For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, a Kenya visit is like a pilgrimage they must go on at least once in their lifetime. While the prolific species of birds and animals, some of them rare to Kenya, are the major draws for most tourists, the country’s fascinating culture and traditions also call out to tourists always on the lookout to extracting the most out of their trip. Since Kenya’s abundant national parks and game reserves, although astounding, are not the country’s only attractions, we have put together of other riveting encounters you can have in the country for a wholesome understanding of its past as well as present.
Participate in the East African Safari Classic Rally
An exhilarating experience for adventure junkies, the East African Safari Classic Rally is your chance to experience Kenya at an altogether different pace, quite literally! The tough Kenyan terrains spread over 4100 kilometres call out to thrill-seeking drivers who drive through dusty roads as well as the lush interiors of the Mombasa city where the race begins and finishes. The travellers from the UK will find it interesting to know that this classic rally is an extension event for the East African Safari Rally that began in 1953 in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who enjoyed huge popularity in the region.
Spend Romantic Time at Ol Maro Game Sanctuary
If you are already not bewitched with the surrounding of the magical bush country by the time you reach Ol Maro, try breathing when you look around from your luxurious room perched high on an escarpment. Consistently voted the most romantic place in the whole of Kenya, this privately owned game sanctuary is made of stone, and has thatched roofs and spiral staircases, things that earn it the title of ‘Africa’s Hogwarts’. Living here, you will also get a chance to meet the local Samburu people and know more about their life.
Get Married or Renew You Vows Maasai Style
A lifetime experience for travellers who are adventurous enough and would like their wedding album to speak to their grand kids of their undaunted spirits; getting married in Kenya can be an exciting prospect. The bride and the groom will be adopted by two different local families, and decked up in the traditional wedding attire (face painted). The groom’s family will come dancing to get the bride and upon the negotiation of dowry (usually animals) and a few gifts, the ritual will be completed.
Take Yourself on a Cheese Tour
We know that nobody recommends Kenya for its cheese, especially to travellers from the Europe who have an exemplary quality of cheese in their own backyard, but visit the award-winning Brown’s Cheese factory just outside Nairobi and you might be forced to rethink your stance. The tour to the purely biodynamic and organic factory will include guests being treated to a cheese platter and a three-course lunch with homemade chutneys, bread and home-grown salad. The kids can also be enrolled for Brown’s cheese-making classes and milking sessions at this award-winning factory.
Dine in a Cave Restaurant
How many times in life can you claim to have dined at a place that is between 120,000 and 180,000 years old? The Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Diani, Kenya presents you with this rare opportunity. An ancient coral cave turned into a restaurant, Ali Barbour’s Cave has been made fit for a perfect, romantic dinner lit by candles with as little altercations as possible to the cave’s natural structure. As the stars gaze through the open holes in ceilings, the dinner experience is turned ethereal, easily one of the best in Africa. The restaurant usually serves international cuisine, specialising in seafood along with a great wines sampled from different parts of the world.