If you’re looking for a uniquely distinct and stunning destination to travel to on the great continent of Africa there are a lot of great options. Amongst this plethora of options is the stunning East African country of Kenya. Kenya offers a rich culture and a wide range of adventures that will leave you with amazing memories to share with friends and family.
From its famous safari culture to its stunning wilderness once you have checked out the reasons below we are sure you will understand why tourists find Kenya so alluring and rave about their visits to whoever will listen.
Culture & History
The unique and rich history and culture are definitely one of the things that makes Kenya so interesting to travelers. This country though it has gone by many names and been ruled by many different tribes is one of the most ancient cultures and vastly important to human history.
Having been first settled by hunter/gatherers and then later on by tribal farmers the cultural diversity of this nation may be something most travelers would never expect. With areas like Mombasa and Malindi being settled by Arab traders and later on being a British colony, the history of this beautiful country should be very enticing to those travelers that are looking to learn more about the cultures of the world.
When talking about the culture you can’t forget to talk about the people themselves. With over 40 different tribes living in Kenya, there is a wide range of amazing subcultures to take in. Many of these tribes are excited to share their culture with you allowing tourists to travel through their villages and experience life as they know it. So for those travelers that love to embed themselves in the culture and history of wherever they travel to this is one of the main reasons why you should travel to Kenya.
The bustling cities of Kenya should be on anybody’s itinerary especially Nairobi and Mombasa. After all, it is a good bet that once you have booked your flight to Kenya that you will land in the International Airport in the capital city of Nairobi.
For those looking for a one-of-a-kind experience taking a couple of days to check out this amazing capital is well worth it. Not only because it has a pretty amazing creative arts scene but also because there are several historical museums. Taking advantage of checking out things like the Shifteye Gallery and the Nairobi National Museum will allow you to dive deeper into the culture of this amazing country before heading out into the luscious wilderness.
It is also worth taking the time to visit the Nairobi National Park which is a large wildlife area in the center of the city where you can see some of the endangered wildlife that used to inhabit the plains of Kenya. Things like the black rhino and baby elephants are among these.
The second-largest city of Mombasa can’t be forgotten either. This city happens to be Kenya’s biggest port and also has several beautiful beaches that you can enjoy while taking in the vast marine life and historical sites in the area. For those travelers that are divers, this city and the surrounding cities, as well as beaches, maybe the biggest reason for you to travel to Kenya.
Amazing Culinary Experiences
The diversity of culture also shows in the cuisine as well. Every tribe and all the foreign settlers that came to the shores of Kenya brought with them certain aspects of their own cuisine. After centuries these culinary traditions have melded together to create a unique experience that foodie travelers would be remiss to not add to their must-try list.
When it comes to the traditional flavors of Kenyan cuisine you can look to find things such as Chili Peppers, meats, and vegetables that are all blended together in unique ways. For those travelers that are culinary travelers, several traditional Kenyan dishes have to be tried.
The first and maybe the most popular is nyama choma. This is a Kenyan grilled or roasted meat almost like a barbecue that has been salted and slowly roasted over an open fire. Typically with this dish, you will also be served rice and a kachumbari sauce (which is made with tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, onions, and tomatoes).
Another dish that should be on your list is irio which is a mixture of mashed potatoes, green peas, and corn that is also often served with nyama choma. Also, make sure to find yourself a good sukuma wiki which is another traditional Kenyan food. This spicy dish is made with collard greens and is cooked in oil with onions and tomatoes then seasoned with a spicy beef seasoning. No matter what dishes you order we are sure they will be like nothing you have ever tasted before.
Though as we will soon discuss Kenya is one of the most popular destinations for safaris a lot of people once they have done their research on Kenya settle on the beautiful white sand beaches as one of their reasons to make their way to this stunning country. But we say why not combine the two things and make sure you spend a few days doing both to get the full 360° Kenyan experience.
Kenya actually has hundreds of kilometers of coastline that those looking for beautiful beaches and some relaxation to the gentle waves of the ocean can take advantage of. This coastline runs along the Indian Ocean which is full of perfectly warm and brilliantly turquoise blue waters.
Whether you are hanging at Malindi beach or laying out on the sand of Watamu beach these beautiful waters are ripe with stunning marine life and fantastic coral reefs that can be seen while diving. If you’re into other sports there is also parasailing as well as surfing that you can enjoy. Or maybe take a boat out onto the water and just let the waves drift you out into the ocean for a nice relaxing day away from the crowds. We don’t know about you, but all of this sounds like a pretty good reason to book that trip to Kenya.
Beautiful Wildlife & National Parks
Several decades ago Kenya took action to conserve its natural wildlife resources. Not only making big game hunting of protected species illegal but also by an aggressive process of developing national parks, reserves, and private conservancies. Because of this dedication, one of the best reasons to travel to Kenya is to see some of the most regal and majestic animals in the world. The wildlife and national parks of this country are well worth a few weeks of your time.
From the grassy plains and swamplands of the Amboseli National Park to the beautiful grasslands of the Masai Mara National Reserve each of these national parks delivers a unique and iconic experience. When visiting Amboseli National Park you will be introduced to majestic elephants all backed by a beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Along with the elephants, you can also catch glimpses of warthogs, zebras, and antelopes.
If you’re venturing north you can try Laikipia which is a great place to take in the Big 5. Or even take a trip to Samburu National Reserve and see unique species like the reticulated giraffe, Somali ostriches, and Grevy’s zebras. There is also Tsavo East and West National Parks and just like the other parks within these park’s borders, you will also have amazing chances to snap stunning photos of some of Kenya’s most beautiful wildlife.
Majestic Lakes & Mountains
Kenya also has an extremely biodiverse wetlands and lakes area. Situated in the Great Rift Valley several lakes are places that every tourist should include in their itinerary. Places like Lake Nakuru where you can find millions of flamingos and other amazing birds all lounging in its waters.
Along with that amazing lake is also Lake Bogoria which is lush with more than 373 different types of birds that are stunning to watch. So if you’re someone that is into birding or just loves to see beautiful wildlife in flight this is another great reason to visit Kenya.
Of course, the lakes are beautiful but there are also stunning mountains that offer adventurous challenges and one-of-a-kind views. You can take in the lush forests of the Aberdare mountains and get in a little zip-lining or fly fishing. For those that are into biking, hiking, or climbing taking a tour through Hell’s Gate National Park, or even scaling Africa’s second-largest mountain, Mount Kenya would be a good choice as well.
So, Why Should You Travel To Kenya?
We think that we have answered this question pretty well by sharing with you some of the most amazing things that are available for travelers to see and experience while visiting Kenya. There is really something for everyone from adventure travelers to culinary enthusiasts Kenya can deliver hands down a one-of-a-kind trip for any traveler.