Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Kenya

Kenya is officially the Republic of Kenya, is a sovereign state located in East Africa. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean towards the south-east. The country of Kenya occupies an area of 581,309 km2 with the population of about 43½ million. It is named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Kenya is popular for its classic savanna safaris; it is country of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts. Deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains; the metropolis of Nairobi and colorful tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Kenya along with your family are listed below:

1. Nairobi

Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. Its major attractions include a national park, museums, wildlife orphanages, craft galleries and much more. It has plenty of things to offer to its visitor. Tourists usually head to Nairobi to enjoy a safari or beach holiday.

2. Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the major of Kenya. It is indeed the nation’s most famous game park equally enjoyed by tourist as well as locals. This magnificent park is visited by thousands of tourists annually who come here to watch the unique population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. You will find that from July to October every year, The “Great Migration” takes place, when millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

3. Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is among the most visited tourist attractions of Kenya. It is a beautiful little situated quite near to the Tanzania border at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The major reason for its popularity is for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the Amboseli National Park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

4. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is among the extremely beautiful and largely visited tourist attractions of Kenya. It is a very shallow lake located in central Kenya. This amazing lake has plenty of algae attracts vast quantities of lesser flamingos, sometimes more than one million at once. It is often referred as greatest bird spectacle on earth; the flamingos are one of Kenya’s top attractions. It is a considered as a must visit tourist attraction when you are in Kenya.

5. Tsavo National Park

Tsavo is the largest national park you will find in entire of Kenya and indeed one of the biggest in the world. This spectacular park is partitioned into Tsavo West and Tsavo East, because of its huge size. The Tsavo West has impressive beauty where you can find a rolling volcanic landscape while Tsavo East has more open savannah than its western sibling. Tsavo National Park is the considered as a perfect destination in Kenya for people who seek solitude and privacy as well as the chance to explore the wilderness.

6. Lamu Island

The Lamu Island is undoubtedly among the top tourist attractions of Kenya. It is actually a part of Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, and has managed to stay untouched and intact by the crowd tourism that has hit much of Kenya’s coastline. The Lamu Town is regarded as the oldest living town in Kenya and has well maintained its beauty and charm that was constructed up over centuries. There are no roads on Lamu Island, just alleyways and footpaths, and therefore, there are few motorized vehicles on the island.

7. Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park is one of the most famous parks in Kenya. It is Small Park named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of an ancient lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. Once here you will witness that it’s beautifully exceptional among the country’s wildlife parks, as you are allowed to walk or cycle without a guide. There’s dramatic scenery, with steep cliffs, gorges and basalt columns. Inside this spectacular park you will witness a wide variety of wildlife, though many are few in number. This park is an ideal destinations for families especially children fount it very interesting.

8. Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is one of the attractive places to visit in Kenya. It is considered a very peaceful national park towards the Northern Kenya. It draws wildlife because of the Uaso Nyiro River that runs through it and the mixture of forest and grassland vegetation. This national reserve is well famous among tourist as well as locals. All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here and also elephants, buffalo and hippos.

9. Mount Kenya

The Mount Kenya is the spectacular tourist attractions of Kenya. It is in fact the largest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive spot that is naturally gifted. Its series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with forest. The 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a difficult technical climb, many lowers peaks.

10. Nairobi National Park

You will find the Nairobi National Park around just 10 minutes drive from the center of Nairobi with only a fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis. It is among the most likes places to visit in Kenya by tourist as well as locals. The Park boasts some of the best wildlife and maintained its popularity even after its close proximity to the city and the relative small size of the park.

11. Malindi

Malindi is among the beautiful tourist attractions of Kenya that is said to offers a very nice introduction to the coastal tourist attractions in Kenya with its widespread coral reefs and magnificent beaches. Some of the famous waters sports here include surfing, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. The Malindi Marine National Park is protected and hosts some of the finest beaches clear water and very colorful fish.

12. Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum was established during the year 1920 and in 1929 was positioned at its current location. The museum offers the opportunity to witness the rich culture, history paleontology, art of the country. You will also find various amazing anthropological discoveries by the Leakey family that is present in the Museum. Moreover you will also find some of the impressive and large collection of stuffed birds. A botanical garden and two restaurants make it a nice place to visit for a few hours and escape the more crowded, traffic congested city center.

13. Giraffe Center

The Giraffe Center is a famous breeding place for the rare Rothschild Giraffe that is to be found only in East Africa. It was founded during the year 1970′s by by Jock Leslie-Melville. The breeding program has been very successful and many successful giraffe couples are back in the wild. Visitors can also opt to spend the night at the Giraffe Manor and enjoy breakfast with giraffe looking in to the dining room.

14. Watamu Beach

If you are looking for a beach in Kenya it has got be Watamu – The smoothest white beach. It slides down gently into shallow, turquoise water. It’s a part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, which is a marine protected region of Kenya. Watamu offers the best in snorkeling and diving around the offshore coral formations in East Africa. Atamu is a favorite breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles.

15. Northern Kenya

Africa is wild and vast with huge horizons that cuts the most hardened of bankers to tears. In the Northern Kenya, near the Ethiopian border, far away there are fashionable animal-stuffed parks. Here only indigenous people live. Here you will also find lion, elephant, goat and cow. You can take lunch in the shade of some acacia trees and then as the sun begins to cool you walk some more.

16. The Maasai Mara

The incredibly famous Maasai Mara is located towards the southwest pat of the country. It is well know as the Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve. It is particularly popular for its Great wildebeest migration, which is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. The migration involves over two million animals moving from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. The highest density of lions is also finding in Mara.

17. Fort Jesus Mombasa

One of the extremely popular tourist attractions of Kenya is Fort Jesus to be found in Mombasa. During the year 1593 this monumental piece of architecture was constructed by order of King Philip I of Portugal. The major purpose of its creations was to guard the Old Port of Mombasa and is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th century Portuguese military fortification. Inside the fort you will find torture rooms and prison cells where slaves were kept in captivity before being traded.

18. Watamu

Watamu is a Swahili fishing village is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Kenya. The region has grown into a little beautiful beach resort. The coast is broken into three coves divided by rocky headlands. Watamu offers some of the most famous tourist attractions. You will also find the forests of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve and the Swahili ruins of Gede are also located close by. Today it is one of the world’s best snorkeling and dive spots, with over 600 species of fish found within the Marine Reserve. Whale sharks and Manta rays are seasonal visitors to the reef.

19. The Crying Stones

You can find this incredible crying stones only in Kenya, situated towards the western part of the country on the Kakamega/Kisumu Road. The crying stones are nothing but huge monuments that includes large boulder balanced on columns of rock with water flowing from a groove in the middle. The water is referred here as ‘tears’, are supposed by neighboring communities as a good omen for example, the sign of a good harvest.

20. Kogelo

This little village of Kenya has today become of the one of the major tourist destinations of the county. Kogelo is the birthplace of President Obama’s Kenyan father. Since then, you will find plenty of local and foreign tourists have started visiting this so called sleepy village that has now transformed to a must visit tourist attraction. The village offers some of the fairly interesting tourist attractions such as beautiful terrain with mountains, forests and lakes and large chances for seafaring, mountain-trekking, bird-watching and fishing.

21. The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is considered to be the most famous tourist attractions of Kenya. The valley is incredible geological wonder of the world has combined a wealth of attractions that is referred as a must-see attraction of the county. The Great Rift has 12 volcanoes and 7 lakes, offering some of the finest views. Also famous here rare Lake Nakuru which is the home of the world famous flamingos and a bird watchers paradise.

22. Kisumu

The town of Kisumu is among the most visited tourist destinations of Kenya. It is the third largest town of the nation. Kisumu became the administration center of the area during the year 1910 immediately after the completion of the railway line from Mombassa. The economy of Kisumu was dependent on the main port in the old days as it was a center of transport activity between the coast and Uganda and Western Tanganyika.

23. Mombasa

The city of Mombasa is among the most visited tourist destinations of the country. Mombasa is a city that sheer in history. The city of Mombasa is a charming profitable and cosmopolitan port town. It is well connected to the mainland through many bridges and ferries. Mingling of commercial shipping and traditional sailing dhows can be noticed in the wide harbor.

24. Eldoret

The city of Eldoret was initially known as 64 as it was found at the 64th mile post on the wagon route from Londiani. It got its name from the Maasai word “eldore”, and that means “stony river”. The reason behind this was the bed of the stony Sosiani River.

25. Meru

The city of Meru is situated towards the eastern part of the country with the population of 42,677. You will find it located on the Kathita River on the northeast slope of Mt Kenya, it is considered as one of the must visit tourist destinations of the country. It is indeed a lovely tourist spot. Meru is placed five miles north of the equator. Meru is an area of mixed forest, clearings, small towns, villages and rural farms.

26. Kericho

You will find this spectacular region of Kericho located towards the western part of the Great Rift Valley and is named after a Maasai chief Ole Kericho, who was executed during a war by the Gusii during the eighteenth century. You will find some of the fairly interesting tourist attractions here and also a war memorial with the Holy Trinity church.

27. Nyeri

It is said that From Nyeri you will get the excellent view of the majestic Mt Kenya on a clear day, is also considered as the gateway to the Aberdares. At the beginning of 20th century the Italian missionaries constructed Mathari Mission, which is a home to many dwellings, stalls. It is among the top tourist attractions of Kenya.

28. National Museum

One of the most interesting tourist spots to visit in Kenya is The National Museum to be found in the city of Nairobi. The museum exhibits some of the finest cultural and historical artifacts. The museum displays ancient relics founded by the Leakeys, around 900 stuffed birds and animals, fossils from Lake Turkana. One of the most popular attractions at the National Museum is the People of Kenya tribal portraits by Joy Adamson and her watercolors of Kenyan flowers and plants.

29. The Jambo Kenya Deluxe

Nairobi-Mombasa is the train route Jambo Kenya Deluxe is also one of the largest in the world and worth travelling. You will find several of luxurious amenities in the train cabin. Ranging from two to bed and sink vanity table is laid out neatly.

30. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park is among the top tourist attractions of Shimoni and Wasini Island. This famous park is located towards the southern coast of Kenya. Inside the Shimoni Channel you will also find Dolphins along with humpback whales, mostly seen between August and October. Kisite-Mpunguti consists of an area with four little islands bounded by coral reef. The reefs are excellent for diving and snorkeling. Other marine life includes Moray eel, Angelfish, Grouper, Snappers and Green Sea turtles. Butterflies and parrots are regularly seen with bird watching as another popular activity near

31. Railway Museum

The Railway Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in Kenya. You will find it in Nairobi, positioned in an old railway building; this amazing museum is dedicated to the history of the railroad in Kenya. You will find some of the finest collections inside the museum such as the steam locomotives and rolling stock and also a model of the MV Liemba, built by the Germans and still in use along Lake Tanganyika.

32. Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins was one of the prehistoric Arab towns situated beside the East African Coast from the thirteenth Century. The ruins, during the 17th Century were mysteriously abandoned. Later they discovered here the Great Mosque, the Palace, several residential houses and pillar tombs. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Kenya. An inner and outer wall surrounded the town of Gedi, most of the remains are situated within the inner wall but there are some between the two walls.

33. Shimoni

You will find this beautiful village of Shimoni around 76 kilometers towards the southern part of Likoma and the launching point for Wasini Island. In Shimoni you will find that the market is constructed over an old British colonial outpost. This little village has many attractions among which the most popular one is Shimoni Caves, said to hold slaves before shipment to Arabia. The caves are thought to go back 5 kilometers.

34. Mida Creek

Mida Creek is extensive mangrove forests, warm shallow waters and large areas of mud flats at low tide. Many local birds call Mida Creek home, such as the greater flamingo, yellow-billed stork, great white egret and malachite kingfisher. It is also the winter home of many migrant birds such as the crab plover, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel and sanderling. The best area to view water birds is at the head of the creek and the best time for bird watching is from March to May.

35. Mosques

You will find some of the finest mosques in Kenya that are definitely worth a visit. Among the most famous is the Mandhry Mosque it is regarded as the oldest mosque in Mombasa and was completed during the year 1570 and features a pleasing minaret. Another prominent mosque of Kenya is The Basheikh Mosque dates back to around 1300. Memon Mosque is traditional, yet modern with lofty minarets. Another worth visiting mosque is the historic Dawoodi Bohra Mosque, constructed during the year 1902, stands on the top of a cliff with a view of the old harbor.

36. Mamba Village

Mamba Village is East Africa’s largest crocodile farm and among the major tourist attractions of Kenya. The farm also features a broad tour and also a video presentation on the life cycle and behavior of crocodiles. The major attraction of the place is the scene of crocodiles fighting for food during feeding time. It is actually divided into sections that consist of the crocodile farm, camel and horse riding, and Floral Magic, which is a botanical garden. This place is an ideal destination for family picnicking especially children love this place. You will also find some the best Orchids and aquatic plants.

37. Watamu Marine National Park

Watamu Marine National Park is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Kenya. It was founded during the year 1968; the park offers coral gardens and over 600 species of fish and other sea creatures. The coral gardens in Watamu Marine Park are considered ideal for snorkeling. Some of the larger species encountered here are Whale sharks, manta rays, octopus and barracuda. The park is also very informative for children. It is also a vital turtle breeding area, with Green and Hawksbill turtles as the primary species.

38. Mida Creek

Mida Creek is wide mangrove forests are a famous place to visit in Kenya. Its warm shallow waters and large areas of mud flats at low tide are simply spectacular. You will find so much of animal life that will leave you speechless. Various local birds call Mida Creek home, such as the greater flamingo, yellow-billed stork, great white egret and malachite kingfisher. It is also the winter home of many migrant birds such as the crab plover, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel and sanderling. The most popular activities of this area include diving, fishing, mangrove walks, and leisure boat trips.

39. Arabuko-Sokoke National Forest

The East Africa’s largest remaining indigenous coastal forest is the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, it is one of the must visit tourist attractions of Kenya. It includes around 260 species of birds including six species of globally threatened birds – Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, East Coast Akalat, Spotted Ground Thrush, Amani Sunbird and Clarke’s Weaver. Some of the rare mammals can also be found here and plenty of beautiful birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants.

40. Meru

Meru is one of the beautiful little towns of Kenya worth visiting to be found towards the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. The town of Meru is a vital coffee producing area. Farmer cooperatives process in their own coffee factories near the farmers and you will also find some of the best miraa is produced around Meru. Miraa are the small twigs and leaves of an evergreen tree that many of the locals will be seen chewing. You will also find an interesting museum known as the Meru National Museum, surely worth a visit. On the exhibit here you will find an explanation of evolution, mounted wildlife, as well as clothing, weapons and initiation practices of the Meru people.

41. North Coast Beaches, Mombasa

The coastline north of Mombasa is a world of natural beauty; it is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of the country. It is considered to be a perfect escape with its palm lined beaches and waters of the Indian Ocean offer an ideal escape. First here you will encounter with the Nyali Beach towards the north of Mombasa. Bamburi Beach is next as you travel north. The next stop is Shanzu Beach, a busy resort area.

42. Meru National Park

Meru National Park is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Meru. The park is an unspoiled one. Abundant jungle, tall grass and swamps are due to the generous amount of rain that falls annually. Meru straddles the equator with 13 rivers and many streams that flow within its boundaries. The rivers, lined with doum palm trees, tamarind and acacia trees, abound with hippos and crocodiles. Worth noticing are the 300 species of birds that are present in the park. The wildlife in the park includes lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard and some of the rarer antelopes. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo.

43. Lamu Fort

The Lamu Fort is one of the famous places to visit in Kenya to be found in Lamu Island. You will find it situated in the island’s main square. During the year 1814, it was the Sultan of Oman who said to have started construction of this impressive structure. Upon its completion in 1821 the fort served as a garrison for Baluchi soldiers sent by the Sultan of Oman. Its protective presence encouraged new development around it and some Lamu merchants erected shopfront and buildings.

44. Manda Island

The famous Manda Island belongs to the Lamu Archipelago and one of the most popular towns you will find in Manda and Takwa. You can reach Manda only through boat or air; thus privacy and seclusion are reinforced on the sandy white beach lined with tropical vegetation. Well known for its snorkeling opportunities. It was discovered during the 9th and 10th C through trade relations with the Persian/Arabic Gulf. On the island you will also find some of the finest uncovered Chinese ceramics that dates back to 9th C, Islamic pottery and glass as well as local pottery.

45. Paté Island

The island of Paté is the largest of the Lamu islands where you will find numerous historical places. Initially it was settled in the 7th C by an Arabic colony. The island is surrounded by mangrove swamp and can only be reached at high tide. You will also find many ruins on Paté Island but the most spectacular is the fort at Siyu. Other highlights include overgrown tombs and ruined mosques. The island offers plenty of things to do and see.

46. The Central Highlands

The Central Highlands of Kenya is heavily populated region and regarded as the heartland of Kenya. The Central Highlands form the eastern wall of the Rift Valley that includes the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The highlights of this area are the Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Parks. You will notice that the climate of this region is perfect for agriculture. It is among the major places of Kenya to visit.

47. Siyu

Siyu is one of the popular tourist attractions of Kenya and was established during the 15th century and very famous as a center for Islamic learning. At one time it was the largest settlement on the island with over 30,000 residents. Situated on the waterfront, a 19th century fortress was restored to its former glory. The Siyu Fort was constructed by the Omani Arabs to subdue the residents of Siyu but they resisted. Inside the fort are many Swahili relics. Right on the outskirts of Siyu you will also find a lot of impressive tombs including a large domed tomb with porcelain niches dating from 1853.

48. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is one of the beautiful parks of Kenya and offers beautiful views of Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro. You will find that the park is occupied with forested slopes and the summit of the Ol Donyo Sabuk Mountain (2,148 meters). The park wildlife contains baboon, colobus, bushbuck, impala, duiker and abundant birdlife. Ol Donyo Sabuk means ‘Mountain of Buffalo’ in Maasai, some 250 buffaloes roam the slopes.

49. Kisumu Museum

The Kisumu Museum is one of the interesting museums to visit in Kenya. The museum houses some of the best variety of animal exhibits, ethnographic exhibits and a display of musical instruments. You will also find various amazing everyday articles including agricultural tools, traps, clothing, furniture, weapons and food utensils are highlighted.

50. Lamu Museum

You will find the famous Lamu Museum located on the waterfront and housed in a building once occupied by Jack Haggard, Queen Victoria’s consul in this outpost. The museum exhibits on Swahili culture that comprises of a reconstructed Swahili house and relics from Takwa. Among the other notable displays inside the museum are Lamu’s nautical history, the Maulid Festival and tribes. The significant part of the collection is the Ceremonial horns, or siwa.

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