Kenya is one of the most visited destinations in all of Africa by tourists. It’s home to incredible food, amazing wildlife, and some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see. If you’re making a trip to this East-African nation, be sure to save time for the five following places to experience the best of Kenya.
1. The Masai Mara National Reserve
Located in southwestern Kenya along the Tanzanian border, the Masai Mara is home to some of the most amazing wildlife in the world. If you’ve been on safari before, the thing that will most stand out about the Masai Mara is the sheer numbers of animals. You’ll see huge packs of elephants and giraffes, lions, hyena, and even some of the more elusive animals like cheetahs and leopards. There’s plenty of lodging to choose from, each with its own special vibe. Plan for at least 3 days in the reserve so that you can see as much wildlife as possible.
2. The Giraffe Centre
Nairobi is home to one of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world. At the Giraffe Centre, you can see these amazing animals at eye level. Step to the top of the viewing platform and feed the magnificent creatures from the palm of your hand. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can even put the food in your mouth and get a big old giraffe kiss. It’s good luck!
3. Carnivore Kenya
When you’re done feeding the giraffes at the Giraffe Centre, it’s time to feed yourself. There’s no better restaurant in Nairobi than Carnivore Kenya, an open-air restaurant serving up some of the most amazing food you’ve ever had the chance to taste. In their own words, it’s a beast of a feast.
Famous for their game meat until it was banned in 2004, the restaurant is still home to some amazing local cuisine that you won’t be able to taste at home. It’s a unique dining experience you won’t soon forget. Vegetarians might want to sit this one out!
4. Tsavo East National Park
One of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, Tsavo East National Park is a must visit stop on any journey from Nairobi to Mombasa. It’s not crowded, the birdlife is amazing, and you’re sure to see some amazing wildlife. The red soil is extremely photogenic, with many travelers visiting Tsavo East specifically to see the famous red elephants that call the park home.
5. Nyali Beach
Mombasa is one of the most relaxing places in all of Africa. Located in southeastern Kenya, it’s home to white sand beaches and beautiful resorts where you can unwind after your busy trip. We recommend planning a few nights at Nyali Beach at the end of your vacation so that you can pause, relax, and reflect on all the amazing experiences you had on your trip. No Kenyan vacation would be complete without a trip to Mombasa.