After months of quarantine, isolation, and restricted movement, you want to take to the streets and travel the world. Kenya is calling.
This East African country is home to some of the best beaches in the world, including Diani Beach, Nyali Beach, Watamu Beach and more.
According to the World Travel Awards, Kenya is home to Africa’s leading national park, the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the leading African nature reserve, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
In this article, James Gatheru, Safari Director at Ajkenyasafaris.com, shares the 5 best places for game drives and beach vacations in Kenya.
It is not without reason that Maasai Mara is the most famous safari travel destination in the world. It offers a wavy savannah where the Big Five safari animals live. During game drives in the Mara you will encounter lions, buffalos, elephants, leopards and rhinos on a safari.
In total, the park is home to over 96 different species of mammals and over 450 species of birds. It is this wealth of wildlife and the population that has been honoring the award for the leading national park in Africa for 6 years since 2019.
Masai Mara is located on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This is where the Great Wildebeest Migration takes place, one of the seven spectacles that were named New Wonders of the World in 2013. The most interesting activities and sights in Masai Mara include:
- Game drives – Game drives in Masai Mara offer a unique opportunity to see the Big Five in their natural habitat.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides – The 2 hour hot air balloon ride over the Mara gives you the opportunity to explore areas of the Mara that are inaccessible on foot or by vehicle.
- The Great Wildebeest Migration – The best time to experience the migration is between July and October.
2. Samburu National Reserve
Africa has more to offer than white sand beaches and wildlife safaris. A tour of the Samburu National Reserve will help you experience a new round of tourism outside of crowded parks like Masai Mara.
In hotels and camps on the banks of the river, you can spot wild animals coming to quench your thirst on the river. Some of the unique species are gerenuken, somali ostrich and grevy zebra.
You can also experience the spectacle of long-necked antelopes standing on two legs to pull the fresh shoots out of the bushes.
The Samburu National Reserve also houses the Sarara Singing Wells, where the locals sing as they draw water for their animals. It is also home to the big cats. The reserve is open all year round and is ideal for tourists looking for a private vacation away from the crowded beaches and national parks.
3. Diani Beach
There are tourist friendly beaches and then there is Diani. It lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean, 30 kilometers south of Mombasa, the 2ndnd largest city in Kenya. If you’re flying to Nairobi, you can take a domestic flight to Mombasa and then a ferry across the scenic Likoni Canal, and then travel to Diani in less than an hour. But why Diani beach?
- Diani has been the leading beach resort in Africa since the 2018 World Travel Awards.
- The beach offers the clearest emerald blue water along the Indian Ocean.
- The breathtaking Indian Ocean, surrounded by lush greenery, offers the most relaxing place after a tiring safari
- Domestic flights also fly to the beach, which shortens the time to the beach
The warm water, the fine gold-white sand and the palm trees make tourists call Diani paradise on earth. If you love snooker or diving, this is a dream destination.
4. Lake Nakuru
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley there is, among other things, a paradise for flamingos, buffalo, hundreds of bird species and gazelles. The lake is part of Lake Nakuru National Park and is considered one of the soda lakes in the Rift Valley. Millions of flamingos give the lake a pink hue, but do not prevent rhinos, hippos and buffalos from offering a spectacular show to tourists. The park is surrounded by euphorbia trees, forested hills, waterfalls and acacia forests.
Lake Nakuru is only a few minutes’ walk from the resort of Nakuru. It is located on the highway and is a convenient tourist spot, just 100 km north of the capital. You can take a 2-hour drive to Nakuru or fly within 30 minutes on a domestic flight. With resorts and hotels on the steep slopes, the view of the valley and the lake is breathtaking.
5. Mt. Kenya National Park
Mt. Kenya National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Africa 2nd highest peak Kenya with the rare equatorial snow as cap. The volcanic mountain offers you the opportunity to experience the changing vegetation from forests to moorland and grassland as you climb the summit. The change in vegetation also heralds the diversity of wildlife and makes the park one of the most rewarding travel destinations in the world.
Mt. The leading hotel in Africa with trout fish, tennis and golf has also been located in Kenya National Park since the 2018 World Travel Awards. With 3 glacier-covered peaks, the mountain is a paradise for hikers. With lakes along the path, inviting glaciers to the summit and untouched mineral springs, every minute in the park is worthwhile.
Kenya has the best safari and vacation destinations in Africa, as numerous tourism prices confirm. Contact leading Nairobi travel agencies such as AjKenyasafaris.com today and plan your African safari tailored to your budget and tourist preferences.
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