There is so much beauty in Kenya. One has to see for oneself. I’m lucky, I’ve had the chance to visit Kenya a few times, and I always come away amazed at the astonishing beauty that Kenya is. Kenya is a land of diverse and varied landscapes, the purest air and the most amazing wildlife. If you’re thinking about visiting Kenya, let me tell you that you absolutely have to; and if you need a list of top ten things to do while you’re there, here’s mine.
You cannot visit Kenya without visiting Nairobi, literally. You get into and out of Kenya from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, named after the first President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. Nairobi is a vibrant city, home not just to people, but wildlife as well, with a National Park in its midst. It’s good to be cautious if traveling as a tourist. Traffic can be a real headache as well. I got to visit a police station on my first trip there, as some of my clients were unfortunate victims of theft, that too in the secured parking lot of a mall with a popular Indian restaurant.
Do visit the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre; a chance to interact with the animals is awesome.
For meat lovers, a stop at Carnivore restaurant is a must; taste a variety of different meats, right off the steak. Only certain types of meat are allowed for consumption.
2. Aberdare National Park
A Park in the centrally northern region of Kenya, this park has a variety of wildlife, however, no lions. A beautiful landscape, the accommodation offered here is different from the rest of Kenya and a nice experience.
3. Mount Kenya National Park
This is a UNESCO World Heritage sight; home to the mighty Mt Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya. If you’re fit enough, you can do a trek to the top.
4. Ol Pejeta Conservancy
A game drive in this park gives you the chance to see the last surviving northern white rhinos, a must for your top ten in Kenya.
A visit to the park’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary tells you about how these chimps are rescued from all over Africa.
You must also visit the Rhino Conservation Centre where you can meet Baraka, a blind black Rhino.
5. Lake Naivasha
Known for its varied bird life and hippos, Lake Naivasha is a must do for your holiday to Kenya.
A boat ride on the lake is an awesome way to see these winged creatures; followed by a walk on Crescent Island among the herbivores (so no chances of becoming prey).
You learn as you roam along with giraffe, zebra, deer and a variety of birds. Be prepared for quite a bit of walking though. 😉
6. Lake Nakuru
Famous for it’s Rhino and Flamingos, this alkaline lake is a great place to visit and about three and a half hours away from Nairobi.
Also see Cape Buffalo, giraffe, zebra and other wildlife.
The Acacia trees grow so tall that the giraffe and rhino grazing below them look like ants.
7. Masai Mara
The vast open plains of the Mara, home to the big five and more, is a definite must do for your list of top ten things to do in Kenya. The Wildebeest migration from July to October is a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.
Get as close to nature as possible, but do remember that the animals have right of way…
Lionesses rest with their cubs under the shade of a tree.
While some of them prefer getting some sun.
Masai Mara is also perfect for Hot Air Ballooning, an experience that would take your breath away! Although I only got a chance to see this from afar and just take pics, I’m sure the actual experience is really exhilarating.
Although I haven’t had a chance to visit this Park yet, it is also known for its wildlife. Located in the northern region on Kenya, it is more like a desert. The Giraffe and Zebra here are a slightly different species than their counterparts in the Mara.
9. Amboseli National Park
This park is known for its large Elephant population and for having the best views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (on a clear day that is).
A contrast with Masai Mara, the landscape here is more dry and arid, but has plenty to see.
Ostrich and Zebra are seen among loads of other wildlife that you can see there.
Sun and sand! Known for its white sandy beaches and plethora of water sport activities, Mombasa is good for some rest and relaxation after the other safaris.
Don’t forget to visit the famous Fort Jesus, built by King Philip I of Portugal in the late 1500’s, between 1593 and 1596, and later invaded by the Arabs in 1698.
Now that you’ve read my list of top ten things to do in Kenya, tell me what you think of it? Did you enjoy visiting Kenya as much as I did? Or are you planning on visiting soon? What’s on your top ten?