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Kenya offers a fantastic safari destination to enjoy a diversity of incredible and iconic African wildlife. Here we list some of the 25 best attractions and things to do in Kenya with links to different tours, accommodation, and some travel bloggers who have visited the areas to give you their own opinions.

  1. Game Safari on the Masai Mara

    The Masai Mara is a wildlife-filled savanna habitat contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. There is a fantastic variety of animals to see on your safari and some of the icons you can find roaming the Masai Mara include giraffes walking the plains, elephants at waterholes or sometimes investigating your camp, the occasional rhino standing its ground, hyenas scouting for food, hippos and crocodiles in the waterways, and lions resting in the shade.

    These are then joined once a year by millions of wildebeest accompanied by zebra and antelope, which cross from the dry grass in Tanzania to the lush green savanna of the Masai Mara.

    Game drives on the Masai Mara are a must-do activity for your visit to Kenya. And our recommendation to make the most of your visit is the Mara Bushtops Camp.

    Nestled in its own secluded conservancy, the Mara Bushtops Camp offers you exclusive Masai Mara encounters minus the crowds. This award-winning luxury camp blends luxury with sustainability, harnessing eco-friendly practices and helps to support local Maasai communities, including direct support for local schools and from guest donations. The camp fosters enduring partnerships with Maasai communities, jointly safeguarding this remarkable conservancy.

    The camp has been featured in Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic. And it certainly deserves the attention.

    You can check availability for your travel dates and learn more about the safari by sending your request direct to the Mara Bushtops Camp using the tour bubble below.

    Includes: all meals, 2 daily game drives or full day game drives with picnic lunch, accommodation, sun downer and night game drive, walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger, all non alcoholic drinks, beers, house wines, selected house spirits. | 3, 4, 5 days+

  2. Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Masai Mara

    Hot Air Balloon, Mara Bushtops Camp

    As a fantastic draw to Kenya, you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara to see some truly remarkable wildlife spectacles from a very unique perspective. Enjoy a stay at the Mara Bushtops Camp offering this incredible activity.

    The luxurious Mara Bushtops Camp is situated in a private Masai Mara conservancy offering you an exclusive experience with more privacy while at camp and while on safari.

    In addition to fantastic game drives to find elephants, rhinos, giraffes and many other animals, one of the best activity options is the hot air balloon ride for incredible memories of this iconic region.

    Float over the Masai Mara on a before-dawn hot air balloon ride. The flames from the burners inflate the craft and light the morning’s darkness, with the crew preparing the balloon for your adventure. The balloon rises with daybreak as the first glimpses of sunlight illuminate the savanna. You will then be on your adventure in the suspended basked beneath the balloon with your camera poised for some fantastic images.

    The flight over the Mara lasts around 60 minutes and we will drift where the wind takes us. There will be many opportunities for photographs or filming a unique angle on the animals. In keeping with true hot air ballooning tradition, your flight then ends with a champagne breakfast, which will be cooked where we land followed by a transfer back to your comfortable camp.

    To check availability for your travel dates, send your request to the Mara Bushtops Camp using the tour bubble below.

    Includes: all meals, 2 daily game drives or full day game drives with picnic lunch, accommodation, sun downer and night game drive, walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger, all non alcoholic drinks, beers, house wines, selected house spirits. | 3, 4, 5 days+

  3. Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi National Park, Kenya

    The main tourist attraction in Nairobi, the Nairobi National Park is unique as the only national park within a city boundary. From the edge of the city, you can even see giraffes in the distance. The wide open grasslands of the national park are backed by the city’s buildings and you can find a wide variety of iconic wildlife living here, such as lions, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas, buffalo, and a diversity of birdlife.

    A historically important protected area, this was Kenya’s first national park and is just 7 km south of the city. You can see the Ivory Burning Monument where the Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi made a statement for conservation by burning 12 tons of ivory at the site back in 1989. This was during a time when hunting of large animals in East Africa was at an all time high.

    Although a small national park at 117 square kilometers (28,963 acres), many animals call the park home and it’s the destination of choice for a great many migrating herbivores. The park is also home to one of Kenya’s healthiest rhino populations.

    The park joins to a conservation corridor for the Athi-Kapiti plains towards the south of the park making is such a draw for wildlife. In addition to the iconic larger animals, there are a number of others to be found here including ostriches, baboons, gazelles, eland, impala, and a very high diversity of birds. Including migrants, there are around 500 different bird species found within the park boundaries making it a great place for birders.

    The park includes a rhinoceros sanctuary, which was originally set up in 1963, which has become one of the most successful in Kenya. The Nairobi National Park is, therefore, one of the only places where visitors have an almost certain chance of seeing black rhinoceros in their natural habitat.

    For the best experience of Nairobi National Park, we recommend the Ololo Safari Lodge positioned with beautiful national park views. Head out on safaris from the lodge to enjoy incredible wildlife viewing then return to the luxurious comfort of the lodge and delicious meals.

    To learn more and check availability for your travel dates, send the Ololo Safari Lodge a message using the tour bubble below.

    Includes: airport transfers, full breakfasts, 2-course lunches, 3-course dinners, soft drinks, house wine, house beer, selected spirits, 2 daily Nairobi National Park game drives, guided walks to Anselm & Kitengela Hot Glass, guided farm tours. | 3, 4, 5 days+

  4. Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Positioned in the Rift Valley, Amboseli National Park is just southeast of Nairobi and is the second most popular protected area in Kenya after the Masai Mara National Reserve. One of the best places to see wild elephants, the Amboseli National Park is a world famous protected area among wildlife lovers and safari goers. The park covers 39,206 hectares and is located across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is world famous for how easy it is to see wild African elephants, but there is a lot more to see here. The park provides great opportunities to see different iconic African animals, including the elephants, buffalo, impala, kudu, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, and giraffes. Not only mammals, Amboseli is home to around 400 different species of birds, including kingfishers, raptors, and pelicans.

    In addition to incredible wildlife safaris, the park provides a great cultural experience where you can meet some of the Maasai and visit a traditional village. Of course, this is also a fantastic place to see the world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro. As the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is the jewel in the park and makes a fantastic backdrop while on safari, which is actually located just across the border in Tanzania.

    The habitats to enjoy in the park include savanna grasslands, wetlands, and woods. The scenery of the park is incredible and although the mountain itself can be obscured with could cover, the mountain often reveals itself at dawn and dusk. You will have some fantastic wildlife experiences within the park and you can choose to explore the park on game drives, horseback rides, and walking safaris. There are a number of fantastic lodges in the park, including some very comfortable luxury options.

    Some travel bloggers who visited the Amboseli National Park are Seattle from Seattlestravels.com and Helen from Heleninwonderlust.co.uk.

  5. Tsavo East National Park & Tsavo West National Park

    Tsavo National Park - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    When taken together, this is one of the largest national parks in Kenya and the Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest in the country. The park is named after the Tsavo River, which flows through the protected area. The park was split because of the railway that links Nairobi with Mombasa, which means you will have fantastic views on the train journey and opportunities for seeing different wild animals.

    There are a few different natural attractions in the park, such as the Yatta Plateau, which is the world’s longest lava flow at 290 km. You can also enjoy the Lugard Falls, which is a series of white water rapids on the Galana River. But the main attraction is the wildlife and you can see many of the African icons, such as the park’s famous Tsavo lions that lack the usual lion mane. Other animals to see include cheetah, buffalo, African hunting dog, elephants, duiker, gazelle, hyena, leopards, and a variety of others.

    In addition to the fantastic mammal sightings in the park, you can enjoy 500 different birds including kingfishers, hornbills, kestrels, buzzards, and ostriches.

    Tsavo East National Park
    This is the largest of the park sections and contains the flattest ground. The section contains the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. Because of the flatter area and lack of vegetation, it’s often easier to spot more wildlife in this section.

    Tsavo West National Park
    This section of the park contains more fascinating geography and is more mountainous. The area also contains more swamps and lakes, which makes it the favored section for bird watchers, but also for seeing some of the big game animals, such as elephants, rhino, hippo, lions, and leopards.

    There are some fantastic lodges to enjoy in both the Tsavo East National Park & Tsavo West National Park to make the most of your stay and to enjoy safaris to see the animals. Many of the lodges have a waterhole close-by, which means the wildlife comes to you.

    A travel blogger who visited Tsavo National Park is Katie from Storiesmysuitcasecouldtell.com.

  6. Visit Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria, Kenya

    Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake and is the jewel in the Great Rift Valley region. The lake then feeds the Nile River, which was one of the world’s longest and most historically significant rivers. The lake itself is shared by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania and plays an important role in each country.

    Named after Queen Victoria, the lake is only exceeded in size by Lake Superior and is a marvel to behold when standing on the lake shore. The lake area is home to a number of birds and contains around 200 different fish, including economically important species for the surrounding regions, such as the Tilapia. However, the wildlife here is quite sparse compared with nearby lakes, such as Lake Nakuru which we will mention next. You can, however, combine both these experiences on the same tour. Lake Victoria is the preferred place for relaxation and contains some beautiful islands where you enjoy tours around the lake to observe different birds and beautiful scenery.

    A travel blogger who visited Lake Victoria is Jonny from Backpackingman.com.

  7. Lake Nakuru

    Lake Nakuru, Kenya

    Lake Nakuru is one the most popular lakes of the Great Rift Valley and is protected in the Lake Nakuru National Park. The picturesque Lake Nakuru and national park is well known for abundant flamingos, rhino and fantastic scenery.

    There are different lodges near the lake that offer excellent tours. You will begin your excursion to Lake Nakuru after an early breakfast and will enjoy a drive to the Great Rift Valley. Although this is one of Kenya’s smallest national parks, many visitors regard it as one of the most attractive. The lake itself draws many different animals, such as the great and lesser flamingos, which are the stars of the area, but also a large number of rhino.

    In addition to the flamingos and many other birds, the other animals to see in the area include warthogs, baboons, hippos, and of course the rhinos. The word Nakuru itself means ‘dusty place’ in the local Maasai language and the park was established in 1961 and originally only included the lake itself, but now incorporates some of the surrounding savanna habitat. Some lucky visitors even see the area’s population of tree-climbing lions and there are about 50 individuals that roam the park.

    Some travel bloggers who visited Lake Nakuru are Moss & Rebecca from Fourjandals.com.

  8. Mombasa & Mombasa Island

    Beachside, Mombasa - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Mombasa island is on Kenya’s coast and located east from Nairobi through the Tsavo National Park if coming by railway, although you can also find the international airport on the island along with the city of Mombasa. The city itself is the second largest in Kenya after Nairobi and offers a warmer climate. From Mombasa, you have access to Kenya’s coastal areas and fantastic beaches.

    The world famous Kenyan coastline is fringed with palm trees and dotted with comfortable accommodation options. This provides a fantastic and contrasting place to relax after your Kenyan safari. You can enjoy attractive scenery, historical attractions, beautiful beaches, and diverse coral reefs.

    As Mombasa is a very busy port city, you can expect a bit of hustle and bustle but usually it’s still with a relaxed vibe. It’s one of the oldest settlements in East Africa and makes a fascinating place to absorb the continent’s history. Although there aren’t many defined tourist attractions in the city, one of the must-visit areas is Fort Jesus and the Old Town.

    Fort Jesus is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of eastern Africa’s oldest European buildings. With 2.5 metre (8 ft) thick stone walls, the fortress was built to be indestructible and became the focus of control for many power struggles on the east African coast. Later, the fort became a prison used by the British and was then converted to a museum, which now houses different artifacts to showcase the history of Mombasa and the regional culture.

    Some travel bloggers who visited Mombasa are Nick & Dariece from Goatsontheroad.com.

  9. Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves

    Samburu National Reserve - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Just north of Mount Kenya in a more arid part of Kenya, the three national reserves of Samburu, Shaba, and Buffalo Springs all border each other and are often regarded as the same protected area. The area includes woodland, a large amount of bushland, and grassland home to many different African icons, such as zebra, giraffe, bush elephants, oryx, buffalo, Masai lions, leopards, cheetah, and hyena. The rivers are then home to hippos and crocodiles. There are around 400 different birds to find in the area making it a great place for birders and there are even Somali ostriches commonly found within the reserves.

    The Shaba reserve is particularly good for fantastic scenery surrounding the Shaba Hill volcano and contains grassland and woodlands. The waterholes here are often visited by zebra and this particular section was the focus of the book and film Born Free and the movie Out of Africa making it a very popular tourist destination. Shaba is a bit greener than the Samburu area and doesn’t see as many giraffes or Grant’s Zebra. You can find warthogs, gazelles, kudu, oryx, and the larger prides of Masai lions, which are the stars of this section. Because of its arid nature, this is some of the best places in Kenya to see cheetah and ostrich.

    The wildlife here doesn’t match the impressive nature of southern parks, such as the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo protected areas but still makes a fascinating visit surrounded by beautiful scenery.

    The Shaba National Reserve is located at the eastern side of the total protected area with the Samburu Reserve to the west. Buffalo Springs National Reserve is then at the south west of the area just south of the river. Popularly, all off these sections are often combined under the umbrella of the Samburu protected area and despite being different reserves, you only need to pay one entrance fee to enjoy game drives that cross the sections.

    Some travel bloggers who visited the Samburu area are Lynn & Andy from Moneyleftfortravel.com and Helen from Heleninwonderlust.co.uk.

  10. Mombasa Marine National Park

    Kenya Beach - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    The Mombasa Marine National park is a protected area of coastal water, including the coastal mangroves and Indian Ocean territorial waters. It contains different coral reefs with an abundance of animal life, which covers around 200 km² (49,400 acres). The park is very close to the tourist hubs and makes a fantastic trip for some excellent snorkeling and diving experiences.

    This area and other Kenyan reefs are ranked as one of the world’s top dive sites along with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The park’s water at the surface is usually warm and stays between 25°C and 31°C adding to its attraction, which combines with the coconut palms, blue waters, and golden sandy beaches. People enjoy a range of activities in the area, including snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, and water skiing.

    The wildlife you’re likely to encounter includes different colorful fish, such as lionfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and zebrafish; as well as sea turtles, colorful crabs, sea urchins, starfish, octopus, jellyfish, and migratory birds. The main reason for the park’s protection was to conserve the fantastic coral reefs that stretch 143 miles (230 km) along the coastline and accommodate the impressive biodiversity. There are a lot of different corals to find here with a diversity of shapes and colors. In addition to the wildlife and warm water, you can also enjoy wreck diving and even night diving from some of the diving tours available.

  11. Visit Nairobi

    Fruit Market, Nairobi - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Kenya’s capital and largest city, Nairobi is the base for many tourists visiting Kenya for their African safari experience on the Masai Mara or other protected area. As the city’s main tourist attractions, there is even the Nairobi National Park within the city boundary, which we will mention next in a bit more detail.

    Nairobi was initially established as a rail depot by the British and grew to become the country’s capital. This is now a vibrant and culture-filled city with fantastic restaurants and attractions, including the national museum, orphanages for various animals, the nearby national park, and some fascinating buildings.

    For safety concerns, you should have your wits about you in the city as like any city in impoverished areas, crime can be an issue and we recommend that you avoid walking around at night. But if you pay attention to your surroundings and stay sensible, you can have a fantastic few days here before or after your safari.

    The Nairobi National Museum is an interesting place to visit to learn about Kenya’s natural and cultural history and there are many different anthropological items on display. You can also visit the museum’s botanical garden and restaurants to enjoy a few hours in the city center.

    There are some great shopping areas, such as the Masai market to haggle over different crafts and souvenirs. There are also a few art galleries to visit, cultural centers, tea and coffee houses, and a butterfly house.

    A travel blogger who visited Nairbobi is Mark from Migrationology.com.

    You can enjoy guided tours of Nairobi as well as the wildlife-rich Nairobi National Park by enjoying a stay at the very comfortable Ololo Safari Lodge.

    Includes: airport transfers, full breakfasts, 2-course lunches, 3-course dinners, soft drinks, house wine, house beer, selected spirits, 2 daily Nairobi National Park game drives, guided walks to Anselm & Kitengela Hot Glass, guided farm tours. | 3, 4, 5 days+

  12. The Ruins of Gedi

    Kenya’s most incredible cultural and historical attraction, the ruins are located in the village of Gedi, which is in turn near the town of Malindi. The ruins are the remains of a Swahili town that thrived sometime between the 13th and 17th centuries.

    Mysteriously, there are no records of the town aside from the evidence of its existence unearthed over a ten year period between 1948 and 1958 showing a population of Muslim inhabitants that were involved in world trade. Excavators found a Ming vase from China, a lamp from India, and even beads from Italy. The excavation showed that the town reached around 2500 people, and as dedication to this previously unknown town, a museum was constructed to showcase the artifacts and to pay homage to the inhabitants.

    Hidden in the forest and strangely unknown to Portuguese traders at the time, Gedi sits on the coast and backs into the forest. Baobabs and magnificent buttress-rooted trees dot the area and the ruins of the site include a mosque, stone built houses, and a palace. These structures give some indication to the people who inhabited the town. Not only do the buildings give insight into the people, but also the town’s technological advancement for the time. The houses contained flush toilets and the bathrooms had drains with gutters even lining the town’s streets. Wells were used to provide water for the inhabitants and the material to build the houses was sourced from the nearby coral reef.

    The ruins were incorporated into a national park in 1948 and continues to be a very popular tourist attraction and is open until 6pm. Although the town was abandoned for unknown reasons, there is now a population of guenon monkeys that have taken over the site and are known to commonly interact with tourists.

  13. The Giraffe Center

    Giraffe Manor - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Another must-visit attraction to see, the center cares for different Rothschild giraffes as part of a breeding program to help restock national parks and aid the conservation of giraffe populations. Happily, the sanctuary has had high success and is now a major tourist attraction in Nairobi.

    Thanks to the founders who established the breeding sanctuary back in 1979, the center has provided many breeding pairs of giraffes to several protected areas in Kenya. As well as the breeding pairs, young calves born at the sanctuary are also introduced into the parks.

    The main draw of the center for visitors is the raised observation platform where people can feed the giraffes. To add a little diversity, the center is also inhabited by a number of warthogs that live happily with their larger long-necked friends. Visitors can even stay at the Giraffe Manor to enjoy an immersive giraffe-experience for your stay in Nairobi.

    The Giraffe center is about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from Nairobi center and makes the perfect activity if you find yourself in Nairobi for a few days before or after your African safari.

    Not only actively involved in Kenya’s conservation programs, the sanctuary also has different education programs for Kenyan schoolchildren as part of the community outreach program. Visitors can hear about the work the center is doing in the auditorium to enjoy talks about giraffe conservation and the center’s various programs, such as the annual environmental competition for local children.

    As an additional surprise, the center contains a 95 acre nature sanctuary, which is composed of both Ngong and Ololua forest, including the Gogo River. You can enjoy a trail walk through the forest to see different monkeys, warthogs, and antelope. Of course, the center also includes a tea house with wonderful views of the giraffes to enjoy a light meal and drink.

    Some travel bloggers who visited the Giraffe Center are Deepa & Jayant from Wheelsonourfeet.com and Nicola from Travelpennies.com.

  14. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    Maasai - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an example of a successful protected area of community conservation. Located in northern Kenya, the 62,000 acre (250 km2) area can be enjoyed on guided game drives to see a range of wildlife, including lions, zebra, leopards, elephants, cheetah, buffalo, and both white and black rhino. The conservancy’s birdlife is also fantastic for keen bird watchers and you can spot about 350 different species within the conservancy

    As well as the game drives, you can also enjoy fascinating wildlife walks in the sanctuary led by our highly trained wildlife guides to spot some fantastic animals and plants. It’s the walking safaris that the conservancy prides itself on.

    While out in the conservancy, you can enjoy the wildlife blinds that were set up to improve your wildlife watching and photography opportunities to see elephants, waterbuck, and other animals drinking from the marsh.

    After your adventures in the sanctuary, you can relax with some massages and beauty treatments at the lodge. As a way to relax while enjoying the incredible wildlife and surroundings, you can also choose to have bush meals in the wild to enjoy some freshly cooked local dishes while watching traditional Maasai dancers. The conservancy also includes the Ngare Ndare Forest where you can see elusive colobus monkeys and the fascinating flora of the forest.

  15. Hell’s Gate National Park

    Zebra - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    Hell’s Gate National Park is famous for its steam geysers and geology. The area also has some fascinating wildlife and is well known for the many great areas to see birds of prey, such as the raptors. You can hike down the gorge to see the hot springs and if you choose to visit from Loldia House, you can enjoy a guided walk with one of the resident naturalist guides.

    Just south of Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park was named after a narrow passage in the cliffs, which was once a waterway that fed early humans in the Rift Valley.

    The protected area is a great place to see spectacular scenery with some incredible natural features. This is also a great place to enjoy a variety of activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, and visiting the natural hot pools.

    The red cliffs and grasslands provide a fantastic backdrop while you walk among the different wildlife, such as herds of zebra, antelope, and gazelles. Although the large predators here are rarely seen, some visitors do get lucky and you have chance opportunities to see lions, leopards, and cheetah. In addition to the large mammals, there are around 100 different birds you can see in Hell’s Gate including the rare bearded vulture, as the reserve provides one of the country’s remaining strongholds for the species.

    The park also contains the Olkaria Geothermal Plant, which is hoped to provide around half of the country’s energy needs by sustainable energy. The plant doesn’t affect the area’s beauty and the minimal environmental impact will be considerably outweighed by saving the country needing more damaging energy sources.

    Some travel bloggers who visited Hell’s Gate National Park are Deepa & Jayant from Wheelsonourfeet.com and Moss & Rebecca from Fourjandals.com.

  16. Haller Park

    Located in Mombasa on Kenya’s coastline, Haller Park was a chance foundation that started when Dr. Rene Haller noticed some millipedes feeding on dry casuarina needles in a quarry area. He decided to introduce hundreds of these red legged millipedes with the idea that they may re-engineer the forest.

    Haller Park now provides homes for a variety of animals and plants, but also functions as a relaxation destination for visitors. It took around 10 years before significant changes occurred and after 20 years the humus layer had a depth of 10 cm.

    The animals that seem to have taken particularly well in the newly reformed habitat and have been playing important roles in succession are different birds, insects, and vervet monkeys. Some larger mammals were then introduced by Haller to provide different functions, such as eland and oryx.

    The park is a fantastic place to visit for a glimpse at the potential of conservation and restoration, but also is popular with animal lovers in its own right. The park is now home to giraffes, hippos, Cape buffalo, zebra, and over 160 different birds. The park reached fame thanks to a 130 year old tortoise named Mzee adopting an orphaned hippopotamus named Owen.

    The birds in the park include pelicans, cranes, and weaver birds. There are areas to ride your bicycle and walking trails that wind through the different gardens, reptile park, crocodile pens, and butterfly house.

    A travel blogger who visited Haller Park is Maria from Onegirlonesuitcase.com.

  17. Arabuko Sokoke National Park

    The Arabuko Sokoke National Park is a coastal protected area of forest about 100 km north of Mombasa and contains a lot of endemic species, including different mammals, birds, and plants. The forest here is regarded as one of the best preserved in the country and protects a few different forest types, which are each home to their different communities.

    The endemic species that live in the park include a number of birds such as the Sokoke pipit, Amani sunbird, and spotted ground thrush. There are also different shrews and duiker. As well as these endemic animals, you can find elephants, baboons, vervet monkeys, and others.

    The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest itself extends beyond the park and is the largest remaining tract of native coastal forest in East Africa. You can access the area from the small town of Watamu, which is just 10 km from the forest. You can enjoy a visitor information center at the Gede Forest Station and will then have access to a number of trails around the forest.

    This forest merges with the mangroves, which you can explore on boat trips. The mangroves are visited by a number of birds, including flamingos and the area is an important breeding area for a number of different fish.

  18. Lake Naivasha

    Lake Naivasha, Kenya

    Just northwest of Nairobi and southeast of Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha is the highest lake in the Great Rift Valley and offers a fantastic place to observe some of the 400 different birds in the region. You can spot various animals on game drives and river cruises, such as the hippos and different birds.

    Enjoy cruises on the lake to spot cormorants, pelicans, herons, kingfishers, and eagles. The other birds include jacanas, egrets, bee-eaters, and storks. You will then see the millions of greater and lesser flamingos at the lake edges.

    With a surface area of 139 km², when standing on one side of the lake you cannot even see the other other. The name Naivasha is derived from a word in the the Maasai language meaning rough water as sudden storms can occur on the lake.

    In addition to being a great lake for tourists, this is the only economically important inland lake in Kenya with horticulture and floriculture businesses. Because it’s such a great area for these industries, the balance is starting to be thrown. Kenya supplies a lot of the flowers used by Europe and much of this industry is around the lake. There are some changes to the lake, which have started to mobilize conversation groups. For instance, the flamingos should really only visit salt lakes such as the nearby Lake Nakuru and their presence indicates some major changes.

    A travel blogger who visited Lake Naivasha is Jonny from Backpackingman.com.

  19. Visit Lamu Old Town

    Lamu, Kenya

    Nestled on the enchanting island of Lamu, off the East African coast, lies a treasure that has stood the test of time — Lamu Old Town. This remarkable enclave is a living testament to the region’s rich history and cultural heritage. As the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, Lamu Old Town exudes an air of authenticity that transports visitors to a bygone era.

    The town’s architecture, built with the resilient coral stone and mangrove timber, is a harmonious blend of simplicity and sophistication. Its structural forms are adorned with inner courtyards, intricate verandas, and ornate wooden doors, each telling a story of craftsmanship and artistry. Lamu’s legacy stretches back centuries, having played a pivotal role in trade, culture, and education. Its legacy as a center of Islamic and Swahili studies is unrivaled, hosting renowned religious festivals and cultural gatherings since the 19th century.

    Lamu’s allure is more than its stunning architecture and history—it’s the convergence of cultures that have woven together over 700 years. The town’s streets, a labyrinthine web, echo Arab traditions of urban development, leading explorers through an intricate tapestry of alleys and passages. As you approach from the sea, the stone buildings along the waterfront create a captivating tableau, punctuated by arched arcades and open verandas.

    Amidst this timeless backdrop, Lamu continues to thrive, its heartbeat echoing with traditions that have remained steadfast. A cradle of Swahili civilization, Lamu is a beacon of unity and cohesion, where traditional values are embraced, and cultural heritage is preserved with authenticity.

  20. Bomas of Kenya

    Clearly a very tourist-focused affair but still an enjoyable day out, the attraction offers a miniature version of Kenya. The bomas are located just 10 km from Nairobi center close to the famous Nairobi National Park. You will enjoy a glimpse of different Kenyan cultures from all across the country to give you a grounding in the country’s identity. Because of this, it’s a must-visit attraction for any visitor.

    The Bomas of Kenya show the country’s culture through the different group’s music, dances, crafts and ways they live. The word ‘bomas’ itself is a Swahili word for home and each ‘bomas’ shows the culture of a particular traditional group. The houses themselves are styled in a traditional African manner in an ancestral fashion.

    See the items and houses on display themselves, but also the shows of traditional dances and acrobatic displays. These are shown each day at certain times, which differ between weekdays and weekends.

    Located near the main gate of Nairobi National Park, the dances and shows are adapted from the 16 major tribal groups that live across Kenya, including Embu drumming, Kalenjin warrior dances, and Swahili taarab music.

    The area was founded by the Kenyan government as a way to preserve and promote ethnic identities, while also providing a tourist attraction as a way to educate visitors about Kenya’s cultural identity.

    The homes themselves and the cultural displays are accompanied by a large play area for young children and a small craft shop to buy souvenirs from your visit.

  21. Diani Beach

    Diani Beach is Kenya’s main beach destination and is about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Mombasa. The beach itself is 10 kilometres (6 miles) long and the beach waters are perfect for paddling.

    The water is crystal clear, warm, shallow and turquoise blue with palm trees and other vegetation dotting the coast. The sand itself is then soft and white creating the postcard-perfect beach everyone dreams of. The beach itself is the main attraction and its white sands are popular for relaxation and also various activities, such as kite boarding. The beach is very attractive for surfers and you can also explore the coral reefs, which are only 10 minutes by boat away. For land-based activities, you can enjoy spotting the colobus monkeys in the nearby forests.

    Along the coast you can find comfortable hotels, top shopping centers, and high-class restaurants. The area attracts a diverse crowd and has accommodation, restaurants, and things to do to suit each visitor. Enjoy some of the best hotels in Kenya with fantastic ocean views or choose a budget backpacking tree house to enjoy a day of kitesurfing and other activities.

    The Diani Beach Road runs parallel to the beach but is separated from the sands by the Diani Forest and the road is also a popular area lined with the different establishments. This is also where many joggers and cyclists choose to get their morning exercise. The sandwiched forest is then a great place to see birds and enjoy the different forest trails to see the hardwood trees, butterflies, and the vervet and colobus monkeys.

  22. The Jambo Kenya Deluxe (Nairobi – Mombasa)

    The train journey connecting Nairobi and Mombasa is one of the world’s best journeys by rail. Step back into the 1950s as you board the train to enjoy classical comfort on a historical journey. Enjoy a three-course dinner service and a cooked breakfast on the overnight train journey as you pass through some fantastic areas of Kenya. See impressive scenery, enjoy passing local communities to see normal Kenyan life, and as the main attraction, pass through the middle of the impressive Tsavo National Park to spot different iconic African wildlife.

    The Jambo Kenya Deluxe provides a comfortable and classical way to make the journey to and from Mombasa. You can even enjoy a safari experience as part of your travel to spot zebra, giraffes, elephants, and ostriches from the comfort of your cabin as you sip on your wine in the dining car. Because this is an old train, you should be prepared that the train is starting to show its age, such as the odd light not working and some of the china is chipped.

  23. Mount Kenya

    The mountain that named a country, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and the second largest in Africa after Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is about 150 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Over 10,000 people visit the park each year to see the site.

    The mountain formed around 3 million years ago and the highest peak is named Batian at 5,199 meters high. Around 715 km2 around the mountain has been protected in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mount Kenya National Park.

    The reason for the protection was to conserve the area’s biodiversity, increase tourism to the area, and to protect the scenic beauty of the mountain and surrounding habitats.

    There are a total of three major peaks in the central area and 12 remaining glaciers lay on the mountains, which are all receding. The habitats included in the park contain a number of animals, such as elephants, buffalo, zebra, and rhino.

    Climbers are increasingly turning to Mount Kenya for their African climbing experience as Kilimanjaro becomes too crowded. Not only will you escape the crowds, but the mountain can offer more interesting scenery with the many different lakes and a higher diversity of animals and plants to see en-route.

  24. Food

    Kenyan food is delicious and as usual with African cuisine usually means barbecued meat, but there are diversity of dishes with a range of flavors. The staple food for many Kenyans living inland is a carbohydrate rich cornmeal bread called ugali, which is often served with a stew or vegetables. However, there are a range of others flavors, snacks, and dishes on offers.

    The most often eaten meats are goat or sheep, but the cities have also adopted western foods with many local hamburger places dotted around. The different regions have their own main dishes with goat, fish, chicken, beans, and root vegetables featuring prominently across the cuisine. One of the most famous dishes in Kenya is called Irio, which is a mix of mashed potatoes and peas served with a heavy stew. Other dishes include roasted and barbecued meats, flavored rice, Kenyan styled bajis, flatbreads, and sausages. You will find a lot of Indian influence around the Lake Victoria region and this area is often reported to have the best Indian food outside of India.

  25. Visit Lake Bogoria

    Lake Bogoria - Top Tourist Attractions in Kenya

    A very scenic and attractive area to visit, Lake Bogoria is a salt lake in a volcanic region of Kenya and is a little south of the Rift Valley. Because of the water, the lake is very attractive for lesser flamingos and the area was turned into the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Here you will find one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingos and it makes an excellent day trip.

    The lake is quite shallow and is famous for its hot springs and geysers due to its location in a volcanic area. The geysers erupt to about 5 meters high making for quite a spectacle and at one location around the lake you can find 10 in the same area, which means the lake is home to the highest concentration of true geysers in the whole of Africa.

    In addition to the scenery and abundant flamingos, the lake is famous for the reflections of the Laikipia escarpment. The flamingos are also not the only wildlife you will see here, as you also stand a good chance of spotting kudu, a majestic and famous African antelope.

Ash - Author & Travel Advisor About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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