Did you know that Kenya is one of Africa’s leading safari destinations?
According to the World Travel Awards, Kenya was voted as the number one Africa’s leading tourist destination. Kenya, a country in East Africa, is well known for its scenic landscapes, a vast wildlife population, fascinating marine life, and beautiful white beaches in its coastal region.
Here are 6 reasons you need to get to Kenya!
1. To Meet Kenya’s Abundant Wildlife Population
For a wildlife watching expedition, you will have a variety of choices. From numerous game parks, reserves, and other wildlife protection areas, you will be able to go for game drives or nature safari walks and spot a variety of animal species. If you are lucky enough, you will have a close encounter with the big five. That is the African elephant, African leopard, African lion, buffalo, and white or black rhino. It is quite a spectacular sight.
When you search about Kenya on any online website, whether it’s an online travel agency, online tour operators, or wedding websites, one of the main selling points is the natural environment and the beautiful landscapes home to the vast wildlife population.
2. To View The Great Wildebeest Migration
One of the Maasai Mara game reserves’ main highlights is the annual wildebeest migration from mid-August to October. It is a magnificent scene as you watch this wonder of more than a million wildebeest, accompanied by dozens of zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, and elands jump into the crocodile-infested water of Mara river as they cross in search of better grazing ground. Witnessing this great wonder of the natural world is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Maasai Mara is also the ideal place to encounter lions, leopards, and cheetahs as they hunt the migrating wildebeest.
3. To Go Bird Watching
Kenya is home to over 1000 recorded bird species. Most notably is the rose pink flamingos found in Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. More than two million flamingos flock to the lake during peak season, where they feed on algae that give them their brilliant pink color.
Other beautiful birds that call the Great Rift Valley lakes home are long-crested eagles, cormorants, herons, African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, great white egrets, among others. Lake Nakuru national park also has the largest population of rhinos.
4. To Visit White Sand Beaches
After a fantastic experience in the wild, you can choose to wind up your visit in the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches. Kenya hosts gorgeous beaches in Mombasa, Diani, Malindi, and Lamu. The people in this region are known for their warm and polite nature. There is a lot of delicious seafood and local Swahili dishes to delight your taste buds. For the ultimate experience, it is vital to make sure that you choose and book a hotel in a safe location. Also, book your hotel room early enough to avoid last-minute cancellations.
Explore the marine life with a Kenyan scuba safari as you enjoy the warm turquoise blue water. The coastal reefs are home to endangered turtles, dolphins, migratory whales, sharks, and many different fish species. If you are into sports, join in some fun with kite surfing, big game fishing, and white water rafting, and other exciting activities. In addition, isolated islands offer you peaceful seclusion away from fast, modern life.
While in the area, plan to visit world heritage sites like the Lamu Old Town or Fort Jesus and learn fascinating history.
5. For Culture and Heritage
Kenya boasts 42 different unique cultures. Due to its diverse culture, there are 68 different speaking languages though the official language is Kiswahili.
To create new and unique memories, you can choose to visit the rural side and experience the village way of life. You will be welcomed by the community adorned in their attire and ethnic food. Kenya boasts vast oral and written literature with a long and rich history in musical and artistic expressions. They use fables, songs, and tales to teach determination, perseverance, good virtues, and the community’s history to the young generation.
Some of the largest Kenyan tribes are Maasai, Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Luo, and Luhya. They have fascinating untamed ancient traditions and beliefs that they have preserved and been practicing for years. The best way to have an enjoyable visit is to have a local tour guide. They can teach you more about the history and culture of the community. They will share how they eat, dress, hunt, and sleep.
6. To Shop for Unique Curios
There is nothing that says you have been to Kenya other than having a variety of souvenirs. You can get various handcrafted jewelry, crafts, home décor pieces, Maasai kikoys and sandals, art, and beautiful fabrics. Visit curio shops or flea markets for gifts to take back home to friends and family and also for your keepsakes.
Whether you are searching for someplace to go and relax, a self-care vacation, business trips, honeymooning, or just to create new memories with friends and family, a visit to Kenya will fill your life with many memorable and magical moments.
Apart from Kenyan people being warm and welcoming, there is so much to do and see that one single visit will not be enough.
Have you been to Kenya? Let us know in the comments!