Kenya has one of the worlds greatest tourists attraction sites, known for its diversity of landscape, wildlife and cultures. From sweeping savannahs to tropical beaches and coral reef, dense equatorial forests to mighty snow capped mountains and more.
Although it is known worldwide for its safari industry, Kenya has much wider appeal than this would suggest. Other highlights include pre-historic excavations, well preserved ruins, cultural diversity, mountains, adventure sports and water sports. There are also a number of unique festivals that take place annually.
Tourist Attractions in Kenya
Kenya boasts one of the longest and most complete records of man’s cultural development in the world. Excavations in the Tugen Hills near Lake Baringo have exposed some of the earliest fossil beds. Other fascinating sites are found in Sibiloi National Park on the shores of Lake Turkana, at Hyrax Hill and Kariandusi near Nakuru, on Rusinga lsland in Lake Victoria and at Olorgesailie near Lake Magadi.
Striking and atmospheric ruins date back to earlier civilisations that flourished during the emergence of the Indian Ocean trade routes. Gede, near Watamu, was at the peak of its prosperity from the 13th to the 17th centuries, then was mysteriously abandoned. Stories abound of ghosts and inexplicable happenings in the area.Takwa, on Manda Island near Lamu, also thrived for centuries before being abandoned in the 17th century. Malindi, Lamu and Mombasa all have Old Towns which are both genuine historic towns and current – day functioning urban centres.
Each of the 42 tribes of Kenya has its own culture and traditions. The Maasai, Kenya’s best known tribe, have a reputation for being warriors, and are recognised worldwide for their vivid red garments and exotic beaded jewellery. The El Molo are the least numerous of Kenya’s tribes, and traditionally hunt ﬁsh, crocodile and hippo in Lake Turkana. The nomadic Rendille rely on camels for food, milk, clothing, trade and transport. The coastal Swahili have cultural ties to the Arabs and Persians. The Kalenjin are most famous for producing Kenya’s marathon – winning athletes. A growing number of tour operators offer cultural safaris that include interaction, or volunteer work, with local people.
Kenya boasts two of Africa’s five highest mountains. Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain, offers spectacular trekking and climbing. Mt Elgon, Africa’s fourth highest mountain, also has stunning viewpoints and interesting climbs. Other mountains and hills that offer exciting trekking and walking include Mt Longonot, the Aberdare National Park, the Cherangani hills and Marich Pass.
Adventure tourism is diversifying across the country. White water rafting is offered on both the Tana and Athi Rivers. Rock climbing, camel safaris, horse riding, game bird shooting, caving and fishing are available at a number of places.
The coast provides a wealth of water sports, including scuba diving, water-skiing, kite surfing, windsurﬁng and jet skiing.
Tourist Attraction Sites in Kenya
- Tsavo East National Park
- Amboseli National Park
- Kakamega Forest National Reserve
- Hells Gate National Park
- Nairobi National Museum
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Malindi Museum
- Rabai Museum
- Kitale Museum
- Desert Museum
- Gedi Ruins In Kenya
- Ngong Hills
- Kit Mikayi
- Masai Mara
- Nairobi National Park
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Bisanandi Reserve
- Nyahururu Falls
- Central Island National Park
- Ndere Island National Park
- Crying Stone of Kakamega
- Aberdares National Park
- Windsor Golf Hotel
- Shaba National Reserve
- Crocodiles of the Mara
- Kisumu Impala Wildlife Sanctuary
- Chyulu Hills National Park
- Arabuko Sokoke National Park
- Mount Kenya
- Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
- Mwea National Reserve
- Mt.Longonot National Park
- Mt Elgon National Park
- Meru National Park
- Lake Bogoria National Reserve
- Malindi Watamu Marine National Parks
- Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Tsavo West National Park
- KICC – Kenyatta International Conference Centre
- Saiwa Swamp National Park
- Ruma National Park
- Marsabit National Reserve
- Tana River Primate Reserve
- Sibiloi National Park
- Shimba Hills National Reserve
- Giraffe Manor in Kenya
- Kogelo Obama Ancestral Village
- Bomas of Kenya
- Ngong Forest
- Animal Orphanage – Nairobi Kenya
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