Think Kenya and what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yes, of course I know it would be the word ‘Safari’ where you would be all in your jungle uniform with binoculars in hand searching making sure that you catch a glimpse or two of the elephants and zebras walking around in the wild. But Kenya, the small country in East Africa, although is one of the most visited places in Africa, still boasts of some of the well-kept travel secrets in it. Apart from an adventurous jungle safari, Kenya also has beautiful natural beauty with pristine beaches and high mountains. It also has the amalgamation of a rustic and cultural lifestyle mixed with the modern fast paced lifestyle. Still a little unexplored, we shall tell you the best places to visit on your next vacation to Kenya apart from the Jungle Safari….
Mount Kenya, an UNESCO world heritage Site, located in Central Kenya at a height of 5199 m above sea level, is the highest mountain of Kenya and second highest in whole of Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro. This ancient volcano is Kenya’s most popular and iconic destinations thanks to its three beautiful jagged snow peaks and gorgeous waterfalls. And if you are an adventure freak, then this the best destination for trekking and climbing. Apart from this, Mount Kenya is also having the Mount Kenya National park, home to a wide diversity of wildlife ranging from the unusual to the rare species like the black and white colobus monkeys, tree hyrax and hyena to name some.
Looking to spend some time away from the fast hustle bustle of the city life, then head to Kapsowar, a small beautiful town located in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Picturesque like a perfect postcard photo, Kapsowar still retains that old-world charm, with pure breeze and amazing scenic beauty, still untouched by the menace of city life. A photographer’s delight, this place has amazing landscapes with flowing rivers and herds of cows. Sounds like scene from a movie? Go, see and experience it yourself.
Kenya is not all about wildlife and jungles and we can prove it. Just search for the Shanzu beach located in Mombasa on the shores of Indian Ocean and you would know what we are talking about. The breath-taking place is an ideal area for coastal adventure. Known for its beautiful white sand shores, tall palm trees and spectacular scenic views, Shanzu beach has everything for a perfect vacation. So, go and get a tan fast and flaunt it among your friends.
Imagine a place where you can only meet and greet Giraffes. Yes, such a place does exist in Kenya. The Giraffe Manor is the place of ultimate luxury and one of the awesome places to see the tall animal up close and personal. The Manor is home to Rothschild Giraffes, which are seen roaming around the surroundings. It’s such a beautiful experience that it would be etched in your memory forever.
Malindi is Kenya’s trading town which still has that old-world charm with the town mostly having tin shack homes and old mosques. The little town on the Indian ocean has been a favourite among the American and European tourists thanks to the sun which is warm and the white sand. The place still has remnants of the Portuguese culture as can be seen from the many monuments. Malindi is a town which has a good mix of African and Portuguese culture which is a rarity these days.
Nature lover hold and behold and head straight to Lake Nakuru which one can see on the Kenyan map as a small speck of blue colour. The Lake which rises above the Great Rift valley surrounded by acacia groves and meadows is famous for its bird species especially the Pink Flamingos. And if you have the explorer streak in you, then you can walk to the high perched Baboon cliff for some amazing views of the area.
Located on the border of Kenya- Tanzania, Maasai Mara forms the wildlife corridor between the two countries and is a beautiful game reserve. Named after the famous red cloaked Massai people who live in the park and graze their animals, this place is famous for ‘The Great Migration’ where thousands of wild beast and zebras come from faraway lands from July to Oct. The park is also known for having the best wildlife like the Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards.
Lamu is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a small island located in Mombasa which still oozes the old-world charm in its lifestyle. The old town of Lamu is the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Kenya dating back to the 12th Century. The town has a great trading history with USA, Europe to even India. Intricately carved wooden doors, coral stone buildings, hidden courtyards, verandas, and rooftop patios are common features. Visiting here is like stepping back in time Top attractions on the island include Lamu Museum, with displays on Swahili culture and the region’s nautical history; Lamu Fort; and the Donkey Sanctuary.
After reading about all the above places, I am sure that Kenya is definitely on your bucket list this year. So, what are you waiting for, book your tickets now and fly away to the land of wildlife and beaches.