Kenya is an East African paradise filled with abundant wildlife, mountains, flora, fauna and islands. It’s an ideal destination for family holidays, and the best time to visit is between October and March. Enjoy the tranquil island of Lamu, where you can enjoy rolling dunes, endless beaches and narrow bustling streets where no vehicles are present. Tucked away behind the dunes of the island are yoga wellness retreats where you can go individually or join a group yoga retreat to reconnect with yourself, nature and the universe. The island is rich with friendly people nestled among coconut and mango plantations, with dhow ferries being a truly island paradise method of transportation upon arrival from Manda Island.
Malindi and Watamu are just as breath-taking with best of tropical beaches, pearly white sands and relaxing hideaways. The islands boast with spectacular coral reefs and diversity of marine life, as well as the historic Gede Ruins in Watamu for a touch of the island’s history. For the traveller who is wild at heart, immerse yourself in bird watchers’ paradise of Lake Nakuru and enjoy the wildlife sights at the courtyard of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Amboseli National Park.
Places to Visit
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is a national park in Kenya. Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya’s first. A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
The Giraffe Centre was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa. During a visit to the centre, visitors will be able to interact with and feed the Giraffes from a raised observation platform. These platforms allow the visitors to come eye-to-eye with the Giraffes. The centre also has a large auditorium where visitors can listen to talks about Giraffe conservation and a various activities the centre is involved in.
Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Langata, Nairobi. Bomas displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. Started by the government in 1971 to preserve and promote diversity of the Kenyan people, Bomas of Kenya is a beautiful place to visit, especially for culture lovers. You can spend a lovely afternoon there with your family or friends as you enjoy folk songs and learn about different Kenyan cultures.
Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve is a marine park and national reserve in Mombasa, Kenya. Mombasa Marine National Park is the most popular of the marine protected areas due to ease of accessibility and a favorite among Mombasa snorkelers and scuba divers due to its abundant marine life, beautiful blue water and spectacular coral reefs. The high number of north coast accommodations in Nyali and Bamburi draws in thousands of tourists from around the world.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is located just 40 minutes drive from the beautiful Diani beach, just past Kwale town. It is a very striking reserve being densely forested and having spectacular views down to the Coast and even as far as Chale Island. It is home to the rare Sable Antelope and is the only park in Kenya where these spectacular animals can be seen. Other animals in the reserve are: Elephants, Warthogs, Buffalo, Kongoni, Giraffe, Impala, Bushbucks, Red, blue and common duikers, Suni, Leopards, and plus a wealth of birdlife as well as butterflies and many smaller insects.
Nairobi Railway Museum
Strolling through these vintage locomotives offers a surprising amount of insight into the history of Kenya. Today, in the centre of Kenya’s capital city, the Nairobi Railway Museum is dedicated to the history of the country’s rail network. There you’ll find an intriguing jumble of artifacts plus a variety of exhibits and ephemera that illustrate the construction and running of the railway. There are models of railway engines that operated on the line, photographs of the railway throughout its history, and a varied selection of other oddities, including an interesting motorized railway bicycle.
Where to Stay
There are lots of amazing places where one can stay while in Kenya. Popular hotels and safari lodges where to stay at include
- Diani Place with a start price of $84,
- Shella Royal House in Lamu with a start price of $151 and
- Loyx Mara Luxury Lodge with starting price of $308 if you’ll be in the Masai Mara region.