Kenya is endowed with magnificent sceneries. For eons, the country has attracted tourists from far and wide; who come to have a firsthand experience or what can be described as nature’s carefully crafted masterpieces of beauty and splendor.
Right from the Kenyan coast that is characterized by the blue ocean waters whose waves dance to the tune of the wind, to the Mount Kenya whose snow capped peaks stand tall to mark their territory of beauty, Kenya’s charm has put her on the worlds list of one of the most magnificent tourism spots.
In 2016, Kenya was voted as the World Leading Safari destination by World Travel Awards; this is proof enough that indeed it’s the home of Safari with Nairobi being the only capital city with a National Park a few minutes’ drive from the city.
Nairobi is also East Africa’s leading regional commercial hub and the most preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) Destination with the numerous hotel brands such as Kempinski, Radisson blue, Intercontinental complimented by local brands backing up its capacity to host international delegates. Popular Pre or Post conference excursions offered include visit to David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, game drive in Nairobi National Park, Visit to the AFEW Giraffe Centre a conservation centre for Rothschild giraffe, visit to National Museums, Art Galleries or city tour of Nairobi.
Why visit Kenya.
Kenya- Home of humanity
Kenya is the cradle of mankind where the fossils of the earliest man have been discovered in the Great Rift Valley near Lake Turkana by paleontologists where the Turkana boy 1.6million year’s old hominid fossil linked to Homo erectus. This makes Kenya pride itself as being home of the humanity and thus any one visiting Kenya is welcome ‘home’.
Diverse tourists' attractions
The diversity of attractions in Kenya will leave you in awe from the panoramic landscapes, numerous lakes and calderas along the floor of the rift valley to pristine beaches of Diani, Watamu and Lamu ‘a world heritage site’, diverse wildlife inhabiting the various parks and reserves, wildlife conservancies as well as 42 cultural ethnic groups.
In the Northern frontier, we have some of the most unique wildlife species such as the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Oryx and Grevy’s zebras. These can be spotted at Samburu National Reserve, Meru National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Lewa Downs Conservancy. This area has not been fully exploited and thus it’s one of the destinations that anyone looking for off-the beaten tracks hopes to explore. The gems in this region include the Central Island National Park, Lake Turkana, Sibiloi National Park, Kora National Park and Marsabit National Park. It’s also the home of the Samburu and the Rendile people who are nomadic. Due to the nature of their movements in search of green pastures; conservancies in this area have come up with an integrated wildlife and livestock management system that allows conservation of wildlife and still provide pastures for grazing.
The greatest wildlife spectacle on earth happens in the southern part of the country where the most popular safari destination Maasai Mara National Reserve borders the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Thousands of ungulates including wildebeests, zebras and antelopes cross the Mara River to enter Maasai Mara ecosystem in search of pastures during the months of July-October each year after which they return to Tanzania for the calving season. This has been crowned as one of the wonders of the world thus attracting many tourists who come to witness this spectacular movement. The cycle is highly influenced by the rainfall patterns. The reserve is also renowned for its high number of cats and big five, antelopes, wild dogs and if you are lucky and spend more days you can be able to spot most wildlife species and birds. It’s also well known for its inhabitants ‘Maasai community’ who are known for their authentic cultural experiences, dances and unique way of dressing.
The Amboseli on the other hand will amaze you with best spectacle of the gentle giants ‘The Elephants’ matching with the backdrop of the Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Wilderness parks of Tsavo East and West are a great extension of your beach holiday being very close to the coastline of Mombasa. The Tsavo East described as the theatre of the wild is famous for the lions ‘man eaters of Tsavo ‘ who attacked the railway line constructors in the 19th century while the Tsavo West is greatly known for the Mzima Springs which is usually the main source of clean fresh water supply to the coastal region. Many animal and bird species can also be spotted in these parks including Elephants, antelopes, Lions and wild dogs.
The numerous soda and fresh water lakes make Kenya a birdwatchers paradise with Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elementaita and Lake Oloidien attracting flamingoes which paint the shores of the lake pink when the water levels are low. Boat rides are popular at the Lake Naivasha and Lake Baringo where you can be able to watch school of hippos and many other water birds along the shores.
The western circuit covers the Lake Victoria basin, which is an area of great geographical, agricultural, cultural and natural diversity, offering the tourists unique experiences. The circuit includes activities and attractions around Lake Victoria, which Kenya boasts 10% of the lake in East Africa. Visitors, including birders enjoy the tropical rain forest of Kakamega, excursions to Lake Victoria Islands and spectacular rock formations like Kit-Mikayi in Kisumu and the Crying stone of Ilesi in Kakamega. Every year, both international and domestic are also treated to cultural festivals including the traditional bull fighting in Kakamega. National Parks and Reserves in western Kenya include but not limited to Ruma National Park, home of the rare Roan antelope; Saiwa Swamp, home of the Sitatunga antelope; Ndere, Rusinga and Mfangano Islands in Lake Victoria and Kakamega Forest.
The mountains and ranges including the Aberdares; Mount Kenya, Mount Longonot, Ol Donyo Sabuk offer an opportunity for the tourist that would like to indulge outdoors either day hiking or Mountain climbing for a few days. For the adventure seekers, Hell’s gate National Park is also a perfect spot for hiking through the gorges or rock climbing. It’s one of the park that you are allowed to cycle, walk or horse ride as you enjoy sights of buffaloes, zebras and antelopes amidst weathered rock outcrops and landscapes.
The perfect beach relaxation and sporting activities are found on the coastline of Kenya. Activities include surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sky diving amongst others.
This entire combo in one country can only mean a priceless valuable experience for you. Whether you are a single traveler, group or family traveler, there is something for everyone. All you need is to pack your bags and seek the adventure of your lifetime.