Best Things to do and Places to Visit in Kenya
Places to Visit in Kenya
Kenya is an African Nation found to the east of Africa. It was colonized by the British and gained its independence in the year 1963. The third world country is known all over the world for the beautiful tourists’ destination. While visiting Kenya, one has a number of places to choose from. The destinations cut across business and tour visits.
Some of these places include;
The Maasai Mara is one of the destinations where one can visit while in Kenya. The Game reserve is located within grasslands of the Great Rift valley. It is among the best tourism destinations in Kenya. The Reserve also has fame in the crossing of millions of wildebeests which migrate from the reserve around the month of November. The approximated number is one and a half million. There has also over four hundred species of birds and over ninety-five other species of mammals. Tourists who visit this area have opportunities of watching the Gig Five which include the; lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. The Game Reserve has two airstrips in it, Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo airstrips. Road access is only through the Narok and sekenani gates. The best time to visit the Reserve is between July and October when the migration of the wildebeests is ongoing. Early November and February offers an ample time for game viewing. Some of the wild animals expected to be found in the reserve include; warthog, hyrax, hyena, ostrich wild dog and aardvark. Among the best activities to do while in the park is night game drives, game viewing, camping, visits to the Maasai cultural villages ballooning and wedding photography.
2. The Coast
The Kenyan coast is another destination to visit for both domestic and international visitors. It has a long history as to how it came existence. It is an exciting place to pay a visit to for its calm environs where a number of activities are undertaken. Sea diving, snorkeling, water sporting and fishing are just a few to be mentioned. The region also, has a number of Beach accommodation destinations and big hotels for booking while spending days in the Coast. They include;
THE ALFAJIRI VILLAS – The villas are ranked among the five best beach destinations. Families and couples have a chance to have prior bookings for accommodation while panning to visit the coast.
THE MAJI – It is small boutique hotel located in the Diani Beach.
THE SANDS AT NOMAD – It is a fantastic destination found in the Diani Beach in the coast. Surrounding it is lush coastal rainforest.
WATERLOVERS – It is a sized resort located at the center of the Diani Beach and the Indian Ocean
KINONDO KWETU – It is located in the quiet southern part of the Kenyan coastline. It offers unique family rooms for luxury stay in the coast.
MSAMBWENI BEACH HOUSE – It is a new addition to the coastal part of Kenya. It is also located just a step from the coastline.
OCEAN SPA LODGE – The lodge is located in a private Beach to the south of the Kenyan coast.
HEMMINGWAYS – It is an ideal hotel for those with families or couples visiting the coast over the Holidays.
Samburu is another Kenyan destination for both local and international visitors. The Shaba National Reserve and the Samburu Buffalo Springs are found to the North of Kenya. The region is ever hot covered with beautiful acacia woodland reserves. Some of the endangered species of wild animals are found in this area. Most of these animals are not found in other National Parks and Reserves. They include the Long-necked gerenuk – an antelope which is known for standing with its two legs while eating, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and the Beisa Oryx. There are also numerous wild animals in the reserves which include elephants, leopards and the cheetah.
Above all, the Samburu community provides another area of concern for attraction due to its attire and the physique.
4. Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is quite another place you should consider to visit while visiting or in kenya. The soda lake is located in the Kenyan Rift valley in the former Rift valley province. The lake is surrounded and thus protected by the Lake Nakuru National Park. According to the Maasai language, the name Nakuru is used to refer to Dust of Dusty place.
It lies one thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four feet above the sea level. The lake does not have either an outflow or an inflow. There has not been found any river or crack flowing either to the lake or out of the lake. This has been used as a reason as to why the waters of the lake is salty.
The lake has vast areas filled with algae which has attracted flamingoes always line the shores of the lake. Back in 2013, the lake attracted abnormal rise of water levels which led to the migration of flamingoes to lake Bogoria.
The Lake Nakuru National Park was established in the year of 1961 just around lake Nakuru. For many years, it is well known for its large population of flamingoes whose number hit million depending on different times. The number of the flamingoes has been varying according to the Lakes water levels and the food availability.
Lake Naivasha is also another destination for those intending to visit Kenya. The lake is a fresh water lake found in Nakuru county in the Great Rift valley of Kenya. It is a few meters from Naivasha town and around ninety kilometers from Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. The name Naivasha according to the Maasai language refers to Nai’posha which translates to rough water. The roughness of the lake has been attributed to the sudden storms which often occurs at different times. Due to excessive use of water from the lake for farming activities, the level of the water has reduced drastically.
The average depth of the lake is six meters while the maximum depth is thirty meters. Its altitude is estimated at one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four meters. The fresh water lake is known as a home for various species of birds and a considerable number of hippos. There are other smaller lakes associated with Lake Naivasha; Lake Oloiden and Lake Sonachi which is a green crater lake.
On the shores of the lake agricultural activities mainly floriculture take place. The growing of the flowers for export has been facilitated by the fertile soils and the good climate. The lake has provided an ideal source of income for the population in the region. Among the economic activities include fishing activities.
There are a number of activities to be done upon visiting the area which include; visit to crescent Island where you can walk in safety alongside wild but non dangerous wild animals, climbing mount longonot which is about two thousand eight hundred and eighty-six meters above the sea level, visit the geothermal projects in the Hell’s Gate and boat riding on the Lake.
It was formerly known as the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve but was later renamed to Amboseli National Park. It is found in Kajiado county, Kenya. The park has an approximate area of about three hundred and ninety-two square kilometers. The local communities are mostly the Maasai communities. The population has increased due to settlements of other communities who have been attracted by the economic activities of tourism agriculture along the various swamps in the regions. The Park is among the best sites that provide good wildlife viewing experiences in the world with over four hundred species of birds; kingfishers, pelicans, crakes harmerkop among others.
The park also provides a good view of Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Due to the long dry months, the park has sparse vegetation which comprises of African grasslands and thus gives a good watch of the wild animals in the park.
7. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the second largest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania and the highest in Kenya. The highest peak of the mountain is Batian with approximately five thousand one hundred and ninety-nine meters above the sea level, Nelion with five thousand one hundred and eighty-eight meters above the sea level and Lenana with an approximate height of four thousand, nine hundred and eighty-five meters. The mountain lies about one hundred and fifty-three kilometers from Nairobi.
Around the mountain is the Mount Kenya National park which was established in the year 1949. It was founded in order to provide habitat for the wild animals around the region. Today, it forms a scenic beauty that has attracted both local and international visitors from all over. It has been a key tourist attraction giving the economy of Kenya a stake in the foreign exchange.
Tsavo National Park is world class National park. The park is vast with two parks in it; The Tsavo East National park and the Tsavo West National Park. Combined, the two make one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the world. Back in early 20th century, the park was a habitat for man eating lions which fed on the Mombasa to Kampala railway builders.
The park, besides being home for wild animals, it has also served as a major source of Fresh water as it is to the Mzima Springs which mostly provide water to the coastal region.