Kenya is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, offering a range of ecological and cultural experiences for travellers, unlike anywhere else on Earth. If you’re thinking of discovering African tourism, here are 5 reasons why Kenya should be your first stop:
1. See a nature in action at Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara is a national reserve spanning across Tanzania and Kenya. Aside from stunning landscape views, if you visit at the right time you’ll witness one of the most fascinating annual wildlife events, the great Wildebeest Migration.
During the event, some 1.5 million wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras migrate throughout the Maasai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems in search of greener pastures. In order to survive, they must pass through areas populated by predatory land beasts as well as the huge crocodiles of the Mara River. It’s an awe-inspiring experience and a truly unique adventure for anyone who loves to see the resilience of wildlife in action.
Apart from the famous wildebeest migration, you can also experience the cultural practices of the Maasai community, experience the beautiful landscape or take an exhilarating hot air balloon flight and really get the lie of the land. After a day of adventure, you can wind down at one of the restaurants located inside the national park.
The migration starts in July and can be seen all the way to the end of October.
2. Venture to new heights at Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain on the African continent.
In 1963 a mountain climber named Kisoi Munyao celebrated Kenya’s new-found independence by summiting the mountain and planting the Kenyan flag atop it. At the time, this action was a huge source of national pride for a nation newly divested of colonial rule.
The mountain is 5,199 metres high, but if you’d like to try reaching one of the mountain’s more reachable peaks Point Lenana can be reached in approximately three days of hiking with bunkhouses at each of the camp sites.
Aside from its height, the mountain boasts a number of other unique natural features, it is located exactly on the equator and the surrounding area is a UNESCO biosphere preserve, protected to maintain the rich biodiversity of its ecosystem.
3. Experience Kenyan Culture – new and ancient
Believed to be one of oldest Swahili towns, Watamu is located along the northern tip of the Kenyan coastline. If you’re looking for an enriching cultural experience, this is the place to go. The people in this ancient town are considered some of the friendliest in the country so be sure to stop by and chat to the local traders. Explore the town on foot or by donkey for a change of pace.
From the town itself you can take a 20-minute taxi trip out to the Gedi Ruins and explore a historical mystery. Gedi, once home to 2500 people at its most populous, was abandoned sometime in the 16th or 17th century and no one is quite sure why. The ruins feature several stone buildings and a mosque believed to have been built in the 12th century. There’s also a museum at the site and a butterfly farm near-by, so more than enough to do to justify a day trip.
4. Spot the largest herd of elephants at Amboseli National Park
If you consider yourself an animal lover, you can’t miss Amboseli National park. The park is home to more than 1000 majestic elephants, the largest heard of on the planet and a truly amazing feat considering the animal’s ‘vulnerable’ and endangered status.
The park was famously home to the most studied elephant in the world, Echo, who died in 2007 at the age of 60. Through tracking and observing Echo, scientists found the first evidence of emotional bonds between elephants when, contrary to perceived instinctual behaviour, Echo’s herd did not abandon her calf Ely who was born unable to walk, instead waiting for several days, at great risk to there wellbeing, for him to get better.
As well as these gentle giants, you can find cheetahs, lions, flamingos and many more iconic African fauna. To top it off the park has arguably the best view in the country – a clear view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
5. Once you’re all adventured out…
You’ve absorbed some culture, some nature and some adventure, time to get those rays! Like all good vacations, your Kenyan trip wouldn’t be complete without some time at the beach. Diani Beach is the legendary location to enjoy beautiful white sand and gorgeous views.
Here you’ll lookout across the Indian Ocean (from a different side than you can in Australia!), maybe grab a cocktail (or two) and get the much need mental downtime your holiday is meant to bring. Accommodation is plentiful with resorts and hotels scattering the area so you can stay in style and watch the sun set on your Kenyan journey. Well, your first one anyway…
If you’re ready to discover your perfect holiday of a lifetime to Kenya (or anywhere else), we’d be delighted to help you create something that perfectly suits you or your family. You can give us a call on (02) 6041 5577, visit the office at 601 Dean Street, Albury or book an appointment with one of our expert travel agents via the form below.
Enter your details to book your appointment with your preferred travel agent who will help you get the most from your next trip. We'll get back to you as quickly as we can. To read more about our team click here.