Top Travel Destinations in Kenya

Feb. 22, 2021, 5:43 p.m.

For first-time visitors, Kenya is a magical haven. From the bottom of the Watamu Marine Park to the peaks of Mount Kenya, Kenya has a sheer diversity of wildlife and geographical formations. On the top of to-do things, tourists can, come and witness throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Wildebeest migration of the Mara, come eye-to-eye with an elephant in Tsavo, take off in hot air balloons or marvel at the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Topographically, Kenya is stunning. It is surrounded by mountain ranges, great lakes, and unending acacia woodlands. Apart from the world-famous safari parks, Kenya also offers a trove of coastal treasures. Visitors can relax on sandy beaches, experience the melting pot of cultures and cuisines in Mombasa, dive-in fish-rich coral reefs, and explore the exciting culture of local communities.

At the top of tourist attraction sites in Kenya, Africa Calling Safaris presents to you handpicked top travel destinations in Kenya:

  1. Masai Mara game reserve

Overview

Masai Mara is one of the world's most magnificent game reserves. Located deep in the Rift Valley, on The South Western part of Kenya, Masai Mara was named in honor of the Masai Culture, The Mara. It borders the Serengeti of Tanzania and the two form a wildlife corridor between the two countries.  The park is world-famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration. The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual migration by millions of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelles, elands, impalas, and Grant's gazelle across the greater Mara – Serengeti ecosystem. It is also known for providing excellent predator sightings thanks to its relatively flat topography and large populations of lions, cheetah, and leopards.

Activities

With an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, Masai Mara Game Reserve provides excellent opportunities for game watching, bird watching, bush camping, hot air balloon safaris, walking safaris, and cultural safaris.

Plan your Safari

Africa Calling Safaris offers is dedicated to maker your travel memorable by customizing all your needs. With highly skilled staff, you are assured of a safe, comfortable, and affordable safari.

  1. Amboseli National Park

Overview

Crowned by Africa's highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya's most popular tourist attraction sites. The name "Amboseli" was derived from a Masai word meaning "salty dust", which is a perfect description of the park’s wild condition. Amboseli is commonly referred to as “The Home of the African Elephant”.  It is also home to the Big Five and other wild animals such as wild dogs, Giraffe, Zebra, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik-Dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine.

Activities

A visit to Amboseli promises a close thrilling encounter with the free-ranging African Elephants. Other activities include bush camping, game watching,  and bird watching.

Plan your Safari

Amboseli lies 240 kilometers south of Nairobi along the Nairobi Namanga road. Luckily, you can easily plan your safe and comfortable journey thanks to the excellent services of Africa Calling Safaris.

  1. Tsavo East and West National Parks

Overview

Tsavo East and West form Kenya's largest national park. The two combined, makeup four percent of Kenya's total landmass and encompass rivers, waterfalls, savannah, volcanic hills, a massive lava-rock plateau, and an impressive diversity of wildlife. Tsavo is world-famous for unforgettable sightings of large elephant herds rolling and bathing in red dust. Located in Tsavo West, the spectacular Mzima Springs is an excellent sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out of the underlying lava rocks, forming the most welcoming scene to the vast, beautiful and rugged wilderness.

Activities

Tsavo National Park is ideal for game viewing, bush camping, bush dinner, lunch, and breakfast. It is also a perfect destination for video documentaries and honeymoons.

Plan your Safari

For a memorable trip to Tsavo National Park, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for your all-around travel needs. With customizable packages, Africa Calling Safaris is dedicated to offering you a memorable experience.

  1. Nakuru National Park

Overview

Lake Nakuru National Park lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, near the fourth largest town in Kenya, Nakuru. Lake Nakuru offers wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from the Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding yellow acacia woodlands and the breathtaking escarpments and photo-worthy ridges. It is home to the greater and lesser flamingoes among other bird species making it a magnificent bird watching site.

Activities

Lake Nakuru National Park offers spectacular opportunities for game viewing, bird watching, boat riding, fishing, movie shooting, and bush camping. With a beautiful surrounding, it is a perfect spot for family vacations and honeymoons.

How to Get There

The park is located 156 kilometers North-West of Kenya. It is only four kilometers from Nakuru Town. With Africa Calling Safaris, you can easily plan your safe, comfortable, and luxurious journey to this beautiful haven. Africa Calling Safaris will cater for your travel, accommodation, and any other service you will require in your safari.

  1. Solio Ranch

Overview

Solio Ranch is a privately-owned wildlife conservancy located in Kenya's central region. Located in Laikipia, it was founded in the 1970s as a breeding ground for the white and the black rhino. Today, it is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya that has not been featured on the tourism maps for decades.

In addition to the impressive populations of rhinos, Solio Ranch is inhabited by a wide diversity of wildlife such as zebra, giraffe, antelope, Oryx, impala, warthog, Thompson's gazelle, buffalo, and waterbuck.  It is also home to the lion, cheetah, and leopard.

Activities

Solio Ranch is one of those few places that visitors are assured that they will get a chance to watch a rhino in its wild habitat. In addition to game watching, visitors take part in bush camping, horse riding, and walking safaris.

Plan your trip

For all your travel needs to Solio Ranch, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for a comfortable, affordable, yet luxurious experience. With customizable packages and highly trained staff, Africa Calling Safaris is your best partner

  1. Meru National Park

Overview

Brilliant on a magnificent scale, Meru National Park features a luxuriant jungle, grasslands, rivers, and a verdant swamp. It is considered a complete wilderness because it is little visited and utterly unspoiled. If you love a serene environment, Meru National Park is a must-go zone for you. Visitors can spot elephants, buffalos, zebras, elephants, hartebeests, cheetah, leopard, Bohor reedbucks, puff adders, cobras, pythons, and more than four hundred bird species. It is the former home and George Adamson, a conservationist widely known for her conservation efforts and taming of and Elsa, a lioness.

Activities

Visitors take part in game watching, bird watching, bush camping,  and walking safaris. If you are looking for a perfect wild place for your honeymoon, family vacation or Meru National Park should be at the top of your list.

Plan your Safari

To make your experience an unforgettable one, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for all your customizable travel needs. By planning your trip with us, you are assured that the best tour operator that Kenya has to offer has your back.

  1. Olpejeta Ranch

Overview

The Ol-Pejeta Ranch is a nonprofit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. Situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, it sits at the foothills of the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya. The ranch is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa with more than one hundred and fifteen rhinos and is home to the last two Northern rhinos in the world. The Ol-Pejeta Conservancy holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. It is home to the free-roaming pride of lions, cheetah, and leopards.

Activities

Visitors take part in bush camping, game watching, bird watching, camping, and horse riding. It also ideal for video documentaries or movie shooting.

Plan your Safari

With highly experienced staff and customizable travel packages, Africa Calling Safaris is your best travel partner to the Ol-Pejeta Conservancy.

  1. Lamu Island

Overview

Lamu Island is a part of Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago and has managed to stay unspoiled and untouched by the mass tourism that has hit much of Kenya's coastline in recent decades. Founded in the fourteenth century, it is undoubtedly Kenya's oldest town and the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. As the oldest living town in Kenya, Lamu Town has retained all the charm and character built up over centuries. One of the biggest festivals in Lamu Island is the annual Lamu Cultural Festival that celebrates the distinctive Swahili heritage and culture of the Lamu archipelago, honoring both the past and the future values and customs of the Swahili community.

Activities

As a UNESCO world heritage site, visitors take part in cultural safaris, fishing, bush camping, windsurfing, and sun basking in the warm magical beaches of the East African Coast.

Plan your Safari

Planning for a safari can be hectic. Luckily, at Africa Calling Safaris we are equipped with the best staff to make your trip to Lamu a luxurious one.

  1. Mombasa

Overview

Mombasa is Kenya's second-largest city and largest port. Over the past decades, Mombasa has flourished as a multicultural tourist magnet attracting both local and international tourists. Apart from the local Swahili community, the British, Portuguese, Arab, Indian, and Asian immigrants add to the rich cultural mix and their influence is evident in the architecture as well as the many different types of cuisine.

Mombasa is an island connected to its mushrooming development on the mainland by a causeway, bridges, and ferries. Apart from wildlife, Mombasa also offers cultural tours that will give you exciting insights into the culture of the Swahili communities. History lovers will enjoy exploring the 16th-century Fort Jesus and Old Town with its ancient Swahili dwellings, narrow streets, and souvenir shops.

Activities

Mombasa is popular in cultural safaris, fishing, diving, walking trails, bush camping, windsurfing, and sun-basking.

Plan your Safari

Africa Calling Safaris is well equipped with vast experience and customizable needs to make your trip to Mombasa Island a spectacular one.

  1. Malindi

Overview

Malindi is a beach resort popular with European visitors located to the North of Mombasa. Thanks to its rich trading history, Malindi is popular for cultural tours where it presents a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and also sports a split personality. Here tourists can visit the Jami Mosque, two pillar tombs from the 14th century, and the Church of St Francis Xavier, one of East Africa's oldest churches. On the promontory, the Vasco De Gama Cross is one of the oldest standing monuments in Africa.  Another popular tourist attraction is the Falconry of Kenya, a rehabilitation center for sick and injured birds. Additionally, about thirty kilometers northeast of Malindi lies the Hell’s Kitchen where there is a set of sandstone gorges sculpted by the weather over the years.

Activities

Malindi is popular for unforgettable cultural safaris, fishing, walking trails, bush camping, wind surfing, and sun-basking. Equipped with a variety of five-star hotels, it is a perfect destination for family vacations and even honeymoons.

Plan your Safari

To explore all the attraction sites that Malindi has to offer, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for a safe, comfortable, customizable and affordable, yet luxurious trip.

  1. Watamu Marine National Park

Overview

Watamu Marine National Park is a unique tourist attraction site that offers close encounters with marine life. From the unique coral gardens to the Gede ruins, Watamu has it all. The park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along Kenya's north coast with rich and diverse birdlife, fish, turtles, and dugongs.

Activities

Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and glass clear bottom boat tours.

Plan your Safari

With Africa Calling Safaris, you are assured of safe travel, experienced guides, and a luxurious experience all at an affordable price.    

  1. Diani

Overview

Diani is a vibrant, little paradise on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It lies 30 kilometers to the South of Mombasa in Kwale County. The beach is about ten miles long, from the Galu beach to the south and the Kongo River to the north. 

Diani was just a fishing settlement about four decades ago until the 70s when tourists found the sunny beaches irresistible. Diani presents five-star hotels mushroomed along the 5-mile tarmacked coast road and a small airport literally built by hand and blessed by the late first Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta.

Activities

Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and glass clear bottom boat tours. A walk into the interior parts also offers the most unforgettable cultural tours that Kenya has to offer. It is ideal for beach holidays, cultural visits honeymoons, and bush camping.

Planning your Safari

Planning for a safari can be hectic. Luckily, at Africa Calling Safaris we are equipped with the best staff to make your trip to Diani a memorable one.

  1. Lake Victoria

Overview

At Kenya’s Western frontier lies one of Africa's great lakes; Lake Victoria. Covering an area of more than sixty-five thousand kilometers squared, it is the largest lake in Africa and forms the boundary between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Lake Victoria is also the source of the mightiest river on the continent, the River Nile. This massive water body at the heart of East Africa is rich with shimmering shoals of colorful cichlids and large Nile Perch.

Activities

Visitors are left with unforgettable memories of world-class fishing games after a visit to Victoria. The local Luo community also offers a cultural tour opportunity that will give you insights into the ways of the residents. Other activities include boat riding and diving. 

Planning your Safari

Planning for a safari can be hectic. However, your experience will be made a seamless one by Africa Calling Safaris. By just a phone call, we will cater for all your travel needs to Lake Victoria all at an affordable price.

  1. Mount Kenya

Overview

In the Central Highlands, east of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the country's highest mountain and a national park. At an altitude of 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya offers a rare sight of equatorial snow.

The mountain has a rich diversity of wildlife including the black and white Columbus monkeys, buffalo, elephant, tree hyrax, leopard, and hyena. The scenery varies from glaciers, lakes, and mineral springs to alpine forests and dense pockets of bamboo.

Activities

The diversity of flora and fauna provides rewarding opportunities for walking safaris, horse riding, and bush camps. The bare and snow-capped peaks provide thrilling opportunities for mountain climbing.

How to Get There

Africa Calling Safaris is a leading tour operator in the country. Our experience and customizable travel requirements make us your tour operator of choice in your journey to explore Mount Kenya.

  1. Nairobi National Park

Overview

A short drive out of Nairobi's central business district lies the Nairobi National Park. Nairobi is the only city in the world to have a national park right at its doorstep. With wide-open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush is inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, and the endangered black rhino. The park is also home to over four hundred bird species. The park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries where a visitor can be certain of spotting a black rhino in its natural habitat.

Activities

Visitors at Nairobi National Park can enjoy the park's picnic sites, three campsites, and the walking trails for hikers. In addition, Nairobi National Park offers a serene environment perfect for shooting video documentaries or movies.

How to Get There

For all your travel needs to Nairobi National Park, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for a comfortable, affordable and luxurious experience.

  1. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Overview

Located near Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage was established in 1977 as an elephant rescue project. The orphanage is managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick, who was at the center of the 1970’s ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park. Elephant and buffalo calves, orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They are specially nursed by highly skilled employees until when they can fend for themselves.

Activities

A visit to this orphanage presents visitors with a heartwarming sight of the calves being bottle-fed, and afterward, they bath in mud playfully like toddles. Visitors get a chance to interact with elephants, rhinos, and other orphaned animals.

How to Get There

As your travel partner, Africa Calling Safaris is dedicated to make your trip a memorable one by customizing all your needs. With highly skilled staff, you are assured of a safe, comfortable, and affordable safari.

  1. Giraffe Manor

Overview

The Giraffe Manor is a luxurious hotel, located in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. The manor is one of Nairobi's most iconic buildings that date back to the 1930s when tourists first flocked Kenya to experience the magical moments it offers. With its elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces, and delightful courtyards, it is one of the most Instagrammed properties in East Africa.

One of the most fascinating things about the manor is that it is home to a heard of Rothschild's giraffes, who are known for poking their long necks into windows for the hope of finding a treat before they disappear into the dense indigenous forest. It is undoubtedly the best place to come in close contact with the long-necked Rothschild’s giraffes.

Activities

The Giraffe Manor is best for picnics, honeymoons, and shooting documentaries or movies.

How to Get There

Because of the large number of visitors, you are required to book a hotel in the luxurious manor. With Africa Calling Safaris, you can easily book space at your convenience.

  1. Lake Turkana

Overview

Located in the Northern frontier, Lake Turkana is the most saline lake in East Africa and the largest desert lake in the world. It is surrounded by an arid landscape that is often devoid of life. The lake stretches from the Kenya-Ethiopian border extending 249 kilometers from north to south and forty-four kilometers at its widest point. 

Lake Turkana National Parks incorporates South Island National Park, Sibilio National Park, and Central Island National Parks. The parks are rich in wildlife and are also considered as the "Cradle of Mankind" because of the archaeological sites.

Activities

With a great diversity of animals, Lake Turkana National Parks are popular for game watching, fishing, and bush camping. The nearby arid environment offers another opportunity for desert trails.

Plan your Safari

Planning a trip to Lake Turkana can be a hectic ordeal. Luckily, Africa Calling Safaris has your back. With vast experience in these lands, you are assured that you are in safe hands as you explore the ruggedness of Turkana.

  1. Chalbi Desert

Overview

The Chalbi Desert is a small desert that lies East of Lake Turkana. Like many of the areas in the Northern Frontier, the desert was once part of an extensive lake, as evidenced by the basin that fills with shallow water during heavy rains and fossilized remains of snail shells and fish vertebrae. A journey into the Chalbi Desert presents visitors with an eerie landscape edged by rocky lava flows, cracked earth, and a sandy mixture of white salt and clay across which your guide, from Africa, Calling Safaris carefully drives through.

Activities

Even in this barren and desolate location, it is interesting that you may site ostrich, hyena, zebras, and Oryx among other animals. If you love desert trails, you must try Chalbi desert.

Plan your Safari

The Chalbi Desert is a harsh and very remote environment; therefore, we recommend Africa Calling Safaris for a safe, comfortable, and luxurious experience.

  1. Sibiloi National Park

Overview

Known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ Sibiloi National Park, is located on the wild and rugged shores of Lake Turkana. The park yielded its most striking treasure in 1972 when a 2 million-year-old fossilized skull was discovered by paleontologist Dr. Richard Leaky and his team. The almost complete skull confirmed the existence of a sophisticated evolutionary hominid named Homo habilis, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens.

The area is characterized by semi-desert habitat with open plains flanked by volcanic formations. Sibiloi serves as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and is a major breeding ground for the Nile crocodile. It is inhabited by lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, zebras, Grant gazelles, Oryx, greater kudu, and northern topi among others.

Activities

Tourist’s activities include desert trails, archaeological safaris, game watching, bird watching, fishing, and bush camping.

Plan your Safari

The Northern part of Kenya is a harsh and very remote environment; therefore, we recommend a highly experienced tour operator for your trip. Luckily, Africa Calling Safaris is just a phone call away!

 

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