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Top Tourist Destinations in Kenya

Updated on December 28, 2015

Must-Visit Places in Kenya

Kenya is a world class tourist destination with numerous sites and wonders. As is with all visits, there are just those locations that you can't afford to miss out on your safari. Be sure to check these places out:

Hell’s Gate National Park

Yes, that's its name. It gets this name from a narrow break in cliffs that was once a tributary to a lake that sustained early man. You can do everything here-from hiking, rock climbing and camping to horse riding, bird watching and checking out the diverse blend of wildlife. The scenery is quite dramatic, harbouring steep cliffs and gorges. It gets wilder-you are allowed to roam or cycle around without a guide. Visit Hell's Gate Park and unleash the adventurer in you.

When to visit-Any time of the year that suits you best-it’s at its best through all seasons

Ngong Hills

Dubbed one of the most romantic places in the world, Ngong Hills are a beauty in a class of their own. Whether you want to challenge yourself and your team with hikes through hills, take relaxing scenic walks, or blend with nature with your dearly beloved, Ngong Hills is the place to go. The beauty and elegance of this place is literally indescribable. You have to experience it for yourself. Even then you'll have a hard time putting it into words.

When here, be sure to take a trek through the hills, from the low lying plains to the windmills at the top. There are quite the number of hills, so you can take as many as your adventurer’s spirit and physical endurance allows you to.

When to visit-generally, you can go any time of the year, but best periods are between May and August, and December to March.

Lake Nakuru National Park

If you’re looking for a perfect blend of nature, Lake Nakuru National Park is definitely a place to check out. Let's start with the lake itself-it's a piece of wonder set in a landscape that brings everything together-, from woodland to grassland, marshes to rocky cliffs and hillsides. The icing on the cake-every year during peak season, over 1,000,000 flamingos and 500,000 pelicans come together on the lake. Yes, that's the right number of zeroes. The spectacle makes for one of the most beautiful things you can ever get to witness on the planet.

The park hosts the largest population of rhinos in the East African nation. It's brings together a vast range of fauna, from the Thompson's gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, hippos and reedbucks that ravage on the vegetation to the lions, leopards, bat-eared foxes and striped hyenas that hunt them down, to the Columbus monkeys owning the trees and the endangered long-eared and leaf-nosed bat. All this without mentioning the over 450 species of birds. Lake Nakuru National park is a must-visit on your trip to Kenya. When your here, make sure you go bird watching and picnicking. Also check out the amazing view of Lake Nauru from the Baboon Cliff.

When to visit-the climate is conducive and allows you to visit all year round.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Where to begin, where to begin..

  • The Big Five
  • Over 2,000,000 wildebeest, zebra and Gazelle
  • Nearly all species of flora and fauna in the African Savannah thrives here
  • Nearly 1200 sq km of one of the greatest safari big game ecosystems on the planet
  • The finest in Maasai Culture

Masai Mara is the highest rated tourist destination in Kenya. From the giraffes that munch away at leaves atop tress to leopards that rest in them, baboons that revel in the region to the hyenas scavenging in the grasslands, the hippos bellowing at riversides to crocodiles sun bathing waiting to make a kill, let’s not forget the over 500 species of birds that patrol the skies above, Masai Mara brings you the best of the best in African game. There are numerous places to stay around the reserve, and there are even conservancies around it. Any trip to Kenya is incomplete without a trip to the Mara.

When to visit-Visit it all year round!

But special emphasis is put in the July-October periods, where you'll get to witness the 8th wonder of the world-millions of grazers, especially wildebeests, crossing the Mara River into the Serengeti, where a drive by Nature forces them to risk life and limb through the jaws of some of Africa's greatest predators on land and in the water. It's real. It's exciting. It's dramatic. It's the Mara.

Also take a trip there during the December-February period-it's somewhat drier and all the big cats-lions, leopards and the cheetah are out on the prowl.

P.S. Masai Mara has a lot to offer. To experience as much of it as possible, plan for a 3-4 day safari.

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    • VationSays profile imageAUTHOR

      VationSays 

      4 years ago

      M'Pleasure oldiesmusic ...the joys and adventure Kenya has to offer are best experienced firsthand...all the best on your safari there...and have fun!

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      oldiesmusic 

      4 years ago from United States

      Africa, mostly Kenya and South Africa, has always been my dream destination. I long to go on a safari and see the wildlife. Thanks for taking me to your virtual tour... One day I will actually set my foot there.

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