From the Great Wildebeest Migration to the picturesque beaches, Kenya has it all. Don’t know where to visit or what to do in the country? Here are five things to do in Kenya for first-time visitors:
1. Visit the Masai Mara for the Great Wildebeest Migration on
The Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is a must-see event that takes place every year from July to October. This epic journey allows you to see millions of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra as they cross the crocodile-infested Mara River.
2. Enjoy the Beautiful Diani Beach
Diani Beach is without a doubt Kenya’s most beautiful beach, and one of the best on the African continent. This beach features soft white powder sand, warm inviting waters, good visibility, and shallow waters that stretch for over a kilometer, making it suitable for children. Aside from the pristine white sand, the beach also offers a variety of outdoor activities such as kitesurfing, skydiving, snorkeling, and jet skiing, as well as a number of beachfront bars and restaurants.
3. Visit Lamu, a Picturesque Town
Lamu Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located in the Indian Ocean off Kenya’s northern coast. It is one of the oldest remaining Swahili town in Kenya that pays homage to the golden age of Swahili culture. Much of its old-world charm, culture, and customs have been meticulously preserved, adding to its allure. Taking a visit to this Island transports you back to the 19th century, especially when you walk down its narrow streets where there are no vehicles and donkeys are used as the only means of transport.
4. Visit the Giraffe Centre to Hand-Feed these Majestic Animals
The Giraffe Center, located on the outskirts of Nairobi’s Business district, is one of the few places in Kenya where visitors can get up close and personal with endangered Rothschild Giraffes. Here, you’re welcome to hand-feed or even kiss the giraffes while standing on an elevated wooden observation platform that puts you face to face with these magnificent creatures.
5. Experience the Maasai People
The Maasai Community is one of the few remaining tribes in Kenya that still practices their traditional way of life, as evidenced by their traditional way of dressing, speaking, and cattle herding. They primarily live near major tourist attractions in Kenya, such as the Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve. When taking a visit to their villages you’ll be able to not only interact with them through songs and dances but also have a glimpse of their simple way of living.
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