Kenya is home to the African Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. National parks in their country are some of the best destinations to watch wild four legged beings in the natural habitat. However, Kenya offers a lot more than the Big Five! With a coastline of over 1400 km, the country has inviting beaches and marine national parks as well. If you are going to Kenya, do ensure that the experiences below are part of your ‘must do in Kenya’ list.
Sight the Big Five:
Head to one of the many national parks in Kenya to tick this item off your bucket list. It truly is a jungle out there, and your chances to see lion cubs playing, buffalos grazing and baby elephants wallowing are very high. Who knows, you might be lucky and be able to see a ‘game’ as well – keep your fingers crossed!
While people rave about Masai Mara National Park, which is the go-to place for many wildlife fanatics, do include Tsavo and Amboseli in your itinerary if you are a serious wildlife lover. Tsavo East and Tsavo West, together, form the largest protected reserve in Kenya and allow you to experience the African wild without masses of tourists around you. The Amboseli National Park is home to some of the biggest tuskers in Africa and offers great a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Get close to winged beauties:
Lake Nakuru National Park is part of the rift valley lake system and provides ideal conditions to attract thousands of flamingos. It is the perfect place to watch these graceful birds flaunt their red and black underwings each time they take off and fly. The park is also a rhino sanctuary and you are almost certain to sight one of the big five here!
Lake Naivasha National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise. The area is home to over 300 bird species! You can hop on to a boat and get close to the pelicans. You might be able to sight an African eagle fishing as well. Keep your eyes open for hippos…there are plenty of them lounging in the waters.
Experience the culture:
If you want to know more about the Maasais, their bright red dress and their nomadic lifestyle, now is your chance. Parts of Kenya have been home to the Maasai tribe for centuries and the tribe is more than happy to welcome you to its village. You can take part in the traditional dance or sing along with the women. If their colorful beaded jewelry has caught your fancy, you can buy some of it and rekindle African memories each time to don it after getting back home.
Sunbathe on the silvery sands
If being on the safari vehicle has left you exhausted and you are craving some ‘me time’ to truly unwind, make way to the Kenyan coast. Daini, Mombasa, Bamburi and Lamu have stunning beaches lined with coconut palms. There are resorts across all budget options and comfort levels. Warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for a swim and the music of the waves will soothe your mind. Stretch your legs on the soft sand, order a drink with a little umbrella and relax!
Snorkel/SCUBA dive at the marine national park
Kenya has five marine national parks, Watamu Marine Park being the oldest amongst these. Waters of these national parks are teeming with aquatic life. The colorful coral reef is home to schools of fish. Large paraplegics including dolphins and gentle whale sharks are often sighted. If wreck diving interests you, get ready for an adventure to explore the Mida Wreck. The warm waters and good visibility conditions will make you feel that you are in an aquarium.
The Kenyan wild and the seas are calling you… is your exploratory spirit ready?
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Author: Sonia Sahni
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