Kenya is a country full of amazing history, majestic wildlife, surreal landscapes and a captivating culture with rich traditions and a zest for life and family.
This post describes a cadre of destinations almost as captivating as the people.
Nairobi City, more commonly known as Nairobi, is the capital and the largest city within Kenya. Nairobi also holds the distinction as the only city in the world with a national park in it. Nairobi is well known to be the Green City in the sun. Not only is Nairobi a major business hub, housing many fortune 500 companies (like Shell and General Motors), it also remains close to the roots of the country. Even with the development of Nairobi into a large modern city, it still holds fast to the roots of Kenyan culture. Nairobi is also known for its wildlife rehab. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Preserve cares for and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants, while the Giraffe Centre, rehabilitates Rothschild Giraffes. If you are hungry for modern culture – visit Nairobi’s famous museums; the Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi Railway Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum. Nairobi is more than a city, it’s a diverse infrastructure of people, wildlife, history and traditions.
Mombasa In a wide harbor in Kenya there is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries – here lies the city of Mombasa. A coastal melting pot of culture, heritage, and architecture. If you are looking for pristine white sandy tropical beaches, Mombasa is the place to go. Aside from the relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy fresh seafood and support local fishermen who thrive off of the sea. The second largest city in Kenya has an amazing nightlife and bargain-filled shopping. The markets in Mombasa are colorful places buzzing with activity as people shop for spices, produce, and handcrafted artwork. The Swahili traditions of Kenya originate in this colorful city adding to the artwork and crafts that Mombasa markets are filled with. Mombasa also has numerous wildlife sanctuaries and landmarks. Mombasa is a must-see destination.
Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya, located in the Great Rift Valley. The shores of Lake Nakuru draws in thousands of flamingos each year among other wildlife. Lake Nakuru National Park was originally formed as a bird sanctuary and is still considered a bird lovers’ paradise having over 400 varieties of birds visible. Baboon Hills and Lion Cliffs are breathtaking offering opportunities to view baboons, warthogs, leopards, lions, and an assortment of other wildlife. Lake Nakuru National Park is also a sanctuary to the rare and nearly instinct black and white rhinoceros. From the surreal views to the majestic wildlife, Nakuru deserves the title of being one of Kenya’s top safari destinations.
Masai Mara is a place for adventurers and home to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This preserved savannah is dedicated to protecting wildlife. If you are anxious to see “The Big 5” this is a must visit destination as it is also home to many other species of animals like giraffes, cheetahs, crocodiles, wildebeest, vulchers, and much more. The rolling hills and grassy terrain provide a beautiful backdrop for the renowned wildebeest migra- tion. The Masai Mara is home to the Maasai tribe and its unique culture. Whether you choose to navigate this great adventure by car, by foot, on horseback or by hot air balloon, you are sure to see extensive amounts of wildlife and truly have the adventure of a lifetime.
Amboseli Salty Dust, or Amboseli as the city is actually named, is one of the best places to view hundreds of elephants and of course, the highest snow capped peak in Africa, the exquisite Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is one of the most visited parks in all of Africa. If you are anxious to see large elephant herds, over 600 varieties of birds or mongoose, countless giraffes, breathtaking views, and more, then Amboseli is a must visit on your trip to Kenya.
Kenyan Villages Kenya is filled with villages scattered through- out the countryside. Every Kenyan belongs to a village and every village is home to its own distinctive tribe. There are forty two tribes that make up this great country. These villages are a great place to experience the culture and traditions in depth, especially if you can travel and immerse yourself with the villagers. While the villages have some modern conveniences, they cling to their rich heritage and serve as authentic communities supporting one another. These villages, while they embrace the modern era, are still very inner dependent. The villages and tribes of Kenya work together to make the country function. Almost all of the food products are grown in the countryside within the villages. Once you experience life in an authentic Kenyan village, your perspective on life will undeniably change.
Kenya is full of diverse communities and amazing people. The cities, suburbs, beaches, villages, and national parks are both modern and simple. Each destination has its own unique experiences. Visiting Kenya isn’t just the opportunity of a lifetime, it is an event which will change your life.
Last modified: October 13, 2021