A few weeks ago, I revealed that Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see the Big 5 on safari. That’s lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos, in case you need a quick refresher. If Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve piqued your interest then this week I’m going to share some further destinations in Kenya where you can extend your Kenyan vacation.
The Kenyan capital is an energetic city that unites traditional and contemporary culture while fusing urban pleasures and a dash of wilderness. The city is home to the Nairobi National Park where you can gain an understanding of the rehabilitation efforts taking place at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. The open-air exhibition Bomas of Kenya invites you to experience the indigenous customs through art, crafts, and performances. Meanwhile, you will find a spread of museums, wine bars, and international restaurants waiting for you across the city streets.
This huge lake is situated in southwest Kenya and is shared with neighboring Uganda and Tanzania. As only a tiny fraction of the lake is within Kenyan territory it brings exclusivity to your itinerary. You can elect to stay in a plush lakeside hotel in Kisumu where you can arrange boat tours and visit the Kisumu Impala Wildlife Sanctuary. Alternatively, you may want to stay in a beautiful eco-retreat on the island of Rusinga.
If you’re seeking sun, sand, and sea following your safari adventure then look no further than Mombasa on the southeast coast. Known as the blue and white city for its strategically painted buildings, Mombasa is the gateway to some of the loveliest Indian Ocean beaches on the African continent. Head south to Diani Beach for the whitest sand and most appeasing hotels.
Great Rift Valley
This geographical wonder runs from Israel through to Mozambique and the East Africa segment is viewable from space. A short drive from Nairobi brings you to the official viewpoint where you can take in panoramic views of the vegetation. Continue further north and you can explore the Lake Naivasha National Park. The freshwater lake is bordered by rich forests of fever and overlooked by the volcanic Mount Longonot. Taking a cruise across the water provides an opportunity to witness giraffes, hippo, waterbuck, and local birdlife.
Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town sits proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage List and presents the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Constructed out of coral stone and mangrove timber, Lamu Old Town is situated on an island within the Lamu Archipelago on the northern coast. Dive into local history at the Lamu Fort and Lamu Museum, tour the mosques, and lose track of time at one of the idyllic beachside cafes.
Mount Kenya National Park
Not only is Mount Kenya the highest mountain in Kenya, but it is the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. Standing at 5,199 meters (17,057 feet), the extinct volcano sits within its own spellbinding national park comprising lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, and mineral springs. Opt to go hiking or game viewing for the chance to sight such wildlife as elephants, giant forest hogs, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, and black rhinos. If you have the time and the drive, you can tackle the climb to the summit of Peak Lenana.
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