If you thought Kenya was only for wildlife lovers, here’s some news for you. Blessed with stunning landscapes, a rich culture and a thriving art scene, Kenya is one of the best places in the world for a family vacation that caters to various temperaments and interests.
Still need motivation to start planning your Kenya vacation? Here are five reasons why you should visit this dynamic country:
For Chasing the Big 5
A premier safari destination in Africa, Kenya is home to the Big 5 of the African wildlife – African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and white/black rhinos. The Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Meru National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park are some of the top spots that can been covered on a safari in search for the Big 5. In addition to these big animals, these wildlife and conservancies are great places for spotting unique and endangered species of native birds and animals.
For Witnessing the Biggest Wildlife Migration in the World
One of the most incredible sights that one can behold in their life is the annual wildebeest migration that happens between mid-august to October every year. Enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra circle the Serengeti Plains as they travel from Tanzania into Kenya’s famed Maasai Mara and back. Though you must have come across many videos and photos of this splendid phenomenon, nothing prepares you for the dramatic affect that thousands of these wild animals strutting and running together create. Such is its grandeur that safari-enthusiasts from far and wide fly to be in Kenya during the wildebeest migration.
For Unspoiled Beaches
Kenya is mostly associated with its wildlife and not many people know that it is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Watamu Beach, part of the Marine National Park, present visitors with excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities whereas Diani Beach is perfect for sunbathing and spotting around 50 species of fish, dolphins, sea turtles, and whales. The Lamu beach on the car-free Lamu Island; the Funzi beach presenting great surfing opportunities as well as palm-fringed Malindi beach are some of the other crowd favourites in Kenya.
For Admiring Majestic Mountains
Mount Kenya is no less splendid than the neighbouring Mount Kilimanjaro. Sitting in the eponymous national park, Mount Kenya remains known for three of its steep peaks that challenge even the professional mountaineers. Adventure seekers can sign up for a trekking expedition on the lowest peak, standing tall at 5199 meters. The climb to the top may be strenuous but it rewards you with breathtaking vistas over the plains and savannah below. You may also spot elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, Colobus monkey, antelope and giant forest hogs from up there.
For an Encounter with the Country’s Rich Art and Culture
Many indigenous tribes rooted in the ancient customs of Africa still call Kenya their home. You can meet with the Maasai tribe and their close kin, the Samburu people on your Kenyan adventure and get acquainted with the customs and traditions in their history, culture, lifestyle, religion and food. The creative heritage of Kenya can be sampled at one of the popular art and culture centres- GoDown Arts Centre, Shifteye Gallery, and The Kuono Trust – in the capital city of Nairobi. Music lovers have a strong reason to visit Kenya as the country now has a thriving jazz, hip hop scene.