From the traditional people and cultures to the food, outdoor experiences and their picture-perfect wildlife beauty, Kenya is the Africa of your dreams. Exploring this country should be on everyone's bucket list, as there are some magical attractions that will take your breath away.
Here are some of the unique attractions:
Mount Kenya is an impressive 17 057 feet tall and is known to be the second-highest mountain in Africa. This is a favourite as this ancient volcano has been eroded by ice for thousands of years. For any mountain climbers, this mountain will be a real treat for you as it offers many challenges. From lighter areas to more strenuous climbs, this is well-worth the attempt if you are visiting Kenya. As you can expect, this beautiful attraction is also home to many of Africa’s most precious wildlife and vegetation species. Some of the animals you can expect to see are waterbuck, elephant, rhino, buffalo and more.
Any adventurous traveller who has explored Kenya before will be familiar with the Great Rift Valley. This attraction runs from Northern Syria to Central Mozambique. It is home to around 12 volcanoes and seven lakes. With countless lakes and gorges to experience along the way, birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts will absolutely love this experience. For one, it’s always so colourful and soul-soothing, and two, it will open up your eyes to a completely new, indescribable experience. Other exciting attractions which are bound to be recognised are the backdrops for the Lion King and the Lara Croft movies. These movies were set in the unusual Hell’s Gate National Park. It’s honestly a whole new world out there. On route down the valley, you will also experience a handful of hot and cold waterfalls.
Any elephant fans? You’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the ‘Land of the Giants’. The Amboseli National Park is home to the iconic African Elephant which can weigh anything up to six tonnes. Although beautiful, the opportunity to observe these creatures up-close can be extremely overwhelming. This park is picturesque, thanks to its lush green fields and dusty areas. Together they create the perfect contrast. Apart from elephant watching, the rest of the Big Five can also be seen. Perfect for photo opportunities.
Situated on the Kenyan coast, Mombasa is perfect for a beach holiday. Switching things up from the more traditional safari holiday, Mombasa is the second most lively city in Kenya, and is mostly known for its historical offerings as well as the beach life. Individuals can expect to soak up some African sun while enjoying a dip in the Indian ocean, scuba diving or snorkelling. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious getaway or you can only afford to backpack your way through Kenya, this city offers tourist attractions to suit every budget and lifestyle.
Lake Nakuru is known to attract large flocks of flamingos. Sometimes more than a million at a time. Crazy to think, but it’s not called the greatest bird spectacle on Earth for nothing. The very-shallow lake is famous for these birds, as well as a rich diversity of other wildlife like lions, leopards, warthogs, waterbuck, snakes and rhinos. The park’s landscape is massive, with areas that go from rocky cliffs to long stretches of grasslands. The park also protects the largest euphorbia candelabrum forest in Africa, which really provides an interesting textural element to the arid landscapes.
This reserve has quickly become one of the most visited places in the country. And rightly so. Wildlife and nature lovers can expect to see the Big Five roaming around, showcasing their natural beauty in the most incredible setting. It’s because of sights like these that Kenyan safaris have become a must-do for locals and tourists alike. The star attraction of the Mara is, of course, the Great Migration where you’ll be able to observe millions of wildebeests making their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania, across the Mara River. This is something that can only be appreciated once you see it in real life. Truly spectacular!
One of the greatest things about Kenya tourist attractions is being given the opportunity to explore a way of life that you haven’t experienced before, or never knew existed. With so much wildlife, reserves and world-renowned attractions to explore, a trip to Kenya will leave an impression on your life, changing the way you perceive these cultures and environments. It’s honestly such an unforgettable experience.