Kenya is a famous place for its savanna safaris and is also a country with full of extreme and very classy contrasts. You can find great diversity in places which range from alpine snows to deserts, forests to open plains, metropolis cities like Nairobi to colorful tribal places, freshwater lakes to coral reefs. For many, Kenya is place which is a microcosm of east Africa. The top of the list for any traveller is the jungle safaris from many decades, but recently other major attractions like trekking Mount Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara and snorkeling in the Indian Ocean coast, Malindi can also include.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 best places in Kenya:
1. Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya:
One of the world’s most visited places and is also one of the top tourist attractions in the country. Masai Mara National Reserve is a popular Game Park and every year the park is being visited by thousands and thousands of visitors and tourists who mostly come here to watch the annual migration of zebra and the wildebeest. The great migration, it is called as which takes place every year from July to October at which time there will be some millions of zebras and wildebeest migrating from the Serengeti into Tanzania. It is a must do thing in your life.
2. Lake Nakuru Kenya:
Kenya is the place where you can find a very shallow lake called Lake Nakuru and the abundance of algae found in the lake attracts some huge flocks of lesser flamingos towards it and sometimes you can find more than a million of them at once. Often the lake Nakuru is called as the host of world’s greatest bird spectacle on the planet and the flamingo’s is the country’s top attractions. Sadly, due to the environmental degradation and pollution, the number of flamingos is decreasing every year.
3. Amboseli National Park Kenya:
Amboseli national park is comparatively a small one which is located close to the Tanzania border and at the foot of the continent’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is a famous park and is a best place in the continent to get closes to the free ranging or wild elephants of the Africa. Other attractions of Amboseli National Park are the opportunity to meet up with the local maasai people and to have the spectacular views of mount Kilimanjaro.
4. Tsavo National Park Kenya:
The largest national park in Kenya is the Tsavo National Parkand also one of the largest parks in the world. Because of its vast size, the park is divided into two main parts which are Tsavo west and Tsavo East. The former boasts spectacular and eye-feasting sceneries with a rolling volcanic landscape and the latter has more open savannah lands. The Tsavo National Park is a very ideal destination in the country for people who want to get some solitude and privacy in their travelling and while exploring the wildlife.
5. Lamu Island Kenya:
A part of the country’s Lamu archipelago, Lamu Island is a place that is unspoiled and untouched by the huge tourism that reaches the coastal lines of Kenya. Lamu town is the oldest living town in the country and has retained all of the charm and the character that was built up over the centuries. You won’t find any roads on the lamu island, just some alleyways and footpaths, which shows you how raw and natural the place is. There are only few vehicles in the island and the residents here prefer walking or taking boat or donkeys if they want to travel.
6. Nairobi National Park Kenya:
Located just 10 minutes away from the center of Nairobi, Nairobi National Park is a fascinating park that is separated from the metropolis by a fence. You can see the city’s skyscrapers from the Nairobi National Park, but even though you find the city nearby, you can find much different wildlife population in the park. From migrating zebras and wildebeests which can be seen in the dry seasons to the rhinoceros sanctuaries, you can find a great deal of wildness in the Nairobi National Park.
7. Malindi Kenya:
If you want an introduction to the costal attractions in the country, then you must start from Malindi which offers you a pleasant and spectacular view of coral reefs and beautiful sandy beaches which are perfect for surfing, snorkeling and deep sea fishing. Apart from these other water sports are also available in the place. There is also a national park called Malindi Marine national park which is protected and is a place with fine beaches and clear waters with colorful fishes. It also houses a domestic airport and a highway between Lamu and Mombasa.
8. Mount Kenya:
The 2nd highest mountain in the country and is also the second highest mountain in the continent after Kilimanjaro, mount Kenya is a beautiful tourist spot that offer a series of peaks that are capped with snow and the slopes are covered with forests. The height of the mountain is 5199 meter or 17057 feet and is difficult to climb. However there are several low peaks that can be easily reached by any fit trekker.
9. Samburu National Reserve Kenya:
If you want to visit a peaceful national park then Samburu National Reserve is the place you must visit. Located in northern Kenya, the Samburu National Reserve attracts many wildlife animals due to the presence of Uaso Nyrio River and the combination of grassland and forests for wild animals. All the three big cats- lion, cheetah and leopard can be seen here along with the elephants, buffalos and hippos. The Uaso Nyrio River also contains huge number of Nile crocodiles. So be careful before you decide to take a bath.
10. Hell’s Gate National Park Kenya:
A very tiny park which was named after a narrow break in the cliffs which is a tributary to the prehistoric lake which fed early humans in the Rift valley, Hell’s Gate National Park is a unique place with wildlife and you can walk or take a bicycle ride with or without a guide. The dramatic scenery with steep cliffs and gorges, the Hell’s Gate National Park is also a house for a wide range of wildlife animals like lions, leopards and cheetahs.