35 Places to Visit in Kenya, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Kenya Tourist Places

Amboseli National Park, Mt. Kenya, Lake Victoria, Lake Naivasha, Samburu National Reserve, Diani Beach, Manda Bay, The Great Rift Valley and many more.

You can elevate your vacation experience by exploring some of the best places to visit in Kenya, that include beautiful cities like Mobasa, several world-famous national parks like Tsavo National Park, beautiful lakes like Lake Navaisha and much more. All of these places in Kenya offer an authentic African experience, like in the Amboseli National Park, you can embark on a safari that takes you through landscapes where you can spot roaming giraffes, lions, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, and beautiful exotic birds.

If you are looking for historical places to visit in Kenya, you can explore the many museums such as the Nairobi Gallery and the Gedi Ruins. It is also home to some of the most developed and culturally rich cities including Nairobi, Mombasa and Samburu. The country is exceptionally beautiful during the summer season. If you are travelling through the country during this time, some of the exceptional places to visit in Kenya in December can include Mount Longonot which is a dormant volcano ideal for trekking and Wasini and Lamu Islands, which are offshore islands with beautiful coral reefs and beaches.

Here are some best places to visit in Kenya:

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Nairobi

Tourist places in Nairobi that are worth visiting are National Museum, Railway Museum, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen, Karura Forest, David Sheldrick Trust Elephant Orphan Centre, Ngong Hills, Blue Sky Tours in Diamond Plaza, Nairobi Arboretum, Panari Sky Centre, Bomas of Kenya, Uhuru Garden, GP Karting, Village Market, Mamba Village, Paintball Fury Limited, Maasai Ostrich Farm, Paradise Lost, August Memorial Park, Kenya National Archives, KICC, Art Centres and Nairobi National Park. Kenya’s largest city and capital, Nairobi implores diversity in romance and puts forward exalted adventure. The city transformed from a meek camp for the railway employees in the year 1899 to the capital named British East Africa by the year 1907. Today, the rich retrospective history and tribal culture and lifestyle are brought to life through its excellent and knowledgeable museums. In particular, the museum named Karen Blixen Museum is one of the biggest hits – not only the African fans come to praise and appreciate the museum but also people from all over the world visit the museum to view the namesake Danish author who with drudgeries toiled on the coffee farmstead in the midst of the beautiful Ngong Hills. Even in such a scampering city like Nairobi, wildlife is a colossal draw. Being a cosmopolitan capital, Nairobi is the only city in the globe that brags a safari park within its frontiers.

 

The travelers can relish a classic African wildlife escapade at the Nairobi National Park which is a fifteen-minute jaunt from the skyscrapers of the megalopolis. Animals like buffalo, giraffe, rhinoceros, zebra, cheetah, lion and wildebeest meander under the sun-soaked grassy plain in the tropical or subtropical region neighboring meager trees. Here animal lovers too get a chance to clasp, cuddle and embrace the baby elephants and yoke with the giraffes at the spectacular animal sanctuary located nearby. However, with a fabulous and spectacular national park located at the doorstep of the wildlife centric charismatic attractions, Nairobi maddens on, jars and counterpoints on the beautiful and glorious natural beauty. The polarising outlook and character of Nairobi assure rapturing ecstasy to the city. Also, the gateway to the world-class and popular Kenya’s safari parks, Nairobi attracts gripping seekers of adventure for over a century.

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Samburu

Samburu County is a game reserve situated on the banks of River Ewaso Ng’iro, in the former Rift Valley province, in northern Kenya. It stretches from the south of Lake Turkana to River Ewaso Ng’iro in the north.

The beauty of Samburu County lies primarily in its two picturesque mountains, namely Ololokwe and Koigotor. Since the River Ewaso Ng’iro flows through the reserve, this area thrives with a variety of wild animals and greenery that consists of vegetation such as thorn trees, riverine forests, acacia trees and lush green grasslands.

The major tourist attractions in Samburu County are the Shaba National Reserve, which is the home to the elephant, antelope, leopard, lion, zebra, oryx, monkey, buffalo and giraffes. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the best place to watch elephant babies thrive in their natural environment. Some other attractions are the Walk with Maa Tours and Safaris, Turkana Safaris and the Elephant Watch camp and Safaris, etc.

There are several interesting activities that you can do when you are in Samburu. This includes overnight tours, multi-day tours, hiking, nature and wildlife tours, rock climbing, safaris, eco-tours, sporting events and much more that you can enjoy with your loved ones.

The weather is generally hot and dry with much cooler nights. The temperature varies between 34 degrees Celsius during the day to 15 degrees Celsius during the night, which makes it relatively pleasant throughout the year and ideal for travelling.

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Eldoret

Eldoret is one of the fastest growing towns of Kenya. Nestled south of the Cherangani Hills in the verdant landscape, it is one of African paradises where everything you see has the touch of natural beauty still unadulterated by the intruding modernity. Being the bureaucratic center of Uasin Gishu District of the Rift Valley Province, makes it an even more preferable place as you can find modern amenities, lodgings and more to ensure that your stay is more worthwhile. 

Presently, Eldoret is a thriving service town sprawling Kenya Uganda highway. It is also the principal economic hub of the western Kenya but the travellers only have a little to see and even less to do here. One striking highlight however is the Doinyo Lessos Creameries Cheese Factory where you can stock up 20 different varieties of cheese. 

The name of the town comes from Maasai word ‘eldore’ which means stony river. You can also spot an exact parallel in the very source of this inspiration, River Sosiani. The cultural influences present are variable. After all the, Sirikwa, Nandi and Maasai people have called this place home over a period of offering times. 

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Kakamega is a town that is located in the western Kenya. It lies about 30 km north of the Equator. The town is densely population and is the headquarters of the Kakamega County.

Located 50 km north of Kisumu that is the third largest city of Kenya as well as a port city lying on the Lake Victoria, the average elevation of Kakamega is 1,535 metres.

Kakamega county is the 2nd most populous county after Nairobi. It has 9 constituencies in totality – ikolomani, Matungu, Lugari, Butere, Khwisero, Mumias East, Malava, Shinyalu and Lurambi, all of which have a flavour that deserves to be experienced and felt.     

The town was so named because the world Kakamega translates (in Kiluhyah which is a local dialect here) roughly to pinch. This is used to describe how the colonists of Europe would eat their staple food, ugail.

To be true, there is no certain reason as to why you should stay in this agricultural town however if you come here late in the day, Kakamega can be a convenient place to sleep over and stock up some supplies before you head to the tourist attractions as well as nearby attractions of the Kakamega. 

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Nakuru

One important thing that you need to know about Nakuru is that it lies in vicinity to the most prominent destinations of the world including Kenya’s capital Nairobi and Masai Mara. In addition to this, the attractive district is also home to the Menangai Crater which is the second largest volcanic crater of the world.

Speed through Nakuru on your way to the lakes and you might be astonished as to why anyone would wish to stay here? On the first impression, the fourth largest city of Kenya is provincial and grim that does not have much to offer besides an agreeable refuel. However, you must stick around a little longer and be assured to fall in love with it. 

Nakuru is a burgeoning city that is fast evolving. Over the years, it has been extending around the edges in order to adopt some of the superior aspects of Nairobi bereft of the crime, stress and the traffic.

If you don’t wish to fork out to overnight at Nakuru Lake, the city definitely makes a great base for exploration of the parks and surrounds. Since, the weather in Nakuru is favourable throughout, tourists can plan a visit any time of the year. 

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Meru

Meru is a city in the Meru County of Kenya. It is situated in the Eastern Highlands of Kenya and serves as the headquarters of Meru County. Located at an elevation, Meru is a thriving urban centre that is also home to several rivers, mountains and other natural elements.

The beauty of Meru is highlighted with thirteen rivers and many mountain-fed streams spread all over the terrain. The rivers are home to crocodiles and hippos and numerous species of fishes and marine animals. Lush green vegetations and woodlands on the slopes of the Nyambeni Mountain Range are some of the most attractive natural features of this city.

Some of the popular tourist attractions are the famous parks such as the Lolldaiga Main Gate, Mount Kenya National Park, Ngare Ngare Forest, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy – which is also a zoo. You can also visit the campgrounds of Samburu Trails.

Meru has a unique and distinctive cuisine that you can sample in popular eateries such as the. Royal Prince, a restaurant and a bar serving delicious fried delicacies. Another popular place that is frequented by tourists and locals alike is the Legends Restaurant, which serves some delicious local dishes and snacks like beef stew with ugali and samosas. Other attractions include the Nakumatt Supermarket where you can buy souvenirs from your tour and the famous Meru National Museum where you can get an insight into local history.

Meru experiences dry, hot and arid weather conditions throughout the year. The temperatures remain fairly the same all year round. The average temperature ranges from 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 17 degrees Celsius during the night.

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Narok

Traversing three hours west of Nairobi, this crumbling provincial town which is also the capital of the Mara region. It is the final proper centre prior to the vast grasslands of the Masai Mara. It is a surprising and friendly hassle free place that offers few travellers with a reason to stop and unwind. A lot of people roll on in, browse the curio shops when the driver refuels before you begin rolling on out again.

Situated west of Nairobi, it has very well been capable of supporting the economy of Kenya in the south west of the country along the Great Rift Valley. It is the district capital of the Narok County which also stands as the principal centre of commerce in the district. With a population of some 40,000 people that largely comprises of Maasai people, Narok is still as pristine as ever. 

The Maasai, natives of the Narok district regard Narok as the Enkare Narok which has been named after the river which passes through the Narok town. It is a beautifully town that definitely deserves a visit when you have taken a trip to Kenya. 

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Mombasa

Mombasa is situated in south-east Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is a beautiful coastal city that is known as the blue and white city. It is also the oldest city in the country, with a rich and vibrant cultural history.

The enthralling city of Mombasa is known for its exceptional natural beauty. This city is famous for its pristine beaches, turquoise blue sea, coral reefs and thick vegetation of lush green palms. The rainforests are home to a large number of magnificent birds and animals, native to Africa.

While exploring the city of Mombasa, you must visit the amazing Diani Beach, the Haller Park, the Shimba Hills National Reserve, the Nyali Beach, Mombasa Island, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary and the famous Mombasa Marine National Park, which are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

Apart from the tourist attractions and natural beauty, you can also indulge in adventure activities in Mombasa including an illuminating full-day tour of Mombasa, a 2 -Day Safari in Taita Hills from Mombasa, exploring the Tsavo National Park from Mombasa, climbing Mount Kenya, infinite treks, hikes, safaris and more.

Since Kenya primarily experiences a tropical climate, the weather in Mombasa generally remains hot and humid throughout the year. The summers are hot with occasional rain and the winters are comparatively cooler, windy and dry with clear skies.

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Kitale

Kitale is a beautiful agricultural town that is located in the Western Kenya. It lies some 380 kilometres from Nairobi which is the capital of Kenya. The town lies between Mount Elgon and Cherengani Hills. The significant cash crops which are grown in Kitale include seed maize, sunflower, Pyrethrum, tea, seed beans and coffee. 

Kitale is an administrative center of the Trans Nzoia District. It lies in the Rift Valley Province. Founded by the while settlers in the year 1908, Kitale is one of most prominent attractions in Africa. A branch line of the Uganda Railway leading you to the town from the Eldoret reached the town in the year 1926 with an object of promoting growth in the town.

Agriculturally rich, Kitale is a friendly market town that has a couple of interesting museums along with a bustling market. Shopping indeed is one of the principal activity to be enjoyed here. This market makes for an ideal base when you wish to explore the Saiwa Swamp National Parks and Mt Elgon. Kitale also serves as a quintessential take off point for tourists who wish to take a trip up to the western side of the Lake Turkana. 

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Thika

Thika is indeed one of the most discernible names to have emerged from the colonial Kenya all accredited to the articulate memoir which is Elspeth Huxley’s, ‘The Flame Trees of Thika.’ These days, in the growing modern city, you’ll actually be hard pressed to locate a tree let alone a flame tree. However, you still have an opportunity to indulge in the tiny nostalgia before you finally get back on the highway and continue further on the way.

The two children of the Aberdare Range, Thika and Chania finally unite 2 km north of the town where they plunge over a rocky, tree-lined cliff. This scene is elegantly appreciated from the porch of the Blue Post Hotel with a book in one hand and a stiff drink in the other.

With its history that outdates the town itself, the Blue Post still withholds a faint aroma of the colonial for those who wish to linger on here overnight. Undoubtedly, it was the principal location opposite the waterfalls of Thika which used to attract its original proprietors in the year 1908. At present, the grounds along with the children’s play area attract a number of Kenyan couple who intent on tying a knot in their polyester glory. When done with Thika, you can also visit the nearby destinations including Nyeri, Sagana, Embu and Nairobi. 

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Kisumu

Kisumu is nestled on the sloping shore Winam Gulf of the Lake Victoria. It may be the third largest town of Kenya but its relaxed atmosphere is way different from that of Mombasa and Nairobi. Until the year 1977, the port happened to be one of busiest in Kenya. In the same year because of the political squabbling the port sat virtually idle for some 2 decades. Post that there was a decline set in which led to the collapse of the East African Community. The EAC was initially established by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania so as to come up with a common market within this region.  Recently there has been an increase in the cooperation as well as the revival of the EAC that also includes Burundi and Rwanda. This in 2000 has also helped establish Kisumu as one international shipment point for the products of petroleum. Surprisingly the lake doesn’t play any part in this. So, despite the lake having been the life and blood for the inception of the Kisumu, the city still rests with its back to the water. None the less, the fortune of Kisumu is on a rise once again. This has led to a reduction in the impact of the water hyacinth. Hopefully, in the years to come Lake Victoria will again begin contributing to the economy of the Kisumu. So, play an active role in boosting the economy of Kisumu by making a visit to the town. 

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Giraffe Manor happens to be an offbeat and exclusive boutique hotel in Nairobi which is owned and operated by The Safari Collection. It is referred to as one of the most sought after properties in the whole world. Spread over an area of about 12 acres of private land in the midst of 140 acres of indigenous forest, this is an icon in itself. The heritage manor house had an extraordinary appeal that dates back to almost 1930s when visitors and wildlife enthusiasts came to Eastern Africa to indulge in wildlife safaris.

This place is popular for its elegant interior decorations, stately facade, sunny terraces, verdant green gardens, delightful courtyards, sunny terraces, and delightful courtyards. The most promising thing that entices travellers are the resident herd of Rothschild’s Giraffes who interact in the morning and evening hours poking their long necks into the windows.

Spending time in this retreating forest sanctuary and taking part in the tailor made safari adventure are surely a once in lifetime experience. Apart from forest safari, you can also indulge in a plethora of activities like having breakfast with the giraffes, strolling along the giraffe centres, enjoy afternoon tea, shop from the souvenir store, indulge in an amazing spa and wellness experience, head out for horse riding lessons in Nairobi and much more.
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Located in the southern part of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is one of the most exciting places to visit in Kenya in December with your loved ones. This park is famous for the majestic beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro that you can see on the horizon and large herds of grazing wild elephants.

This National Park comprises five main divisions of wildlife habitats namely the open plains, rocky thorn bush country, acacia woodland, marshlands and swamps.

Location: Loitokitok District, Rift Valley, Entonet, Kenya

Highlights: Apart from wild elephants, the wildlife in Amboseli National Park includes zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds.
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Spread over a vast area of 715 square km, Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949, to protect Mount Kenya and its surrounding biodiversity.

This National Park protects the wildlife of the area and acts as a catchment of Kenya’s water supply, and it is one of the best places to visit in Kenya. Apart from tourists, this park also attracts climbers, hikers and adventure lovers all year round.

Location: Kenya

Highlights: The Mt. Kenya National Park comprises picturesque glaciers, lakes, tarns and bewitching mountain peaks. It is a popular destination for camping, hiking and cave explorations.
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Lake Victoria is also known as Victoria Nyanza and is the largest lake in Africa making it one of the best places to visit in Kenya. It was named Lake Victoria, by British explorer John Hanning Speke. The vast lake is spread over an area of 69,484 square km and preserves more than 200 species of fishes.

Amongst them, the ‘Tilapia’ is the most abundant variety and can be seen swimming on the surface of the lake.

Location: African Great Lakes in Tanzania, Uganda and bordering Kenya.

Highlights: Lake Victoria is a haven for wetland animals, birds and fishes like the clawless otter, sitatunga, cichlid and the famous and rare ‘Lake Victoria Deepwater Catfish’.
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Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya and a part of the Great Rift Valley. The name ‘Naivasha’ is derived from the native Maasai language ‘Nai’posha’ means ‘rough water’. Due to sudden storms, the water turns very rough in this lake, which is the phenomenon from which the lake gets its name.

This lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Kenya due to its natural beauty.

Location: Nakuru County, outside the town of Naivasha, North of Nairobi, Kenya.

Highlights: Lake Naivasha is surrounded by the spectacular yellow barked Acacia Xanthophloea forest, popularly known as the ‘yellow-fever tree’.
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The Samburu National Reserve was established in 1985. It is a game reserve situated on the banks of River Ewaso Ng’iro in Kenya. Spread over a sprawling area of 165 square km it is one of the best places to visit in Kenya due to the ecological wealth that it possesses.

This reserve is home to almost 900 wild elephants, leopards, lions and cheetahs. You can also spot the famous Kamunyak Lion when you are taking a magical safari through this park.

Location: Samburu County, Kenya.

Highlights: The Samburu National Reserve is rich in biodiversity. From the famous Grevy’s zebra, the park preserves a large number of reticulated giraffes, Somalian ostriches, oryx and gerenuks.
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The picturesque Diani Beach is amongst the most scenic places to visit in Kenya, where you can relax and unwind and take in the serenity of nature. Surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean, this mesmerising beach is famous for its soft white sand, the pleasant ocean waves and a thick outgrowth of swaying palm trees.

The beach is lined with restaurants and snack stations serving authentic local delicacies, shopping centres and supermarkets.

Location: On the coast of Kenya that lines the Indian Ocean

Highlights: The Diani Beach is famous for its coral reefs, black-and-white colobus monkeys and the Shimba Hills National Reserve – which is a wildlife reserve
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Manda Bay is an enchanting boutique-lodge situated at the northern part of Manda Island in the Limu archipelago along the Kenyan coastline. This privately owned lodge is the perfect escape, where you can unwind and relax amidst the pristine beauty of Kenya.

The property is surrounded by white sandy beaches, where you can watch a breathtaking sunset on the ocean. The palm trees that line the back of the hotel add to the natural beauty, as you spend your time relaxing in the thatched-roof cottages that are a part of the property.

Location: North Manda Island, Lamu Archipelago, Kenya.

Highlights: White sandy beaches, oceanfront property, thick vegetation of palm trees and world-class hospitality.
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The Great Rift valley is one of the best places to visit in Kenya, which consists of an enormous valley and is a series of geographical trenches stretching over a distance of 7000 km from Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to Mozambique in South Africa.

A vast stretch of this valley runs through Kenya, dividing the country into two parts. It is a place of incredible natural beauty where you can see infinite stretches of valleys, mountains and rivers that have existed for millions of years.

Location: Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Highlights: The Great Rift valley is famous for its enthralling natural beauty. The valley consists of geologically active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs along with some picturesque lakes, mountains and plains.
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The word ‘Uhuru’ means ‘freedom’ in Swahili. The Uhuru Gardens is a memorial park in Nairobi, which symbolises the celebration of independence from British rule in 1963. This park also celebrates the inauguration of Jomo Kenyatta – the first president of Kenya.

The park consists of a statue of a soldier holding up the Kenyan flag. The fountain in the park symbolises ‘Twenty-Five years of Uhuru- peace, love and unity monument.’

Location: Nairobi, Kenya.

Highlights: The Uhuru Gardens Memorial Park is a historical landmark and popular recreational ground for hosting ceremonies. Today this ground is a prestigious venue for concerts, weddings and corporate launches as well.
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Founded in the 12th century, the picturesque island of Lamu is one of the oldest and most authentic surviving centres that uphold the Swahili tradition in all of East Africa. It is also a very popular tourist town, where you can stay in some of the best hotels and resorts, explore hidden beaches and a thriving local culture.

People of many ethnicities and speaking many languages have made their homes on this island, which makes it a unique and colourful urban centre.

Location: 150 miles from the city of Mombasa, off the shore of Kenya

Highlights: Lamu Island is known for its naval culture, with fishermen and seamen who have settled since the 12th century. The island is also known for its beaches.
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If you are looking for offbeat places to visit in Kenya, then you can check out the quaint island of Wasini, which was originally inhabited by Chinese people. Even today, the island doesn’t have proper roads or means of transportation.

Cargo and goods are transported by foot or by boats. The roads are made of coral or sand. However, the natural beauty of the island makes it popular amongst tourists. The island has some of the best beaches and the waters around the island are home to whales, dolphins and colourful tropical fish.

Location: South East Kenya, 75 km south of Mombasa

Highlights: The Wasini Island is a natural hotspot, with national parks, mangrove forests, coral reefs and vibrant marine life that you can explore on boat.
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This picturesque stratovolcano is one of the best places to visit in Kenya in December due to the natural beauty and the colourful history that this place is known for. Even though it is still known as a local volcano, the last time it erupted was in the 1860s.

This is the perfect destination for trekkers and adventure lovers since there are several hiking and trekking trails to explore. The name of the mountain is derived from the steep ridges and difficult terrain that makes this mountain distinctive.

Location: Great Rift Valley, Kenya.

Highlights: Trekking trails are an important aspect of this place, that you can explore on foot. The natural beauty of Mount Longonot is also commendable.
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Hell’s Gate National Park is situated in the southern part of Lake Naivasha and to the north-west of Nairobi. It was established in 1984. The park is spread over an area of 68.25 square km.

The park is home to a wide variety of wild animals like lions, cheetahs, leopards along with the rare lammergeier vultures, Hyraxes, eland, African buffalos, zebras, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, baboons and Hyenas.

Location: Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

Highlights: Hell’s Gate is famous for its spectacular towering cliffs, scrub clad volcanoes, geothermal steam, stark rock towers and water-gouged gorges.
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Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, covering an area of 13,747 square km. This park was established in 1948. A large part of this park is covered by semi-arid grassland and savannah. It is home to a vast number of magnificent animals and birds.

It preserves the famous “Big Five” comprising the endangered Black Rhino, lions, elephants, leopards and the cape buffalos. A mind-boggling variety of birds such as the crowned cranes, lovebirds, black kites and sacred ibis are found in abundance.

Location: Tsavo National Park, Kenya.

Highlights: The major attractions of this area are the Mundana Rock, Yatta Plateau, Lugard Falls, Aruba Dam and several magnificent birds and wild animals.
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Lake Nakuru is a beautiful lake of Kenya that is largely known for its humongous variety of pink flamingos. A large number of birds’ throng on the lake every day.

Highlights: Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes which comprises of almost one third of the Lake Nakuru National Park area. The park here was established in the year 1961 and houses more than 450 species of birds that live here. It also has a rich wildlife diversity. Some of the animals that can regularly be seen near the lake include the warthogs, lions, pythons, waterbucks, leopards and white rhinos. The landscape here elevates from the rocky cliffs to the sweeping grasslands and the woodlands.

Location: Lake Nakuru is located in Central Kenya

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Price: To visit the park Kenyans will have to pay Sh1,000 and visitors will have to pay Sh6,960.
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Fourteen Falls is a spectacular waterfall in proximity to the Thika town. It offers a complete 27 meter deep scenery.

Highlights: There is so much to see and do at the Fourteen Falls. Some of the most prominent activities of the region include plant identification, photography, boating, bird watching, fishing, among the others. The falls get its name from the 14 different waterfalls that can be found on the broad section of the popular Athi River. To best explore the waterfall and the surrounding regions, you can take a guided tour to the place.

Location: These falls are located near delmonte fld 59 in Kenya. It lies about 65 kilometres in the north eastern end of the Nairobi. The entire view and the area is drool worthy, so don’t miss out on it.

Timings: The Fourteen Falls are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Price: 400 KES is the admission fee.
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Shaba National Reserves is known for its rich wildlife and unique variety of birds making this national reserve so popular worldwide. Tourists coming here can spot some rare species of animals, including Reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich, and the Gerenuk. Apart from these species that are exclusive to this region, you can also spot a few common wildlife creatures, including Elephant, black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and hyena.

If bird spotting is your game then try spotting the group of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowl during the daytime near the river Ewaso Ng'iro, when they are in search of water to quench their thirst. If you're lucky enough you can also spot marabou storks flying over the blues or see thousands of sandgrouses and doves on the tree or on the lands.

Location- It lies to the north of the Ewaso Ng'iro River

Entry Fee- US$45-120 depending on the age group.

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If you're a wildlife buff then a wildlife tour to Buffalo Springs National Reserve, in Isiolo County of Kenya, should be on top of your travelling list. The Buffalo Springs National Reserve is the hidden wildlife gem of the country. This place is known for unique and exotic flora and fauna like lava terraces, rolling grasslands, doum palms, forests, scrub brush, Ewaso Nyiro River, and of course the buffalo springs, the main center of attraction here.

This national reserve is a home to some rare species that are exclusive to this region like reticulated giraffes, vulturine guinea fowls, Somali ostriches, beisa oryx, gerenuks, and Grevy’s zebras. If you desire to explore the wildlife reserve then it’s advisable to take a guided tour to the reserve so that you don’t miss things.

Entry Fee- US$40- US$70 depending on the age group.

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Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Mount Kenya and spread across a vast area of whopping 36,400 hectares, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is famed for housing the last two northern white rhinoceros in the world. This protected area is also known to be one of East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuaries.

You can also spot many other animals in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy including lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, buffalo, leopards, and wild dogs. The conservancy is also home to the endangered Jackson’s hartebeest and Grévy’s zebra. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers its visitors the chance to engage in a host of exciting activities such as horseback riding, bird watching, game drives, jungle walking, and cycling.

Location: Nanyuki, Kenya

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Bordering the Nairobi National Park, the very popular David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery is aimed at rescuing orphaned baby elephants from reserves and parks and offering them a safe shelter. This nursery takes care of the baby elephants and hand rears them until they are mature enough to be put back into the national parks and wildlife reserves.

On your visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery, you can spend time watching the elephants, bathing them, feeding them, playing with them, and taking an elephant safari. You can also adopt an elephant at a small cost per year and the nursery will give you an adoption certificate and keep you updated about the status of the animal.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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The Nairobi National Park was established in the year 1946 and happens to be the first national park in Kenya. The speciality of this park lies in the electrical fences that keep the wildlife within the park and the metropolis, separate from each other.

Highlights: The national park has a dry climate, which is host to a vast open grass plain and special Acacia bushes, as well as a thriving population of giraffes, leopards and ostriches. This park is the main attraction in the locality. A special Kenya Wildlife service takes tourists through a safari walk, highlighting the main attractions in flora and fauna of the park. The dry season witnesses large migration of herbivores in this park.

Location: The Nairobi National Park lies 7 kilometres towards the south of the city’s capital.

Timings: Mon-Sun 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Price: To enter the Nairobi National Park the adults will have to pay a price of 500 KSH. On the other hand, the children will be required to pay 300 KSH.
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  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Kenya with family?

    1. Nairobi: Nairobi is one of the best places to visit in Kenya, as it is a city that thrives with life and consists of innumerable tourist destinations like the Giraffe Centre, National Museum, Karen Blixen, Karura Forests, etc.

    2. Eldoret: Eldoret is situated at the Cherangani Hills and is one of the fastest developing towns in Kenya. This town is famous for its stock of 20 varieties of cheese, River Sosiani and rich tribal cultures.

    3. Nakuru: Nakuru is one of the most amazing places to visit in Kenya. This city is famous for Menengai Crater, which is the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and Lake Nakuru is home to the world’s largest concentration of flamingos.

    4. Mombasa: The city of Mombasa is a traveller’s paradise. The city is home to famous attractions such as Mombasa Marine National Park, Mamba Village Centre, Fort Jesus, Mombasa Tusks, Bamburi Beach, Haller Park, North Coast Beaches, South Coast Beaches, among others.
  2. Which are the famous national parks in Kenya?

    1. Masai Mara: Masai Mara is one of the best places to visit in Kenya. It is one of the most magnificent wildlife reserves and home to a vast number of African bush elephants, African leopards, lions and cheetahs.

    2. Amboseli National Park: Amboseli Park is one of the most sought-after places to visit in Kenya. This park is famous for the magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro that you can get from here and herds of wild African elephants that roam the terrain. It is a cradle of biodiversity and natural splendour.

    3. Tsavo East National Park: Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, spread over an area of 13,747 square km. This park is famous for the herds of red elephants and the panoramic beauty of Kenya’s landscape. It is also a great place for safaris.

    4. Nairobi National Park: Nairobi National Park is the perfect place to explore Kenya’s rich biodiversity. The lush green grassland preserves the most magnificent animals like the endangered black rhino, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, along with over 400 species of birds.
  3. Which are the best places for safari in Kenya

    1. Masai Mara National Reserve: Lions, leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs and other exotic animals native to Kenya can be spotted on a safari in Masai Mara National Reserve – one of the most famous National Parks in the world.

    2. Lake Nakuru National Park: A safari of this famous National Park can show you wonderful sights such as a massive flock of pink flamingos, pristine water bodies, giraffes, zebras and even lions.

    3. Amboseli National Park: A safari through the Amboseli National Park is a much sought-after activity in Kenya, where you can check out more than 370 species of birds and several exotic animals.
  4. What is Kenya famous for?

    Kenya is an East African country known mainly for its biodiversity and rugged, scenic landscapes. This country is famous for its vast wildlife preserves and conservation parks like Masai Mara and Amboseli Park, protecting thousands of various species of flora and fauna like the Big Five, the majestic wild elephants and the rhinoceros.

    The Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru have thousands of flamingos, which makes these some of the major tourist attractions in the area. The lifestyle and culture of the Masai tribe and the rich, native art and culture are the other major tourist attractions of this country.
  5. Is Kenya expensive for tourists?

    Depending on the number of days you are travelling for and the place you are travelling to you, Kenya can be very expensive or very affordable. For a 10 day tour of the country from India, it can cost you anywhere between 1,00,000 INR to 3,00,000 INR. This includes safaris, stay in luxury camps and tours of some of the most attractive natural and historical tourist attractions of the place.
  6. What is the best time to visit Kenya?

    Wintertime, between mid- June to mid-September is the best time to explore Kenya. The weather remains cool and dry during this time of the year with temperatures varying between 22 degrees Celsius to 13 degrees Celsius.

    Therefore, the months of July to September are the best time to visit Kenya. This is also the time for the Great Migration of the wild beast and the zebras, making it the ideal time to plan a vacation.
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I loved this kind of trip, Kenya is really a beautiful country with abundantly of wildlife who roam the place freely and they were very well-kept, the place has a breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys, and it is the place that brings human and nature so close... We had many stunning pictures with the group all the time which we really enjoyed every time, the team was very careful, well-behaved, and friendly all the time ready to helps us... Accommodation, picked-up, and dropped-off were just perfect, the activities we had was unforgettable... Thrilling but amazing trip it was...
We booked our honeymoon trip through Thrillophilia and we were very glad that the trip went exactly as we wanted too. Right from the landing at the airport we were warmly welcomed and received by the very well-behaved, friendly, and helpful representative along with a bright smile in the face. It was really a well planned and executed trip throughout. The hotel they booked for us was excellent with the amazing breakfast all the entire stays plus great services, no interference, and at a very prime location. The people there were very warm and welcoming helps us suggesting good foods of the place and also shared their culture with us which was a very nice part of our trip. The activities and day to day tours were very interesting and exploratory... The place will definitely bring you so close to nature... Amazing and very well-kept of forest, animals, birds, and flora. There is no mistake at all choosing Kenya for our honeymoon trip instead we were very honored to be at this place... The " Spice Island " were amazed us with the white-sandy beaches, thrilling water activities, in good sunny weather. Thank you Thrillophilia for making our honeymoon very very special.
So glad that we had this trip, The team helps us alot of planning and booking this trip, the itinerary was fulfilling right from day one till the last day... We covered all the mentioned places plus with activities, everything has been set up for us which we fully enjoyed the trip, Our main part of the trip was the visited Amboseli National Park, Boating at Lake Naivasha...and the unforgettable view of the Mt, Kilimanjaro... It was a worthwhile trip
I booked this tour to Kenya with my partner. As we reached the airport the driver was there to pick us up on time. As we later traveled and explored we got to know about the place's diversity in its surroundings itself for deserts with wildlife and beautiful beaches where we enjoyed water-sports too!. The accommodations were very nice and safe for couples getting their privacy.
I booked this trip to Kenya with my family. It had breath-taking mountains and varieties of wildlife at Amboseli National Park. The accommodation and the hospitality of the staff and their friendly behavior was impressive. Would recommend it to others too.
Planning and booking our trip with Thrillophilia was easy and convenient...This trip was suitable for nature lovers, I and my family had a great vacation...we were lucky that we saw an elephant, lions, cheetahs, colorful birds, etc, and the mesmerizing views of the Mount. Kilimanjaro and beautiful lake Naivasha...The staff was friendly and informative throughout...We had a great time in Kenya... We love our stays and the way they organized the trip...We had no issues at all the entire trip but tons of surprises and fun...No regret!!! our choice absolutely worked out...Thanks for bringing such a wonderful trip like this...
What an incredible trip it was!!! Amboseli and Masai Mara are the famous attraction of the place, which rich with flora and founa, 7-days spending time with nature was a great feeling, the experience we had on the hot-air-balloon and the views of the plains from there blew us away... Thrillophilia team support us the entire trip and also all our needful things have been arranged and it was just so perfect for us... All-in-all this was a well-planned trip
Very great honeymoon package for the span of 7-days by Thrillophilia. We would like to thanks the agent who helps us with this great suggestion to choose Kenya even though we are not sure at first the agent clarifying of all our doubts and we were very lucky we didn't miss this beautiful place with tons of richness like culture, animals, birds, huge and thick forest ( National Park ), and amazing people...Our trip and everything was well taken care of...THANKS AGAIN...

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