Top 10 Places to Visit in Kenya | Guest Post by Hannah Parker

Selected 10 Places to Visit in Kenya: Kenya is, no doubt, one of the hottest destinations in Africa. There are many like you and me who set off to Kenya for the unique wildlife experiences. But, do you think Kenya is just about wildlife and safaris? Here’s a list of places that you must not miss out during your visit to Kenya.

Hannah Parker’s 10 Selected Places to Visit in Kenya

1. Lamu

Among the top 10 places to visit in Kenya
In Lamu, a small town of Kenya

The first among the places to visit in Kenya is the small town of Lamu. Not only is it located on an island, but it is the oldest inhabited town in all of Kenya. When you travel to this beautiful town you’ll be able to see preserved architecture and learn about Kenyan culture. To celebrate some of the rich history that lives in Lamu, you should partake in the Maulidi Festival and the Lamu Cultural Festival. The Maulidi Festival is in February and is in honor of Muhammad’s birth. The Lamu Cultural Festival is celebrated in August and is a popular carnival held in the town. There are thousands of dancers at the festival and dhow races. Lamu is the perfect place to visit to soak up the vibrant culture while you’re traveling in Kenya.

2. Mount Kenya

Majestic Mount Kenya
Majestic Mount Kenya | Credit: joxeankoret / Flickr

Your trip to this country wouldn’t be complete without a hike up Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second tallest in Africa. You can find this ferocious stratovolcano in the Central Kenya. The bottom of the mountain is covered in different types of forests that you can explore. You’ll also see a number of different wildlife inhabiting the mountain such as the giant lobelias. It would be a crime to not climb this mountain. After all, the Republic of Kenya is named after it.

3. Masai Mara

Giraffes in Masai Mara, Kenya
Giraffes in Masai Mara, Kenya

You have to visit at least one savanna while you’re traveling through Kenya, and Masai Mara is the perfect one. Book a safari tour of the savanna to see wild creatures such as giraffes, elephants, hyenas, hippos, zebras, and more in their natural habitat. And if you want to get really creative? Book a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara and see a panoramic view of the entire savanna. This surely will be one of the coolest places you see on your trip to Kenya, so don’t skip out on it.

4. Great Rift Valley

Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley | Credit: shankar s. / Flickr

The vast lands of the Great Rift Valley are perfect to explore for any adventurer. Between the different land mounds and lakes to venture across, you’ll be happy you went. You can even explore old volcanic mountains throughout the valley and get some pretty epic photos. The Great Rift Valley is the perfect location to visit if you want to explore the natural beauty of Kenya.

5. Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins
Gedi Ruins | Credit: Filip Lachowski / Flickr

If you’re a history lover then the Gedi Ruins is the perfect site for you to visit in Kenya. These ruins are located in the middle of a forest and are from an archaic Arabic and Swahili habitation. There are few remains from ancient settlements in Kenya, so the Gedi Ruins are very special to Kenyans and a popular tourist attraction. You need to visit the Gedi Ruins if you want to learn more about the deep history of the country.

6. Nairobi

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya

You must visit the capital of Nairobi while you are traveling through the country. Not only is it the capital, but also the largest and most populated city in all of Kenya. In Nairobi you’ll get the chance to see more of the urban lifestyle in Kenya as well as try some of the best restaurants. You can even visit animal orphanages in Nairobi or see the Nairobi National Park, which is located in the city. There is an ample amount of things to see and do in Nairobi. From museums to food and dance to animal shelters, you won’t want to miss out on these experiences.

7. Giraffe Center

Giraffe Center in Kenya
Giraffe Center in Kenya | Credit: Filip Lachowski – Flickr

It would be pretty disappointing to travel all the way to Kenya and not see a giraffe up close. Luckily at the Giraffe Center you can feed and touch giraffes, and even give one a little smooch! Gigantic giraffes roam the center and you can explore the area as you please. This is the perfect place to bring kids and loved ones to. Who doesn’t want a picture of their significant other kissing a giraffe? So, the Giraffe Center makes it to my top 10 places to visit in Kenya.

8. Malindi

Malindi in Kenya
Malindi in Kenya | Xiaojun Deng / Flickr

If you want to make sure to get some ocean air on your trip, make sure to visit the town of Malindi. It is located on Malindi Bay along the Galana River and is the perfect place to relax while you’re on your vacation. You can either bask in the sun along the shore or explore one of the many coral reefs spotted in the bay. The temperature can reach a scorching 102 degrees in the spring time and is around 85 to 90 degrees in the summer. You’ll definitely catch some rays while visiting Malindi, but the ocean breeze and sounds will be well worth it. So, the ocean makes Malindi among the top 10 places to visit in Kenya.

9. Mombasa

Mombasa, the Port City
Mombasa, the Port City

Mombasa is the ideal place to visit for all types of personalities you may have brought along on your trip. If you have many city lovers in your group you can visit the city, which is the second largest in Kenya. However, if your group wants to hangout and relax, you can visit the many beaches on Mombasa Island. Mombasa has a long list of things to do and see, so make sure you hit this location while in Kenya.

10. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is in the top ten places for you to visit for one reason and one reason only: flamingos. At Lake Nakuru you’ll see flocks and flocks of gorgeous pink flamingos covering the lake. You might not even be able to see the lake due to an overload of flamingos! It’s not every day you see dozens of flamingos in their natural habitat, right? So, make sure a visit to Lake Nakuru is at the top of your list.

These are the ten best locations to explore while you’re visiting Kenya. You’ll get to see a wide scope of the country, from the city life to its tropical islands. What are you waiting for?

About Hannah Parker

Hannah is a writer for trekbible and dreams of being an investigative journalist, or maybe a world traveling videographer, or perhaps the next voice of NPR; basically Hannah wants to be a multimedia journalist. Her voice is too big for her small body so she likes to stand on tall surfaces and shout very, very loudly. Hannah has many passions (some including poetry and the occasional chicken nugget or two) but is always searching for her next hobby.

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