Are you planning to visit Kenya? Are you thrilled about your safari but indecisive of how to go about it? Kenya is no short of adventurous places that will leave a memory that can span a lifetime. I present to you an opportunity to explore the options that have made Kenya an eye-catching destination for anyone who dreams of seeing the beauty of nature. Here are the best 18 places to visit in Kenya this year:
1. The Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is the most popular national reserve in the country. This makes it a habitat of extraordinary numbers of wildlife. It is famously known for the Great Migration which happens every year from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The migration of the countless number of wildebeests offers an exciting experience to the eyes. In this reserve, you will get eye to eye with the world’s most revered big five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and African buffalo.
These are just some of the bounty natural beauty that the great Mara offers. You don’t want to miss a trip to the Masai Mara on your safari – it has everything to make your trip cool as you like.
2. Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park located in the Southern region of Kenya has a wide array of wildlife. It offers a lifetime opportunity to view the wildlife at close range. The locals are mostly the Masai people who have a very rich culture and thus you are guaranteed a wonderful experience while on your safari. Also, the region has vast vegetation considering that the park is well watered by streams from Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli gives the best view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The most popular pictures of Kilimanjaro have been taken from Amboseli National Park. The park is one of the best when it comes to wildlife viewing with large numbers of mammals particularly the elephants and diverse species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, Crakers, hamerkop, and 47 raptor species.
3. Tsavo National Park
It is one of the most ancient and biggest national parks in Kenya. Tsavo is divided into two: Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park. Here you will find natures combined beauty ranging from rare species of birds, mammals, the rocks plateaus and falls all in one place. Tsavo West boasts of a series of natural springs called Mzima Springs. It has dozens of crocodiles and hippos viewed from a glass casing.
4. Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve draws its name from its richness in clean and clear water. The place is hidden and has not been explored in depth. The viewing of large numbers of elephants and other wild beasts hobbling to get a grab of the cool waters is amazing. Besides, Buffalo Springs National Reserve has five rare animals that are not found elsewhere in the whole country. These species are known as the five northern species which are Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich and Beisa Oryx.
There are plenty of activities in this reserve which will keep you engaged during the whole safari. You can enjoy game viewing safari, nature walks, and get a glimpse of the local community which is entertaining at best. If you are a lover of birds then this is the place you want to reside most in your safari. There are about 500 species of birds located in this area. You can watch up to 100 different species each day for four days. This sounds crazy, but it’s actually not. What you need is to get there and see what the infinite numbers that you won’t even believe it.
5. Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is known globally as the habitat of enormous numbers of pink flamingos. The numbers usually go above 2 million and you can not help but admire their glaring presence which mostly hides the view of the waters. The way they roam around the water seamlessly as if it was a bare ground is just mind-blowing and you don’t want to miss such a view.
6. Lamu Island
Lamu Island offers sandy beaches and the most exciting coastal experiences. The warm weather mixed with lots of activities is just exceptional. Here you walk along the beach which is kilometers long – you will actually sweat a lot but refreshing cold water will keep you cool.
7. Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is among the few freshwater lakes in Africa. The lake covers a width of 13 kilometers and its waters are shallow averaging 5 meters. The most popular activity is boat riding. The ride is usually guided and the enjoyment is second to none when doing so.
8. Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is located in close proximity to the Capital City, Nairobi, only 8 kilometers from the CBD. When you enter the park, you are greeted with cool sights of black rhinos which the park is commonly known for. It offers the best safari due to the convenience and its strategic location.
The park has varied striking attractions, they range from the birding species, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, and zebras. The view of the park can also be obtained from the city’s skyscrapers which offers a diverse view. You may like to visit various facilities like History monuments, animal orphanage, family friends Zoo, and perform a nature walk.
9. Hells Gate National Park
Hells Gate National Park is located in North West of Nairobi. It has countless of many enchanting sceneries. From Hot Springs, viewing the mighty Fischer’s tower, The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide, breathtaking Gorge walk. You should be looking forward to coming across with the Buffaloes, zebras, eland, Thompson’s gazelle and giraffe, baboons, serval cat, and antelopes. There are also about 103 bird species in this park. The most common activities that you will enjoy are climbing the perpendicular rock walls, walking safaris; where you will be guided by a ranger and cycling through the flat areas the park has.
10. Chyulu Hills
Chyulu Hills is a mountain range located in Makueni county. its highest peak is 2188 meters high. The northern section of the hills hosts a population of 13 endangered Eastern black rhino.
11. Shanzu Beach
It is found in Shanzu town 18 kilometers north of the Nyali bridge. It is among the most beautiful beaches with scintillating views and a bright seaside.
12. Meru National Park
Meru National Park is not one of the most frequented parks in the country and has amazing sceneries to watch. It is bisected by the equator and other 13 rivers. Fishing activities are allowed during camping and you can have a taste of how life in the jungle looks like during this period. It has plenty of bird species and it is estimated to be over 300 species.
It does not lack in terms of wildlife to view. The big cats can be seen in this park though most of the time they are hidden by the tall grasses. Other wildlife found here are hippos, giraffes, hartebeest, both Grevy’s and plains zebras. Apart from the wildlife other notables such as the Adamson’s Falls, the burial sites of Joy Adamson and Elsa the Lioness, amazing views of Mount Kenya and Tana River are worth a mention.
13. Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park is located in the Aberdare Ranges. It is a well-protected area with great numbers of wildlife for viewing. Mountain climbing offers a different pleasure apart from just viewing fascinating wildlife found here. Some members of the big five are well located here including other precious mammals such as olive baboons, spotted hyenas, black and white colobus monkeys, warthogs, and bushbucks. Fishing is an activity available in Aberdare National Park.
14. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in the Northern Part of Kenya. Similar to other parks, Lewa has a variety of wildlife but one of the standouts is the Grevy’s zebras population which is one of the largest in the world. There have been several security issues in the past but the government of Kenya has taken the necessary corrective action. The area is well guarded by highly trained Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Government organization in charge of all the national parks in Kenya.
15. Diani Beach
This is a major Beach in the Kenyan south coastal and has been voted Africa’s leading destination for the fifth time in a row. This is due to its coral reefs, black and white colobus monkeys among other things. The activities here range from kitesurfing, sky diving, jet-skiing, and snorkeling location which will make your safari a great adventure.
16. Menengai Crater
Menengai crater is located 10km from Nakuru town. It contains the second largest calderas in the world. The scenery has some very strong spiritual beliefs. Some people attribute it to be connected to evil spirits while others tend to believe it is a place where God’s presence is felt the most. If you like hiking, this is the place you should not miss on your to-do list during the safari.
There is plenty of beauty in the Crater such as getting the viewpoints of both Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria, Hikes and Nature trails, Caves, Picnic spots, and the great Menengai caldera. If you are a birder, there is plenty for you here. The Crater has vast numbers of bird species for you to explore.
17. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second tallest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The mountain offers great scenic beauty from any angle that you would like. It has three highest peaks namely Batian, Nelion, and Point Lenana. They record height of 5199 meters,5188 meters, and 4985 meters respectively. This offers an allure to all mountain climbers to test yourself against such extraordinary heights.
Malindi is one of the most popular coastal cities in Kenya. It offers exciting sceneries and plenty of activities that you will find irresistible. Outstanding in Malindi is Watamu Beach for its white sand in clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, it houses major historical features such as the Gedi Ruins. The Gedi Ruins traces its roots in the 12th century but it has modern designs of the walls. Muslims are the majority of the population in Malindi.
In conclusion, Kenya has so much to offer when it comes to adventure safari. There is so much to offer that one visit is not enough to see all these exciting areas. Talk to us and we shall guide you in picking the areas that will ensure you get maximum enjoyment from your trip.