What to see and do in Kenya
With such a vast area, Kenya has so many incredible things to see. Whether you’re travelling here for the first time or you’re a seasoned visitor to this beautiful country, there’s always something interesting to do or see. Go on a classic safari and see the Big Five that is so famous here. Besides these animals, see giraffes, monkeys, cheetahs, hippos, birds, zebra and so much more. Travel to the coast for a relaxing holiday that you won’t forget in a hurry. Bathe in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean as you enjoy the fine, white sand and peaceful atmosphere. Try delicious local food as you discover the incredible people that live here and make amazing local connections.
Why go to Kenya with a local travel agent?
Kenya is the land of diversity. To better experience all these, one needs to get expert advice from a local travel agent who has a clear understanding of a destination with so much variety and so many options. Through a local agent, you will have access to local knowledge that you can’t get anywhere else, meaning you will visit hidden gems and secret spots that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.
The agency is also available 24/7 in case you run into any problems or simply want to change some plans. This can be extremely useful should you have an emergency, since the agent will be able to speak the local language and will be aware of local customs, meaning that they can deal with situations quickly and efficiently. Since all of our agents are local people, they have a passion for their country that they want to share with visitors, meaning you will have a trip unlike any other, organised by a local travel agent who is just as invested in your trip as you are.
What are the most common things to do in Kenya?
One of the best things about Kenya is that it unites visitors from any country and any background. Everyone who visits Kenya is blown away by the vast scenery and majestic animals. Kenya is regarded as the top destination for any safari experience and the first choice for any traveller looking to explore Africa since it has so many beautiful, protected and preserved wilderness areas which are left entirely for the animals that live here. Although a safari is usually at the top of most travellers’ lists when they arrive here, there is so much more to see as well.
- Visit Nairobi National Park and the conservation centre here to see these animals in their natural habitat and to get up close to them, learning all about each species.
- See the stunning views out over Lake Victoria and see why this spot is a favourite with so many visitors.
- The ruins of Gedi are also an extremely interesting visit. This ancient walled city features the remains of mosques, houses and a palace.
- The Ngong hills are the perfect spot for any hikers, with their beautiful green scenery spreading out in front of you. You’ll certainly feel like you’ve earned some downtime after roaming these particular hills, why not relax on one of Kenya’s amazing beaches, such as Diani beach.
When is the best time of the year to go to Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is undoubtedly between July and October. This period is after the rainy season and is known as the dry season, meaning you won’t have to contend with storms and downpours. This also means that the grasses on the plains will be dry and shorter, making it easier to see all of the incredible wildlife that lives here.
Moreover, the animals all come to specific watering holes to drink and so you’re as good as guaranteed to see the Big Five that you will have dreamed about when booking your safari. Throughout the whole of Kenya, this is the best time to come although this does mean that it is also the busiest time. If you do choose to come before or after this period, be prepared for a little rain but know that you will also avoid other tourists!
What is the most unique off the beaten track experience in Kenya?
The Northern circuit, mostly comprising of Samburu National Reserve, The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Sanctuary. These areas are less frequented and have the most beautiful scenery and wildlife too. Accommodation options in these areas are also high-end.
Is Kenya safe to travel and what to avoid in order to stay safe?
Kenya is generally a safe country to visit and is renowned for its hospitable people. However, as with any trip abroad, there are a few things which you can do to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Here are some basic rules to follow:
- Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.
- Avoid walking on your own at night in the major cities or in remote areas.
- Don't wear flashy or expensive jewellery.
- Don't carry too much cash with you at any one time.
- Wear a money belt that fits under your clothes and can store important documents and cash.
- Avoid carrying a lot of camera equipment - especially in cities.
- Beware of a common scam, involving thieves posing as police officers.
- Be careful with what you eat. Avoid unrefrigerated meat or meat in poor quality establishments.
As long as use common sense and follow these simple rules than your trip to Kenya will go smoothly and you will have the time of your life.
What is the wildlife like in Kenya and what makes it unique?
Kenya is renowned as the home of the ‘Big Five’, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalo. On a trip to Kenya, a Big Five Safari is an unmissable experience. Travellers of any age will love seeing the majesty of these beautiful animals. What makes an experience of these animals in Kenya unique, is that they are all in their natural habitat, meaning you get to see them in their natural state. The Big Five may be Kenya’s most famous residents but they are by no means the only animals to see here. Kenya is also home to so many different species of reptiles and mammals, such as snakes, giraffe, monkeys, hyenas, antelope, zebra, aardvarks and so many more. For keen bird watchers, Kenya is also a fantastic destination since you will get to see all of these animals together, as well as the beautiful and varied bird species that live here.
Which efforts are being taken to conserve Kenya’s wildlife, landscapes and local communities?
Since Kenya’s main attraction is based around nature, either its natural sites or its wildlife, the country has taken many efforts to assure the conservation of these natural resources. This is an ongoing project and one which Kenya takes extremely seriously, with a lot of attention having been put on the local communities that neighbour the parks and reserves. By providing these communities with clean water, both for them and for their livestock, as well as building schools and hospitals, these communities are provided with safer, healthier and more comfortable lives. This helps and inspires them to fully engage in conservation efforts.
There are also restrictions on the number of hotels and lodges allowed within the parks and reserves, which attempt to control human activities within the parks which can be damaging if they are not monitored.
Which national parks and safaris should I visit in Kenya?
Kenya has so many reserves, national parks and conservation areas that you are guaranteed to find something to love, no matter what kind of experience you are after during your trip.
- The Maasai Mara National Reserve, probably the most famous reserve in Kenya, is best known for the annual wildebeest migration between July and October. This was as named one of the seven new wonders of the world and is a truly incredible thing to witness.
- If you want to go off the beaten track, then The Samburu National Park is a fantastic option, away from crowds, this is a place to truly connect with Kenyan nature.
- For an experience other than seeing the famous ‘Big Five’ why not visit Lake Nakuru National Park, which is famous for something else entirely; flamingos. Aside from these animals, creating a surreal pink view out over the park, you’ll see rhinos as they roam freely around the park.
- Mount Kenya National Park is also a fantastic option and one that should not be missed for all visitors who love both animals and incredible landscapes.
Where can I find the most beautiful beaches in Kenya?
Kenya’s beaches are idyllic and provide picture perfect spots, where white sand disappears into bright turquoise waters.
- Diani Beach is renowned for its silver sandy beaches and is among the best known of the Kenyan beaches, the various accommodations here will mean that you will have your pick of great places to stay as you enjoy some downtime during your trip.
- Nyali beach is another incredible location. The beach here has some of the finest, softest sand in the world and you’ll be able to spend your days unwinding, far from the stresses and bustle of everyday life.
- Lamu is an island with beaches known for their great ambience and picturesque views. Lamu is a perfect option for those looking for a luxury beach stay, since the resorts here are mostly tailored to travellers looking for luxe, with incredible huts built into the sea.
- Watamu beach (also known as turtle bay), is located on the coast of The Indian Ocean and is the perfect choice for those looking for beach activities. The clear waters, coral reefs and warm waters make it perfect for snorkelling, exploring, swimming or even surfing (in specific spots).
What is the main food eaten in Kenya?
Depending on where you go to Kenya, you’ll be met with a vast range of delicious Kenyan dishes. Ugali is well known and probably the dish that is most widely eaten throughout Kenya.
- Made of maize meal it can be eaten at any time of day, as a snack, as an accompaniment or even as a whole meal.
- Matoke is another popular choice, made of plantain, which is boiled with oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chillies, meat (optional), and lemon juice, making a thick, delicious stew.
- For a sweeter option, try Mandazi, the Kenyan take on a doughnut, made of deep-fried dough and a delicious snack!
- Kenyan coffee is famous throughout the entire world and can be found throughout the country to give you a delicious boost during your trip. Tea, too, is incredibly popular. Why not try some traditional spiced tea, which can be enjoyed hot or cold?
Why should I spend my honeymoon in Kenya?
Kenya makes the perfect honeymoon destination, for any couple. If you’re after a traditional honeymoon, with white beaches and a relaxing atmosphere, then you’ll be glad to know that Kenya is home to some of the best honeymoon hideouts in the world. Feel as though you and your partner have an entire island to yourself on Chale Island or Lamu Island, relaxing and enjoying each others company. Kenya also prides itself on its unique accommodation options, with many eco-lodges, quirky guest houses and some incredibly unique tented camps, all located in incredible private locations.
If you’re after an adventurous honeymoon, then what could be better than a safari tour, a hiking trip, going snorkelling or scuba diving or exploring the vast and open landscape. In Kenya, you’re guaranteed to make unforgettable memories together and this will be a trip you will remember for the rest of your lives.
What are the activities Kenya offers for a family with children or teenagers?
One of the best parts about visiting Kenya is that, generally, any activities that adults would enjoy here, are also great for children. Safaris are guaranteed to go down well with any children who will love seeing the incredible animals here. Jeep safaris are better for younger children, since they can become tired if they are walking, and they will most likely be able to see a wider range of animals since the guide can drive from location to location to find the animals.
After discovering the incredible animals, why not spend a few days relaxing with your little ones on the beach and enjoying time together as a family. Families with teenagers will be able to enjoy everything that Kenya has to offer, with so many thrilling experiences, beautiful locations and comfortable accommodations to choose from.
Families with very young children should try to travel during the dry season since, this is the peak season and they will have a greater choice of accommodation, something which can be important for families with any specific needs or with very young children who need suitable accommodation. Be sure to book in advance though, since this is the busiest time of the year.
What vaccinations are required before going to Kenya?
Before your trip to Kenya, you will need to speak to a doctor to check that all of your existing vaccines are up to date and to discuss which vaccinations you will need. There are several vaccines that are recommended for travelling to Kenya and these will depend on what you plan on doing, the time of year that you go and your own circumstances. In general, your doctor will suggest getting vaccinated against; typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza, if you are not already. You will also need to take malaria pills during your trip.