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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kenya At Least Once

Picture of Jean Wandimi
Updated: 14 June 2017
Long after you have left Kenya, there are some things that will stay with you forever – little treasures, both tangible and intangible. You will occasionally remember the faces, the journeys, the tastes and sounds and you will smile to yourself because you got to experience something magical. Here are the top ten unique reasons to visit Kenya.

Adopt An Elephant and Visit Conservancies

Each conservancy in Kenya is unique and provides you with unforgettable experiences. You get to see and even bond with incredible animals. But nothing will touch your heart more than adopting a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or by swiping right and visiting the only remaining Northern White Rhino in the world.

Baby Elephant│© Valentina Buj/ Flickr

Baby Elephant│© Valentina Buj/ Flickr

Visit Pristine Beaches, Eat Seafood and Sail in the Kenyan Coast

A visit to Kenya is incomplete before going to the beautiful beaches in Mombasa, Malindi, Diani and Lamu. Stay in a Swahili Beach house and take long beach walks in the evenings. Try some seafood and delicious Swahili food.

Diani│© Jean Wandimi

Diani│© Jean Wandimi

Watch the Wildebeest Migration in the Mara and See the Big Five

The migration is a spectacular sight where two million wildebeest migrate in search of water and greener pastures. You can also go on a safari and see the ‘Big Five’ (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) in different national parks in the country.

Wildebeest│© Jerome Bon/ Flickr

Wildebeest│© Jerome Bon/ Flickr

Meet Some Cool Kenyan People

Attend an event in Kenya and meet some locals. Laugh, smile and listen to great stories. You will meet some of the most genial hearts in Kenya, and they will help you create lifetime memories. Kenyans are proud of their country and culture, and they welcome visitors.

People│© Tim Marshall/ Unsplash

People│© Tim Marshall/ Unsplash

Delight your Taste Buds with Kenyan Food

Sample an array of great local dishes from Kenya. From the bizarre, traditional and everyday dishes, you will try it all. The capital, Nairobi is full of restaurants boasting diverse menus from all corners of the globe. You can also try some exciting dining experiences; including dining at Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant and the Moorings Floating Restaurant.

Chapati & Fish © Jean Wandimi

Chapati & Fish © Jean Wandimi

Learn a bit of History at UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Kenya has six unique world heritage sites. They are Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, Kenya Lake Systems, Mijikenda Kaya Forests, Mt Kenya National Parks and Lake Turkana National Parks. There is something new to learn at each of these sites.

Fort Jesus│© Snowflakegirl/ Flickr

Fort Jesus│© Snowflakegirl/ Flickr

Visit the Scenic Countryside

Whether you plan to hike, drive, cycle or run, the picturesque landscapes will leave you in awe. From beautiful tea farms, rainforests, deserts, lakes, savannahs and rural areas, Kenya is beautiful.

Kenya│© Jean Wandimi

Kenya│© Jean Wandimi

Have Some Fun and Check Out the Nightlife

People in Nairobi party hard so hit up the clubs and lounges and laugh with some locals. Visit the Central Business District, Westlands, Ngong Road or Nairobi West for the coolest clubs; the best days to party are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you are not into loud music and dancing, you can try the laid back lounges with jazz music in the background.

Party│© Modesta Žemgulytė/ unsplash

Party│© Modesta Žemgulytė/ unsplash

Feed or Have Breakfast with a Giraffe

Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel in Langata, Nairobi. It is a beautiful place and the interior décor is spectacular. Every morning, the Rothschild giraffes visit the area and poke their heads into the windows hoping for food.

Giraffe│© Jake/ Flickr

Giraffe│© Jake/ Flickr

Shop for exceptional art, jewelry, crafts and home décor pieces

Visit curio stores and buy perfect pieces to wear. When it comes to jewelry, you can always buy beautiful items in Maasai Market and other flea markets. You can also buy fabric to make clothes, décor items and furniture. Places to visit are Kitengela Glass Art, Kazuri beads and curio shops.

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