There is something for everyone in Kenya, from vast fields to bustling metropolises. But most tourists canʼt get enough of the following attractions in Kenya.
1: Masai Mara
In the south-west of Kenya, on the border with Tanzania, you will find the Masai Mara nature reserve. The Masai Mara is one of the most important reserves in the entire continent of Africa. Lions, elephants, cheetahs and leopards can be found in the Masai Mara. In the Mara river, crocodiles and hippos are lurking. The Masai Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti, and it acts as a passageway for all the game that call the plains home. The Masai Mara is especially popular for the "Great Migration", the massive seasonal migration of wildebeest and zebra, one of the most popular attractions for tourists with a visa.
Although most tourists travel to Kenya for safaris, Nairobi offers an excellent alternative for travellers looking for something different. The capital of Kenya is also the largest city in the country. Nairobi is home to, for example, the National Museum of Kenya. In this large complex you can go through the history and culture of the country via the various exhibits. Another popular museum is the Karen Blixen Museum. This used to be the home of Karen Blixen, the author of the book Out of Africa. But there is also nature to be found in Nairobi. Not far from the city centre is Nairobi National Park, where you can see, among other things, the black rhinoceros, which is threatened with extinction.
3: Amboseli National Park
Like the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park is a popular nature reserve in Kenya. Amboseli is the best place to see large herds of elephants. But the nature reserve is also home to giraffes, gazelles, lions, and more than 500 species of birds.
Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is located in Amboseli National Park. Every year, droves of tourists travel to the park to climb the mighty mountain.
4: Lamu Island
Being on Lamu Island feels like travelling back in time. Cars are extremely rare on Lamu, which is why it has been nicknamed "the car-free island". Instead, donkeys are widely used to transport goods on the roads. The architecture of the old buildings shows influences from the Middle East and India, among others. In the harbour, one finds dhows, the traditional Arabian sailing ships. The island has its own museum, the Lamu Museum, where you can learn about the Swahili culture of the island. Lamu can also be visited with the normal Kenya e-visa.
5: Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is the largest nature reserve in Kenya. It is divided into two parts, Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Because Tsavo is so large, you will find just about every type of landscape here, including savannahs, waterfalls, rivers, and even volcanic mountains. Tsavo is also home to an impressive number of wild animals. These landscapes are best spotted in Tsavo West, which has more varied terrain than Tsavo East. In Tsavo East, you will mainly find herds of elephants. One third of the total number of elephants in Kenya reside in Tsavo National Park.
6: Diani Beach
Diani Beach is situated on the Indian Ocean in Kenya, about 30 kilometres south of Mombasa. Diani Beach is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Kenya. The waters here are crystal clear and invite tourists to take a refreshing dip. One can also snorkel to the colourful coral reefs or dive deeper into the waters. Because Diani Beach is so popular with tourists, there are many international restaurants and cafés here. Diani Beach stretches some 25 kilometres along the coast of the Indian Ocean, so there is something for everyone.
Kenya visa before departure
If you feel like travelling to Kenya after reading about the countryʼs highlights, make sure you arrange the right papers before you leave. Visiting these attractions requires a Kenya visa. The Kenya visa is applied for online, so you do not need to visit the embassy. You only need to fill in the online application form and make the payment. Then you have to upload a few necessary documents, including a passport photo and a scan of the passport. Once everything is provided, the Kenya visa is delivered within 8 working days on average. The Kenya visa is valid for a stay of 90 days. Enough time to enjoy the many attractions that Kenya has to offer!