It would be hard to find somewhere that encompasses the spirit of Africa in the same way as Kenya. It’s a very raw example of many of the things that make Africa so amazing.
You can expect huge, green plains, buzzing with life and nature, traditional African warriors hunting and spear fishing, and cities full of people, all buzzing through the busy, congested streets.
If you want to experience an interesting and all encompassing mix of rural, urban, traditional and modern Africa, then Kenya is the place to go.
5 Amazing Ways to Spend Your Trip to Kenya
Take a Safari
Coming all the way to Kenya and not going on Safari is like travelling to Queenstown and not popping in for a Fergburger, or going to Thailand and not hitting the beach – pretty much unthinkable. Well, it should be.
Kenya is one of Africa’s safari big hitters. Tell me you haven’t heard of the Great Rift Valley or the Maasai Mara and I’ll call you a big, fat fibber. This is your chance to see some of the largest, and most fearsome, animals on the planet as close up as anyone would dare to get – they don’t call them the Big 5 for nothing!
Make a Difference and Volunteer
Spend some time teaching African children in Kenya. You’ll struggle to find an experience in this world that will leave you feeling more satisfied with a day’s work, and how you have spent your time.
You’ll also be able to gain a unique and fascinating insight in to Kenyan culture, which is after all, the very reason you’re there in the first place right?!
Go Snorkelling at Marine National Park
On the coast of the Indian Ocean sits Kenya’s Marine National Park, Malindi. It’s a pocket of natural beauty and is full to bursting with some incredible wildlife.
Sit in the beautiful beaches and trek through jungles, but absolutely make sure you bring your snorkelling gear. It’s a perfect place to spend time swimming between reefs chock–a-block with beautiful, coloured coral and a huge array of tropical fish.
Visit the Maasai Mara
As well as a visit to track down the Big 5 make sure you pay a visit to a traditional Maasai village. Life doesn’t come much more polar opposite than this, and a visit to one of these small and extremely basic communities will leave you humbled.
It’s an unmissable opportunity to see what life is like in a place where people are still living, much as they did thousands of years ago, a concept that’s pretty alien to most of us.
Wander Mombasa Old Town
Mombasa is one of Kenya’s largest cities and sits overlooking the coast. It’s largely multicultural including a mix of Arab, British, Portuguese and Asian communities.
Take a trip into the old town and wander though streets filled with examples of Mombasa’s trade history, with architecture from Islamic and Portuguese influence. Make sure you check out Fort Jesus, Mombasa’s most visited attraction.