Explore Kenya
Kenya
Land blessed with nature and breathtaking landscapes

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa. It displays a great diversity, both culturally and physically. Kenya encompasses mountain highlands, savannah, lakelands and the Great Rift Valley. It's also home to exotic wildlife such as lions, rhinos, wildebeest and elephants. The wildlife safari in Maasai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park is an unforgettable experience. Kenya also has beautiful islands that offer a unique experience. From stunning landscapes, wildlife, nature, adventure to marine biodiversity, Kenya has it all. 


Popular cities/towns: 

  • Nairobi

  • Mombasa

  • Lamu

  • Nakuru

Climate
Climate of Kenya varies by location. Along the coast the climate is tropical, in the west and south-west it’s temperate, hot and dry in the east and north. The best time to visit the country is between July and October.

  • January — Hot
  • February — Hot
  • March — Wet
  • April — Wet
  • May — Wet
  • June — Cool
  • July — Cool
  • August — Cool
  • September — Cool
  • October — Cool
  • November — Wet
  • December — Wet
Things to do
City Life

Nairobi offers plenty of choices to do except just safari in Kenya. The city brims with colonial history. It's also known for wildlife parks, sprawling infrastructure, coffee and tea industry. Malindi is a scenic beach town in Kenya. It's a melting pot of cuisines, cultures and Kenya's rich history. In this historic town you can visit the Jami Mosque, Church of St. Francis Xavier, Vasco Da Gama Cross and much more. For some beachy vibes you can visit the famous Watamu Beach and explore its beautiful coral reefs. Mombasa is a multicultural hub of the country. Portuguese, Arab, Asian, British immigrants add to the rich cultural mix, cuisines and architecture. This coastal city provides fantastic diving, glass-bottom boat tours, deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching and snorkeling opportunities especially at Mombasa Marine National Park and Wasini Island. There are several urban delights like cinemas, Go-Kart, sports to make your trip even more exciting. 


Historical/Heritage Places

Nairobi National Museum exhibits on Kenya's culture, history, contemporary art and nature. Through its exquisite galleries this museum tells the story of Kenya's rich heritage. The Hall of Kenya, Joy Adamson Gallery, the Cycles of Life, the Great Hall of Mammals are a few of the galleries in the museum that you must visit for the extensive collection will leave you starstruck. Fort Jesus, located in the Mombasa Old Town, was the only fort maintained by the Portuguese. Built by 1596, this fort is an epitome of Renaissance architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is highlighted as one of the most well-preserved and outstanding testaments of 16th century Portuguese military fortifications. Karen Blixen Museum, Gedi ruins, Koobi Fora, Nairobi Railway Museum are a few other places with historical and cultural importance. 


Nature

Tsavo National Park is the largest park in the country. This vast wilderness encompasses waterfalls, rivers, volcanic hills, savannah, and an incredible diversity of wildlife. Even though spotting animals might be difficult due to dense vegetation, the breathtaking landscapes make the trip worth it nonetheless. Galana River, Yatra Plateau, Lugard Falls, Mudanda Rock are the major highlights of Tsavo East. Mzima Springs, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary and Chaimu Crater are prime attractions of Tsavo West. Mount Kenya National Park, located in the Central Highlands, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that provides unforgettable spectacle of equatorial snow. The mountain comprises three glacier-cloaked peaks namely Batian, Nelion and Lenana. Out of these Nelion is the toughest climb and Lenana is the easiest. Unpredictable weather poses challenges but climbing your way to the top is rewarding owing to the striking scenery of lakes, glaciers, alpine forests, and mineral springs. If not mountain climbing, you can indulge in wildlife safari as you may get to spot black and white colobus monkeys, hyena, tree hyrax and many other exotic mammals. Mount Elgon, located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, is an ideal place for trekking, hiking and climbing. Chyulu Hills, situated in southeastern Kenya, are some of the world's youngest volcanic mountains. The mountain range is also home to Leviathan Cave, one of the world's longest lava tubes. If you seek adventure then head out rock climbing, horse riding and hiking. To explore the natural beauty of this place visit the Chyulu Hills National Park which is home to elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, steenbok, bushpigs, amongst other wildlife. Hell's Gate National Park is one of the parks in Kenya that allows camping. This scenic park offers thrilling hiking and climbing opportunities with the red cliffs of Hell's Gate Gorge, Fischer's Tower, Obsidian Caves and two distinct volcanoes. You must also visit the Oloor Karia Maasai Cultural Centre to enjoy Maasai dancing, singing and jewelry making demonstrations. The Great Rift Valley, Aberdare National Park, Laikipia, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, Shaba National Reserves, Lake Naivasha, Ngong hills are some of the other popular tourist destinations known for their natural beauty, adventure and wildlife. 


Wildlife
Maasai Mara National Park is one of Africa's most magnificent game reserves. It's the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. It forms a wildlife corridor between Tanzania and Kenya. For centuries, Maasai people have lived in the park and graze their animals here. Maasai Mara is famous for the Great Migration from July through October when thousands of wildebeest, Thomson's Gazelle and zebra travel to and from the Serengeti. Besides these exotic mammals you can also spot cheetahs, lions, leopards in this park. In the Mara River, you'll find throngs of hippos and crocodiles. Crowned by Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Reserve is another popular tourist park in Kenya. The park comprises five different habitats ranging from wetlands with savannah, woodlands, sulfur sprint to dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli  It is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants. Other wildlife commonly spotted in the park include giraffe, eland, gazelle, cheetah, lion, waterbuck, and more than 600 species of birds. Nairobi National Park is renowned for black rhino, lions, giraffe, leopard, zebras, wildebeest, elephants, buffalo and cheetah. You'll have the time of your life on your safari here as you get to watch these majestic beings up close. Nairobi Safari Walk provides a golden opportunity to spot wildlife on foot. You must also visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery. At the Giraffe Centre you get to feed these long-necked graceful beauties. Lake Nakuru National Park is well-known for its huge flocks of pink flamingos. With the flamingos and other 450 plus species of birds, this park is perfect for bird watching. The rich diversity of wildlife makes the safari even more thrilling. Ol Pejeta Conservancy situated near the park is worth visiting for close-up wildlife encounters. Here you can view the Big Five, northern and southern white rhinos, chimpanzees and many other exotic mammals. Watamu Marine National Park has extensive coral gardens which are home to nearly 600 species of fish, 110 species of stony corals and innumerable invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.
Islands

Situated northeast of Mombasa, Lamu is a small island with a rustic charm. It houses architectural feats from India, Arab countries and Europe. Coral stone buildings with intricately carved wooden doors, hidden courtyards and verandas reflect the island's rich history. As you stroll the labyrinthine streets you'll seamlessly travel back in time. Lamu Museum, Donkey Sanctuary and Lamu Fort are the top attractions of this island. The white-sand beaches and a sip of Arabian coffee offer a much needed tranquility to the visitors. You can indulge in kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing or simply kick back in a hammock with a good book. Part of this archipelago, the Manda Island is home to an enchanting boutique-lodge, Manda Bay. This privately owned lodge is an ideal place to unwind amidst the pristine beauty of Kenya. Pate Island, Manda Island, Lamu Island, Kiwayu Island, and Manda Toto Island are prominent parts of Lamu archipelago. Technically, Chale Island is a headland but it very distinctively resembles an island. Exciting activities offered here include coral reef diving, game fishing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, glass bottom boat rides, beach and boat snorkeling. Wasini Island, situated in the south-eastern coast of Kenya, is famous for its extensive coral reefs and ultramarine waters. You can indulge in exciting activities such as diving, dolphin watching, snorkeling and sailing on a traditional Dhow. The Islands of Lake Turkana, Rusinga Islands, Funzi Island, Mombasa Island, Takawiri Island, Mfangano Island are some of the other beautiful islands in Kenya. 


Beaches

Watamu Beach, located in Malindi, is one of the most famous beaches in Kenya. It is popularly known as Turtle Bay. Besides sun bathing, you can go scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear water of the great Indian Ocean. Bamburi Beach, located in Mombasa, is one of the top tourist destinations in Kenya. It's a great place to soak in the goodness of the sea and sun. You can ride on the back of a camel or go snorkeling and scuba diving to explore Bamburi's beautiful coral reef. Diani Beach has a tropical weather coupled with untarnished white sands that creates a vibrant yet serene ambience. You can enjoy a plethora of watersports such as fishing, swimming, diving, kitesurfing, and much more. Nyali Beach is one of the least crowded beaches in Kenya. So, it offers a lot of quiet and peace. You can try surfing or simply lay back and slip into a slumber of serenity. Lamu Beach, Shela Beach, Tiwi Beach, Malindi Beach, Dunga Beach and Gazi Beach are some of the other popular beaches in Kenya. 


Places of Worship

Jamia Mosque, located in Nairobi, is a popular religious place in Kenya. It houses a library and a training center dedicated to preaching Islam. Its stunning Arabic style architecture makes the mosque a must-visit in Kenya. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Nairobi is arguably an architectural wonder. Its intricately carved and designed architecture along with serene ambience makes it an ideal destination for peace seekers. Shri Cutch Satsung Swaminarayan in Mombasa is another magnificent temple to visit in Kenya. The architecture and designs on the walls of this temple tell interesting stories, one only needs to look. 


How to spend time / how long will it take?
A major chunk of Kenya can be covered in 8 to 12 days. Starting off your trip at Nairobi, spend a day or two visiting prominent tourist attractions of the city. You can take a day trip to Maasai Mara Reserve and have a great time spotting the exotic mammals. You can next visit the vast Amboseli National Reserve and a day's excursion in the park is totally worth it. From here, enjoy a retreat to the vibrant port city Mombasa. You can spend two to three days exploring the city, cultural sites, marine biodiversity and the serene beaches Diani and Bamburi. You can enjoy several watersports here. Your next stopover can be Malindi. Spend a day at the Watamu Beach to rewind and rejuvenate before you make your way to your next destination. If you want to explore more of Kenya’s coastal area, you can spend a day or two at Lamu. Or if you are up for a great wildlife safari adventure you can spend a day at the magnificent Tsavo National Park. It’s quite extensive and the breathtaking landscapes make your trip here worth it. For some thrilling adrenaline rush you can next visit the majestic Mount Kenya National Park for two days. Besides wildlife safari you could go hiking to Batian Peak, Nelion Peak or Lenana Peak. Each peak has a different difficulty level so choose wisely. End your trip on a memorable note by spending a day or two exploring the Great Rift Valley. You can also spend a day at Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru National Park, both of which are part of the Rift Valley.
Cuisine
  • Cuisine of Kenya reflects a mix of traditions and ethnicity. Some of the popular dishes include Ugali, Sukuma Wiki, Nyama Choma, Githeri, Kenyan Pilau, Coconut Rice, Kenyan Stew, Matoke and many others. Most of these dishes are considered as nutritious staples in the country.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Kenya can vary, the average cost of food is approx. KSh 450 (USD 4.17) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 12 days

Known For
  • Wildlife
  • Beaches
  • Cityscapes
  • Markets
  • Islands
Areas to Visit
  • Mombasa County for beaches, marine life and Old Town
  • Nairobi for cultural heritage and colonial history
  • National Parks such as Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Hells Gate for wildlife safari
  • Mount Kenya and Chyulu Hills for trekking, hiking & other adventurou activities
  • The Great Rift Valley for Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru
  • Lamu Archipelago for islands, beaches and watersports

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