Why not plan to take your next holiday in Africa? A place like Kenya would be a great start and could be the experience of a lifetime. Kenya is one of those countries you can visit all year round; no matter what the season, you’ll find something to do and see. Below we bring you our recommendations for what to do and see year round in Kenya.
Nairobi: exploring the capital
Being the capital of Kenya you might think that Nairobi would be too much of a busy city to visit, and why visit a city when you looking for a holiday out in the open air of Africa? But if you are landing in Nairobi, why not stick around for a day or two and explore the capital.
Kick start your Kenyan experience by getting involved with the wild life. Stop in at the Giraffe Centre located in Langata which is about 15 kilometres from Nairobi’s Centre, it was created to protect endangered giraffes. Here you can stand on a platform and feed the giraffes.
Close to Nairobi is the David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage which is in the Nairobi National Park. This orphanage is for baby elephants that have been abandoned in the wild for various reasons; the orphanage takes care of the elephants with the aim of being re-integrated back into the wild. Here you can get up close and personal to some baby elephants and see how they are cared for by their surrogate mothers.
If you enjoy a bit of history, pop into the Nairobi National Museum where you could enjoy hours of education on Kenya’s different tribes and even see dinosaur fossils.
Make sure you don’t miss out on Nairobi’s markets, night life and entertainment. Village Market is where you will find many restaurants, clothes shops and kids entertainment like theme parks. If you are a souvenir hunter, make sure to visit the Masai Market for a variety of handmade arts and crafts.
Masai Mara, the great migration
Situated in South-western Kenya on the boarder of Tanzania, The Masai Mara is what brings tourists flocking to this country as it is Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. Here you can spot the widest variety of wildlife as this park has an abundance of lions, leopards, wildebeests, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, etc.
In Masai Mara you can catch the spectacular annual migration where millions of wildebeests, zebras and antelopes set out for the long trek from the Serengeti Pains. These herds migrate an estimated 1,800 miles, making it a very tough journey but an easy catch for predators waiting for their next meal.
The best time to see this is from July through to October. A spectacular sight during the migrations is when the herds have to cross great rivers such as the Grumeti River and the Mara River; here crocodiles are lurking in the waters keeping a watchful eye out for the weaker or more feeble of the pack.
Besides taking a leisurely safari, try going on a hot air balloon ride to really witness the utter greatness of this spectacular little paradise.
Relax on Kenya’s beautiful beaches
Kenya has the most beautiful unspoiled beaches with white sandy shores and coral blue waters. Here you will be at peace as you spoil yourself in these picture perfect settings. The temperatures in Kenya stay hot all year round with a high humidity level, but being at the beach you can enjoy the fresh coastal breeze cooling you down. The best time for Kenya’s beaches is generally between December and March as the wetter seasons are from April and May and again from October to November.
Take a few days and visit Lamu Island, Kenya’s oldest living town. This historic town is a little gem of paradise as it is untouched by Kenya’s growing tourism, with old buildings, narrow streets and gorgeous beaches, one could enjoy this town by shopping for clothes, crafts, leatherworks and furniture or by visiting the Museum and Old fort. Make sure you take a dhow sailing trip to some of the ruins of Mandla Island or take a kayaking trip into the mangroves. With crystal clear waters you could enjoy snorkelling and swimming with dolphins too.
Another long white beach, also known as Turtle Bay, Watamu is said to be Kenya’s most peaceful and safest beach. Its quiet as the Watamu’s National Marine Park will not allow any high rise buildings, hotels, etc. making it strictly protected from exploration. This is a great place for snorkelling where you can spot sea turtles, deep sea fishing and enjoy pure relaxation on is white sandy beaches.
Malindi is a fantastic beach but this one is a lot more popular meaning more tourists, more hotels; some of Kenya’s finest beach resorts are found here and of coarse more of a night life with busy restaurants and pubs and even a casino. Again another great spot to go snorkelling and deep sea diving as well as enjoy a few water sports such as water skiing or learning to dive at one of the aqua centres.
Climbing Mount Kenya
For those who are a bit more adventurous and are fitness fanatics, take up the challenge and the opportunity to climb Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain after Kilimanjaro. This is a challenging hike but so rewarding as you get to the top you will experience the most spectacular views. The peaks have snow on them all year round so it is freezing up there, especially at night or early morning. The best time of year to make this trek is between January and February and again between July and October as you would not like to catch it in the rainy season; however climbing Mount Kenya has been accomplished all year round
Kenya’s spectacular national parks
It is said that Kenya has the most beautiful national parks in the world, with a huge array of wildlife and scenic landscapes that cannot go unseen when you are in this part of the world. Here are just a few to feast your eyes and that’ll get you inspired to book your next trip to Kenya.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is home to millions of stunning pink flamingo. The best view of the birds is from Baboon Cliff and the best time of year to see these birds flock in their millions is just after the rainy season when there is the most water to attract them. In the drier seasons they can still be seen but not in similar masses.
Amboseli National Park
A fantastic park that offers up breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the plains below. Here you are able to see up to fifty species of mammals including elephants, cheetahs, hippos, etc. as well as over four hundred species of birds. The best time to visit is from June through to October
Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park has regular rainfall making this park green almost all year round and keeping temperatures a little bit cooler making it more enjoyable for days out in the sun, be it seafaring or hiking. Aberdare has beautiful waterfalls that cannot be missed and is home to the Black Rhino. Fishing is very popular here as well as game viewing, trekking and camping
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