Top 20 Places to Visit in Kenya

 

Introduction

If any country in the world would boast of God’s creation, all enclosed in its boundaries, then Kenya is that country. Think of its diverse sceneries, ancient hills, desert, coral reefs, wildlife, history, and different cultures. This gem located along the East African coast is synonymous with African wildlife. Indeed, most people residing outside Africa picture Kenya as a safari destination with vast national parks. Its wildlife splendor ranges from the famous big five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos) and the annual wildebeest migration. Then, here are the top 20 spots you should include in your Kenya itinerary: –

 

The Tourist Destinations

 

1.       Amboseli National Park – Best Big Game Safari Destination

Amboseli National Park

Key Facts

Location: Kajiado County/Oloitoktok District, On the Border of Kenya & Tanzania

Top Things to Do at Amboseli National Park: Game Viewing & Photography, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Bird Watching, Experience the Maasai Culture

Major Attractions: Big Game, Scenic Landscapes, Ice-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, More than 600 Migratory Bird Species, the Maasai Locals
Best Time to Visit: June to October, December to January (Dry Seasons)

Accessible By: Road & Air

Overview

Amboseli, meaning “salty dust”, is the home of the African elephant. Come marvel up close at this giant game as they graze at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Also, expect to see lots of lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, crocodiles, nocturnal porcupine, wild dogs, giraffes, mongoose, dik-dik, lesser kudu, hyrax, and mongoose. Better still; stop and alight at the Observation Hill on the southeastern side of the park to explore the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, savannah, woodlands, and wetlands with sulfur springs below. And, if you love watching birds, there are at least 600 prolific birds to see.

Did You Know?

In 1991, Amboseli National Park was declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to its unique core ecosystem and wildlife that stretches from Kenya to Tanzania.

 

2.       Mt. Kenya National Park & Reserve

mount kenya National Part

Key Facts

Location: Central Kenya

Top Things to Do at Mt. Kenya National Park: Rock Climbing/Trekking, Camping, Caving, Game Drives, Bird Watching

Major Attractions: Endangered Wildlife, 130 Bird Species, Mt. Kenya
Best Time to Visit: January/February and August/September

Accessible By: Air & Road

Overview

Kenya was named after Mt. Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa. It stands majestically at an altitude of 5,199 meters, with endangered wildlife at its base. Then, come and climb this UNESCO World Heritage Site and camp at its rugged glacier-dotted peak inside Mt. Kenya National Park. Entry to the park must be with a qualified and certified guide. Witness vast bird species and wild animals like the elephants, bushbucks, white-tailed mongoose, tree hyrax, elands, waterbucks, endangered Sunni buck and albino zebra, and the black-fronted duiker. And, if you are lucky, you may bump into the rarely seen giant forest hog, bongo, or leopard roaming the forest.

Did You Know?

The ethnic Kikuyu community living near Mt. Kenya considers it sacred. They would worship and build their houses facing the mountain.

 

3.       Samburu National Reserve

Samburu national reserve

Key Facts

Location: Laikipia, Samburu County, Northern Kenya

Top Things to Do at Samburu National Reserve: Game Viewing, Bird Watching, River Rafting, Visit the Samburu People

Major Attractions: Rare Animal Species, 450 Bird Species, Dense Forests, Termites Mounds, Weaver Bird Nests, Samburu Warriors
Best Time to Visit: December to March, July to October

Accessible By: Road, Air

 

Overview

Have you ever heard of Kamunyak, the famous lioness that adopted at least six oryx calves? It happened in Samburu National Reserve, located along the banks of the seasonal Ewaso Ng’iro River in Laikipia, Samburu County, at the backdrop of the table mountain Ololokwe. This premier game reserve boasts 165 km² of a magnificent landscape. The protected area is home to extensive wildlife like the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk, and the Somali Ostrich. More so, it is next to Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Shaba Game National Reserve, making this uncrowded trio the perfect honeymoon destination.

Did You Know?

Samburu National Reserve is where naturalists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. They would later describe their experiences in the award-winning book and movie Born Free.

 

4.       Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Key Facts

Location: Narok, South West Kenya

Top Things to Do at Maasai Mara Game Reserve: Game Drives, Bird Watching, Balloon Ride

Major Attractions: Predator Sightings, Annual Wildebeest Migration, Lions, Cheetah, African Leopard, African Bush Elephant, Crocodiles, the Mara River, Pristine Wilderness
Best Time to Visit: June to October

Accessible By: Road & Air

Overview

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a world-renown tourist destination. It is best known as the stage for the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration. Every year, between July and October, the Mara River, inside this game reserve, witnesses thousands of wildebeests and Zebras sprinting across the crocodile-infested river. The animals migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya, lured by greener pasture. Then, witness this spectacle while on a game drive or an early morning balloon ride. It only takes one daring beast to make the first jump into the water to trigger the dash for the day. Maasai Mara is known as one of the tourists’ favorite places to visit in Kenya.  

Did You Know?

There are between 850 and 900 lions in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding conservancies. This population accounts for more than half of the lion population found in Kenya. Further, it makes Kenya one of the six remaining African countries, with the last remaining 20,000 African lions roaming freely in the wild.

 

5.       Haller Park

Haller Park Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Mombasa, Kenya

Top Things to Do at Haller Park: Nature Walks, Educational Tours, Marine Fish Farm Demonstration Area, Watching Feeding Crocodiles, Giraffe Viewing

Major Attractions: Game Sanctuary, Natural Mangrove Palm Forests, Grasslands, Marine Fish Farm, Reptile Park, and Giraffe Viewing Platform
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air & Road

Overview

Now, if you prefer interacting with wildlife in a soothing nature park environment, consider adding Haller Park to your Kenya beach safari itinerary. Indeed, Haller Park is a reclaimed quarry with a diverse and vibrant ecosystem and home to wildlife like hippos, crocodiles, marine wildlife, tortoises, buffaloes, and antelopes. The park is also a paradise for birds like weaver birds, sandpipers, kites, eagles, owls, egrets, cranes, and storks. It is located along the Kenyan coast and receives about 160,000 visitors annually.

Did You Know?

Haller Park is a haven for botanists. It comprises indigenous shade trees, coastal forests, and rare and endangered plants. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) identified 30 endangered flora and fauna species at Haller Park. Hence, this once forsaken place is now a refuge for these endangered species.

 

6.       The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Rift Valley Province

Top Things to Do at the Great Rift Valley:  Mountain Climbing (Mt. Longonot), Birds Watching ( Lake Nakuru National Park), Fishing (Lake Turkana & Lake Victoria),

Major Attractions: Kenya Lake System, Lake Nakuru National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park,  Cherangani Hills, Ngong Hills, Mt. Longonot, Escarpments, Lake Bogoria Hot Springs
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air, Road, & Train

Overview

The Great Rift Valley is a 6,000 km long intra-continental trench cutting through the Asian and African continents from Northern Syria in Asia to central Mozambique in Africa. Scientists believe that this ridge will result in the western part of Africa slowly drifting away from its eastern part. And that eventually, a sea will run through Africa, dividing it into two. Then, view this magnificent valley as it cuts through Kenya. The escarpments that border the Great Rift Valley are most visible in Iten, Eldoret Town.

 

Other notable sites include the series of Cherangani volcanic hills (some still active to date), Lake Nakuru National Park (home to millions of Africa’s pink flamingos), Lake Elementaita (a shallow alkaline lake with 13 endangered bird species), Lake Victoria (the second largest freshwater lake in the world), and Lake Bogoria (famous for its hot springs and geysers). The valley is definitely one of the top places to visit in Kenya.

Did You Know?

At least 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites owe their existence to the formation of the Great Rift Valley. And, the Kenya lake system (comprising of 64 lakes), including Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world, is all on the Great Rift Valley floor.

 

7.       Aberdare National Park

Aberdares National Park Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Central Kenya

Top Things to Do at Aberdare National Park: Bird Watching, Camping, Trekking, Photography, Trout Fishing

Major Attractions: Game Animals, Birdlife, Magnificent Waterfalls, Ridges & River Valleys
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air

Overview

Aberdare National Park is a protected area in the Aberdare Mountain Range, along the Great Rift Valley. This picturesque area has majestic peaks, intriguing falls, moorlands, and a rich habitat for wildlife. Expect some rare sightings of the giant forest hog, black leopard, black serval cat, eastern bongo, and the blue duiker. There are over 250 species of birds, including the goshawks, sparrow hawks, and plovers.

Did You Know?

In 1952, Princess Elizabeth II was at the Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park on vacation. It is here that she got news of the death of her father. Her visit became immortalized as she would cut short her visit and accede to the thrones of the United Kingdom to become the Queen of England.

 

8.       Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage

Key Facts

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Top Things to Do at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage: Feed the Animals, Adopt an Elephant, Adopt a Rhino, and Adopt a Giraffe

Major Attractions: Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes, Educational Tours
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air, and Train

Overview

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphanage is a wildlife conservation charity that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned rhinos, elephants, and giraffes. The animals are victims of human-wildlife conflict, drought-related problems, natural causes, and poaching. The trust works alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect and preserve wildlife through anti-poaching programs, provide veterinary services to injured animals, and enhance community awareness to minimize cases of human-wildlife conflict.

Did You Know?

For a donation or gift of as little as $50, anyone can adopt an elephant at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The funds pay for round-the-clock specialist care, veterinary care, proper nutrition, medication, and housing for the orphaned animal for up to 10 years.

 

9.       Nairobi

nairobi city

Key Facts

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Top Things to Do at Nairobi: Attend Global Conferences, Wildlife Safari, Shopping, Visit Art Galleries

Major Attractions: Nairobi National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, the National Museum, Uhuru Gardens, Ngong Hills, Kenya International Conference Center (KICC), Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), Uhuru Park, The Ostrich Farm, The Carnivore Restaurant, The Matatu Culture
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air, and Train

Overview

Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is the green city under the sun. This largest city in the country boasts a rich historical heritage, world-class amenities, vivid wildlife, nightlife, and a hub of arts and culture.

 

Kick start your Nairobi tour with a visit to the Nairobi National Park. There are lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, buffalos, and other wildlife to see at the backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. Next, proceed to The Karen Blixen Museum, Mizizi Arts Center, or Rahimtulla Museum for a glimpse of some visual artwork. And, for a taste of some game meat, have your lunch at the Ostrich Farm or the Carnivore Restaurant.

 

Another attraction is the Nairobi matatus, the mini-buses that make up the majority of public transport in this metropolitan city. Matatus feature lots of graffiti on high pop culture, a sight to behold for any first-time visitor. Plus, have your breakfast with giraffes at the Instagram-worthy Giraffe Manor luxury hotel.

Did You Know?

Nairobi is the headquarters of lots of international organizations in Africa. They include Cisco Systems, General Electric, IBM Services, Google Africa, UN, UNEP, and Coca Cola.

 

10.   Karura Forest

Karura Forest Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Nairobi

Top Things to Do In Karura Forest: Bird Watching, Family Picnic, Biking, Nature Walk

Major Attractions: Biking Trails, Waterfalls, Caves, Birds, Monkeys
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air

Overview

If you are looking for a serene outdoor environment for a forest bath, yoga, or early morning meditation, consider visiting the Karura Forest. It is a beautiful natural reserve in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. The forest promises a magical experience courtesy of its lush green cover, waterfalls, caves, and hilly terrain. It is under strict management that ensures the area is well preserved for years to come. Hence, no plastic or littering is allowed.

Did You Know?

In 1999, conservationists led by the late Wangari Maathai, the founder of the GreenBelt Movement and UNEP’s Million Tree Campaign, shed blood while trying to save Karura Forest. Wangari Maathai would later get a Nobel Peace prize for her fearless campaigns and contributions to preserving forests.

 

11.   Lamu Old Town and Island

lamu island Kenya

Key Facts

Location: The Lamu Archipelago, 150 miles from Mombasa

Top Things to Do In Lamu: Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Water Skiing, Sailing, Attend Cultural, Art, Music, & Yoga Festivals

Major Attractions: Manda Island, Lamu Museum, Lamu Fort
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air (Land at Manda Airstrip or Kiwayu Airstrip), Dhows (If Arriving from Mombasa)

Overview

Lamu is an old town and an island located off the shore of Kenya, in the Indian Ocean. It is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in Kenya, often referred to as the Island of Festivals. Indeed, the old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. Then, come and travel back in time as you experience a blend of the Indian, Arabic, and British trading histories. See the unique architectural designs of the old buildings and streets. Notably, take part in numerous festivals all year round. They include dhow sailing races, Swahili poetry readings, Shela hat contests, competitive Bao games, donkey races, music performances, and traditional henna paintings.

Did You Know?

There are no cars or any other form of motorized transport operating in the small winding roads of Lamu Old Town. Instead, the only carrier is donkeys and dhows.

 

12.   Mt. Elgon

MT Elgon Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Western Kenya

Top Things to Do at Mt. Elgon: Hiking, Trekking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Horse Riding

Major Attractions: Hot Springs, Waterfalls, Caves, Gorges, Calderas, Rare Wildlife Species, 144 Bird Species, Montane Forests, Wildflowers
Best Time to Visit: June to August, December to March

Accessible By: Road, Air

Overview

Mt. Elgon is the eighth highest mountain in Kenya and the oldest extinct stratovolcano in East Africa (at least 24 million years old!). It is located on the Kenya-Uganda border and attracts domestic and foreign tourists who love hiking and trekking. See, this ancient mountain is in Mt. Elgon National Park, one of the few parks in Kenya that allow visitors to hike or trek since the wildlife present poses little danger. In most parks, tourists remain in their vans and stick to the designated routes. With five separate peaks, caves, hot springs, waterfalls, a panoramic landscape for camping, and wildflowers blanketing the moorlands in June and July, trekking Mt. Elgon is the ultimate family vacation. For hikers, this is the place to visit in Kenya. 

 

Did You Know?

Most of the hiking trails at Mt. Elgon are much more forgiving. And the area enjoys a moist to moderately dry climate ideal for camping. A typical hiking/trekking circuit at Mt. Elgon takes between 3 and 5 days. During this time, visit Sipi falls which is the source of the Nile, view elephant caves, and interact with wildlife and bird species.

 

13.   The Fourteen Falls

Fourteen Falls Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Thika, Kenya

Top Things to Do at Fourteen Falls: Sight Seeing, Picnics, Boat Ride, Photography, Bird Watching, Fishing

Major Attractions: The Falls, Picnic Site, Boat Rides, Photography, Locals Jumping off the Falls
Best Time to Visit: During the Rainy Season

Accessible By: Road

Overview

As the name implies, Fourteen Falls is a picnic site where fourteen magnificent waterfalls plunge and merge 30 meters below. And, if you happen to visit the site following heavy rain, you will be amazed at the dramatic power of these natural falls. The spot is popular with local and foreign tourists, mostly in groups. Even though there are local guides at the entrance, we recommend asking your travel agent to give you one of their professional tour guides who also double up as your driver to accompany you to the site.  And, you will have to pay for your van and for most of the activities on offer.

Did You Know?

Fourteen Falls forms on the broad section of Athi River, forming a 30-meter deep scenery. Athi River originates from Ngong Hills in Nairobi, cuts through Tsavo East National Park,  Kenya’s largest national park, and ends up in the Indian Ocean.

 

14.   Mombasa Island

Mombasa Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Kenyan Coast

Top Things to Do In Mombasa: Old Town, Mombasa Marine National Park, Fort Jesus, Nyali Beach, Mama Ngina Drive

Major Attractions: Wildlife & Marine Safaris, Snorkeling, Diving, Shopping, Historical Tours
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air, and Train

 

Overview

A trip to Kenya is incomplete without visiting Kenya’s coast. Then, start your Kenya coast tour with Mombasa Island, the oldest city and second-largest administrative county in the country. The island dates back to Kenya’s pre-colonial era, when the Arabs, Portuguese, and Europeans included the island in their trade routes. Today, this metropolitan island has modern amenities and tourist attractions like historical ruins, coral reefs, white sandy beaches, national parks, 5-star beach resorts, street markets, an international airport with direct flights to Europe, Asia, and the US.

Did You Know?

Until 1907, Mombasa was the capital city of Kenya, the then East African Protectorate. Today, this island has the largest port serving the east and central Africa regions.

 

15.   Malindi

Malindi Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Kenyan Coast

Top Things to Do In Malindi: Diving, Snorkeling, Dhow Excursions, Wildlife Safari, Deep Sea Fishing

Major Attractions: Gedi Ruins, Vasco Da Gama Pillar, Watamu & Malindi Marine National Parks, Swahili Architecture, Watamu Beach, Historical Monuments
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air, Boat, Road

Overview

Malindi is an old Swahili town located on Malindi Bay, at the mouth of River Sabaki. Like Mombasa, the history of Malindi dates back to pre-colonial Kenya when it was popular with traders. It is here that Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer, gained control of the Kenyan coastline from the Arabs for 200 years. And the coral pillar he erected in Malindi in the 15th century still stands to date. It is one of the various historical monuments attracting tourists to the town. Other attractions include pristine beaches, the rich Swahili culture, extensive corals, wildlife, and vibrant nightlife.

Did You Know?

Malindi is popular with Italian tourists, forming the largest population of Europeans in any given town in Kenya. They view Malindi’s pristine beaches, rich cultural heritage, and cool weather irresistible. And, the Italians own at least 2,500 commercial properties in Malindi.

 

16.   Diani

Diani Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Kwale, Kenya

Top Things to Do In Diani: Game Drives, Watersports, Sky Diving,

Major Attractions: White Sandy Beaches, Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, Kongo Mosque, Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach Shopping Center, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Colobus Conservation Centre
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air, Road, Boat

Overview

Diani is your ultimate beach vacation spot when you visit Kenya. The town is on the southern side of the Kenyan coast, 30 kilometers from Mombasa Island. It is famous for its luxurious high-end accommodation and attraction sites. More so, its white-washed hotel chains dot the palm-lined Diani Beach, and there are white sandy beaches with clear waters, skydiving opportunities, and lots of watersports activities. Diani is definitely the top place to visit in Kenya for white sandy beaches and blue waters. 

Did You Know?

World Travel Awards named Diani Beach Africa’s Leading Beach Destination for six consecutive years from 2014 to 2020. Diani Beach beat such tourists’ spots as Zanzibar in Tanzania, Cape Town in South Africa, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, and Plettenburg Bay in South Africa. 

 

17.   Wasini Island

Wasini Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Southeast Kenya, 75 km south of Mombasa

Top Things to Do In Wasini Island: Sailing, Turtle & Dolphin Sightings, Diving, Snorkeling, Dhow Excursions

Major Attractions: Kisite Marine National Park, Paradise Beach, Shimoni Slave Caves
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air, Road, Boat

Overview

Wasini Island is a 28 square kilometers paradise for nature lovers, located 3 km off the Indian Ocean coast. It sits on pristine coral reefs and is home to marine wildlife like turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. More so, domestic and foreign tourists visit the island to take part in thrilling watersports, traditional dhow sailing, or diving with the dolphins.

Did You Know?

Like Lamu, Wasini Island has footpaths only, along the beaches (no motorized transport in Wasini). The pathways are carved out of the old coral or sand, allowing for walking on foot or carrying cargo using wheelbarrows. Further, these footpaths are only passable during a low tide.

 

18.   Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Key Facts

Location: Taita Taveta County, Between Nairobi and Mombasa

Top Things to Do at Tsavo National Park: Game Drive,

Major Attractions: Red Elephant Herds, Yatta Plateau, Mudanda Rock, Lugard Falls, Mzima Springs, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Galana River
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air, Train

Overview

Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s largest park, famous for its legendary man-eating lions and red elephants. It is the largest protected area in Kenya, occupying approximately 22,000 square kilometers (13,671 miles). More so, the park is split into Tsavo East and Tsavo West, rich in wildlife population and diversity. Anyone visiting the park should expect to find the Big Five and other wild animals. More so, the park hosts the highest single population of African elephants. Other attractions include the Mudanda Rock, Mzima Springs, the Yatta Plateau, the Luggard Falls and bridge, and the Aruba Dam.

Did You Know?

With the completion of the Standard Gauge Railway, you can now board a train from Nairobi or Mombasa directly to Tsavo National Park. The convenient transport makes it possible to have an excursion to the park and be back to either city on the same day.

 

19.   Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Northern white rhinos Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Nanyuki

Top Things to Do at Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Bush Walks, Night Game Drives, Lion Tracking, Riding with the Rhinos, Junior Ranger Programme, Mountain Biking

Major Attractions: Northern White Rhinos, Luxury Stays, Anti-poaching Dog Unit
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Road, Air

Overview

Are you planning a walking Kenya safari? If so, include the expansive Ol Pejeta Conservancy in your itinerary. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre big five conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. It is renowned for its conservation initiatives, including being the home of the last male northern white rhino that died in 2018 and chimpanzees rescued from the illegal black market. Currently, it has 15% of Kenya’s black rhino population and the last two white rhinos. Other attractions include a high predator density (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, and rhinos), luxury stays, and game drives. Visit the conservancy to learn more about human-wildlife interactions, conflicts, and conservation challenges

 

Did You Know?

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the fewest animal sanctuaries in Kenya that allow for a night game drive. Still, you need to be spending the night at the conservancy since its main gate closes at 6 pm. Use this opportunity to witness unusual sightings and the predator population in action.

 

20.   Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Kenya

Key Facts

Location: Kisumu

Top Things to Do In Lake Victoria: Quad Biking, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Guided Boat Ride, Bungee Jumping, Bird Watching,

Major Attractions: Aquatic Life, Kisumu Main Market, Ruma National Park, Rock Paintings, Impala Sanctuary, Ndere Island National Park
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round

Accessible By: Air, Road, Rail, Boat

Overview

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake. This 26,600 square miles African gem appears more like a sea than a lake. Indeed, its expansive stretch includes a 2,000-miles-long beach that borders Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania encompasses several islands and is one of the best places to visit Kenya. Visit the shores of Lake Victoria and witness the red sun sinking into the gentle waters at sunset. Likewise, expect to see aquatic life, including native and non-native fish and turtles. And there are hippos, clawless otters, and a spectacular array of birdlife. When in the west of the country, this is the best place to visit in Kenya!

Did You Know?

Lake Victoria is the principal source of the River Nile, draining up to 15% of the lake’s water. The river flows north into Sudan to converge with the Blue Nile. Then, it proceeds into Ethiopia before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. 95% of Egyptians liver along the River Nile and rely on it for agriculture, fishing, and transport systems.

 

Conclusion

Then, are you ready to visit the birthplace of safari? Traveling and seeing the beautiful wonders of the continent of Africa can be affordable and certainly worth your time. And, as you plan on the places to visit Kenya, our shortlist of the twenty most serene tourist destinations above presents an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy!

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