Travel to Kenya without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Kenya! What are the highlights and attractions you can’t miss when vacationing in Kenya?
Kenya is Africa as you would imagine it to be. Here, wildebeest and zebras graze under a red sun, giraffes nibble on acacia trees, lions lie in the shade, and hyenas fawn at night. Travelers through Kenya experience the stunning Masai Mara, majestic Mount Kenya, modern cities and the simple villages of proud African tribes.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The Masai Mara Game Reserve in the south of the country is home to most of Kenya’s wildlife. From July to October, the largest herds of ungulates in the world migrate here from Tanzania to the waterholes and grazing grounds of the Masai Mara. Millions of wildebeest and thousands of zebras, antelopes, elephants and springboks – accompanied by numerous predators – guarantee unforgettable safari adventures here every year.
Lake Nakuru National Park
After the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park is the most visited nature reserve in Kenya. Especially giraffes, monkeys, buffalos and rhinos can be found around Lake Nakuru – and millions of flamingos, which find a perfect habitat here as one of the 450 bird species of Lake Nakuru.
Kilimanjaro National Park
Around the 5,895m high Mount Kilimanjaro stretches the Kilimanjaro National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides the richness of species, Africa’s highest mountain is the main attraction of the nature reserve. The extinct volcano is relatively easy to conquer and, as one of the Seven Summits, an attractive peak whose ascent leads from tropical heat to eternal ice.
The majestic Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and also its most famous after Kilimanjaro. Its lush green flanks are also protected by the national park of the same name, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its ascent is quite a bit more difficult than Kilimanjaro’s due to the high temperature differences, challenging escarpments, and treacherous glacier fields.
Samburu National Park
Samburu National Park is located in Kenya’s comparatively arid north, but also boasts amazing wildlife diversity – and, more importantly, fewer visitors. Here, rhinos, elephants and buffalo are most common. With lions and leopards, they form Africa’s “Big 5.” Zebras, giraffes, kudus, ostriches, cheetahs and Nile crocodiles make the safari experience in Samburu National Park perfect.
If you’re looking for history, you’ll find it on Kenya’s Lamu Island. The island on the equator has been a meeting place for cultures from around the world for thousands of years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Arab, Indian and African legacies are deeply rooted in architecture and traditions.
At Lake Bogoria, it’s not big cats that peacock, but holes in the ground. The heart of Kenya is home to Africa’s largest concentration of geysers. Along with other saline lakes in the East African Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria is also home to the world’s largest flamingo colony. With no dangerous predators, this green paradise can even be explored on foot – though temperatures here can reach 40°C all year round.
Fort Jesus in Mombasa
In addition to spectacular wildlife, Kenya also has some architectural sights to offer. Fort Jesus in Kenya’s most important port city was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Still the largest fortification in Africa today, it houses parts of Kenya’s national museum. The massive outer walls and the wonderfully carved gates are still almost completely preserved.
Besides Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha is the only freshwater lake in the East African Rift Valley. Instead of flocks of flamingos, it is therefore populated primarily by pelicans, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo and hippos. From Lake Naivasha, excursions are possible to private game reserves, Hell’s Gate and Nakuru National Park.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is located just 7km from Kenya’s capital, making it the only national park in the world that is so close to a major city. Kenya’s first national park thus allows for unique safari photos of giraffes and skyscrapers. The only thing missing from Africa’s “Big 5” in Nairobi National Park are the elephants. Above all, the highly endangered black rhinos can be seen here.