Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021
Reviewed on 14 Jan 2021
Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020
This land of astonishing natural beauty is famous for myriad wildlife, national parks, splendid beaches and prevalent tribal culture. From bustling cities and tribal culture to wildlife safaris and watersports, Kenya offers greatly varied attractions. Its natural beauty ranges from rainforests and sprawling savannahs to mountains and beaches. Kenya traces its roots back three million years with settlement by African tribes as well as British and Portuguese coloniser. Today, explore the diverse history of over 40 ethnic groups.
Wildlife safaris are one of Kenya’s biggest appeals. Find several game reserves in the country’s southwest region. Go in search of Africa’s Big Five animals and experience the fascinating wildebeest migration at Masai Mara National Reserve and Tsavo National Park. Spot rich birdlife or join a camel safari in Amboseli National Park. Hike to the glacial ridges of Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-tallest mountain.
Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline has over 300 miles (480 kilometres) of idyllic beaches. Relax in the paradisiacal resorts of Diani Beach. Swim, sail or surf in the warm waters of Bamburi and Nyali. Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving at the Marine National Park in Malindi. Investigate the Arab-influenced architecture in Lamu Old Town, a historic Swahili town on Lamu Island archipelago.
Kenya’s cities offer alternative views of the country. Nairobi is the compelling and gritty capital city, home to museums and galleries, a growing café culture and infectious nightlife. Spot endangered black rhinos at Nairobi National Park, just outside the city centre. Wander the bustling and narrow streets of Mombasa, including Biashara Street’s market region. Take a romantic cruise around the Old Harbour on a traditional dhow boat.
Kenya straddles the equator and has an unpredictable climate, with year-round hot temperatures interspersed by heavy rains from April to June. Although Kenya is generally a safe, tourist-friendly destination, check the present situation before travelling to Nairobi and areas close to the Kenya-Somalia border.
Reach Kenya through Nairobi’s or Mombasa’s international airports and then get around via long and short-distance buses or organised tours. Renting a car can be expensive but is a great way to explore the country independently.