Kenya – it’s where the wildlife truly comes alive. Primarily visited for its safaris and virgin beaches, there is much more to see and experience in this naturally blessed country. Getting up close and personal with the tribal people, savouring a meal or two with the giraffes, fishing in deep waters – Kenya redefines outdoor living.
Read on to discover ways to spend time in Kenya
1. Say hello to the locals
When in a foreign land, it is always a plus one to experience the local culture. Head to Masai and you will be greeted by the tribal people, who still happen to live life as their ancestors. Drink tea, understand their way of life, dance – the visit will definitely be a worthy one.
2. Go fishing
For an ultimate fishing experience, go deep-sea fishing in the waters of Watamu or Malindi. Kingfish, swordfish, sailfish, tuna – name it and you will find them in abundance. Post the fishing escapade, relax in the beaches, as you enjoy the spoils of the sea.
3. Visit the elephant orphanage
In Kenya, you ought to come across wild animals, but at the elephant orphanage, it’s a different ball game. In Nairobi, pay a visit to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and see how little elephants are cared for. It’s treat for the eyes to watch the baby elephants at their cutest best.
4. Go on a date with a giraffe
Every hotel has a USP, Giraffe Manor, a boutique hotel in Nairobi also has something special to offer – breakfast with giraffes. The hotel has wide, open windows, through which these lovely animals take their share of the meal. Don’t forget to book yourself in Giraffe Manor for a date with the giraffes.
5. Cruise on a dhow
To sail and watch a beautiful sunset, take a dhow cruise in the island city of Mombasa. The traditional dhows are now extensively used for taking the tourists for sightseeing. Basic or luxurious, all types of ‘dhows’ are available at your beck and call.
6. Take the off-beaten track
Lakes and rivers in abundance, the Great Rift Valley should make it to your travel list. The valley boasts of Lake Bogoria which is home to flamingos, picturesque roads, and stretches of some of the wildest areas in the country. Kerio Valley is another remarkable recommendation.
7. Experience antiquity
A few hundred kilometres away from Mombasa lies the island of Lamu. The small town of Lamu is best to experience Swahili culture; it is the oldest town of Kenya. Unheard by many, it is thus a great place to spend some time in peace.
8. Test your endurance
Mount Kenya – the second highest mountain of the country is the first love of trekking aficionados. From dense bamboo forests to rainforests, Mount Kenya’s dramatic landscape and scenery does not cease to amuse its travellers. The climb to the peak is challenging, so get your fitness level up before venturing out.
9. Enjoy a bird’s view
A ride in a hot air balloon is an out-of-the-world experience. The view of the wilderness from the sky is totally exhilarating. Many high-end lodges arrange for balloon trips, so don’t forget to take one.
10. Take a trip down memory lane
Once a farmhouse of Danish Author, Karen, and her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, it is now a full-fledged museum in Nairobi. This is where the famous movie ‘Out of Africa’ was shot. The Karen Blixen Museum and its surrounding area makes for a great, quiet stroll.