The holidays are here, and there is no better time when the word “safari” is synonymous with Kenya – a place that conjures a spirit of togetherness, adventure, diversity, and romance all at the same time.
From throngs of wildebeest that thunder across the Maasai Mara Savanna, to the sun-soaked lands, or Lake Nakuru that is flecked with the gorgeous display of thousands of flamingos, you and your family will be dazzled by the country’s abundance in many ways.
History buffs will enjoy Kenya’s rich and colourful colonial history, plus its stunning topography especially the Great Rift Valley, which is surrounded by mountain ranges and calderas.
Words just are not enough to describe the rich experiences you can enjoy in Kenya.
If you are looking for ideas of exciting and evocative travel destinations to vacay with your family this holiday, here is a list of the top rated, bucket list attractions to get you started.
1. Get immersed in Kenya’s rich, centuries old coastal history
Malindi is a popular beach resort on the Kenyan coast and is also a melting pot of cuisines and cultures.
Besides diving in its coral reefs at the Watamu Marine National Park or sun on the white sands at the beach, you can soak up a dose of rich Swahili history that is centuries old.
Head down to the historic parts of this old town and see the famous two pillar tombs, the Vasco Da Gama Cross, or visit the Marafa Depression also known as Hell’s Kitchen, and see the sandstone gorges sculpted by rain and wind.
If you are a bird lover, the Falconry of Kenya is another popular attraction where sick and injured birds are rehabilitated.
2. Go trout fishing
Love adventure, wildlife, and nature? You can get all three and more at the Mount Kenya National Park to the east of the sweeping Great Rift Valley.
It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and has a lot to offer, from its glacier cloaked peaks to the mineral springs, diversity of flora and fauna, and lakes.
Have your camera on standby as you may just spot a tree hyrax, buffalo, elephant, hyena or white colobus monkeys.
When the day is done, head down to one of the retreats at the foothills of the mountain and unwind with a game of tennis, golf or go trout fishing in the crystal clear streams.
3. Get face to face with wildlife
Ever heard of Baraka the blind black rhino? You could get a chance to see and feed this rhino, and have a close-up encounter with other wildlife like lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos and white rhinos too.
Go on a self or guided tour of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the snow cloaked Mount Kenya, and meet face to face with these and other wildlife like zebra, cheetah, hartebeest, hyenas and more.
You can extend your wildlife holiday by staying overnight at a colonial ranch house, bush camps or even safari cottages and make memories with your family.
4. Camp by a waterfall and lunch by the bamboo cliffs
When you think of Lake Nakuru, the first thing that comes to mind is the greatest bird spectacle on earth – the fuchsia pink flamingos.
However, not many people have experienced the adventure that the Lake Nakuru National Park has to offer.
There is the Makalia Falls, a scenic attraction that makes for a great campsite where you can camp and sleep by the waterfall.
Close by are the bamboo cliffs that offer an excellent spot to stop for lunch. The viewpoint is also a good spot for taking selfies or wefies with your family thanks to the panoramic view if offers.
The park is also home to the largest of Africa’s euphorbia candelabrum forests.
5. Take a dip in a geothermal spa
Yes, there is something like it and it is in the heart of Hell’s Gate National Park at the Olkaria Geothermal Station.
This spa is the first of its kind in Africa and it generates its power from underground water that is heated and pressurised.
You can take a dip and spend the day relaxing here with your family or visit the natural geysers and hot springs.
Before you leave, visit the Oloor Karia Maasai Cultural Center and get some souvenirs to remind you of the great time you had.
6. Watch dolphins or go deep sea fishing
Mombasa is not just about building sandcastles and soaking in the sun by the beach; there is so much more you can do with your family and come back with great, unforgettable memories.
There is a treasure trove of fun in the sun and sand at the coast, so you can dive and snorkel in the fish rich coral reefs, experience and explore tropical islands and different cuisines steeped in Swahili culture and history, or just relax on the pearly beaches.
You can also watch dolphins or go deep sea fishing if you are an adventurous spirit.
Aside from the water activities, you can explore the old town’s ancient Swahili dwellings, have fun driving go-karts, and watch a movie at the cinemas later in the evening.
There is so much to do, and a lot more to discover in our beautiful country this holiday.
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