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Best Places to Visit! (Travel Monday)


Kenya is a stunning, majestic country that’s often overlooked by tourists. Why? Perhaps because it is right next door to the much more popular safari destinations of Tanzania and Uganda.

Nevertheless, Kenya has plenty to offer in its own right. Come visit and you will see stunningly diverse landscapes, as well as vibrant cities with vibrant cultures, and plenty of wildlife.

If you intend to visit here anytime soon, or are even dreaming about going someday soon; don’t miss out on seeing these amazing Kenya travel spots!


Sibiloi National Park

Sibiloi National Park is a game reserve in Laikipia, Kenya. It is located in the Great Rift Valley and is the home of the Sable Antelope.

The park has an elevation of 2500 meters above sea level and covers an area of 6300 sq km. Moreover, it is surrounded by Mount Kenya to the east; Samburu National Reserve to its south; Buffalo Springs National Reserve to its west, and Shaba National Reserve to its north.

Love wildlife? Well, you will love the views here! Many animals live in this natural haven, such as: black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes, etc.

 

Kisite Marine National Park and Reserve

Kisite Marine National Park and Reserve is a marine park in Laikipia County, Kenya. It is on the shores of Lake Baringo and was established in May 1984 to protect one of Kenya’s few remaining coastal forests.

The park is famous for its Baobab trees (Adansonia digitata). These trees are well known for their massive size and age, some dating back more than 3000 years!

Furthermore, the forest also hosts many birds, fish, and mammals, including leopards, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants. These wonderful creatures come down from nearby Mount Elgon to drink at the lake during dry seasons.

 

Tana River

Who doesn’t love seeing breath-taking bodies of water? If seeing such views are apart of your vacation plans, then you must make your way to the Tana River!

The Tana River is a river in both, Kenya and Tanzania. It is the longest river within Kenya’s borders and has its source in Mount Kilimanjaro.

The river flows through the Tana River Delta, which separates it from Lake Victoria, before flowing into Lake Natron near Moshi. From here, it moves northwards and meets up with Tanzania at its border before heading into the Indian Ocean.

Tana River is an important water source for people along its banks and wildlife such as hippopotamus, crocodiles, and many species of birds who inhabit this area year round or seasonally migrate there during certain months to feed on fish that live there all year long!


Kenya Travel Tips: Kit Mikayi

Now let us head East, because oftentimes the best travel destinations are “off the path;” or not where most travelers may decide to go. If you venture out a bit you will be surprised at what you find! Therefore, here is a Kenyan locale many do not know about.

Kit Mikayi is a small town in the Eastern Province. The city is located about 100km from the coast. It is famous for its coffee plantations and other agricultural products such as tea and sisal grown in the area.


Lake Bogoria National Reserve

One of the world’s most interesting bodies of water is home to several exotic species! Besides, being able to gaze upon various animals, this lake is famous for its composition.  Yes, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is a saline soda lake in Kenya; which means it has an extremely high salt concentration.

It is the world’s largest alkaline soda lake. Thus, making it one of the earth’s most important breeding grounds for lesser flamingos.

Furthermore, it also supports many other species year-round. These include: warthogs, baboons, buffaloes, and several types of birds; including pelicans, grebes, and storks.

The reserve is vital to the nearby people, because their livelihoods depend on its resources. They are dependent on such jobs as fishing and agriculture (growing crops).

Additionally, they use the land outside of the reserve. However, they can’t cross into it without permission from park rangers—so they must work around it instead.

Lake Bogoria was declared a Ramsar site in 1999. This means it’s recognized internationally as being home to wetland habitats critical to local communities’ wellbeing and biodiversity conservation efforts worldwide.


Kenya Tourism: Voi Safari Lodge

How about a Safari?! If this type of attraction is up your alley, you must visit Voi. Located on the coast of Kenya and near the Tsavo National Park; Voi Safari Lodge offers a unique experience for those looking to get close to nature.

The lodge has breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Here is where you can enjoy snorkeling, diving, and swimming in the waters.

You can also go on safari rides through the savannahs. Or choose to visit nearby villages to learn more about Kenyan culture. However, you also find visitors just relaxing by their pool while sipping exotic drinks at the beach bar. This fabulous lodge is always open all year round (except during January).

 

Tsavo East National Park

When visiting the continent of Africa, many love going to national parks. Here is one that should be on your bucket list ASAP. The Tsavo East National Park is in the southeastern part of Kenya.

What makes it so special? Well, it’s one of the largest national parks in Africa and is home to various wildlife; including elephants, lions, and leopards. Nonetheless, are you a bird fan or watcher? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Tsavo East National Park is also home to many species of birds as well.

Nevertheless, one question many ask, is when should they visit? The answer is simple. An excellent time to visit Tsavo East National Park is during the dry season. This timeframe runs from April through October; when temperatures are more relaxed and rainfall is less frequent (but still possible). You can expect clear skies during this time, giving you unobstructed views across the park.

 

Oloitokitok

Try saying this wonderful name three times fast! Nonetheless, allow us to tell you all about this this region. You’ll find this community on the A104 highway, which runs between Nairobi and Mombasa. The name Oloitokitok is derived from the Maasai word for “place of the big bull.”

It is also home to a local museum (which has a collection of wildlife trophies); and an active airstrip and weather station.

Furthermore, if you get hungry while exploring, do not worry. There are several restaurants near Oloitokitok that serve delicious local cuisine and western favorites like pizza.

 

Kenya Travel Guide: The Diani Beach on South Coast

Now let’s talk about a great location to chill and vibe! Diani Beach, is a popular tourist destination in Kenya on the South Coast. This stunning beach is famous for its sand, which is said to have healing properties.

Nevertheless, Diani Beach is also a great place to relax; and enjoy some time in the sun by swimming or participating in water sports. Some fun and popular water activities at this travel destination are snorkeling or scuba diving.

Additionally, Many hotels offer accommodation along with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs serving local and international cuisine at reasonable prices.

The nightlife here is vibrant, so you can easily spend an evening here after touring other parts of Kenya during the day.

Mt. Kenya

It is the highest mountain in Kenya, standing at 5199m (16,572 ft). It’s also a dormant volcano and one of the most popular tourist destinations for visitors to Kenya.

Located in the Central Highlands of Kenya, Mt. Kenya can be reached by road from Nairobi or Mombasa via Eldoret or Thika.

It is popular with hikers and climbers thanks to its easy access and beautiful scenery; however, many tourists choose to drive around it instead of climbing it due to its height above sea level.

Mt. Kenya has two peaks: Batian Peak (5199 m) and NelionPeak (5068 m), which are sometimes referred to as “twin peaks” by locals because they appear close together despite being separated by over 2 km of space!


Watamu

Watamu is a coastal town in Kenya. It is also home to many beautiful beaches. With its warm climate and scenic views, it’s no wonder that Watamu has become a popular tourist destination.

Nevertheless, if you love saving money this destination should DEFINITELY be on your list. It’s not as expensive as other beach locations but it is still absolutely wonderful! So then, if you’re looking for an affordable beach getaway that won’t break the bank, look no further than Watamu!

Watamu offers easy access to some of Kenya’s best natural attractions. For instance, go see The Mida Creek Turtle Sanctuary. This sanctuary  protects green turtles who nest here each year. Also, visitors can learn about these endangered animals by joining guided tours or by participating in other activities like snorkeling or swimming with dolphins!

Watamu Beach Resort hosts eco-tours through its private nature reserve. This amazing reserve is where guests can see baboons, giraffes, and other wildlife up close and personal. Plus, you can enjoy stunning views from atop Mount Kilimanjaro on clear days (weather permitting).

 

Lamu Island

Do you know about Lamu Island? It is a small island off the coast of Kenya with a population of just about 15,000. However, despite its size, it is FULL of tantalizing culture! It is one of the few places where you can see Swahili culture in its most authentic form.

Moreover, this region is an UNESCO World Heritage Site; which has been inhabited since at least the 8th century when Arabs first settled here. Since then, many merchants still come to Lamu and build their homes on this beautiful island. When you see the views you’ll understand why!

Some other cultural aspects, is that Lamu Island has many mosques, which makes it an exciting place to visit if you want to learn more about Islam. The local Muslims practice their religion by praying five times daily and attending Friday prayers at their local mosque.

The best way to explore Lamu Island is by taking a long walk around town or renting a bicycle from one of its hotels near the beachfront area.

 

Travel to Kenya: Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake in Kenya. It is known for its many stunning pink flamingos; (you’ll see them everywhere, which are beautiful). The appearance of these flamingos easily make this one of Kenya’s most popular tourist attractions.

However, here you will see more than just flamingos. The lake is also home to other mammals and reptiles. It’s normal to get a glimpse is hippos and crocodiles, which can be lazily basking on islands or swimming in the shallows. You know… just enjoying the good life!

Yet, here’s a fun fact… did you know Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 1948? This makes it Kenya’s first national park; and it is now a Ramsar Site and one of UNESCO’s biosphere reserves.

 

Meru National Park

Did you want to see a lion? How about a TON of lions. Well, we know just the park!

Meru National Park is one of the best places in Kenya where you can see wildlife. Located in the north of Kenya, this national park is famous for its elephants and; as you can guess, the highest concentration of lions on earth!

However, this national treasure stands out for more than just lions. This gorgeous park has a large population of endangered species. You can see African wild dogs, cheetahs, and leopards. It also has zebras, giraffes, hippos, and buffalos, among other animals living within its boundaries.

This place is truly a treasure trove of wild creatures! It is one of Africa’s oldest national parks; having been established way back in 1946 by Sir Richard Gregory. Gregory was inspired by his experiences at Aberdare Forest. There he would hunt big game with friends during his many trips to Kenya before WWI broke out (but more on that later).

 

Maragoli Hills

Now, why would we recommend that you visit the hills? Especially, the ones of Maragoli? Well, Maragoli Hills is ideal if you’re looking for a breathtaking view of the countryside; and some of Kenya’s most spectacular landscapes!

Located in western Kenya near Eldoret, this place is home to countless beautiful hills. Each one providing breathtaking views of all the surrounding land.

Moreover, it’s also part of the Uasin Gishu Plateau, which contains several other outstanding natural attractions. One being the gorgeous Lake Baringo. Therefore, if you are traveling through western Kenya and want to check out some gorgeous vistas; be sure to stop by Maragoli Hills.

Kakamega Crying Stone

The Kakamega Crying Stone, is located in Kakamega County, Western Kenya. It is a sandstone rock formation that has been eroded by wind and rain. Therefore, it is an interesting natural occurrence many tourists enjoy exploring.

The feature is also known as the “black rock.” This site is a very popular tourist attraction, and it’s sacred to the local people.

 

Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is exactly what it sounds like, a fort. What is a fort? It is a strong building, structure or strategic position.

We have Fort Jesus thanks to the Portuguese; building it in 1593. You will find it in the region of Mombasa. This fort is in existence in response to the Somali pirates’ attacks on Portuguese ships and officials. These events also explain how the fort got its name.

The name “Fort Jesus” comes from a Portuguese legend. As the legend goes, the wooden cross on the original fortress turns to stone during construction; making the fortress unbelievably strong.

It could not move.  Not by any force. Therefore, they built around it.

As a result, the site has been converted into an excellent museum. You can learn numerous details thanks to knowledgeable tour guides who explain much of its history.

Moreover, you can also climb up to see the views from up there before heading back down for lunch at one of many restaurants nearby (or even take your picnic!).

 

Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi

Oh, this article would not be complete without us telling you about the gardens! This location is a must-see and you’ll find in the heart of the capital. The Uhuru Gardens is located in the center of Nairobi, right next to the State House and it overlooks the city.

It was created in 1979 for commemorative purposes. To be more specific, it’s creation celebrates the independence from Britain. Today, it’s open to visitors who can enjoy a variety of attractions, including:

Tree Canopy Walkway—a wooden walkway suspended from high above the ground- allows you to experience nature at its finest!

● The Floral Clock – is an enormous clock made up of thousands of flowers that change color with each passing second.

● Flower Clock—like the one above but smaller with fewer varieties and less clutter around it! But still pretty cool if you ask me!

Kibwezi Forest National Reserve

Let’s discuss another great reserve to explore! Add to your travel list, the Kibwezi Forest National Reserve. It is a forest reserve in Kenya, located in the Kibwezi area of Kilifi County. This forestry region is home to many species of birds and animals.

Fun Fact: In 1970 the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife creates the Kibwezi Forest Reserve. And the rest is history! Today, the reserve continues on as an experiment to study sustainable forestry practices for commercial use.

Moreover, Kibwezi Forest National Reserve has a total of 551 km2 (212 sq mi). It is located southeast of the famous Mombasa city. The area includes parts of Shimba Hills National Reserve; Limo Resthouse Forest, Nyumba ya Mungu Conservation Area, and Tsavo West National Park.

Kibwezi Forest National Reserve attracts tourists who want to see elephants and other wildlife on game drives.

Conclusion

We hope that this list has inspired you to explore Kenya more. It is a beautiful country! Also, there are many more places that we didn’t include in this article because there wasn’t enough space.

We encourage you to check out these places for yourself or; even better, visit them with us on a Kenya Safari!

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