Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The country has it all, from white sandy beaches, wildlife, desert to a lush greenly vegetations. No matter your taste, you will find your desired destination within the borders of this lovely nation. To get you started, here are the 70 best destinations in all of Kenya:
1. Karen Blixen Museum
This is particularly interesting to those who are fascinated by Karen Blixen’s story. The author of ‘Out of Africa’, lived in this house that has now been turned into a museum. Here, you will get a chance to sit, touch and see what Karen saw when she lived in Kenya. Visit: Karen Blixen Museum
After the highest point, we go to the capital city, Nairobi. Once dubbed as the ‘city in the sun’, Nairobi is one of the most beautiful cities in the continent. It has wonderful skyscrapers, a steaming nightlife and a never ending sea of friendly people. As a urbanized metropolis, you can find a little bit of everything the world has to offer here. Visit: Nairobi
3. Nairobi National Park
Situated just 20 minutes from the city, Nairobi National Park is one of the most eclectic parks Kenya has to offer. The park has such a widely varied wildlife population that simply visiting it will give you a small taste of what the rest of the country has to offer.
4. Nairobi West
This is a busy suburb 10 minutes from the CBD. Nairobi West is Kenya’s version of New York, the city that never sleeps. Nairobi West has a very high concentration of bars, restaurants, lodging facilities and most of the city’s night owls. If you like to stay up all night, visit Nairobi West and party with your own kind.
This is a ‘richer’ version of Nairobi West! Westlands almost never shuts down. This little suburb, less than 10 minutes from the CBD, is not only very affluent, but it is also the one place to go if you want to see Kenya’s fashionistas. Here you will find all sorts of high end bars, hotels, and restaurants. It is also steaming with the bourgeoisie.
6. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Conveniently situated within the Nairobi National Park, this elephant orphanage is the perfect place for visitors to see and interact with rescued baby elephants. Not only does it provide a sanctuary for these majestic creatures, it also provides the perfect destination for animal lovers. Visit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
7. Karura Forest Reserve
If you have ever heard of the Nobel Peace Laureate – Wangari Maathai, then you should know that the Karura Forest was one of her flagship projects. This reserve provides wonderful trails, rare indigenous flora and fauna as well as tranquil rivers and tiny waterfalls for those of us who love nature. Visit: Karura Forest Reserve
8. Giraffe Center
This is your chance to stand eyeball to eyeball with a Giraffe. At the Giraffe center in Nairobi, you get to feed, play with and even get a kiss from these towering creatures. Visit: Giraffe Center
9. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages
If you know anything about the history of Kenya, you have probably heard the name ‘Karen Blixen’ before. She was a white settler who struggled for the rights of the local community against tyrannical colonial forces. In her honor, the country named an entire suburb after her. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages is just one of the attractions found within that suburb. Visit: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages
10. Mt. Kenya
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It’s only befitting that we should start with the highest point in the country. Mt. Kenya is 5,199m of sheer beauty. If you want to see an array of flora and fauna, merged with freezing weather, and snow capped peaks, then this is the place to go. Scaling it is a bit of a chore, but it is totally worth it!
11. Kenyatta International Conference Center
If Nairobi is the center of Kenya, K.I.C.C is the center of Nairobi. The K.I.C.C is 105m tall, with 28 floors and a helipad that allows you to see all of Nairobi. If you want a bird’s eye view of the city without having to hire a helicopter, then the helipad at the top of K.I.C.C is the place to be. The building also has some cultural shops and sections that allows you to soak in Kenya’s heritage. Visit: KICC
12. The Bomas of Kenya
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‘Boma’ is a Swahili word for homestead. The Bomas of Kenya holds the heritage of every community in the country. Here, you will see how every tribe in Kenya lives traditionally and you will also be entertained to some traditional dances and music. Visit: The Bomas of Kenya
13. Ngong Hills
For those of us who love nature, there is nothing better than a scenic nature trail, surrounded by lush green environs. For Kenyans, the Ngong hills are a well known picnic destination. For any visitor, you can come here and enjoy the tranquility that only a country content with itself can offer.
14. Nairobi Arboretum
If you thought the Karura Forest and the Ngong Hills were beautiful, wait until you set foot in the Nairobi Arboretum. This is a small patch of land, only 5 minutes from the CBD, that has been set aside for nature trails, exotic trees and plants. It also acts as a wonderful picnic destination.
15. The National Archives
When you visit a foreign country, it is only polite to learn about its heritage. In Kenya, there is nowhere better to get this sort of information than at the National Archives. Smack in the middle of the city, this beautiful building holds historic paintings, photographs, documents and various indigenous arts and crafts by the people of Kenya. Visit: The National Archives of Kenya
16. Paradise Garden
This is a beautiful place less than an hour from the CBD, walking distance from Paradise Lost.
The garden has well-manicured lawns with stunning dam and coffee estate, it is a beautiful spot for wedding and corporate site. It is the perfect place for a quick getaway not too far from the city. Visit: Paradise Garden
17. Nairobi Mamba Village
Just like Giraffe Center, the Nairobi Mamba Village is where you go see crocodiles. Unlike at the Giraffe Center, you do not want to get a kiss from one of these creatures. You can watch them get fed, and you can have your choice of game meat. The Village also has some great accommodation facilities. Visit: Nairobi Mamba Village
18. Nairobi Safari Walk
In the middle of Nairobi National Park, there is the Nairobi Safari Walk. This is a beautiful trail that is built and modified to make your tour of the park safe. From the Safari Walk, you can see all sorts of animals, including the Big Five.
19. The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
This is for high end travelers. The Windsor Hotel is a world class facility that offers top of the line accommodation at top of the line prices. The price is absolutely worth it because this is where tranquility calls home. It also has a beautiful Golf Course, for those who play. Visit: The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
20. Nairobi National Museum
Only 5 minutes from the CBD, the Nairobi National Museum is the one place where you can get all of Kenya’s elaborate heritage under one roof. Not to mention the fact that it has a snake park that will give you the crawlies. Visit: Nairobi National Museum
21. The Maasai Mara
If you have heard of Kenya, you have heard of the Maasai Mara. This is a wonderful game reserve where you can see the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration and some wonderful scenery. The Maasai Mara also has amazing camping sites and facilities. Visit: The Maasai Mara
22. Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National park is known as the best place to see free-ranging wildlife species such as elephants very closely. At the pack, you get the opportunity to meet the locals – the Maasai people and learn more about the Maasai culture. You can see the stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the park. Visit: Amboseli National Park
This coastal island has more to offer than just white sandy beaches. It has wonderful weather, beautiful scenery and an even more beautiful people. But if you are going to visit the Mombasa, then you want to stay at some of the best hotels the coast has to offer.
24. Sun and Sand Beach Resort
Private beach, amazing rooms, swimming pools, in-house bar and absolutely amazing service, the Sun and Sand Beach Resort is one of Kenya’s pride when it comes to accommodation. Visit: Sun and Sand Beach Resort
25. Mombasa Marine National Park
This is one of the most majestic places on the Kenyan Coast. The Mombasa Marine National Park has a great deal of small sea life, beautiful coral and many other scenic attractions that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Visit: Mombasa Marine National Park
26. Fort Jesus
Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Mombasa, Fort Jesus is an ancient work of art. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, the Fort served as a defense post for their slave trade routes in the Indian Ocean and the Kenyan Coast. It now has a museum that displays artifacts from that era, including painting and canons.
27. Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa
Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa is an enduring magnificence, which is located in the sandy beaches of Mombasa. The hotel offers exquisite facilities and restaurants a unique escape into luxury and Kenyan culture. Visit: Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa
28. Mombasa Go-Kart
This is for those who take vacations with their kids. Mombasa Go-Kart offers you the opportunity to experience speed in a safe arena. Whether you want to drive the go-karts or not, you can have a good time here. For adults, you can view your kids have a good time from the terrace of the bar. Visit: Mombasa Go-Kart
29. Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa
Located 10km north of Mombasa city center, Voyager Beach Resort is a beach resort and retreat for those who wish to experience an undivided comfort and luxury. Guests can bask in the sun, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, savour special meals and enjoy unforgettable outdoor activities. Visit: Voyager Beach Resort
30. Jumba La Mtwana
The Kenyan Coast is an ancient place full of artifacts from ‘past civilization’, Jumba La Mtwana is one such ruin. This is a ruined village in Kilifi. The name means ‘the house of the slave’. The ruins have mosques, four houses and a tomb. Most of it is preserved from a time that has come and gone. Visit: Jumba La Mtwana