Where To Go On Holiday In Kenya
Kenya lays claim to fantastic beaches, and if you’re in the market for discovering life in the Indian Ocean, then the Marine National Park in Malindi is a great place to start! Grab a seat on a glass bottomed boat, or to get up-close with the marine life get your hands on a snorkel or better still learn to dive. You can expect to see a raft of wildlife including dolphins, turtles, lobsters and star fish, as well as rich coral and reefs.
Kakamega boasts the country’s only rainforest, and here you can enjoy nature trails, bird watching, camping, night game walks and indulge in a spot of nature watching - rare breeds of monkey (including the endangered DeBrazza monkey) and porcupine live here. For the adventurous a walk to the highest point, Buyango Hill, is a must for commanding views over the area.
The highest mountain in Kenya, Mount Kenya is not for the faint hearted! Its national park has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and the area boasts a variety of flora and fauna such as the Hyrax the Common Duiker. Climb the Point Lenana peak or rock climb your way up a series of other peaks. Alternatively enjoy one of the 8 walking routes on offer.
And of course Kenya is THE place to experience safari. The famous Masai Mara wetlands are a nature lovers dream! The area calls itself home to a huge variety of big cats, African Elephants, Black Rhinoceros and hippos, and is the setting of the great migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from neighbouring Serengeti. One of the best ways to see the area is by hot air balloon, although there are plenty of safari options on offer.
Another option for safari is the Tsavo National Park, divided into East and West parks. Tsavo East National Park is not only one of the oldest national parks, but also one of the largest in the country and is accessed through one of three gates; from Voi through the Manyani gate, from Mombasa through the Bachuma gate or from Malindi through the Sala gate. The park benefits from a raft of wildlife, notably including the black rhino, leopards, elephants, the masai lion and the cape buffalo.
More popular with tourists, the Tsavo West National Park boasts awe-inspiring scenery including the natural springs of Mzima, along with diverse wildlife including those found in the East Park as well as masai giraffe and hippo. For rock climbers the park is a Mecca with animals roaming below the rock face and on a clear day views of Kilimanjaro possible.