No other country conjures a sense of adventure and romance quite like Kenya! Located in the heart of Africa, Kenya is home to early human civilization. The mesmerizing landscapes, expansive terrains, and diverse wildlife make Kenya the best place to visit for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. In today’s post, we are listing down some of the most fascinating attractions and sights in Kenya you simply cannot miss during your vacation:
1. The Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve is a 1,510 square kilometers game reserve located in Narok County. This massive animal sanctuary is home to some of the most diverse wild life! The park is named after the red-cloaked Maasai people. And for centuries, Maasai people leave their animals here to graze.
The park is best known for the Great Migration. Each year, thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle travel from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara for water and food during the dry months. And once the wildebeests and zebras come to the Maasai plains, so do the dozens of predators such as hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, and leopard!
2. Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is a stunning lake that lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya. The lake is a protected animal sanctuary. In fact, the park protects the largest euphorbia candelabrum forest in Africa. Lake Nakuru is also home to 450 species of birds and hundreds of fish species. Lake Nakuru is also an important water source for other wildlife including lions, leopards, warthogs, waterbucks, pythons, and white rhinos!
What’s unique about Lake Nakuru is the sheer number of exotic wild animals that come in for food or water. The sweeping grasslands and the stunning landscapes serve as a glorious backdrop for picture taking.
Located on Lamu Island, Lamu is a small town that sits about 341 kilometers to the northeast of Mombasa. The town is Kenya’s oldest inhabited town (dating back to the 12th century) and is one of the first Swahili settlements in east Africa. Lamu is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The town features of labyrinthine of streets, unique architecture with strong Middle Eastern, European, and Indian influences, and hidden courtyards. Stepping into Lamu is like going back in time. At every turn, the rich trading history of the island is evident. If you are in town, we recommend visiting the Lamu museum, the Lamu fort, and the Donkey Sanctuary.
4. Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is located on the highest point of the Great Rift Valley. It is home to over 400 species of birds, including the African fish eagle. Lake Naivasha is also teeming with other wildlife. At any time of the day, you will see hippos, giraffes, zebra, buffalo, and eland sloshing in the water or grazing.
There is a popular wildlife nature trail near the lake at Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. The trail transverses to various points of the terrain that surround the lake, including climbing opportunities to Kenya’s two extinct volcanoes and exploring Hell’s Gate Gorge!
Mombasa is Kenya’s second most popular city. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself with the Kenyan culture, get to know the locals and party the night away! You can explore historical sights and visit museums, hit the beach and work on your tan or engage in any water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming!