Famous for its safaris and white sandy beaches, Kenya is among the top countries to visit in Africa. From the drama in the Mara to the chills in Mount Kenya, the bustle of the Nairobi metropolis to the sun-soaked beaches on the coast, Kenya provides the perfect range of variety for your vacation needs. So if you’re aching to explore the beauty of this East African treasure, but don’t know where to start, no worries: Miss CM’s got you covered! Take a look at our 5 top vacation spots in Kenya that are sure to leave you in awe.
5. Amboseli National Park
A top tourist attraction in Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is only a few hours away from Nairobi. It is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro and is the best place to visit for a great view. This famous landmark is ideal for a quiet, relaxed and private vacation where you can also choose to enjoy the game drives and come face-to-face with elephants and other animals, as well as interact with the Maasai people who live around the park.
4. Lamu Island
Lamu is the oldest living town in Kenya. It is on the northeast of the coast and is also a world heritage site. There is a lot of culture and history in this old town, and although it is not frequented by tourists like the other coastal towns, it is definitely magical and fascinating. There are no roads but little pathways for residents to walk, use a boat, or ride donkeys. It’s like a trip back in time with its breathtaking architecture uniquely crafted with an Arabic, European and Swahili touch. One can explore the culturally rich town, bask in the white sandy beaches, go on sunset dhow cruises and swim with dolphins. President Barack Obama himself loved it as he visited it when he and Michelle were engaged. Other stars spotted on Lamu Island include Jude Law.
Malindi is located on the Northern Coast. This dreamy town goes by the nickname “Little Italy” due to the fact that it has attracted a huge population of Italians who have all set shop and residences all across Malindi and Watamu over the years. It’s one place you will fall in love with; injected with rich culture, hidden treasures and history. And of course, the amazing white sandy beaches where you can relax or choose to explore the fish-rich coral reefs. Attractions include the Malindi Marine National Park, Vasco da Gama Pillar and the Malindi Museum. When you drive to Watamu, there are the Ruins of Gedi. Watamu literally means “sweet people” in Swahili and it‘s a favorite place for Naomi Campbell, who actually has a school there.
2. Mount Kenya
Located in the Central Highlands, Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and was named a world heritage site by UNESCO. It offers breathtaking views with its peaks covered in snow and the slopes hidden deep in forests. Trekking Mount Kenya should be on the top of your list, just ask the British Royal family. For the fit adventurers and trekkers, the lower peaks Batian, Nelion and Lenana are easy to climb, and the daring trekkers can go for the summit climb. The scenery includes lakes, glaciers and the forests. The Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a luxury stay together with the beautiful Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on the foothills of the mountain.
Located in the heart of Narok County in Kenya, The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to Kenya’s most popular game reserve and tops the list as one of the world’s top tourist attractions. It lies north of the Serengeti and borders Tanzania. It attracts thousands of tourists each year who come to enjoy the diverse game population and the “Great Migration” that takes place every year from July to October when Wildebeests, Zebras and the Thomson’s gazelle cross over from Mara to Serengeti in Tanzania. The weather is mild all year round making it perfect for a vacation.