20 Unmissable Attractions in Kenya

Orphan baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya
Orphan baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya | © Harry Page / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Jean Wandimi
14 June 2017

If you ever happen to have the chance to visit the beautiful and magical country of Kenya, there are dozens of attractions and activities enticing locals and tourists alike to explore and enjoy what the country has to offer. Here are 20 of the unmissable places and things to do while there.

Watch the Wildebeest Migration in Maasai Mara

This has to be on top of any visitor’s list because the wildebeest migration is a world wonder that continues to fascinate people from far and wide.

Migrating Wildebeest in savannah, National park of Kenya | © Volodymyr Burdiak / Alamy Stock Photo

Adopt an Elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Make a stop over at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and adopt an elephant, see other orphaned elephants, and learn more about conservation.

Visit the Aberdare Ranges and See Breathtaking Waterfalls

See the Aberdare Ranges soar to heights of about 13,000 feet and dip into scenic V-shaped valleys. Rivers and waterfalls in the valley create spectacular views.

The foggy mountain landscapes at Elephant Hill, Kenya | © Martin Mwaura / Alamy Stock Photo

Visit the “Cradle of Mankind” and See Lake Turkana

Turkana is a place with so much history and the ecosystem that it is one of the six world heritage sites located in Kenya.

Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Visit the last remaining Northern White Rhino in the world and see some other beautiful animals like zebras, gazelles, antelopes, lions, and giraffes.

A northern white rhino, Ol Pejeta, Kenya | © WireStock / Alamy Stock Photo

Take a Walk in Old Town, Lamu

Visit the oldest and best-preserved place in Swahili culture and get to learn some history. This is a world heritage site built with old coral and mangrove wood. Immerse yourself in the culture during your visit.

The Sandy Beaches in the coast

From Malindi to Diana, watch the sunset in different white-sandy beaches on the Kenyan coast, try some water sports, and live in a Swahili-beach house.

Diani Beach, Kenya | © John Warburton-Lee Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

See What Exciting Things Nairobi City Has to Offer

From nightlife to restaurants and technology, visitors can’t run out of things to do while in Nairobi. Visit the Nairobi National Park and other attractions in the city.

Giraffe Manor and Giraffe Centre

Feed some giraffes in Giraffe Center and get some giraffe kisses while having breakfast in Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.

Giraffe Manor, Kenya | © Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo

See Flamingoes in Lake Nakuru and Baringo

See the most beautiful birds in Lake Victoria and Lake Baringo as they feed on the algae from the soda lakes. Marvel at the beautiful plumage they create.

See the Incredible Big Five Animals.

See the big five animals—buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos—in the different national parks and conservancies in Kenya.

Lions in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya | © BlueOrangeStudio / Alamy Stock Photo

Visit Ngare Ndare Forest

Visit the indigenous Ngare Ndare forest in Laikipia North. This forest comes complete with an expanding-canopy cover, and visitors can take the canopy walk, camp, hike, dive, or swim in the chilly waters.

Hike in the Menengai Crater

The view from this height is awe-inspiring and visitors can see Lake Nakuru simmering in the horizon. From “The Viewpoint”, there is a hiking trail down to the caldera’s floor. The highest point of the caldera wall is 500 m (1,640 ft) above the floor.

Beautiful landscape of Menengai Crater, Nakuru, Kenya | © Jacek Sopotnicki / Alamy Stock Photo

Make it to the Top of Mount Kenya

Climb Mount Kenya by using any of the famous routes like Nanyuki or Naromoru. Although getting to the peak is an activity for seasoned-mountain climbers, lower peaks remain options for those less experienced.

Explore the Great Rift Valley

See the magic that is the Rift Valley. Soak in the views in the Rift Valley Viewpoint and get to explore the many points of interest here.

View from baboon cliff, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya | © Ariadne Van Zandbergen / Alamy Stock Photo

Visit the Largest Lake in Africa

The largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria is one of the Africa’s Great Lakes shared by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. This freshwater lake has over 200 species of fish including tilapia. Try some ugali and fish while visiting.

Go to the Highlands and Spend a Day in a Coffee or Tea Farm

Visit the Kenyan Highlands, see the beautiful coffee and tea farms/estates, and make your own blend. Find out what makes Kenya’s coffee and tea so special.

A small farmer picks coffee cherries in her field in Kenya | © Jake Lyell / Alamy Stock Photo

Learn History and Culture in Amazing Museums

Each museum in Kenya has a story and cultural significance. Learn a thing or two and see some great arts and crafts in the country’s museums.

Walk on the Wild Side in Hell’s Gate

Famous for the geothermal activity, this is a great place in the Great Rift Valley to sight see, rock climb, or bike. There is also a national spa for tourists’ enjoyment.

Man climbing at Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya | © Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy Stock Photo

Have Your Mind Blown at the Gedi Ruins

This historical and archaeological site near the Indian Ocean is adjacent to Kilifi District and Gedi. This is one of Kenya’s mysteries and shows a town that was possibly founded in the 13th century.

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