Things to do In Kenya
THINGS TO DO IN KENYA
QUOTE: Kenya has been in the tourism game longer than virtually any other African country – and it shows. Other nations may boast higher mountains, bigger game reserves, more exclusive lodges and more exotic culture – but Kenya’s decades of experience means it still tops many travellers’ lists, with superb service, tried and tested itineraries, and the understanding that its people are as important as its wildlife in creating the perfect East African holiday. Kenya’s vast grasslands are safari-classic, with wildlife as far as the eye can see; the only interruptions being a scattering of acacia trees and life-giving waterholes.
It’s all about choice here – whether you want secluded luxury or the Big Five on a
budget, Kenya delivers – shunning the idea that safaris are only for the elite. Families will
find guides who know how to inspire budding biologists – and lodges designed with children in mind. From tourism’s colonial roots, Maasai-run camps are now springing up on community-owned land, revealing this tourism veteran’s progressive attitude towards both tribes and tourism, and a well-deserved recognition of a fascinating history that stretches back further than any other region of the world.
Journey on through our Kenya travel guide for more inspiration…
1. Wildlife Safari
There’s nothing more famous about Kenya than going on a safari to one of the many national parks or reserves located throughout the country. The most famous wildlife viewing sanctuaries include Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Tsavo East. You can take on the Safari either by road, by air or even by rail (To the Coastal towns). You can do walking safaris too where you can see plenty of wildlife in the bush.
For many, the goal is to catch a glimpse of the African Big 5 which includes lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
2. Witness the Wildbeest Migration
Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, have the phenomenon annual Wildebeest migration. The captivating event is one of the few natural land migrations that remains intact in the world today. Every year, 1.5 million wildebeests and zebra migrate overland in search of food and water. The event takes place between June and September, do not miss this captivating event.
3. Breakfast with giraffes
What more can be captivating like taking breakfast while the giraffes stretch its neck to ask for a bite? This can be very fascinating indeed. The large windows of the sunroom at Giraffe Manor for example are wide open, allowing some guests to pop their heads in, rather than take a seat. KSAE gives you a chance to experience this fascinating scenario.
4. Relax on the East African Coast
The East African Indian Ocean coast is one of the best places in the world to take it easy and enjoy a beach holiday. Come and relax on the sandy beaches of the Kenyan coast with our Beach and Island Resort Packages. These elegant resorts and beach lodges offer a wide array of water-sports and excursions.
Along with pristine stretches of white sand and swaying palms, the laid back attitude and friendly Kenyans for instance; add to the serenity. To check out the Kenyan coast, you might visit areas around Mombasa, Diani, Malindi or Kilifi.
5. Foster an elephant
Thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory, mainly driven by demand from Asia . Conservationists say more elephants are being poached now than they have been for the last decade.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos with the aim of returning them to the wild.
Visitors to the elephant orphanage come face to face with the infant survivors of the illegal ivory trade at the trust’s Nairobi nursery. The babies play around in their daily mud bath between 11 a.m. and noon.
6. Cultural Travel on the Island of Lamu
Just off the coast of Kenya is a small cultural island called Lamu. Over the course of hundreds of previous years, the island has been shaped by local Bantu African tribes, Arab traders and Portuguese explorers. The mix of cultures has created a fascinating history and a unique Swahili people and culture. Lamu includes one of the oldest inhabited cities in Kenya.
7. Go on a cheese tour
Kenya and cheese — not two things that automatically come to mind.
However, 30 minutes out of Nairobi is the award. Its product has won many accolades, including the South African Dairy Championship and awards from the East Africa Cheese Festival.
Brown’s philosophy is to run the farm “on purely biodynamic and organic principles.” The factory tour shows how the cheese is made, after which guests can settle down to a cheese platter, followed by a three-course lunch complete with homemade chutneys, bread and homegrown salad.
Brown’s also offers cheese-making classes and, for kids, milking sessions with the factory’s Friesian cows. Take on this tour and enjoy it fully.
8. Climb Mount Kenya
Not nearly as popular as neighboring giant Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya remains Africa’s second tallest peak and is often considered a more challenging climb. The breathtaking scenery is marked by incredible views of Kenya and even great glimpses of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Most trekkers summit Mount Kenya at Lenana Peak point.
Best time to trek Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya has permanent snow at its summit, so it’s cold year round. At night at the higher elevations the temperature can drop as low as 14 Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius). Typically the early mornings on the mountain are sunny and dry, and clouds often form by noon.
9. Hike Through Hell’s Gate
The coolest thing about the park is that cycling and foot walking are permitted without needing a guide (and there are lions in the park!). The canyon gorge, jagged rock formations and opportunities for camping make Hell’s Gate a great place to visit in Kenya.
10. River Raft the Tana River
Whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Tana River in Kenya are becoming popular activities in the country. Not only are there adventurous river rapids, but also an opportunity to view Kenya’s nature from the river. The ecosystem and bird viewing while rafting through the valley are spectacular.
11. Hang Out on Lake Victoria
Kisumu is one of the choice cities in Kenya to visit that is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, the African great lake. From serene sunset views of the lake to the fresh fish and and laid back atmosphere, Kisumu is a pleasant town.
Ndere Island national park is a sanctuary of birds and other wildlife that is set up with hiking trails and a few campsites.
12. Explore Nairobi
Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya and offers a mixed bag of historical museums, African tribal exhibitions, Kenyan street food, local markets, modern shopping malls, international and local restaurants. Discover the attractions of multi-cultural Nairobi while staying in one of our preferred hotels. Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in the World and is the only city to have a National Park within its limits.
13. Go on Riding Safaris (Horses, Camels)
Camel Safaris are available in limited places across Africa and Exploring the bush on horse-back is a real privilege and can throw up some unique experiences, especially when getting close to plains. Kenya offers real horse riding experiences, that which is unforgettable.
Camels are sometimes used to transport equipment and food whilst on walking trails, and it is possible for guests to ride the camels. An interesting experience which can be organized in the Northern part of Kenya.