11 Top Travel Destinations in Kenya

Kenya is among the best African countries to visit. From the coastline on the Indian Ocean to the beautiful savannah, and the bustling capital, you have not really traveled if you have not yet visited Kenya. Kenya is an East African country, famous for its breathtaking scenery, white sandy beaches, home to world-famous safari parks with an abundance of wildlife, and rich culture. This vivid country is home to some of the most exciting destinations in Africa, and extensively, the world.

Kenya is a country well known for it’s wildlife and surrounding natural beauty. As Large number of tourist from all over the world visit this country for experiencing the wildlife and the safari. Kenya is popular all over the world for it’s wildlife sanctuaries and National Reserve.

One of the best places to visit in Kenya are the Maasai Mara National Reserve which is one of the popular tourist attraction to visit in this reserve you will get to see various wild animals such as Zebra, Elephants, Lions, Rhinos and many more. Another popular tourist destination to visit is the Amboseli National Reserve which is popularly known for Asiatic Elephants and many other wild animals.

Top Travel Destinations in Kenya

Tourists in Kenya are spoilt for choice because the whole country is a beautiful place with numerous tourist attractions.

1. Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara, which is one of the best-known reserves in Africa, is known for its exceptional wildlife. The reserve is named after the Maasai who have resided and grazed their cattle as they have done for ages. The park is prominent for the Great Migration, which attracts thousands of tourists to the country every year.

Thousands of wildebeests originating from Serengeti, cross the Mara River, which is infested with crocodiles every year from around July to October. The reserve is also renowned for its large population of leopards, lions, and cheetahs.

2. Tsavo National Park

Divided into Tsavo East and West, the Tsavo is Kenya’s largest national park. Tsavo East is famous for its vast and diverse population of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. The Galana River flowing through the arid park provides a stunning juxtaposition. Other features include the Yatta Plateau which was created by the world’s largest lava flow, and Lugard falls.

Tsavo West National Park is wetter and with more mountains hence has some stunning scenery. Main places of interest include Mzima Springs, a series of four natural springs with crocodiles and hippos, and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. Don’t you want to book a trip to Kenya already?

3. Lake Nakuru National Park

The mention of lake Nakuru brings to mind a myriad of pink flamingos. The lake is one of the Great Rift Valley’s lakes. As you leave the capital going to Lake Nakuru National Park, Nairobi, pass by viewpoints and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Great Rift and the Menengai Crater. The park is a bird watcher’s sanctuary with over 450 species of different birds and wildlife.

4. Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most popular parks, with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Most visitors to the park will have wonderful pictures of large herds of elephants with a great background of the mountain. Lovers of nature can explore the five main habitats here; ranging from swamps, acacia, open plains, woodlands, even the dried-up beds of a temporary Lake Amboseli that floods during heavy rainfall.

5. Mount Kenya National Park

Mt Kenya, being the highest mountain in Kenya standing at 5,199 m, was formed by a set of volcanic eruptions. The mountain is a sign to behold spotting the very rare equatorial snow. The mountain has 3 peaks; the highest being Batian, seconded by Nelion which legend says is more difficult to climb. The lowest peak is Lenana, which is the easiest to climb especially for amateurs like me.

Some of the highlights include the dense pockets of bamboo, glaciers, and lakes. Wildlife is also abundant as both white and black colobus monkeys have been spotted, hyenas, buffaloes, even elephants. For lovers of luxury, visit the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club located on the equator, is a must-visit retreat where you golf, fish, play tennis, and nature walks. The place is ideal to unplug and relax.

6. Nairobi National Park

Nairobi is the ONLY city in the world to boast a natural game park! The game park is called Nairobi National Park, Kenya’s first National Park, home to the big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and the leopard). And if you’re a big fan of Giraffe, the Giraffe Centre is the place for you and is located in Lang’ata, approximately 20 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi.

In case you are in Nairobi, and do not get an opportunity to leave the capital, do visit the Nairobi National Park. The park is a 20 minutes’ drive from the city, where you will spot pride of lions, and giraffes in the beautiful golden grass of the park. Leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, even most endangered species of rhinos are found in this beautiful park.

Take a walk on Nairobi Safari Walk to see the over 400 species of wildlife that dwell in the park.

7. Lamu

Lamu is often seen as the limit of the Kenyan coast over the Indian Ocean with wonderful vestiges of the Swahili civilization, to a greater extent even than Mombasa or Zanzibar, picture-postcard beaches, dhow-style sailboats sailing from one side to another, coral reefs. For anyone who comes looking for exoticism, Lamu embodies that mystery made of Levante and the ocean.

The dhow, a traditional boat of the Swahili people, is still used by fishermen every day. Dive into the sea of coral, populated by tropical fish of dreamy colors, in front of the Lamu island.

Named as a UNESCO world heritage site, Kenya’s oldest town hosts settlements dating back to the 12th century. Lamu Old Town integrates Swahili, Arab, Europe architectural designs and will make you feel like you traveled back in time. Donkeys and dhows are a form of transit in the town, with very few vehicles in sight.

Some tourist spots in Lamu include Lamu Museum which is a home for Swahili culture, Donkey Sanctuary, Lamu fort, Donkey Sanctuary, and the beautiful white sandy beaches.

8. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is especially famous for being home to several black rhinos. In the past the lake was full of flamingos. This site is one of the best for taking close-up pictures of animals. A good trip would include both a visit to Lake Nakuru, and a visit to Lake Naivasha.

9. Malindi

Malindi is the second city on the coast of Kenya after Mombasa. Halfway between this and Lamu, it is a large seaside resort, well built and quite African. It has beautiful beaches and a fascinating marine natural park, full of tropical fish and ideal for scuba diving.

Take a trip to the Malindi Marine National Park. You will sail along the coast in a boat with a glass bottom and you will be able to observe a lot of tropical fish, before diving with them. Many Europeans go there to spend their vacations and it looks more like a seaside resort on the Costa Brava than a Swahili city.

When you move away from beach resorts all inclusive, the cosmopolitan and jovial side of the Swahili coast reappears. Ucuru is a fermented porridge drink from Kenya that’s drunk during celebrations much like how people in the West drink Champagne.

10. Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu area is different with more bushes that makes the animals tougher to see.

11. Mombasa

Mombasa, Kenya's second-largest city, is synonymous with Raha (Swahili word for happiness and enjoyment). The city is a multicultural magnet for tourists; there is something for everyone in Mombasa. History enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Fort Jesus, Mombasa Old town with ancient dwellings of the Swahili, markets, narrow streets and souvenir shops.

The city has a stretch of up to 480 km of coral reefs, providing ideal opportunities for divers especially around Wasini Islands, and Mombasa Marine National Park.

To top it all, the beautiful sandy beaches lining the city spot tourists all year round.

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