Kenya is a country that makes you fall in love with its national parks and you will be able to do the best safaris in Africa, with paradisiacal beaches bathed by the Indian Ocean and exotic ethnic groups.
Although it is true that you can rent a 4×4 truck in Nairobi, it is advisable to hire a safari with a local company not only for safety, but also to observe as many animals as possible and the best time to travel to that country is between months from July to October, since it is at that time when the Great Migration occurs, where thousands of species cross the Mara River. Another good time are the months between January and March, since it is the dry season and a greater number of animals can be seen.
In this article, we will recommend the most essential places when visiting Kenya, so that you do not waste time in less important places.
Although it is true that Nairobi is not exactly the most beautiful city in the world, it does have some points of interest that are worth visiting. Among the most recommended places to visit are the National Museum, the House Museum of Karen Blixen who was the Danish writer of the famous book “Out of Africa” and visit the Maasai Market. You can also have dinner at “The Carnivore” which is a restaurant where you can taste all kinds of exotic grilled meats.
It is important to emphasize that before traveling around the city, you should check with your place of accommodation which are the safe areas to visit and what precautions you should take.
Northwest of Nairobi is the Great Rift Valley where there are several beautiful lakes such as Nakuru and Naivasha. The latter is located in the highest part of the valley at 884 m high and you can go on a boat safari, where you will find bird species such as ospreys and pelicans, as well as observe hippos up close.
On the other hand, in the middle of the lake is Crescent Island, which is a true wild paradise, there you can walk among zebras, giraffes or other harmless mammals and without any danger of being attacked by a predator.
If you are a bird lover, one of the best places to observe them, not only in Kenya but in all of Africa, is Lake Nakuru National Park. Although it is true that it is located approximately 150 km from Nairobi, it is impressive to see thousands of flamingos in this alkaline lake that is located in the southern part of the Great Rift Valley. But it is also one of the places where you can see black and white rhinos, the latter being in danger of extinction. On the road between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru you can see hippos, impalas, warthogs, different species of birds, gazelles, baduinos, giraffes and zebras.
A safari for two or three days in the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most acclaimed activities by tourists in all of Africa. You will be able to see from a van fantastic landscapes of endless plains with lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos, wildebeests, cape buffalo, zebras and crocodiles that you can find at the Mara River crossing.
Later you can go to a Masai village to observe the traditional life of this tribe and see their lively dances.
Aberdares National Park¶
In the highlands of Kenya at almost 4000 meters of altitude is the Aberdares National Park, with green hills, valleys with forests, tea plantations and two famous forest hotels The Treetops or The Ark. These hotels offer you, in addition to accommodation, visits to ponds where you will see herds of buffalo and elephants. The park also has impressive waterfalls such as the 270-meter Keruru Kahuru, 300-meter Gura, Chania Falls and Thomson Falls, which are of unparalleled beauty.
Mount Kenya is 5,199 meters high, making it the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. If you have experience in climbing you can climb to its highest peak the “Batián” and if you do not know how to climb but you are in good physical shape, you can climb the peak “Lenana” which is at 4985 meters. But if you just want to observe, it will be more than magnificent to see its glaciers, snow-capped peaks, its forests and the wildlife of leopards, elephants, antelopes and black rhinos.
Amboseli National Park¶
Near the border with Tanzania is the Amboseli National Park which was declared a Biosphere Reserve. This park is famous for having large herds of elephants and other animals such as rhinos, lions, and leopards. Amboseli offers you landscapes of great desert plains, lakes where flamingos live, acacia forests, as well as the Oldoinyo Orok peak and traditional Masai villages.
Tsavo National Park¶
The Tsawo National Park is the largest in Kenya with approximately 21,000 km² and is divided into two zones, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Although it is true that Tsavo West offers you a greater diversity of landscapes, it is much more difficult to observe animals due to its large amount of vegetation, while in Tsavo East it is easier to see them.
There are several must-see sites between the two parks such as the Mzima Springs, Chaimu Crater, Roaring Rocks Lookout, Lugards Falls, Ngulia Rhino Reserve, the views from Mudanda Rock and Crocodile Point.
Samburu National Reserve¶
Taking a safari through the Samburu National Reserve is another great idea, located on both sides of the Uaso Nyivo River. The abundance of water that exists on the banks of the river not only offers you a beautiful natural landscape, but also attracts thousands of felines such as leopards and lions, as well as endemic species such as reticulated giraffes, oryx, gerenucs and grevy zebras.
This lake, also called the Jade Sea due to its characteristic color coming from the algae, is definitely a spectacle. In addition to being able to observe cheetahs, many species of birds and lions, it is also famous for its paleontological excavations where hominid remains from different periods have been found.
Lamu is an archipelago made up of three islands (Lamu, Pate and Manda) where you can enjoy its paradisiacal beaches with crystal clear waters. In addition to touring the streets of ancient villages in Lamu, where you will see an Arab-style architecture with houses made of mangrove wood, coral stone and thatched roofs.
Between Lamu and Mombasa there are fantastic and transparent beaches where you can practice water sports, taste delicious fish dishes and watch incredible sunsets. The most paradisiacal beaches are Watamu, Diani, Silversands, Kilifi and Tiwi.
It offers you beautiful natural landscapes, wild fauna and spectacular beaches.