in Tsavo National Park. The volcanic geology of the hills means that the surface is too porous for rivers to flow over it, so instead, the water is filtered through the rock before it appears as a pure, clear stream in Mzima. The springs are home to hippos, crocodiles, and monkeys as well as a vast array of fruit trees such as water berries, dates, and figs.
Bomas of Kenya
This cultural center is located around 10 km from Nairobi, on the entrance to Nairobi National Park. Its purpose is to preserve Kenyan culture through performances of the traditional dances and songs as well as displays of art and crafts. Architecture is also preserved here by way of replica villages, built with the same techniques used by the local tribes, and it is possible to sample a vast range of traditional African cuisine at the Utamaduni restaurant. For anyone looking to get a better insight into Kenyan culture, Bomas of Kenya is a truly remarkable achievement in the preservation and conservation of Kenyan heritage.
Whether you want to sail, safari, or simply soak up the culture and heritage of this beautiful country, Kenya has everything you could need and more.