The Great Rift Valley is an enormous area that runs through Kenya and is known for its lakes such as Lake Turkana, Nakuru and Naivasha. These areas offer beautiful views of fertile valleys, extinct volcanoes and bird-rich lakes on open plains. The lakes are quite shallow and attract enormous flocks of flamingoes, who nest on the banks. Many hippos live in these lakes as well. These lakes are a bird watcher's paradise. Over 450 different bird species have been observed here. You can even take a boat trip on the lake where you can sail among hippos and crocodiles.
In contrast to its name, the Hell’s Gate National Park is actually quiet and peaceful. It is a great destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, horseback riding, bicycling, and even camping. Because this park, which is located to the south of Lake Naivasha, is not home to many large predators such as lions, you can safely enjoy nature here on foot. It is often quiet when you make an adventurous walk or biking trip through the park. The main reason people visit the park is for its spectacular volcanic landscape. Deep gorges and towering cliffs can be seen all over the park.
Maybe it’s not one of the first things you think of, but the coastal areas of Kenya have some incredibly beautiful paradise beaches with swaying palm trees and azure blue seas. The most famous well-known coastal town is Mombasa. This the largest port city on the coast of East-Africa and the second largest city in Kenya. Mombasa is a very old city. There are three main areas in Mombasa: the harbor, the modern city center, and the old city center and you could explore them in a day. There are several beautiful beaches here, among which is Diani Beach to the south, which is known as the most beautiful white sandy beach in Kenya. You’ll find all sorts of accommodation here as well.
One of the most pristine and least visited national parks in Kenya is the Meru National Park. This park is literally located on the equator and is considerably greener than other parks due to the large amount of rain that falls here. Besides jungles, you will find wetlands and fields with tall grasses here. The latter is home to large prides of lions, giraffes and the rare Grévy's zebra. The jungles and wetlands in the park offer you the chance to spot leopards, green meerkats and a wide variety of birds. The park has been designated a protected habitat for the white and black rhino, making it one of the last areas to see these precious animals in the wild. You can spend hours in this rugged park without meeting anyone, which makes your visit extra special and memorable.
Lamu Island is an island off the coast of Kenya. This island is rich in Swahili history. The use of cars for the public is banned here, but it is fine to explore the island on foot or with a donkey. This is a great destination to unwind after you’ve seen the wildlife in Africa. You can relax here on the beautiful deserted beaches that surround the island. Lamu Island is also culturally interesting as you can explore some of the several Arab and Portuguese fortresses, historical villages and ruins. And the white buildings set between the green palm trees make for an incredible view while you go around the island.