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Lake Michaelson, Mt. Kenya| © troll2006 / Flickr
Lake Michaelson, Mt. Kenya| © troll2006 / Flickr
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Where to Go in Kenya for Panoramic Views

Picture of Jackline Wambugi
Updated: 22 June 2017
From Nairobi’s landscape to savanna plains, from mountains to dense forests, Kenya’s beauty can be appreciated from a number of accessible vantage points. Scroll down and discover where to go for the best vistas.

KICC rooftop

The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is the fourth tallest building in Kenya. It used to be the tallest, but got knocked of its perch in 2000. The helipad on the rooftop provides a scenic view of the city center and its horizons.

View of Nairobi city at night from the KICC rooftop | © Make It Kenya Photo / Stuart Price / Flickr
View of Nairobi city at night from the KICC rooftop | © Make It Kenya Photo / Stuart Price / Flickr
Nairobi downtown, railways golf course and Upperhill from Kicc rooftop | © Make It Kenya Photo / Stuart Price / Flickr
View of Nairobi downtown, railways golf course and Upperhill from KICC rooftop | © Make It Kenya Photo / Stuart Price / Flickr

Mt. Longonot

Mt. Longonot is one of many hiking trails within a short distance of Nairobi. It is a favorite weekend getaway for those who don’t mind flexing their muscles.

Mt. Longonot | © Xiaojun Deng / Flickr
Mt. Longonot | © Xiaojun Deng /Flickr
Mt. Longonot | ©Victor Ochieng / Flickr
Mt. Longonot | ©Victor Ochieng /Flickr

Aberdare mountain range

With breathtaking countryside scenery and an assortment of wildlife, the lush Aberdare mountains should be on your list.

View of Aberdare | © Ben and Eva / Flickr
View of Aberdare | © Ben and Eva / Flickr
Aberdare Topography | © thyer21/ Flickr
Aberdare topography | © thyer21/ Flickr
Thomson's Falls | © Sankara Subramanian / Flickr
Thomson’s Falls | © Sankara Subramanian /Flickr
Elephants in front of the Aberdares | © kimvanderwaal / Flickr
Elephants in front of the Aberdares | © kimvanderwaal / Flickr

Hell’s Gate National Park

This was the real-life inspiration for the animated setting of the 1994 film, The Lion King. Hell’s Gate National Park’s dramatic gorges, contrary to what its name suggests, continues to coax visitors.

Hell's Gate | © Ninara / Flickr
Hell’s Gate | © Ninara / Flickr
View of Hell's Gate from above | © Ninara / Flickr
View of Hell’s Gate from above | © Ninara / Flickr
Hell’s gate at night | © jabril10 / Flickr
Hell’s Gate at night | © jabril10 / Flickr

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Famed for the wildebeest migration, Maasai Mara is one of the most visited national reserves in Kenya. However, very few people explore the expansive view of the plains.

Maasai Mara National Reserve | © Wajahat Mahmood / Flickr
Maasai Mara National Reserve | © Wajahat Mahmood/Flickr
View of Maasai Mara plains from Olarro Conservancy | © Ninara / Flickr
View of Maasai Mara plains from Olarro Conservancy | © Ninara / Flickr
Maasai Mara National Reserve | © Make It Kenya / Flickr
Maasai Mara National Reserve | © Make It Kenya /Flickr

Mt. Kenya

The second tallest mountain in Africa is inviting and sometimes used by mountaineers to acclimatize in preparation for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Its lakes are wonderful trout-fishing spots.

Walk to the top of Mt Kenya | © Ignacio Palacios / Flickr
Walk to the top of Mt. Kenya | © Ignacio Palacios / Flickr
Lake Michaelson, Mt Kenya| © troll2006 / Flickr
Lake Michaelson, Mt. Kenya | © troll2006 / Flickr
Mt Kenya vegetation | © Ignacio Palacios / Flickr
Mt Kenya vegetation | © Ignacio Palacios / Flickr

Shetani Lava Flow, Tsavo West National Park

Shetani Lava Flow loosely translates to “the devil’s lava flow,” aptly named by superstitious locals. It overlooks Chyulu Hills, a mysterious area that seemingly defies gravity, raising even more superstition.

Tsavo West National Park | © John Hickey-Fry / Flickr
Tsavo West National Park | © John Hickey-Fry /Flickr
Shetani Lava, overlooking Chyulu Hills | © Laika Ac / Flickr
Shetani Lava, overlooking Chyulu Hills | © Laika Ac / Flickr
Tsavo West National Park | © Ninara / Flickr
Tsavo West National Park | © Ninara /Flickr
Mzima Springs, Tsavo West National Park | © Ninara / Flickr
Mzima Springs, Tsavo West National Park | © Ninara /Flickr