Garissa Tourism, Kenya 2020 ( Tours & Activities)

Garissa is the capital city of Garissa County of Kenya. It is nestled in the former North Eastern Province. Garissa is a commercial hub as well as the market center of the Garissa County. This town also has a university, Garissa University College that sees a number of visitor.

Livestock production is a quintessential part of the economy of the town. Between the period spanning from 2005 to 2007, the cattle producers of Garissa University College earned more than 1.8 billion shillings in sales in both domestic as well as overseas markets. Construction on the new abattoir was done in 2007. When it comes to the import of livestock, the cattle of Garissa comes from the cross border trade conducted between the Somali livestock merchants. Given these advancements in economy, Garissa today is a fairly significant position. As a result of this, the tourism of the city has also been improved making it a hit spot for tourists visiting Kenya. Keeping pace with the growing tourism, there are several establishments in the city which offer accommodation. Some of the prominent guest houses, stays and hotels here include the Xiddig Hotel, Nomad Palace Hotel and Almond Hotel.

The landscape of the Garissa is usually arid and has a dessert terrain making it a pleasant tourist attraction in Kenya. 

People Also Ask About Garissa

  1. Travel Advice

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Nudity is prohibited.

    ·         Girls please ensure that the clothes you wear are not provocative.

    ·         Girls, it is a good idea to not travel alone during the nigh hours.

    ·         Make sure you do not get over friendly with anyone you barely know.

    ·         Do not trust anyone with your luggage, cash and valuables.

    ·         Carry with you only the cash that you may require during the trip.

    ·         Do not get involved in drugs.

    ·         Always respect the local cultures and traditions.

    ·         Do not pass an insulting remark on anyone.

    ·         Carry at least one proof of identity with you at all times.

    ·         Check for the quality of the food before eating, especially when you are indulging in street food.

    ·         Do not neglect your safety when you practice an adventure activity.

    ·         Do not drink more than what you can handle.

    ·         Drink only bottled mineral water. In case you come across a water bottle from the brand unknown to you, avoid making a purchase. Buy a water bottle from a brand that is known to you. Also check for the seal before making a purchase.

    ·         Travel only in metered or prepaid cabs or taxis. In case that’s not possible, negotiate the price.    

  2. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking here is 18 years. 

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Bour-Algi Giraffe sanctuary

    Bour- Algi Giraffe sanctuary is situated in Garissa county. It is a joint initiative by community based conservation department and natural resources management. The sanctuary is spread across 125 km and borders the Tana River towards the South-west. As the name suggests, Bour Algi Giraffe sanctuary is home to more than 1000 giraffes. You may spot Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Cheetah, Hippopotamus, Guinea fowls & other passerine species of birds here. Tourists can also spot common Zebra, Warthog, Ostriches, Hyenas, and Lions roaming around the sanctuary. Two critically endangered species - Grevy's Zebra and the African wild dogs have also been reported occasionally. It’s a beautiful sanctuary and must visit place for people enthusiastic about wildlife.

    Tana River

    Tana River is considered to be the longest river in Kenya. The river is spread across more than 1000 km. Thika as well as other small tributaries flow during the rainy season her. The river goes through various towns such as Garissa, Hola and Garsen after which they enter into the Indian Ocean. Annual flow of the river is above 5,000 million cubic meters. Various hydroelectric dams have been constructed along the river that includes Kindaruma dam, Kamburu dam, Gitaru dam and Kiambere Dam. Tana River also supports Bura irrigation and settlement project, and Tana Delta irrigation project. It is a great place to see in Garissa.

    Boni national reserve

    Boni National Reserve is a national reserve for conservation of animals and plants that lies in Garissa county. The reserve is spread across 1,339 km and it is managed by Kenya wildlife service. Boni Forest, after which the reserve is named, has been declared as a biodiversity hotspot. Herbivores animals that you can spot in the reserves include Hippopotamus, Bushpig, Warthog, Buffalo, Common duiker, Topi and Waterbuck. Carnivores animals like African wild dog, aardwolf and rarely seen African elephants also reside in the forest.

    Rahole National reserve

    Rahole national reserve is situated on the northern bank of the river Tana and covers an area of 1,270 sq. km. The national reserve is managed by Kenya wildlife service. This reserve takes care of Hippos, Crocodiles, Grevy's Zebra and Beisa oryx. Rahole national reserve offers an excellent opportunity for activities like bird watching too. Tourists visiting the reserve are able to spot wide range of birds and animals at the reserve. Garissa is an ideal place to visit for your holidays with your family, especially kids will have a great time seeing a huge variety of animals and birds.

  4. What you will like there?


    There are various beautiful sightseeing options you can explore in Garissa. The town’s rugged terrain, panoramic landscape and lush greenery will bring you closer to the nature. There is no doubt that Garissa is rich in wildlife, Rahole national reserve gives you an excellent opportunity to explore different species of birds and animals. The national reserve is famous for bird viewing and attracts many tourists visiting Gaissa. You can also see various beautiful dams like Kindaruma dam, Kamburu dam, Gitaru dam and Kiambere Dam that is constructed along Tana River.

    Adventure sports

    Experience the thrill and wilderness that the city has to provide in terms of wildlife. Garissa provides you with various adventurous sports as well. If you are more into trekking and mountain climbing, then this town is the perfect place to explore your adventurous side. Also, there are various water sports activities you can indulge in. Water sports that you can experience in Garissa includes snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and swimming. One can also play beach volleyball or try other non-adventurous activities like golfing, fishing etc.


    Kenya is well known for its handicraft items and Masai jewelry. One can shop for Somali Curio items such as dhil, ameel, array of calabashes, kissi stone, Makonde wood carvings and batiks. Look out for African drums, old Brass and Copper, batiks, Soapstone, carved chess sets, large wooden carvings among much more. Shopping is an experience that will delight you and the place has various specialty and gift items to offer. Apart from typical souvenirs, you can also take back home large books with photos of wildlife, nature, and culture from the local shops here. Shopping is the best thing to do in Garissa.

    Safari Ride

    Garissa is very rich in wildlife and biodiversity. There are two national reserves and one Giraffe sanctuary in the town that also provides a safari ride. While visiting Bour Algi giraffe sanctuary, you may spot different species of animals that include Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Cheetah, Hippopotamus, Guinea fowls & other passerine species of birds too. Whereas in Boni National reserve, you can see Hippopotamus, Bushpig, Warthog, Buffalo, Common duiker, Topi and Waterbuck, African wild dog and aardwolf too. Rahole national reserve is also home to different species that you may encounter on your visit to the reserve. This is definitely a must do activity here, especially when there is such a thriving wildlife culture here. 

  5. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: Official website


    Forum: Official Forum

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