Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

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Far to the east of Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean and Uganda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia are Kenya. Few countries in the world rival Kenya for its safari destinations and its perfect, idyllic coast. In Kenya wildlife and humans exist side by side. Even in the capital city of Nairobi, the animals walk the streets. You’ll spot elephant families from the train, hippos in your lake, warthogs in your garden, and crocs in the river.   So let’s read about the best and interesting places to Visit in Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide which will help you in planning your trip with many tips, suggestions, hotel stays recommendations and detailed 10 days itinerary. 

WHY AFRICA SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

  • Africa is home to the world’s longest river – Nile. 
  • The largest hot desert – Sahara. 
  • The second largest lake – Lake Victoria 
  • One of the seven natural wonders of the world – Vic Falls
  • The world’s fourth-largest Island – Madagascar
  • The world’s tallest animal – giraffe
  • The largest animal – elephant 
Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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Kenya has all-year-round good weather, unique tribal culture, and the endless opportunities for ‘Out of Africa’ style escapades. It’s a bucket-list destination for many and with good reason.  

10 DAYS KENYA ITINERARY | Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

Suggested Itinerary for Kenya 

Day 1 :  Spend the day exploring Nairobi; visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to visit the orphaned elephants and the Giraffe Centre to hand feed Giraffe.   Stop for lunch at Utamaduni where you can also shop for authentic Kenyan and African crafts.

Day 2 : Visit Nairobi National Park for a safari. Allow yourself a minimum of 4 hours to drive the park. You may choose to take lunch at the KWS clubhouse or the fabulous Emakoko restaurant and do a second safari in the afternoon.

Take sundowners on the terrace at the incredible Hemmingway Hotel.

Day 3:  Drive to Naivasha. Take a boat tour to get up close and personal to the hippos and then do a walking safari on Crescent Island.

Day 4 : Drive to the Maasai Mara (5 hour drive).  Take an evening game drive.

Day 5 : Spend the day in the Mara, making sure you head to the Mara triangle where you may be lucky enough to witness a crossing.

Day 6 : Morning game drive in the Mara before heading to the landing strip for a flight to Diani Beach.  Spend the evening with sundowners on the Indian Ocean.

Day 7: Relax on the beach, go scuba diving or Kite surfing.

Day 8: Relax on the beach, go on a Dolphin cruise or take a trip on a traditional Dhow.

Day 9: Head to Mombasa, Kenya’s second city.  Shop for antiques and Swahili treasures in the old town and visit the 14th century Fort Jesus.  

Take an evening train to Voi, where you will stay overnight in Tsavo National Park.

Day 10 : Safari in Tsavo National Park, the largest park in Kenya home to the Big 5 and with amazing views of Kilimanjaro. Evening train back to Nairobi.

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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VISA INFORMATION AND OTHER USEFUL DETAILS

All foreigners are required to obtain a visa before entry.  Whilst this can be done on arrival it is far easier to apply online.  Visit this official website to avail Kenya’s Visa.  It costs approximately 50 USD and is valid for 3 months with an option to renew for another 3 months. Also for immunization, you have to take shots of Yellow fever before visiting here.

When to visit Kenya |Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

The climate in Kenya varies dependent upon your location. Lake Turkana and the northern deserts are eternally hot with little rain. Mount Kenya is surprisingly cool even in mid-summer. The capital city, Nairobi is temperate all year round, rarely going above 30 degree C in summer or dipping below 12 in winter. As with many other places it is affected by the long rains in April – June and the short rains from October to November. Mombasa and the Indian Ocean offer a tropical climate with high temperatures throughout the year.

About Nairobi

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. A gritty, colorful, chaotic dust bowl of a city that sits on atop the Great Rift Valley. It’s huddled in highlands that are marked by significantly cooler weather than the rest of Kenya. It is for this reason and the fertile farming land that British colonists settled here back in the 1800’s. Kenya is a new city, few buildings of historic worth litter the town; instead, you will be greeted by an unending landscape of high rises and construction work. Nairobi used to have a shady reputation is a high crime city, but this is no longer true.  

Where to stay in Nairobi | HOTEL SUGGESTIONS IN NAIROBI

Nairobi is a vast sprawling city with intermingling neighborhoods and no clear ‘downtown’ destination. When booking the best hotels in Nairobi, where you stay depends to a large degree on why you are visiting. Tourists may prefer to stay in the outer suburbs of Karen and Langata where the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre are situated and there is easy access to Nairobi National Park.

Business visitors might opt for the CBD, the hustle and bustle of Westlands, or the chic restaurants and hotels within the Village Market at Gigiri.

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Central Business District – Neighborhood of Nairobi

Sarova Stanley Hotel – Part of the Sarova Group of hotels, the Stanley is one of the older hotels in Nairobi this Victoria landmark has been updated with modern facilities and is perfectly located for business within the CBD. A 5* hotel its rooms retain an elegant grandeur. It has 4 restaurants, a heated pool, and a gym as well as extensive conferencing facilities.

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Airport hotels in Nairobi – Neighborhood of Nairobi

Ole Sereni – The Ole Sereni sits right on the edge of Nairobi National Park and has one of the best views in Nairobi. You can arrive from the airport and in 10 minutes be enjoying a sundowner and watching a lion kill. Its 4 restaurants and outdoor heated pool maximize the view over the park.

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Westlands – Neighborhood of Nairobi

Villa Rosa Kempinski – This towering monolith is as pink as its name and is full of all the luxuries and mod cons one could wish for. 200 rooms, 4 restaurants and bars, gym, wellness spa, conferencing facilities and easy access to all that Westlands has to offer.

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Karen & Langata – Karen Gables – This Cape Dutch-inspired boutique hotel is situated down a quiet lane at one of the most prestigious addresses in Nairobi. Once inside you are spirited away from city life into a world of tinkling streams and nature-filled gardens. 

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Hemingway’s Nairobi – Part of a collection of elite hotels it’s hard to imagine that this grand plantation hotel has only 45 rooms. Its elegance and serenity are unmatched in Nairobi. It houses an excellent restaurant, a sun downer bar with views over the Ngong Hills, and an onsite spa and pool. 

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Gigiri – Neighborhood of Nairobi

Tribe Hotel – The original Village Market hotel is fabulous in a great spot. 137 rooms, a top-end restaurant a luxurious spa. This is a boutique luxury five-star hotel that doesn’t feel like it’s in a mall.

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WHAT TO DO IN NAIROBI 

Nairobi National Park 

Nairobi is the only city in the world with a bonafide safari destination within its limits. Nairobi National Park isn’t a safari park in the western definition; it is a natural piece of land in which animals are free to roam. It isn’t enclosed, meaning that the natural corridors are maintained and animals come and go. You never know what you will see on a safari at Nairobi National Park but all of Kenya’s animals are here, except for elephants, which had to be removed due to human-wildlife conflict. Drive yourself or take a tour through this 100 KM park to see lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, hyena, jackal, hippos, and all the other residents of the Lion King’s domain. 

The Giraffe Centre

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

The Giraffe Centre is a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild Giraffes. At the Giraffes Centre, you have the chance to hand feed a wild Giraffe. Upon entry, you are given pellets, which the Giraffe gobble up. Platforms are built allowing you to see the Giraffe’s eye to eye. A truly fascinating wildlife experience, not to be missed.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.  

The Elephant Orphanage rescues juvenile elephants from all over Kenya and Tanzania and raises them in the orphanage adjacent to Nairobi National Park.  Visitors can meet these tiny elephants, learn about them, and depending on when you visit, touch, and feed them. The DSWT is an amazing trust that I strongly recommend you read up on.

WHERE TO VISIT IN KENYA | Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

The Maasai Mara

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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The Maasai Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration, one of the natural wonders of the world. The migration is a cyclical event where herds of over a million wildebeest and zebra travel between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. There is no better place in the world to go on safari. The ‘Mara’ itself is a landscape of rolling hills broken only by dirt brown rivers and those treacherous cliffs.  Any time of year it is one of the best places in the world to spot games and is renowned for having one of the largest numbers of big cats in the world.

Diani Beach at the Kenyan Coast

 

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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Kenya has 1420 miles of coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. The white sand beaches are a global top tourist destination. Diani beach will fulfill every shell scattered, the palm-filled tropical dream you ever wished for. Little development marks the coast, other than an odd beach bar, dive shop, kite surfing place, and a few boutique hotels. Do nothing but gaze at the blinding white sand, swim in the Indian Ocean, and sip the local ‘Dawa’ cocktail.

Lake Naivasha

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide

Down in the Great Rift Valley, there are several lakes; some pink with flamingo, some white with salt. Lake Naivasha is the closest lake to Nairobi and it is filled with hippos and populated with huge numbers of bird life. People come to Lake Naivasha to see the hippos, either from the shore or on a boat, but I love Naivasha for its silence and its serenity.  Acacia trees dot a lakeshore that is home to giraffe, hyena, honey badger, zebra, and more. Naivasha is a peaceful haven that has several good restaurants and hotels. Take a walk through Crescent Island for guaranteed sightings of the animals. Naivasha is the ideal day trip from hectic Nairobi. 

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT KENYA | Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide 

  • Currency of Kenya – The Kenyan Shilling, Some places US Dollars are accepted.
  • Language of Kenya – Swahili & English. Due to colonial English rule, language is not a problem here. 
  • Time Zone of Kenya – East Africa Time – GMT +3.
  • Electrical sockets of Kenya – Sockets are of G type. With standard voltage 240 V and standard frequency 50 Hz
  • What to shop in Kenya – Masai Blankets, African Maska, Ebony crafts, Kazuri Beads, etc.
  • Kenya follows strict plastic ban. So be sustainable while traveling to Kenya.
  • Like India, Kenya too is chai or tea lover. Kenya exports tea which is a highest earner for them.

Kenya is a a mix of good and bad. Like many African nations, the division between rich and poor is vast; the wealthy live in luxurious estates and the poor sleep 3 families to a one-room shack. Kenya’s economy is doing well but it hampered by a corrupt government.  It leads the way in wildlife conservation yet is still crippled by poaching. It has clement weather and unsurpassed beauty and yet yearly droughts and floods. Kenya is savage, beautiful, rotten and glorious, one of the last frontiers for people seeking to get off the beaten track

Interesting Places To Visit In Kenya – A Complete Kenya Travel Guide
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This is a guest post and read About the AUTHOR – Nadine Murphy, who is a British writer expatriated to Kenya with her three feral children presenting her valuable information on Kenya Travel Guide. She is founder of awardwinning travel blog at Live Travel Kenya and creates travel content for publications globally.  She is a great admirer of the wildlife.

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25 Comments

  1. all things beautiful about this post, thanks Yukti…i wish things ease out soon for international travel…i realised the plight of caged animals during this lock-down period and my heart goes out to them, that’s why i so love to see the wide expanses of kenya letting animals be the way God meant for them….such a blessing…

  2. We did one stop in Kenya for a game drive. It was awesome. But not nearly enough time. We would love to visit the Nairobi National Park. It would be fascinating to see the animals roaming in natural corridors. Visiting the Maasai Mara during the wildebeest migration would be absolutely stunning. We hope to get back.

  3. Kenya has been a dream destination for me since long. Most of my travel wishlist are after some books I had read or movies I had seen. I had read about Africa in story book as a child and since that day I have been dreaming of seeing the Masai Mara. I have heard mixed reviews of Nairobi as a city, but I think Nairobi is as interesting as any big bustling capital city is. Thanks for this detailed guide. I would come back to it whenever I am planning Kenya!

  4. Kenya is a beautiful place inside and out. This guide is perfect for first-timers to Kenya. I’ll recommend flora and fauna lovers to visit the Kenyan rose farm in Naivasha, they are the biggest suppliers of flowers to the European markets.

  5. I’ve been to Nairobi several times, but always en route to another destination in Africa. Kenya isn’t really a country that I’ve explored outside of Nairobi but I would love to go on safari to the Maasai Mara someday. Diani Beach looks stunning too, great tips!

  6. Kenya appears to be such a beautiful place, at least out of the city. However, Nairobi would make me crazy. It reminds me of traffic in China. Everyone doing their own thing. Viewing the wildlife would be my favorite thing to do for sure, although the beach would be a fun break too. The sand is so white and seeing people walking their camels would be a kick in the pants.

  7. Wow, this is a thorough guide to Kenya. Loved my trip there, the giraffe centre was such a highlight. It was just amazing getting so close up.

  8. I have always wanted to go to Africa on a safari. Kenya sounds fantastic. It would be awesome to see the animals just wondering around with no confinement. They need to ban poaching though.

  9. I have wanted to explore more of Africa and Kenya has been on my list. Thank you for such an in depth guide to what to see, do and where to stay.

    1. The only place that I have visited in Africa is South Africa and Johannesburg the capital city was as we were told not too safe after evening being out on the streets. I have always wanted to visit Kenya and have been keen to understand how safe it is. But as you mention it no longer is so unsafe as it used to be. It would be lovely to be in Maasai Mara, home to the great wildebeest migration and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya for a safari. Thanks for the wonderful insights and tips on planning a trip.

  10. What a great itinerary! Kenya has been a longtime dream. Maasai Mara and the Elephant Orphanage sound incredible, at the top of my Kenya list!

  11. I have been to South Africa and loved it and when I return to Africa I think Kenya would be my next port of call. Lovely photos really inspiring the feel of the country and a detailed post on what to expect once there.

  12. This is so detailed and organized. I want to book this right away, especially the elephant orphanage. I went to Botswana and South Africa in 2018 and Kenya is next!

  13. You know just before the lockdown I was scouting on the cheap tickets to Nairobi and was almost planning my trip to Kenya and for the great Serengitti Migration . But alas pandemic shelved all my plans. I do wish to visit Kenya as I have hear so many stories about it . Dont know when but sometimes for sure..even i have heard about the great crime scenes but your post assures me a bit now.

  14. Kenya has been on my radar for quite some time – honestly, mostly just to visit the the Maasai Mara. But from your post I can so there is so much more to do around, and even alternatives to traditional safaris. Thanks for the helpful tips, saving for my future travels!

  15. hi
    i loved reading this post especially even the hotel recommendations. speaks a lot about the quality of the write up. Truly said Africa is a destination which is a just visit. Its just bad that there is so much uncertainty wrt political upheavals which have affected Kenya too but Africa has been a dream for me to visit

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