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  • Things to do in Kenya are seemingly endless. It’s a place where nature sweeps you away on a journey to undiscovered dreams. Sunsets seem more glorious, the beaches bluer and the forests richer in wildlife. Even if you’ve explored nature reserves and parks before, you’ll be surprised by the sheer variety of life here. It’s like everything seems to have come together. The Big 5, flamingos, giraffes, Nile crocodiles – they’re all here.

    Many of Kenya’s attractions revolve around wildlife and nature. Nairobi’s David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, and the Great Rift Valley’s Hell’s Gate National Park – no matter which part of the country you visit, you’ll come across priceless places with a wealth of life. The country is certainly a nature lover’s paradise. If you love nothing more than to be in the outdoors, there’s no place like Kenya.

    While most of the good stuff is found in lakes, parks and forests, there’s another aspect you don’t want to miss: the food! Dishes like Uji wa wimbi and Githeri will satisfy your body and soul with their wholesome flavour. Dishes with Indian twists are hugely popular too and you can savour familiar tastes like chicken tikka and samosa. Journey to this side of East Africa and experience the best that nature has to offer. 

    Take a look at our list of exciting things to do in Kenya:

  • 01Things to Do in Nairobi

    Things to Do in Nairobi

    1. Jeep safari at Nairobi National Park- Nairobi’s first national park offers visitors a look at the region’s varied wildlife including wildebeest and lions. Tour the park on a jeep to see it in its entirety.

    2. Take breakfast at Giraffe Manor- Giraffe Manor is an elegant boutique hotel that’s known not just for its stately beauty but its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffes. Breakfast at the manor and you may just see them wandering over, curious about the new faces.

    3. Adopt an elephant at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the leading wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres in Kenya. If the cause is close to your heart, you can adopt an elephant and give it a new lease of life.

    4. Watch various animals at Nairobi Safari Walk- Embark on an eye-opening adventure at Nairobi Safari Walk where you’ll be given a glimpse of Kenya’s rich wildlife. Bongos and albino zebras are just a couple of examples.

    5. Visit the Village Market- Contrary to its name, The Village Market is a sprawling shopping and recreation complex that has over 100 shops. Dine at restaurants like Khazana and Sofra, and shop for arts and crafts, cosmetics and jewellery.

    6. Have nyama choma at the Carnivore- Carnivore is a non-vegetarian’s haven with an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. Nyama Choma or roast meat is the star here. Feast on round after round until you absolutely can’t anymore.

    7. Visit Mamba Village- Mamba Village is a crocodile farm and East Africa’s largest. You’ll be introduced to different reptile species and their role in the ecosystem. You’ll also learn facts and interesting tidbits about these powerful creatures.

    8. Sunset view from K.I.C.C Helipad- Sunsets always look so much more beautiful from an undisturbed vantage point. K.I.C.C Helipad is the ultimate place to see the Kenya sunset, the cityscape and even Nairobi National Park in the distance.

    9. Participate in ostrich racing at Maasai Ostrich Farm- Maasai Ostrich Farm organizes several activities, one of which is ostrich racing. Keep in mind that although popular here, some find it distasteful and cruel.

    10. Splash Water World

    11. 7D Cinema at Thika Road Mall- Thika Road Mall is home to the city’s most advanced theatre, 7D Cinema. It provides an incredibly immersive experience complete with bubble, smoke and water spray effects.

    12. Drink coffee at Java House- Savor the best of African coffee at Java House. The casual dining restaurant’s gourmet cafe culture is hugely popular among locals and tourists.

    13. Shop at Maasai Market- Shopping here is one of the best things to do in Kenya. The open-air market is where you can find great things to take back home like curios, paintings, prints and fabrics.

    14. Enjoy lunch at Karura Forest- This urban forest boasts almost all 605 wildlife species found in Nairobi along with native flora. Enjoy lunch in the forest with the wealth of life around you.

    15. Eat Kenyan cuisines at Amaica Restaurant- Tuck into authentic Kenyan cuisine at Amaica Restaurant. Uji wa Wimbi (porridge), beef samosa and adventurous fare like termites are here for the sampling.

    16. Drink Tusker Beer at the Brew Bistro and Lounge- When in Kenya, you absolutely must try Tusker Beer at Brew Bistro and Lounge. Pair it with a dish like a truffle chicken kiev or stuffed tuna.

    17. Brown’s Cheese Factory and Farm- You’ll find some of the best natural cheese here with no additives and no colouring. Sit down for lunch and enjoy a tasting of the farm’s speciality cheeses.

    18. Enjoy matatu rides- Explore Nairobi on a matatu, a popular form of public transport. These converted vans and buses painted in bright colours ferry passengers from one stop to another.

    19. Hiking to Mt Longonot- Mt Longonot is a striking extinct volcano whose crater houses a lush forest. Hike to the summit and see spectacular views of Lake Naivasha.

    20. Boating at Lake Naivasha- Take in the beauty of Lake Naivasha that’s home to hundreds of species of birds. It’s also home to majestic hippos. Go on a boat ride and see nature up close.

    21. River rafting at Tana- Tana River is the longest in Kenya, spanning 800 km. Discover its power by rafting across it and test your skills over several grades of rapids.

    22. Hike to Mount Suswa- Mount Suswa is another volcanic mountain that’s rich in wildlife. The gradual slopes allow for a comfortable hike even for beginners. It takes about 4 hours to the summit and back.

    23. Stay at Bomas of Kenya- Experience what it’s like in a traditional village in Bomas of Kenya. Dance, music and crafts showcase the lifestyle of different Kenyan tribes.

    24. Whitewater rafting in Sagana- Whitewater rafting, this time in the industrial town of Sagana. The sport is big here as the Sagana River – Kenya’s second longest – flows through. Book a rafting tour and enjoy a bush breakfast and an a la carte lunch.

    25. Bungee jumping, Sagana- Whitewater rafting isn’t the only adventure in Sagana; bungee jumping is another and one you definitely must try. Dive from 60 meters up, free-fall and rebound for the ultimate thrill.

    26. Stay at Nairobi Tented Camp- We’re going back to Nairobi National Park, this time for a stay at Nairobi Tented Camp. It offers an authentic camping experience, home-cooked meals and exciting game drives.
  • 02Things to Do in Mombasa

    Things to Do in Mombasa
    27. Take a picture at Mombasa Tusks- The entrance to Mombasa is unlike anything else. Massive aluminium structures shaped into elephant tusks greet visitors entering the city – a perfect photo opportunity.

    28. Visit Fort Jesus- Fort Jesus is a 16th-century fort built by the Portuguese. See archaeological finds from the fort and surrounding areas including the wreck of Santo Antonio de Tanna.

    29. Go scuba diving and snorkelling at Mombasa Marine Park- Witness the incredible colours and beauty of the marine world at Mombasa Marine Park while scuba diving and snorkelling. Seagrass, turtles and coral are just a few of the marvels to see here.

    30. Take a trip by dhow to Wasini Island- Sail from Mombasa to Wasini Island in a traditional dhow. You may just get to see dolphins swimming alongside! Dine on fresh seafood and engage in a bit of snorkelling too.

    31. Visit Shimba Hills National Reserve- Shimba Hills National Reserve is a paradise teeming with animals and plant life. Go on a game viewing tour, which is one of the best things to do in Kenya. You get an in-depth look at the country’s diverse wildlife.

    32. Enjoy BBQ at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary Adventures- A picnic at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary Adventures is a great way to appreciate Mombasa’s wildlife. Enjoy a barbecue while taking in the beautiful scenery. Keep an eye out for native birds, giraffes and elands who make their home here.

    33. Drink coffee in Jahazi Coffee House- This is a terrific place to unwind and enjoy fresh juices, shakes, smoothies and, of course, coffee. Affordable prices and a very relaxed ambience make Jahazi Coffee House a must-visit spot in Mombasa.

    34. Try Swahili dishes at Blue Room Restaurant- Blue Room is a happening joint that lets you savour the best of Swahili cuisine. Ugali, mutton choma, grilled meats – take your pick and have a feast.

    35. Camel rides at Pirates Beach- Pirates Beach is a public beach that draws a sizable number of visitors. Camel rides are organized here although swimming and lounging under the sun are the best pastimes.

    36. Take a ferry ride at South Coast- See the South Coast from a larger perspective by taking a ferry ride. It’s a relaxing way to see this side of Kenya and offers a great scope for photography.

    37. Go cruising in a Tamarind Dhow- A coastal cruise combined with a delicious lunch or dinner is one of the top things to do in Kenya. You can enjoy a seafood platter or opt for a succulent fillet steak followed by fresh fruits and Kenyan coffee.

    38. Trip to Haller Park- Haller Park is a testament to mankind’s ingenuity and determination. Once a limestone quarry, it now supports a rich ecosystem with wildlife, birds and plant life.

    39. Sunset at Mombasa Island- Take a trip to Mombasa Island to watch the sunset in a blaze of fiery colours. The island is connected by a causeway to the mainland.

    40. Rock climbing at Tsavo East National Park

    41. Forty Thieves Beach Bar- Laid-back and with activities to satisfy any traveller, Forty Thieves Beach Bar offers water sports, skydiving, touch rugby and more. Try the Healthy Monty breakfast and wash it down with Kenyan coffee.

    42. Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative- Shop for lovely Kenyan handicrafts at Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative. It has a selection of terrific finds such as sculptures, carvings, masks and ornaments.
  • 03Things to Do in Masai Mara

    Things to Do in Masai Mara
    43. Daytime game drives- The famed Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most well-known jewel. Aside from big cats, elephants and hippos, it witnesses the annual wildebeest migration. See all these animals in their glory by going on a daytime game drive.

    44. Hot-air ballooning, Maasai Mara National Park- If you’d rather see the Maasai Mara in more entirety, a hot air balloon ride is the best way to go about it. Soar over the savannah and see nature come alive below.

    45. Maasai Mara camping safari- Camp in the Maasai Mara and feel life ebb and flow around you. There are several camping tours available with some sites overlooking the Mara River and the plains.

    46. Stay at Sekenani Camp at Maasai Mara- Sekenani Camp offers a bush experience with all the comforts you could want. Bathtubs, a well-stocked bar, complete privacy – can you ask for more?

    47. Horseback safaris Maasai Mara National Park- A jeep safari is the best way to get around Maasai Mara National Park. However, you can opt for a horseback safari too with professional guides and horsemen leading the way.

    48. Wildebeest great migration in Mara- The annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara is a world-famous event. If you’re here from July to October, make sure you catch this fascinating affair.

    49. Helicopter safaris in Mara- Whizz over the Maasai Mara in a thrilling helicopter ride. It’s a great opportunity to engage in some aerial photography too. You also get to meet native tribes and learn about their culture.

    50. Visit a Maasai village to mingle with Maasai community- The Maasai live near the famous Maasai Mara National Park. Find out about their customs and culture by visiting a Maasai village.

    51. Celebrate the sunset with Maasai warriors- As the sun sets, see Maasai warriors come together in celebration at Angama Mara lodge. Join them in song and dance and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.

    52. Witness lions near Mara River at Mara River Camp- Live close to the wild without giving up modern comforts at Mara River Camp. Head to the Mara River for an opportunity to see lions crossing the waters.

    53. Stay at Angama Mara Lodge- Spending the night at Angama Mara lodge is one of the best things to do in Kenya. Tented camps overlook the vast Maasai Mara and you’re treated to sumptuous safari fare.

    54. Stay at Cottars 1920s Mara Safari Camp- This luxury camp boasts living rooms with fireplaces, a pool and a spa. Guests can even enjoy a safari bath.
  • 04Things to Do in Kisumu

    Things to Do in Kisumu
    55. Fishing at the shores of Lake Victoria at Dunga Hill Camp- Watch fishermen make their catch at Lake Victoria near Dunga Hill Camp. Witnessing locals go about their daily lives is a nice way to spend the day.

    56. Watch beautiful sunset and hippos from Hippo Point- This exclusive wildlife conservancy is a terrific place to appreciate a sunset and see hippos. It has over 1,000 resident animals and 350 species of birds.

    57. Eat delicious fish at Lwang’ Ni Beach- You can’t visit Lwang’ Ni Beach and not feast on tasty fresh fish. The long queues at the eateries are a testament to its great taste!

    58. Spot various species of birds at Kiboko Bay- Kiboko Bay Resort is an amazing place to stay for couples and families. It offers excellent bird-watching opportunities from its viewing deck that extends to Lake Victoria.

    59. Visit Kisumu Museum- Take a tour of Kenya’s cultural history at Kisumu Museum. See flora and fauna species, Luo artefacts and even a Luo homestead.

    60. Shop at Kibuye Market- Kibuye Market is large, lively and just the place to shop for bargain clothing, footwear and traditional items. It’s open day and night.

    61. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Kisumu- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is the best place to see graceful impalas. The sanctuary is also home to big cats and primates. Camp here to thoroughly enjoy the abundant wildlife.

    62. Visit Kit Mikayi - standing rocks- Kit Mikayi is an imposing formation of rocks standing about 40 meters high. Legend has it that the rocks were the love interest of an old man.

    63. Take a walking safari to watch crocodiles at Ndere Island National Park- Ndere Island National Park is situated on a small island and is inhabited by Nile crocodiles and other wildlife. Go on a walking tour to see the majestic reptiles up close.

    64. Take bird safaris and a leisure safari at Ruma National Park- Ruma National Park is Kenya’s last sanctuary for the roan antelope, an endangered species. Take a tour of the park to see these majestic animals as well as native birds.
  • 05Things to Do in Lamu Island

    Things to Do in Lamu Island
    65. Explore the narrow streets of Lamu Island- Lamu Island is an incredibly interesting place with no roads and only alleyways. Explore Old Town with its unhurried pace of life and old world charm.

    66. Hiring a dhow for a leisurely cruise around the archipelago is a must-do- A dhow is the only way to explore the Lamu Archipelago. Visit Manda Island, Pate Island and Kiwayu Island to appreciate its various facets.

    67. Stay at a beautiful Swahili townhouse- Forget hotels; rent a Swahili townhouse to get a deeper sense of Lamu Island’s way of life. Swahili beds, a Makuti canopy – it doesn’t get better than this.

    68. Sunset gaze on Manda Island- Manda Island boasts new luxury homes and resorts alongside the ruined town of Takwa. Explore the island and wait for evening when the sun sets in a rainbow of colours.

    69. Visit the ruined city of Takwa- Takwa was abandoned in the 18th century. Today, it draws tourists from all over eager to see the remains of a time long gone.

    70. Participate in Bao competition at Lamu Cultural Festival- Attend the Lamu Cultural Festival and participate in Bao, an old strategy board game. Dhow races, swimming and a cross-country challenge are also organized.

    71. Explore the terrains of Kenya by quad biking or buggies near Lake Baringo- Get a feel of Kenya’s terrain by quad biking near Lake Baringo. Tour operators, lodges and camps regularly organize trips for the same.
  • 06Things to Do in Great Rift Valley

    Things to Do in Great Rift Valley
    72. Watch the rose pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park- Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places to see flamingos. Keep in mind that flooding affects flamingos and forces them to migrate elsewhere.

    73. Boat safari at Lake Naivasha- Lake Naivasha is a birdwatcher's paradise. A boat safari will let you see the region’s birdlife including ducks, African fish eagles and Palearctic waders.

    74. Mountain biking in Naivasha- Get to know a part of the Great Rift Valley by mountain biking near Lake Naivasha. Camps and lodges rent bikes.

    75. Take hot spring in Lake Bogoria- Lake Bogoria offers visitors a spectacular show of hot springs and geysers in action. Watch them shoot towards the sky in a cloud of steam.

    76. Rock climbing, Fischer’s Tower at Hell’s Gate National Park- Give yourself a thrilling workout by rock climbing your way to Fischer’s Tower. You’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views.

    77. Biking on Ngong Hills- Ngong Hills overlook both the Great Rift Valley and Nairobi National Park. Bike through Kibiku Forest all the way to the windmills up top.

    78. Elephant watching at Amboseli National Park- Few places offer such a great opportunity for elephant watching as Amboseli National Park does. You can also see Mount Kilimanjaro from here.

    79. Camping near Menengai Crater- The Menengai Crater is a huge extinct volcano steeped in spooky legends. Camp here and listen to fascinating folklore and history.

    80. Stay at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp- Sprawling, spacious and luxurious, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp takes camping to a new level. Dine buffet style and a la carte, relax by the pool, get a massage and shop at Sogonoi Boutique.
  • 07Other Things to Do in Kenya

    Other Things to Do in Kenya
    81. Skydiving, Diani Beach- Skydive over Diani Beach and watch the Kenyan coastline get closer as you free fall. Choose between solo and tandem jumps.

    82. Snorkelling, Malindi- Malindi’s tropical beaches invite you to a session of snorkelling. See colourful coral and a rich marine life that includes sea urchins, sea anemones and groupers.

    83. Paragliding, Kerio Valley, Eldore- Paraglide over Kerio Valley in the Great Rift Valley. The region is beautiful in its isolation.

    84. Windsurfing, Kenyan coast- The Kenyan coastline allows for terrific windsurfing opportunities. Experienced instructors are available for coaching beginners.

    85. Kitesurfing, Watamu Beach- This is one of the most exciting things to do in Kenya and you can’t miss it. Cruise, jump and flip over the water for the ultimate thrill.

    86. Jet skiing, Diani Beach- Another water sport that gives the best adrenaline rush is jet skiing, and Diani Beach is the perfect venue for it. Hire a jet ski and zip along the water.

    87. Stand-up paddle-boarding, Malindi- See if you can hold yourself on a paddleboard standing up. Head to Malindi to test your skills.

    88. Scuba diving, Malindi- More Malindi fun but this time with scuba diving. See what the Kenyan marine life looks like and swim alongside turtles, fishes and crustaceans.

    89. Stay at Rusinga Island Lodge- Live in luxury at Rusinga Island Lodge. Enjoy spa treatments, go fishing and relax in the expansive garden.

    90. The View Point at Iten- Head up to the View Point at Iten to see landmarks in Kerio Valley such as Kerio River and Lake Kamnarok.

    91. Explore the Gedi Ruins- The Gedi Ruins speak of an advanced ancient city with toilets and running water. Discover its secrets and wonders on a tour.

    92. Hike to Mount Kenya- A rainforest, bamboos, moorlands – Mount Kenya is a varied mountain with limitless things to see. Go on a hike and take your time exploring it.

    93. Explore the wildlife at Watamu Marine National Park- See a huge variety of marine life in one place at Watamu Marine National Park. You can go snorkelling, water skiing and windsurfing.

    94. Aberdare National Park- You’re in the midst of wildlife at Aberdare National Park. Elephants, servals and spotted hyenas make their home here and are fairly easily seen.

    95. Mount Elgon trekking- Trekking Mount Elgon is one of the best things to do in Kenya. The extinct volcano features abundant birdlife and stunning landscapes.

    96. Kakamega Forest walks- Experience what it’s like to be in a tropical rainforest by going on a walk in Kakamega Forest. It’s teeming with all types of life including bush pigs and pottos.

    97. Explore Malindi and Watamu on two wheels- There’s no better way to immerse yourself in Malindi and Watamu than on two wheels. There are bike rentals you can approach.

    98. Whitewater rafting, Ewaso Ng’iro River- Challenge yourself by white water rafting in Ewaso Ng’iro River. The rapids range from class I to V.

    99. Understand the mystery and strange lifestyles of the smallest tribes of Kenya El Molo villages- The El Molo may be the smallest tribe in Kenya but they have a rich culture. Learn about them and their customs with a visit.

    100. The Chalbi Desert and Turkana- It’s survival of the fittest at the Chalbi Desert and Lake Turkana. Check out the arid landscape and raw beauty by touring these Kenyan gems.

    101. Visit Saiwa Swamp National Park- Finish your visit to Kenya with a trip to Saiwa Swamp National Park. De Brazza’s monkeys and Sitatunga antelopes are some of the rare animals found here.

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