The suite of tourist attractions in Kenya is unmatched owing to the country’s unsurpassed beauty and allure. With sugar sand coastlines, grasslands teeming with millions of wildlife, and mountains so tall they touch the clouds, there are a myriad of attractions for the visitor to enjoy. Tourist attractions in Kenya are diverse and can take the visitor into the ocean depths, face to face with a pride of the world’s largest and fiercest lions, or dancing in a circle with the fascinating Masai warriors.
One of the most spectacular sights that occurs from July through September is the Great Wildebeest Migration. Approximately 1.5 million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebras make their way across the Serengeti to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Crossing the meandering Mara River becomes a perilous danger with crocodiles waiting to snatch a meal or two.
Kenya National Parks
The best way to see the wildlife in the country is to visit one of the numerous Kenya national parks. The best known of these is the Masai Mara National Reserve where the annual wildebeest migration occurs. Expect to see lots of lions, elephants and cheetahs here too.
– Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its millions of flamingoes as well as rhinos, hippos, and giraffes.
– Mount Kenya National Reserve is known for its incredible landscape with Mount Kenya, the highest of the mountains in Kenya and the second highest mountain in Africa being the star attraction.
– Amboseli National Park has excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and is home to a high concentration of elephants, and some hippos and profuse birdlife.
– Hitherto notorious for its man eating lions, Tsavo National Park is now renowned for its “red elephants,” hippos and crocodiles.
– Aberdares National Park has breathtaking waterfalls along with leopards, rhinos and bongo antelopes.
– Nairobi National Park, in the heart of the city, is a habitat for the endangered black rhino and lions, leopards, giraffes and zebras.
– And, the Mombasa Marine National Park offers snorkelers and divers glimpses of dolphins, parrot fish and lots of colorful coral reefs.
If you want to enjoy a few days at the seashore, Mombasa is a must-see. With its pristine beaches to enjoy during the day and bars and nightclubs to have fun in at night, this city is a very popular resort town for those seeking a relaxing holiday.
Another of the fine coastal spots is Lamu. This tropical getaway looks like it is straight out of the 14th century. Because the roads are so narrow that cars cannot drive on them, the main modes of transport are on foot, by dhow or donkey back. As there are no grand resorts, nightclubs or couture shopping malls, Lamu is where the visitor goes to truly get away from civilization.
The Lamu beaches are relatively deserted and when the sun sets, everyone goes to bed only to be up bright and early at sunrise. It is this seclusion that appeals to visitors seeking solace and peace.
Those in a relatively good physical shape should plan a hike up to the top of Mount Kenya or Elgon or Longonot. While Mount Kenya, the highest of the mountains in Kenya is not as quite as tall as Mount Kilimanjaro, it is nevertheless more challenging, making a successful ascent to its summit that much more of an accomplishment.
Hotels and Lodges
There are plenty of hotels and lodges in the cities and Kenya national parks where visitors can check in and spend a few days savoring these and more incredible tourist attractions in Kenya.