Tourist Attractions in Kenya

Dhows, Lamu - Kenya

Dhows, Lamu. Photo by MysteryBee

Kenya remains, as it always has been, a favourite African destination – and this for the simple reason that Kenya is about as African as it is possible to. It is an enriching place to travel with its diverse geography, world-class wildlife viewing, culture and heritage. The main tourist attraction in Kenya is wildlife with 59 conservation areas, Masai Mara and Amboseli are the most famous, but they all provide abundant adventure opportunities.

Kenya’s two major cities are Mombasa and Nairobi located along the coast of East Africa. Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and the most important city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan and multicultural religious city, with many immigrants from former British colonies, including India, Somalia and Sudan. This is highlighted in the number of churches, mosques, temples and gurdwaras within the city. As a reflection of the cities multicultural composition, the night life offers a diverse range of watering holes.
Nairobi has the informal title “The Green City in the Sun”. Nairobi is not a prime tourist destination, but it does have several tourist attractions. The most famous is the Nairobi National Park. The national park is unique, in being the only game-reserve of this nature to border a capital city, or city of this size. The park contains many animals including lions and giraffes. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, which is more than the entire British Isles. Located just 10 mins from the city centre off Langata Road, its ideal to get your first feel of what Kenya has to offer, or for those quick visits without the time to see the Mara, Serengeti, Amboseli etc. It’s the ideal park to visit.
Nairobi has several museums. These include the Nairobi Railway Museum and the National Museum of Kenya, which houses many artefacts including the full remains of a homo erectus boy. The National Museum is currenly closed due to renovation, but is due to be reopened in 2007.
Nairobi is also home to the largest ice rink in Africa, the Panari Sky Centre. The rink covers 15,000 square metres and can accommodate 200 people.

Langata is a suburb of Nairobi, lying south west of the city centre and south of Karen. It is home to a large European population, and to a giraffe centre. The center was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe, that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform.

A tourist village Bomas of Kenya is in Langata. Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. Langata also has the famous Carnivore restaurant and Carnivore grounds, where many concerts are hosted.
The Karen Blixen Museum situated in the suburb “Karen” was the home of the author Karen Blixen between 1917 and 1931. She spent much of her life in Africa, Kenya in particular, and wrote the book Out of Africa. The museum includes many books from Karen Blixen’s library and also a number of her African portrait paintings.

Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya, is located on an island (Mombasa Island) in the Indian Ocean. It is connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. There are several places to visit in Mombasa, including Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese, and the Old Town, which is by now in bad need of repair but still shows plenty of examples of the old Islamic architecture. Biashara Street in Mombasa which in Swahili means “Trade Street” is also an old part of the city where the Indian and Arab merchants set up shop and one can now find kangas and kikoys being sold in these small authentic shops.
Kenya is a great destination for beach holidays and has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, located along the coastal regions and the city of Mombasa.

Waterfall, Lake Nakuru

Waterfall, Lake Nakuru. Photo by MysteryBee via Flickr

The Lamu district encompasses the Lamu archipelago and vast ranges of pretty inaccessible bushland on the mainland. It is the jewel of the Kenya coast, a place to chill out and relax. Leave the mobile and laptop behind and immerse yourself in a medieval peace only punctuated by the braying of donkeys and the call to prayer from the many mosques on the island.
There are many other islands of the Lamu archipelago to explore through local dhow (a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails) operators or on more formal organised visits and Lamu district also incorporates vast ranges of bushland on the mainland inhabited by fascinating ethnic groups such as the hunter-gatherer Boni people and the pastoralist Orma. It is though pretty inaccessible for the casual visitor or tourist.

The Rift Valley, a province of Kenya, is also a major tourist attraction. It is named for the Great Rift Valley that runs all the way through Kenya starting in the north-west where it crosses over from Ethiopia, and south via a series of lakes including, Turkana, Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru, Elmenteita, Naivasha and Natron. Access to the Rift Valley from Nairobi is only a matter of a 30 minute drive to a spectacular view point overlooking the volcanoes, Suswa and Longonot, on the road to Naivasha (a freshwater lake) and Nakuru (a soda lake and an ornithologists paradise mainly due to the vast populations of flamingos that live around).

Kenya has some of the world’s best parks (which may be referred to as National Parks or Game Reserves) where you can see some of the finest African flora and fauna. They are famous for Lions, Giraffe, Elephant and huge herds of Zebra, Wildebeest or Buffalo.

The annual Wildebeest migration (from Masaai Mara to the Serengeti) is a awesome sight and best experienced via a balloon safari. It has been a popular event for filmmakers to capture.

Kenya is also becoming a preferred golf holiday destination, with an abundance of beautiful courses around the major urban areas. Green fees range from US$15.00 to US40.00 per round, plus US$5-7 for caddy fee.

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.
The country receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.
The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.
When travelling to the country, it would be appropriate to pack clothing that is ideal for both the hot and cold weather. It is also advisable to carry a small medical kit that contains all the essentials, such as painkillers and antacids. Adults will also need to have an antidiarrheal medication with them.

Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley, Kenya

Lake Naivasha – Sunset in the Rift Valley. Photo by Gopal Vijayaraghavan

21 Responses

  1. Sister Jan USA says:

    Hi I am coming to Kenya. My question is where are the extreme Aid’s villages located in Kenya? What would be the cost round trip for a group of 15 to include places to live? How safe is Kenya for those traveling from the USA? What percentage are Aid’s related deaths/ What types of shots are required to include preventative measures for the drinking water, and helth measures? What types of information on the crime, could you send to me, to include some web sites? I wish to know the total cost of trip round from PHL in the USA to Kenya in June of 2007 for a group, to include the guide. Seperate per person traveling there? We are Global Missionary’s to the poor

  2. On the bottom of this page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya – you will find many links and on these sites are the answers for all your questions

  3. Lara says:

    Hi!I am a High School student and I have been given a project to write about a tourist atraction centre in Africa. I chose Kenya.However, i want to know which place would be best in Kenya to describe in my project. I also need to know the factors that promote tourism in Kenya.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I’ was asigned Kenya for a project and it is the best contriy
    you can ask for! Any ‘q’ roffekid@hotmail.com!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. safari says:

    I visited aberdare National park in Kenya early in the year. There is an amazing waterfall called Karura falls sorrounded by several other small waterfalls

  6. Kailey says:

    Nairobi National Park is so cool. The national park has many neat things in it. Best place ever.

  7. Kailey says:

    i was assigned to choose a country in Africa and i choose Kenya. Best place to choose from. All the pictures i’ve seen are really cool.

  8. lilly smith says:

    i so want to go their but i dont have enough money

  9. loveit says:

    Ya! I live in Kenya and I love it! it’s nice place to live in.

  10. abby says:

    This is really good I’m doing a project too!

  11. mohamed says:

    being in North africa, KENYA is the best thing that ever happened to my life, i have no words to describe the extraordinary nation of diverse culture which host host some of the worlds most attractive parks n animal reserves, from Nairobi national park to wajir to namanga to kisumu; kenya is the place to be! i love visiting Nairobi national park, tsavo, maasair mara, naivasha, mamba palace’ crocodile farm’ among other treasure hiden in the equator lying nation with a warm glimmering faces to welcome their visitors

  12. warren kabichi says:

    I would like to see the so called”the green city in the sun” what does it look like,i think it is wold class that is very lucrative.

  13. Castro says:

    This jack from Nairobi i really like this tourist sites please continue publishing many sites as you can, they very much beautiful, for Kenya to gain more popularity, attracts more visitor, i’m so certain that this would boost our economy to a certain level.Do you believe?

  14. anthony says:

    i intend to come to kenya sometime november 2011 with my wife ,i want to ask how do i get visa for both of us and also wot state is best for me to visit i am from nigeria west africa

  15. fred says:

    i live in kenya and i think it is the best place ever

  16. Judith j says:

    Hi!yap iam a kenyan went to nairobi national park where i did my attachment.the place is so cool attractive and i liked wished to remain there it was waaau!!!

  17. Miriam says:

    Am a Kenyan doing acomplete tour of the country. Have been to southcoast Diani, North coast Malindi, Kilifi and watamu Masaai mara and my home face Mt. Longonot. Tour Kenya and you shall have an experience of a life time!

  18. michael says:

    Am a student in one of the universities in Kenya taking hotel and hospitality management.Let all us embrace tourism for it is from it that we get happiness.NAJIVUNIA KUWA MKENYA.

  19. karanjadaniel says:

    Am a Kenyan who happens once to visit Amboseli National park and for sure Kenya we are the best among many

  20. Janneth says:

    May I recommend to search for the uhuru Garden Nairobi , its magnificent.

  21. PAUL says:

    Am a kenyan taking a course in tourism in one of the best colleges in our country, and what i know if that KENYA is the best destination. lets conserve it for our future use. For more lets maintain security please.PAMOJA KENYA TWAENDA FAR, FELLOW CITIZENS

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