Kenya is a country located in East Africa with plenty of tourist attractions. If you’re looking for an amazing safari adventure, look no further – Kenya is the perfect destination. There are many reasons why Kenya should be your go-to African country for safaris, and we’ve compiled a list of the top 31 reasons to convince you!
1. Natural Beauty:
Kenya is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa. From the majestic snow-capped Mount Kenya to the wild and rugged Great Rift Valley, there are stunning views around every corner.
Rift Valley: The Great Rift Valley is Kenya’s largest and most dramatic geographic feature, stretching from the Red Sea in the north to Mozambique in the south.
If you love mountains Kenya has several to offer that provides the perfect backdrop for your safari adventure. With plenty of national parks and wildlife reserves, it’s easy to find a great spot to observe some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.
Mt Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and is the most prominent feature of Kenya’s landscape. Located at an altitude of 5,199 m (17,057 ft) above sea level, it provides breathtaking views of the surrounding areas and is a popular destination for hikers and climbers.
If you want to explore the country’s natural beauty, below are some destinations you should try to go to when you’re in Kenya:
- Mount Kenya region including the Aberdares
- Escarpments in Rift Valley including Elgeyo Marakwet. We have view campsites in North Rift that you can use when you hire our campervans or self-drive vehicles
- Masai Mara Game Reserve to see extensive savanna
- Extensive tea plantations in Kericho and South Rift region of Kenya which is about 4 to 5 hours from Nairobi
- Geysers in Lake Naivasha
- Hells Gate
2.Kenya is home to the largest animal migration:
Kenya is home to the world’s largest animal migration. Every year, millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate between Tanzania and Kenya in search for food and water. Watching this incredible spectacle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t forget anytime soon!
The wildebeest migration is now regarded as one of the World’s 7 wonders and if you want to catch this migration, the best time to visit is in August although the migration happens from July to October.
3. Kenya has a diverse wildlife ecosystem:
Kenya is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including large mammals such as elephants, lions and rhinos. It also has some smaller but equally fascinating animals like the antelope, zebra and giraffe, as well as vibrant bird life. With many national parks and reserves, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe these creatures in their natural habitats.
Some animals unique to Kenya include:
- Roan antelope
- Grevy’s zebra
- Gerenuk (or Giraffe-necked antelope)
- East African wild dog
- Slender mongoose
- African civet
- Egyptian mongoose
Kenya also has big cats like the lion, cheetah and leopard. You can spot these animals in the national parks and reserves while on a safari or game drive.
4. Kenya offers an excellent range of safari activities:
Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience or a chance to get up close and personal with nature, Kenya has plenty of activities to offer the adventurous traveler. You can explore the wilderness by foot on a walking safari, go game viewing in one of the many national parks, or take a hot-air balloon ride for a bird’s-eye view of the Kenyan landscape.
We recommend trying to explore Kenya by yourself without a guide to get the most authentic experience. Take a wander through bustling Nairobi and sample some of the delicious local cuisines, or explore one of the many untouched national parks and nature reserves that Kenya has to offer.
5. is full of cultural experiences:
For a real ‘taste’ of Kenya, be sure to explore some of its fascinating cultures and traditions. From the Maasai people in the Rift Valley to the Arab influences on the coast, there’s a wealth of cultural experiences waiting to be discovered. You can also visit many traditional markets and sample some delicious cuisine from around the country.
Some conservancies in the Mara and in Laikipia organize trips for their clients to visit and engage with the local Maasai and Samburu communities.
6. Kenya is a popular destination for adventure seekers:
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Kenya has plenty of opportunities to get your heart racing. From mountain biking and rock climbing in the Rift Valley to white-water rafting on the Tana River, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for adventure here.
7.You’ll be impressed with Kenya’s Conservation Efforts:
Kenya is a leader in conservation efforts and has been taking important steps to protect its wildlife. Many national parks and reserves are actively engaged in protecting endangered species and fighting poaching, while eco-tourism has become an increasingly popular way of raising funds for conservation projects.
Kenya is also making strides towards sustainable tourism by trying to reduce its environmental impact while still allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the country. Sustainable tourism initiatives are being developed and implemented with the aim of preserving Kenya’s natural resources for future generations.
8.You will get to see the Big 5 in Kenya:
Kenya is one of the few places on Earth where you can see all five members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. These beautiful animals are often seen in their natural habitats during safaris or game drives in some of Kenya’s national parks and reserves.
We recommend visiting the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli, L. Nakuru, or conservancies such as Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to get a chance to spot the Big Five in action. You’ll be able to see some endangered Rhinos in Lake Nakuru and in Maasai Mara as they are under active protection.
To see lions, you can visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve where the famous Marsh Pride of lions can be found. The highest concentration of lions are in North Mara which is within the Mara North Conservancy. This is where you’re likely to get lion sightings.
To see leopards, you can visit the Aberdare National Park and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The leopards in these areas are habituated to vehicles which makes them easier to spot.
Elephants, rhinos and buffaloes can be seen in many of Kenya’s national parks, but for the best chance of seeing all three together. Amboseli is unique for this as it has the highest concentration of elephants in the country.
#9.Kenya offers great value for money:
While most tour operators in Kenya are focussed on premium US and European tourists willing to pay upwards of $350 per day, it also has a growing number of budget tour operators such as Kambu Campers that offer you real value for your money.
With budget safaris such as Kambu’s which offer you flexibility in terms of accommodation and transport, you can enjoy the same great wildlife and cultural experiences in Kenya at a fraction of the cost.
#10.You’ll find some of the best beach resorts in Kenya:
Kenya is home to some stunning white-sand beaches with crystal clear waters, perfect for relaxing or enjoying a variety of water sports such as kitesurfing and snorkeling.
Some of the best beach resorts in Kenya can be found at Watamu, Malindi and Diani near Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast. You’ll find accommodation to suit all budgets here with prices ranging from budget hostels to luxurious 5-star beach resorts.
I recommend planning a short 2 to 3-day visit to the Kenyan coast which is only a $70 flight ticket from Nairobi capital at the end of your Kenyan safari. You can even use our rented campervan to drive and will take you about 7 to 8 hours to drive from the Capital to Mombasa or Malindi.
When you book accommodation on the Coast, make sure they have private beaches so you won’t be disturbed by Kenya’s beach boys who can be quite aggressive in asking for money.
The coast enjoys lovely weather year-round, though most tourists come in December.
#11.Kenya is a great destination for bird watchers:
Bird-watching enthusiasts will love Kenya as the country has an abundance of birdlife, from resident species such as Egypt’s Vulturine Guineafowl to migratory species that winter in East Africa and then head off to Europe and Asia.
The Great Rift Valley and the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park is a great places to start your bird-watching in Kenya as it has over 500 bird species, including flamingoes, pelicans and eagles. The Aberdare Mountains are also great for spotting some of Africa’s rarest birds such as the Lammergeyer, the Black-headed Batis and the Grey Crowned Crane.
You’ll also find birds such as sunbirds, starlings, weavers and lovebirds in some of Kenya’s parks, reserves and conservancies. There are even dedicated birding tours available which last around 3 to 4 days and can cost as little as $100 per person.
#12.The people of Kenya are warm and friendly:
Kenyans have a reputation for being some of the friendliest people in Africa. Whether you’re talking to a Maasai warrior or asking directions from an urbanite, you’ll find Kenyans are always willing to help and go out of their way to ensure your stay is comfortable.
The Maasai people are particularly friendly and hospitable and will always welcome you into their homes with open arms. Visiting a traditional Maasai village is one of the highlights of any Kenyan safari, as it gives you a glimpse into an ancient culture that has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
#13.Kenya is safe:
Another reasons to visit Kenya is for its safety. As a tourists, you won’t face any significant security risks while travelling in the country, though petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur in some parts of Nairobi.
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant at all times when traveling in cities or remote areas. As long as you take basic safety precautions, you should have a safe and enjoyable time in Kenya.
#14. Kenya’s roads and infrastructure are good:
Kenya has a good infrastructure, with well-maintained roads in most areas. Public transport is reliable and reasonably priced, while taxis are also available in most cities.
The roads leading to most national parks are well maintained, so you can expect a comfortable journey when you visit one of Kenya’s reserves. Furthermore, the government has invested heavily in air transport infrastructure over the years and most major towns and cities now have an airport with regular flights to Nairobi.
If you opt for a fly-in safari, Kenya’s airport infrastructure and network of domestic flights will make your trip very easy.
#15. Kenya is great for wildlife photography:
Kenya’s landscapes and wildlife provide some of the best opportunities for photographers in Africa. Whether you want to capture intimate portraits of giraffes or catch a stunning sunset over the savannah, Kenya is sure to deliver.
Some big organizations such as National Geographic or BBC Wild Life have their photographers stationed in Kenya and they regularly visit the national parks to capture some amazing images. So, if you’re a wildlife photographer or an aspiring one, then this is definitely the place to be.
Kenya also offers great opportunities for volunteer tourism:
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend your holiday then Kenya is the perfect destination for volunteer tourism. There are a number of organizations offering programs such as teaching English, working on community projects and helping to conserve endangered wildlife.
Volunteer opportunities are available all over the country and you can choose from a variety of projects ranging from helping rehabilitate orphaned elephants to supporting local schools. By volunteering in Kenya, you’ll not only help the local community but also gain a unique insight into Kenyan culture and way of life.
#16. Kenya is a great place to relax and unwind:
Kenya’s wide open landscapes, tranquil beaches, and quiet villages provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the views or get active with water sports and hikes, you won’t be disappointed.
#17.You’ll love Kenya’s outdoor activities:
Kenya is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and water sports. From the stunning beaches of Mombasa to the rugged terrain of Mount Kenya, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting out and exploring nature.
Biking safaris such as those at Hells Gate National Park are a great way to explore the country’s stunning landscapes, while kayaking and rafting trips on the Tana River provide an unforgettable experience. For those looking for more adventurous activities, there are also plenty of opportunities for rock climbing, mountaineering and bungee jumping.
#18. Kenya is a great destination for cultural exploration:
From the bustling markets of Nairobi to the traditional villages of the Masai Mara, Kenya offers plenty of opportunities to explore its culture. From arts and crafts to local cuisines, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and experience.
I like passing by the Maasai’s Manyattas and enjoying their culture, as well as the climate and landscapes of the Great Rift Valley. You can even visit one of Kenya’s many tribes to get a better understanding of their way of life and traditions.
#19. Most Kenyans speak English:
Another reason to choose Kenya over other destinations such as Tanzania is that most Kenyans speak English. This makes it much easier to communicate and get around, so you won’t have to worry about language barriers getting in the way of your travels.
Expert guides are also a great asset when it comes to safari trips. They know the area inside out and can provide invaluable insight into the local wildlife, culture, and landscapes.
With experienced guides who will make your trip unforgettable, Kenya is the ideal destination. My friends visited recently and were guided by an expert with 12 years of experience – he was also multilingual which made their experience that much better!
#21. You can easily fly to Kenya with international direct flights
Unlike neighboring countries such as Uganda and Tanzania with no direct international flights to major cities such as JFK, London or Paris, Kenya has plenty of international direct flights to major cities around the world.
This makes it much easier to fly into and out of Kenya with fewer stopovers, making your safari even more enjoyable. Plus, it’s often cheaper than flying via other African countries!
why does kenya attract tourists?
Kenya’s stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, friendly locals, rich culture and wide range of outdoor activities make it an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world. Its close proximity to major international airports also makes it one of Africa’s most accessible countries.
what are some popular things to do in kenya?
Some popular things to do in Kenya include game viewing and wildlife safaris, visiting national parks and wildlife reserves, exploring local culture (such as Maasai villages), beach holidays, mountain climbing, kayaking and rafting trips on the Tana River and more. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and water sports.
what is the best time to visit kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry season, which runs from late June to October. This is when temperatures are cooler and game viewing is at its peak, as animals congregate around water sources. The second best time to visit is between November and March when the rains are not too heavy and temperatures remain mild.
Is Kenya safe to visit right now?
Kenya concluded its peaceful general election barely 3 months ago and there haven’t been any reported cases of terrorism for over 5 years. In addition, there haven’t been any case security incidents involving tourists in Kenya and I can confidently say that Kenya is safe for tourists right now. Unless you are traveling to Northern Kenya and traversing regions occupied by Pokot, Turkana, and Samburu communities that are often involved in cattle-rustling or border conflicts, you should be perfectly safe. However, it is always important to take the necessary safety precautions when traveling around Kenya and to stick with your tour guides at all times.
When you rent our vehicles, we provide you with a safety pack with all the information you need.
Do I need a visa to visit Kenya?
Yes, you do need a visa to visit Kenya. You can apply online prior to your arrival or upon entering the country, depending on your nationality and the type of visa you require. For more information on visas for Kenya, please refer to our page on visa and travel requirements to Kenya.
What are some facts about Kenya, bullet points:
- Population: 53 Million
- Area: 582,650 Square Kilometers
- Capital City: Nairobi
- Official Languages: English & Kiswahili
- Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)
- Climate: tropical and temperate to semi-arid
- Economy: Service and Agriculture based Natural
- Resources: Limestone, Gemstones, Salt, Soda Ash, Fluorspar, Gold
- National Parks: Amboseli National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve and more.
- President: Dr. William Ruto
- Party in office: United Democratic Alliance