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Best Things to Do When on Safari in Kenya- Watching Wildlife and More

Updated on February 4, 2017
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Januaris is a webmaster and writer with a great passion for the tour and travel niche. He loves to write articles about travelling to Kenya.

Kenya is one of the African countries that offer the most satisfying safaris. The wildlife expeditions take place in the country’s magnificent game parks and reserves. In addition to watching animals, you can explore breathtaking rugged terrains & expansive plains and get involved in a lot of other thrilling activities.

In brief, what are the best things to do when on safari in Kenya? Well, they include:

10. Indulging in the Kenyan culture

9. Exploring the cities

8. River-rafting on the major rivers

7. Watching the birds

6. Hiking in the Great Rift Valley

5. Hanging out in the lakes

4. Climbing the mountains

3. Watching the wildebeest & zebra migration

2. Exploring the coast

1. Enjoying a world-class wildlife tour

10. Indulging in the Kenyan Culture- Highly Desired by Most Safari Makers

The culture of Kenyans is one of the most varied in the world, and is pretty well expressed through language, food, music and art. You will be amazed by the Maasai jewelry & attires, colorful sisal baskets, wood sculptures and traditional kikoys.

When it comes to food, you will definitely love the country’s traditional foods, commonly known as Kienyeji, and local foods such as Nyama Choma (charcoal-grilled meat) & Chai (milky tea).

maasai people
maasai people | Source

9. Exploring the Cities

Kenya has three cities: Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. These cities are home to vibrant shopping malls, bars, clubs, pubs, discotheques, restaurants, parks and many tourist attractions.

When visiting the country, you will have an opportunity to shop, dine, visit the attractions and make your nightlife quite lively & enjoyable by visiting the nightclubs.

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8. River-rafting on the Major Rivers

With many permanent rivers, the country offers exciting water activities such as rafting and kayaking.

These activities are some of the great ways to explore the spectacular beauty of the country's valleys and marine life.

tana river
tana river | Source

7. Watching the Birds

Kenya is home to at least 1070 species of birds. The country’s moderate climate and a variety of disturbance-free habitants favor the survival of the birds.

The most popular bird-watching places in Kenya include: Lake Naivasha & surrounds, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Kakamega forest, Lake Nakuru & surrounds and Maasai Mara.

a wide species of birds
a wide species of birds | Source

I found this guide so helpful when I was planning to visit Kenya & other EA countries. It helped me save time & enjoy the most from my safaris.

6. Hiking in the Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley has a myriad of escarpments and volcanoes that are suitable for a number of hiking activities. The natural feature covers a large portion of Kenya, which means that you will need some few days to explore it fully.

However, not all areas in the Great Rift Valley are suitable for hiking. The best places to take your hiking activities include: Hell’s Gate, Ngong Hills, Menengai and around the lakes.

great riftvalley
great riftvalley | Source

5. Hanging Out in the Lakes

One of the best ways to enjoy a pleasant, serene atmosphere in Kenya is to visit the lakes. There is a lot you can explore while hanging out in the lakes.

The water bodies are home to huge populations of birds and other wildlife. They are also great grounds for hiking and camping.

lake nakuru
lake nakuru | Source

4. Climbing the Mountains

Mount Kenya is the ultimate destination for mountaineers in the country. Most mountain climbers find it a challenge to access the highest peak of the mountain. When climbing the mountain, you will enjoy seeing rich wildlife and the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Other mountains that provide great climbing experience include: Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa.

mount kenya
mount kenya | Source

3. Watching the Wildebeest and Zebra Migration

Popularly known as the "Great Migration", this natural phenomenon is one of the reasons why most people visit Kenya for safaris. It happens between July and October in the extensive stretch between Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

When visiting Maasai Mara during this time of the year, you will enjoy seeing an unbelievable population of animals on an extensive piece of grassland at an affordable cost.

wildebeest migration
wildebeest migration | Source

2. Exploring the Coast

The Kenyan coast presents you with a lot things and activities to explore. It has a number of beaches that allows you to participate in thrilling water activities such as snorkeling, scuba-diving, surfing and deep-sea fishing.

When having a tour in the coast, you will have an opportunity to explore marine parks & reserves and historic sites such as Fort Jesus & Vasco da Gama. The most popular parks in the coast include: Mombasa Marine National Park and Haller Park.

the coast
the coast | Source

1. Enjoying a World-class Wildlife Tour- Best Thing to in Kenya

Going for a wildlife tour is the best thing you can do in Kenya. It gives you a lifetime opportunity to see a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats, including the Big 5 and the endangered species.

From northern Kenya through the highlands and the savanna plains to the coast, there are stunning national parks & reserves that you can explore at low cost and stage safaris of lifetime.

wildlife tour
wildlife tour | Source

In Conclusion…

If you are already in Kenya or planning to visit the country for a safari, take some time to indulge in these awesome activities. You will have beautiful, long-lasting memories of one of the world’s top tourist destinations- Kenya.

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