The Muzungu’s top 10 reasons for visiting #MagicalKenya
I LOVE Kenya – for a hundred – THOUSAND – reasons! But let’s just start with ten …
- – 1. Kenya is the home of the classic African safari and the Big Five
- – 2. Kenya is a vast country of contrasting landscapes
- – 3. Kenya has 48 national parks, reserves, marine parks and private sanctuaries
- – 4. Kenyans are world-class leaders in wildlife conservation
- – 5. Kenya has 400 mammal species and 1132 bird species, the most of any country in Africa
- – 6. The Great Migration passes through Kenya’s Maasai Mara
- – 7. Kenyans are proud of their 42 tribal cultures, who play a big and colourful part in welcoming tourists
- – 8. Kenya offers an unmatched range of beach holidays, think: sunbathing, snorkelling, scuba diving, SUP Stand Up Paddling, kitesurfing, sailing
- – 9. English is widely spoken throughout Kenya. Swahili is the official language
- – 10. The East Africa Tourist Visa makes travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda even better value
Famous as the birthplace of the African Safari, you can never tire of Kenya’s limitless attractions for visitors and incredible diversity of landscapes and natural diversity.
Kenya’s world-famous wildlife is exceptional by any standards, and is protected in 48 national parks, reserves, marine parks and private sanctuaries, although many say that it is outside Africa’s national parks that the majority of wildlife still resides (meaning those animals need greater protection too).
Kenya offers visitors an infinite array of authentic wildlife experiences, on land, on the ocean, and even from the air!
Kenya is most famous for the million and a half Wildebeest (and other four-legged friends) that, twice yearly, traverse the Maasai Mara in the epic migration.
Lesser-known ecotourism attractions include the Marine Big Five: sea turtles, dolphins, whales, whale sharks and billfish.
The highest point is the snowcapped peak of Mount Kenya, the intersection of the Equator and the Great Rift Valley.
Kenya is a geographer and naturalist’s dream: a country the size of France and Spain combined, featuring mountains, extinct volcanoes, soda lakes, Equatorial rainforest, alpine glaciers and arid deserts.
On the Indian Ocean coast, the white sandy beaches of Watamu, Malindi, Lamu and Mombasa, and the Swahili coast’s blend of African and Arab cultures, add an extra dimension to this must-visit country.
When it comes to food, I can’t think of any better combination: crab samosas, fresh fish and lobster, with a Swahili twist (washed down with an ice-cold Tusker beer, of course!)
Kenya is famous for her colourful human culture, notably the Maasai, the Samburu and the Turkana, just three of the country’s 42 tribes.
Kenya’s rich heritage can be traced back a staggering 4.5 million years. Didn’t we all come from Africa once?
I love Nairobi more every visit. The streets are becoming more familiar to me now: I LOVE this incredible video!
The capital Nairobi is the only African city with a national park in its centre. Even if you don’t get a chance to leave the city perimeter, it’s still possible to go on a game drive if you are visiting Nairobi. Read my blog all about Nairobi National Park: the muzungu’s first city safari!
Did you know…? The new East Africa Tourist Visa makes it easier and cheaper to combine a trip to Kenya with a visit to Uganda and Rwanda. Read the Muzungu’s definitive guide to the East Africa Tourist Visa here.
I’ve only just skimmed the surface of what Kenya has to offer as a tourism destination but the country has blown my tiny little mind, I can tell you!
Travelling between Nairobi and the Mombasa coast? Try the Lunatic Express train! A real highlight of my travels across East Africa.
Keep reading Diary of a Muzungu for more travel tips and adventures from across Kenya and East Africa.