Kenya has vast savannas immense herds of wildlife and people with proud traditions on the soil where humanity was born. Away from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and safari trips, Kenya has plenty to offer so much so that you will struggle to fit everything into one trip. Our list of things not to miss includes stargazing, hippo watching, and sipping from fresh coconuts, you might not cover all of them on your first visit but these highlights are still a very good place to start.
Amboseli National Park is in the country south and is a great place to watch elephants. Africa’s highest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro is the backdrop for seemingly every picture you will take here. Apart from elephant sightings wildebeests, zebras, lions, and hyenas may cross your path too.
Its rolling savannah studded with flattop acacia trees, the Masai Mara is an iconic East African landscape that’s home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This national park covers over 500sqm and is known for its populations of giraffe, buffalo, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, and lion.
Occupying a special place in the hearts of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya the country’s highest peak and the second highest on the continent is not a mountain to be admired from afar. The mountain’s slopes are covered with forest while the peaks are crowned with snow. The stunning arid landscape of Kenya’s wild north is given life by the Owosso and Giro River. Its palm-fringed banks are as beautiful as any waterway in inland Kenya.
Tsavo West National Park is a wilderness experience par excellence – a dramatic and vast landscape with wildlife lurking in the undergrowth. Tsavo is Kenya’s largest national park and one of the world’s largest. Because of its large size, the park was divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. With its rolling volcanic landscape, Tsavo West offers visitors spectacular scenery while there is more open savannah in Tsavo East. If you are looking for an opportunity to explore the wilderness, Tsavo National Park is the perfect destination.
Renting your own four-wheel drive is the best way to explore wild Kenya. There’s also an extensive domestic network of road and air travel. When you think of Africa, you are probably thinking of Kenya. Kenya’s landscapes are so much more than a backdrop to the country’s wildlife and people; they have the soul and gravitas and stir our deepest longings for this very special continent.