What are the top ten things to do in Kenya?
For many travelers, a safari in Kenya is the highlight of their trip – after all, you cannot get a more exhilarating and enriching wildlife experience than witnessing the Great Migration of the Masai Mara. But the beauty of Kenya lies in the fact that it offers much more than wildlife viewing. Experience outdoor adventures, beach relaxation and lively culture and history – there are so many quintessential Kenyan experiences that make a trip to this country in East Africa a must-do!
The capital city of Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa and beckons with its wealth of options – immerse yourself in African life in Nairobi with colorful street markets, authentic African cuisine, and buzzing nightlife. There’s also the Nairobi National Park to visit in Nairobi as well as museums like the Nairobi National Museum and wildlife centers that provide an immersive experience in Kenyan traditions and, of course, African wildlife! If you want a break from a safari, head to Mombasa with its stunning beaches and architectural and cultural treasures.
If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Kenya, how to decide which safari to opt for and the best way to organize your trip, our destination experts are waiting to help! Here is a list of the top things to do in Kenya curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Kenya travels!
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1Witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara
The ultimate adventure on Kenya safaris! Witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara National Reserve, where millions of antelopes, zebras, and wildebeest cross the savanna landscape from July to October. Witness dramatic crossings over the crocodile-infested Mara River, one of the best things to do in Kenya.
A safari in The Masai Mara is a quintessential African experience – expect a stunning landscape of savannah grasslands and acacia trees filled with wildlife through the year and not just during the Great Migration. On a safari, you will see a host of animals, from lions, herds of elephants and giraffe to hyena, huge Nile crocodiles, and, of course cheetahs and leopards and many other animals!
In the conservation areas surrounding the Masai Mara, you can also embark on beautiful bush walks, visit colorful local markets, and Maasai villages. You can also choose to be part of a very special walking safari in the Masai Mara – during which you can stay overnight at camp, sleep under the stars and cook under the stars as well, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush!
2See the Big Five in Tsavo East National Park
With a little luck you can see the Big Five in Tsavo East National Park! This park is less developed than its western counterpart. Hippos and crocodiles are also found here and you can also spot giraffe, dik diks and zebras that venture to the watering holes in the dry summer months. The variety of species and the endless bush landscapes are a highlight during your trip to Africa
Tsavo East National Park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in the world and it is largely easy to spot game from afar, here, thanks to the landscape. Also visit the scenic Livingstone Falls on the Galana River, with is scenic surrounds of palm trees and the Yatta escarpment in the background.
3Enjoy a beach vacation in north Kenya
The northern coast of Kenya, traversed by dream beaches, is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures and relaxation. Discover a colorful underwater world when you go snorkeling, or soak up the sun on one of the palm-lined beaches.
Tucked away from the tourist crowds, some of these beaches have been described as the most beautiful beaches in the world! They include Diani Beach, Gallu Beach, Tiwi Beach, Msambweni (with its long reefs), and Malindi. Apart from watersports also enjoy sunset dhow trips, birdwatching and guided forest walks. The coastal town of Mombasa, with its diverse cultural influences, is also a popular beach destination.
4Go birdwatching at Amboseli National Park
Bird watching in the Amboseli National Park is particularly varied due to the 400 plus native bird species. The park at the foot of the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro is also one of the best places to see African elephants.
The Amboseli landscape is replete with swamps, plains, woodlands and bush country, all supporting diverse wildlife and birdlife. Apart from game drives, immerse yourself in the scenic surrounds as you embark on bushwalks.
5Marvel at the flamingos at Lake Nakuru
Witnessing the flamingos at Lake Nakuru is a very special natural spectacle. Over one million of these graceful birds can be found fishing in the lake for their feast of delicious algae.
Get up close with the wildlife and birdlife in this region as you head out on game drives.
6Visit the charming town of Lamu
The old town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The unique architecture reflects Portuguese, Arabic and Indian influences. This almost car-free town has preserved its charm to this day and is particularly interesting if you are seeking more of a cultural tour of Kenya.
Lamu is the oldest surviving Swahili town in Kenya. Much of its old-world charm, culture and traditions have been carefully preserved, adding to its appeal. The streets are only wide enough for donkeys and pedestrians! A truly unique and relaxing experience!
7Go hiking on Mount Kenya
If you are yearning the great outdoors then we recommend a hike in the foothills of Mount Kenya, Kenya’s second-highest mountain. In addition to the fantastic views of this snow-capped mountain range, you may also see rare rhinos.
Savor walks around the peak during which you can admire the stunning surrounds in this truly scenic region in East Africa – one of the top things to do in Kenya.
8Make the journey to Lake Turkana
An insider tip from our experts in Africa: The journey to the remote Lake Turkana is painstaking, but a most worthwhile adventure. Once you have made it, the world’s largest desert lake awaits you, surrounded by a surreal landscape.
Be on your guard for sharp teeth! Nowhere else in Africa are there so many Nile crocodiles as in Lake Turkana!
9See elephants in Samburu
In the rough and rocky landscape of Samburu, you can witness giant elephant herds that follow centuries-long hiking trails.
On the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, numerous other animal species find shelter from the dazzling heat of northern Kenya, including rare Grevy zebras and Beisa antelopes. There are many things to do here – apart from game drives, embark on walking safaris understand local culture as you discover the villages of the Samburu people.
10Visit the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi
Fans of the book ‘Out of Africa‘ should plan a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi. This is where the shootings of the movie of the same name were filmed. You will not only learn about the life of the famous Danish author but also the changing history of Kenya. One of the top things to do in Kenya.
There are a host of other attractions that make Nairobi a must-visit city. They include the Nairobi National Park – a short drive away from the CBD in Nairobi – here you can marvel at the sight of lions against the backdrop of skyscrapers! For other exciting wildlife experiences in Nairobi, visit the Giraffe Center where you can feed giraffes or head to the David Sheldrick Center and animal orphanage where you can get up close and personal with baby elephants. The nearby Ngong Hills beckon with the prospect of walks and sundowners amid scenic surrounds.
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