Whether you love the outdoors, are fascinated by indigenous cultures or simply want to experience a vibrant city break, you’ll find all that and more in this East African treasure. With its dramatic skyline pierced by Mount Kenya, you’ll also be provided with a stunning backdrop to some of the best safari experiences on the continent.
For a lot of visitors, the biggest draw is the chance to experience an African safari. Kenya is full of opportunities to do just that, whether you choose to stay in rugged, low-key campsites or glamorous, romantic lodges where you can sleep out under the stars after spending a day trying to spot the famous African Big Five. For your checklist, those are: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos and leopards.
Kenya’s famous Rift Valley is home to thousands of different species. In fact, it holds the world record for the most number of bird species spotted in a 24-hour period (340), clamouring around Lake Baringo. Other cool spots to check out include the various elephant orphanages, and the gorgeous Mzima Springs, home to African hippos. Visit the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, located in the Rift Valley, whose efforts are central to the conservation of the local wildlife.
But even more interesting than Kenya’s landscape are the people who inhabit it. The Maasai, Samburu and Turkana are three tribes who have inhabited the country for centuries, and continue to maintain their traditional, often nomadic way of life.
It’s not all about the great outdoors though. The capital city Nairobi boasts its own personality and things to do in Kenya, with plenty of museums, malls and nightlife to explore. Spend some time trying out the local cuisine too, such as ugali. Beloved by the nation’s famous distance runners, it’s a dough-like dish that you dip in sauces and stews – just one of the highlights to seek out in this fascinating country.