Kenya is a vibrant country full of amazing things to see and do. It boasts a variety of different areas, including beautiful white sand coastlines, dense forests and vast deserts, all of which offering something magical to those willing to explore them. So with all that on offer, where to begin? Well, here are seven things to do when visiting Kenya.
Climb Mount Kenya
Climbing mountains gives you a view unlike any other, and is a great way to get active while you’re traveling. Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa, second to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and this mountain is a must-climb, although this isn’t for novice climbers. There are eight different routes to get to the top and be sure to stop off at the National Park on the way.
Kenya is a fantastic destination for a safari – if you’re lucky you will spot antelope, flamingos and a whole lot more, including the Big Five; which include rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. If you time your trip right, you will be able to catch the Great Migration, which is where over a million wildebeest, gazelles, and zebra make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara, Kenya.
Explore the local food
There are lots of different food types available in Kenya and you owe it to yourself to give as many as possible a try! Ugali is a staple food in Kenya and is a dense cornmeal paste which is often used as a side to stews or cooked vegetables. Stew is very popular in Kenya and a delicious way to fill up after a busy day. If you fancy a little treat then Masala Chips are an incredible snack.
Relax at the beach
The beaches on Kenya’s coastline are absolutely glorious and whatever you are looking for, you will find the right Kenyan beach for you. For example, Diani’s white sand is almost radiant and the water offers plenty of opportunities for activities, or perhaps you would rather head over to Watamu and Turtle Bay where you can enjoy the huge coral reef by scuba diving, and see where the sea turtles are nesting. For both deep-sea fishing and clubbing Malindi is the best option or set sail on a dhow at Lamu.
Soak up some history and culture
Kenya has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, Kenya Lake Systems, Mijikenda Kaya Forests, Mount Kenya National Park, and Lake Turkana National Park. Phew! Fort Jesus protected the port of Mombasa, whereas Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement you will find in East Africa. For some outdoor relaxation, a walk around the national parks is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Meet new people
Kenyans are known for being welcoming and friendly and if you don’t spend at least a little of your time talking to them you are really missing out. They are passionate about their culture and history and will happily tell you all about their heritage. Take some time to listen to what they have to say, as their stories will stay with you for years to come.
You might not think of Kenya as having a particularly thriving party scene but you would be wrong! Those in Nairobi love to spend nights in the clubs of Central Business District, Westlands, Ngong Road or Nairobi West, where the best nights out are had. If you’re not a huge party animal, there are more relaxed jazz bars for a chilled out night.
Did you know that Prince William proposed to his now-wife Kate while on holiday in Kenya? There really is something magical about this country! Although we can’t guarantee that you will get engaged to a prince while you are there, there are still some amazing things to see and do.
Is there something we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below: What are your must-do things while visiting Kenya?