Beautiful and blissful Indian Ocean beaches, craggy mountains, lush forests, and wildlife-rich savannahs, there are endless beautiful places to visit in Kenya.
1. Mt Kenya
At 5,199m/17,057ft high, the largest mountain in Kenya is also the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania.
Travelers hoping to the summit can either hike to Point Lenana, one of the three peaks, taking the world’s highest via Ferrata route (iron way), or climb to the highest point, Batian Peak, though this requires experience of technical climbing.
2. Ol Pejeta
A Big Five conservancy in the foothills of Mt Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is known for its conservation initiatives.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is in the Laikipia Conservancy, too, providing a home for chimps rescued from the black market. Come for the day or enjoy a longer stay for lion tracking, bush walks, and night drives.
3. Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a vast number of bird species, most notably huge flocks of flamingos – they have been known to number in their millions, though the lake has seen a decrease in recent times.
Pelicans, cormorants, the African fish eagles, Verreaux’s eagles, Goliath herons, and hammerkops are also seen around the lake. In addition, you can spot black and white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, and cheetahs throughout the national park.
4. Lamu Town
Kenya is not only noted for its safari reserves and savannah but also for its Indian Ocean coastline. The Lamu archipelago is amongst the most interesting places to visit in Kenya as an area brimming with history. Lamu town was founded around 1370 as a Swahili port that has since been inhabited by Europeans, Indians, and Persians. As such, it’s a melting pot of multicultural influences.
There are 23 mosques, a 19th-century fort, and traditional dhow boats bobbing offshore. Then of course there are the surrounding peaceful and unspoiled beaches. The perfect place to unwind after a Kenyan safari tour.
In northern Kenya, Samburu National Reserve is considered one of the best safari destinations in the country. This region is also home to the Samburu people, famed for their many strands of brightly colored beaded jewelry.
Within the reserve, you’ll find elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, plus over 450 species of birds.
6. Masai Mara
How can we not mention the Masai Mara National Reserve? It’s one of the most famous safari destinations on the continent, but you can escape the crowds by heading to a private concession on the edge of the reserve.
For iconic views, look no further than Amboseli National Park, close to the Tanzanian border and east of the Mara.
Another reason is its healthy elephant population, many with giant tusks. Then there are the park’s lions, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalo, giraffes, pelicans, martial eagles, blue-cheeked bee-eaters – and much more.
8. Diani Beach
Easily amongst the most picturesque shores in Africa, Diani Beach is about 30km/20mi south of Mombasa and a short flight from Nairobi. Its white sands are lapped by the brilliant Indian Ocean and backed by verdant forests, into which you can take nature walks when you tire of sunbathing or kite-surfing.
9. Chyulu Hills
In southeastern Kenya, Chyulu Hills is a mountain range that extends for 1,000km/620mi, peaking at 2,188m/7,178ft above sea level.
In the scenic Chyulu Hills National Park, you might spot eland, klipspringer, giraffe, and zebra, amongst other wildlife. Aside from wildlife-viewing safari drives, you can head out hiking, rock climbing, and horse riding. The lush hills and big skies make this one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya.
10. The Aberdare
In the cool highlands along the Great Rift Valley, Aberdare National Park is one of the most interesting places to visit in Kenya.