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Be Part of the Adventure Action in African Savanna!

Be Part of the Adventure Action in African Savanna

African Adventure Be Part of the Adventure Action in African Savanna!

Each day, the drama of the animal kingdom plays out across the forests, jungles, savannah plains, and rivers of Africa. This is a place like no other, where you can see elephants on patrol, cheetahs on the prowl, crocodiles lying in wait, and wildebeests on the stampede. And Nature Bound Africa knows just where the action’s at, so when you’re with us, there’s no better seat in the house. You’ll feel like you’re truly part of the action.

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How to Take Children on an African Safari

How to Take Children on an African Safari

children on walking safari How to Take Children on an African Safari

Despite all the warnings, a trip to Tanzania with a toddler and an 8-year-old turned out to be a dream vacation for the whole family

A LITTLE AFTER dawn, our safari guide headed to the less-explored eastern part of Serengeti National Park. He slowed the Toyota Land Cruiser at a patch of green that interrupted the straw-colored Tanzanian landscape, so barren that it made our mouths feel dry.

“There’s a hyena under that tree,” he said.

My husband, Nitin, and I stood up in the vehicle and instinctively shushed our groggy children, Naya and Riya, then ages 8 and 1. Looking through binoculars at the tree, we saw only a blur.

“Hey!” the baby shouted. “Hello? Hello?”   “Shhhhhh!” we scolded.

And suddenly, there was the hyena—headed straight for us. Creatures like these see young animals (including humans) as easy prey; once you get over the creepy factor, this can make for a cool wildlife-viewing experience—at least from the relative safety of a getaway car.

Months earlier, when we’d told friends that we planned to take our children to Africa, they mostly admonished us. The water’s not safe. The bugs are vicious. The kids will get bored on long drives. They won’t remember any of it.

Their doubts only emboldened us. We’d lived in India through my eldest daughter’s toddler years and considered ourselves seasoned travelers. The three of us horsebacked across Kashmir, rode elephants into the grasslands of Assam, took a palanquin into the caves of Ajanta. Then, in 2008, we moved back to the U.S. We bought a house. We had a second child. Vacations became three-day weekends in the Catskills or Berkshires, beach rentals up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Our Facebook photos started to look like everyone else’s.

I missed adventure and wanted to expose my children to more. Tanzania felt like a logical destination. Its pleasant dry season runs from June through October, overlapping with the kids’ summer holiday. My college roommate lives in Dar es Salaam, so we had an in-country contact in case of an emergency.

 African safaris are attracting a lot more families these days, including some with very young children, according to tour operators. When planning our trip, which included stops in Istanbul and Zanzibar, I requested safari quarters where little ones would be welcome (many lodges bar children under 12). To our surprise, we were offered high chairs, baby cots and special kid-friendly meals as we made our way around Tanzania.

We started in Tanzania’s most populous city, Dar es Salaam, took a day to acclimate and continued to Kilimanjaro, where we embarked on six days of safari. The Serengeti ecosystem, which straddles Tanzania and Kenya, is known for the largest migration of mammals in the world, but they were on the Kenyan side by the time we arrived. We stuck mostly to the central Serengeti to catch better views of lions; we saw plenty of zebras and wildebeest in the lesser-known Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater, an immense inactive volcano caldera, gave us a chance to see all these animals in one place. Feeling cramped from days of driving, we also took a memorable hike around its rim.

Safaris, it turns out, are a dream vacation with and for kids. There is nothing like the amazement on a child’s face when giraffes and zebras are so close that you can smell them. Teachable moments abound—about nature and evolution, power and the world order. And though safari travel tends to be luxurious and sheltered from reality, having children along facilitates interaction with locals. Everywhere we went, Tanzanians wanted to hold our baby, pinch her cheeks, make her laugh. They gave our older child candy and pats on the head and encouraged her attempts to speak Swahili.

THE LOWDOWN: SAFARI WITH KIDS IN TANZANIA’S SERENGETI

Getting There: Dar es Salaam and Nairobi are the most common entry points for visitors to the Serengeti. From there, you can take shorter flights to Arusha, Kilimanjaro or Seronera to get closer to the parks. Visas can be purchased for cash upon arrival ($100) but if you want to avoid lines, do it in the U.S.

Staying There: Tour operators generally book safari lodging, and Duma Explorer planned our trip (dumaexplorer.com). In Arusha, Arumeru River Lodge is a serviceable first or last stop, with great food and views (from about $270 a night, arumerulodge.com). Its restaurant has high chairs and will accommodate children’s whims. Rhino Lodge near Ngorongoro Crater is bare-bones, but animals wander right onto the property in the morning and evening (from about $270 a night, including meals, ngorongoro.cc). Tarangire Safari Lodge, inside Tarangire National Park, recently added a spa, with a massage table that overlooks the river (from about $400 a night, including meals, tarangiresafarilodge.com). Duma Explorer’s tented Chaka Camp in the Serengeti offers king-size beds, hot showers and private porches (from about $690 a night, including meals, chakacamp.com).

Eating There: In tent lodges, cooks whip up whatever is freshest. You can request special meals for children, such as pasta or rice. Maasai-raised beef is not to be missed. Pack nonperishable snacks for long car rides; tour operators provide bottled water.

Spending There: Tanzania is largely a cash economy, so bring at least $1,000 for tips, souvenirs and incidentals, or plan to stop at ATMs outside the park entrances.

Taking Children Along: Consult your pediatrician about vaccinations and medications. The Sit ‘n’ Stroll, a car seat that turns into a stroller, is a good investment for any globe-trotting family ($330, lillygold.com).

During a hike through a village outside Arusha, the largest city in northern Tanzania, the baby delighted in all the attention. “Mtoto, mtoto,” children chanted, using the Swahili word for baby as they ran after us and colobus monkeys swung over our heads. Our eldest grew silent when the children begged for her sunglasses and stroked her skin as if to determine if it was different from theirs. Later, at dinner, we reminded her that the poverty she had witnessed was much more the norm than the Tanzania we saw on safari.

Guidebooks warned of something else I might have to discuss with the children: Mating, notably among the lions. We didn’t see any mating, but in July, the landscape of short brown grass exposes other primal behaviors. One day in the Serengeti, we came upon a pride of lions, and watched them for nearly an hour. My youngest stared at the lioness, just steps from her car seat. The eldest fiddled with the binoculars.

When the lioness started walking differently, Ebeneezer Emanuel, the same guide who showed us the hyena, warned that we might be about to see a kill. He gestured at the children as if to ask, “Is that OK?” We nodded.

The lioness crept up behind a pack of dancing gazelles and waited. We waited. I prayed my children would stay quiet. And she pounced. A baby gazelle was dragged under a tree to be eaten.

“So the female lions are stronger?” my daughter asked Ebeneezer.

“Yes,” he said. “They are much better hunters.”

“That is so cool.”

Seeing the kill inspired more serious dinnertime conversation. “How can the gazelles dance around so much knowing a lion might eat them at anytime?” my daughter wondered.

“Perhaps that is precisely why they let themselves be so happy,” I said.

Between game drives, we returned to our lodge or tent and let the girls run around and get out their own wild sides. I had packed an iPad loaded with kids’ videos in case they grew restless, but we never needed it; the children were much happier watching natural dramas unfold before them.

Also unnecessary were the dozens of packets of instant macaroni and cheese we’d brought. As my daughters devoured roast chicken and cassava stew, I felt sheepish for brushing off our friends’ skepticism when I’d clearly had a healthy dose of it myself.

Prove That Kenya Is A Beautiful Country

 That Prove That Kenya Is A Beautiful Country

Here are the 20 fascinating places that prove that Kenya is a beautiful country:

1. Diani Beach

One of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Diani Beach is located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. Diani Beach is an ideal getaway at its finest. The beach offers visitors plenty activities to enjoy or you can spend your time admiring the scenery it offers. The view is breath-taking!

2. Mida Creek

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Mida Creek is located on the Malindi-Watamu coastline; it’s a massive tidal inlet of sand, lined with mangrove forest. The creek offers several exciting activities such as fishing, birdwatching, boat trips, mangrove walks and many more. In fact, a day is not enough to do and see all that is on offer in this scenic part of Kenya.

3. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

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Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a located 3 Km from Kisumu City. The Sanctuary lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. There are quite a lot of things to enliven and thrill nature-lovers here; besides, if you love wildlife, you will appreciate the both the free ranging and captive animals in the sanctuary. Apart from that, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a well-preserved natural beauty, a fascinating place to be!

4. Mahali Mzuri

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Mahali Mzuri is an authentic luxury camp, located in a surrounding packed with amazing wildlife, scenic landscape and great ambience.  Just in case you don’t know, Mahli Mzuriis Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp, located within Maasai Mara Environs.  The camp boasts a lot of outdoor activities and a vibrant wildlife scene.

5. Masai Mara National Reserve

This is the best place to get close to the wild! If you want to see wildlife up-close and personal, Masaai Mara is a great safari destination for that. The National Reserve is teeming with the ‘big 5′ and other amazing animal species. Nature, wonderful wildlife and picturesque landscape can all be found here. Its natural beauty keeps guests returning every year.

6. Lamu Island

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While Lamu Island entices many tourists and local visitors, the main attractions here are the natural beauty the island exhibits and its calm atmosphere. From Lamu’s history and culture to its scenic beaches, you’ll be in awe of what this island has to offer.

7. Chyulu Hills

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To experience some of the most inspiring views Kenya has to offer, head to Chyulu Hills.Chyulu Hills is located in Eastern Kenya, a mountain range that forms a 100Km long volcanic field. This destination is one of the prettiest places in Kenya, seeing the enchanted land of black frozen lava speckled with flaring poker trees is really something special.

8. Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is the top tourist attraction in Kenya. It’s a beauty to behold! Here, you will find some of the largest, deepest and oldest lakes in the world. The valley also hosts some volcanic mountains. The valley offers stunning views and you will surely see many photo-worthy panoramas.

9. Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is one of the most famous mountains in the world. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and second-highest in Africa. It is about 5199 metres above sea level. The mountain has beautiful snow-capped peaks that make it stand out and very attractive.  If you love adventurous climbing and trekking, this is the best destination to explore.

10. Kapsowar

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Kapsower is a beautiful small town located in Rift Valley Province, Kenya. It’s a picture-perfect town; filled with quaint charm, crisp breeze and amazing scenic beauty. It’s one of the best places to explore the most breathtaking landscapes and unique attractions such as charming flowing rivers, herds of cows and gorgeous hills.

11. Uhuru Gardens

Uhuru Gardens is a fascinating urban haven located in Nairobi. Beautiful lanscape and architecture, lush plantations and relaxing atmosphere are the defining elements of Uhuru garden.

12. Shanzu Beach

Shanzu Beach is located on the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, an ideal place for an unforgettable coast adventure. The beach is known for its beautiful shores, spectacular views, towering palm trees, and pristine white sands. There are several accommodation located next to the beach. Great place to spend a memorable vacation!

13. Meru National Park

Meru National Park is located 350km from Nairobi, east of Meru. The Mational park is one of the most popular and beautiful parks in Kenya. It is home to several animal species such as Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, Cheetah and many others. The park offers a authentic wilderness atmosphere, scenic landscapes and amazing wildlife.

14. Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor offers a unique experience when it comes to luxury accommodation. The Manor is one of the best places to see beautiful and graceful creatures such as Giraffes in Kenya. The Manor is home to Rothschild Giraffes, which are seen roaming around the surroundings. It’s such a beautiful experience!

15. Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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The vast Conservancy lures visitors from around the country in search of unforgettable adventures. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located in Nanyuki, between the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares. The conservancy is home to the ‘Big Five’ and offers a scenic landscape, wildlife ambiance an exciting experience.

16. Rolf’s Place

Rolfs Place’s opportunities for exciting adventure are enough to thrill any visitor. It’s a leopard cliff Mansion built like a medieval fortress, located just 25 minutes from Nairobi.Rolf’s Place offers a panoramic view of Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngong Hills. It also has some neighbouring parks that offer visitor opportunities to experience wildlife.

17. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kenya. The lake is located in Lake Nakuru National Park and lies in the Rift Valley of Kenya. The lake is renowned as a location of the beautiful bird species – loads of fuchsia pink flamingoes.

18. The Coral Gardens of Wasini

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The Wasini Coral Gardens, located in Wasini Island, about 100 km south of Mombasa. The garden is a surrounded by mangrove forest, beautiful landscape and offers amazing views.  It offers several activities that will give you a unique experience.

19. Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park is located North West of Nairobi. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, bird species. Hell’s Gate National Park has exciting attractions and activities such as Hot Springs, The Olkaria Geothermal Station, The Mervym Carnelley Raptor Hide, Fisher’s Tower and many others.

20. The Aberdares

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The Aberdares’ beauty is not something we can ignore. The 160km long mountain range of plateau offers some of the best mountain views in the country. The Aberdare range is a beautiful place and its full of wonder.

Is there any fascinating places in Africa you would like us to know about? Share your experience with us – info@natureboundafrica.com

How to locate a lost travelling companion

How to locate a lost travelling companion

If you find yourself alone in a foreign country or a strange place instead of surrounded by the friends and family you set off with, don’t panic – these tips will have you reunited in no time

When you’re on holiday, getting lost is half the fun. Wandering around a strange city and stumbling upon a picturesque little street or charming courtyard is the kind of thing that tempts us out of our cosy homes in the first place.

But if you’re part of a group, and especially if you’re part of a smallish group, getting unexpectedly separated from the rest of your gang can be an unsettling experience.

It’s especially worrying when you’re travelling with children, who may not be carrying mobile phones and can’t therefore call you to explain that they’ve just found an interesting little shop selling salty caramel waffles or something.

Good preparation can cater for most eventualities, but fate always has a way of catching you out. Here are a few tips to reunite you with your travelling companions.

Get on up

If you’re in a crowded place, a busy shopping centre or theme park, you need to get as high up as possible. Not only will you be more visible to your lost pal, but you have more chance of catching sight of them.

No handy fountain, chair or ornamental wall to stand on? Seek out the tallest person you can see and ask them for their help. Describe your lost friend or …

A picture is worth a thousand words.

You’re on holiday. Chances are your phone or digital camera has a recent picture of the person you’re looking for. Show it to your new tall friend.

If your companion has been missing for a while, or if they’re very young, then you’ll want to speak to the local police; taking along a recent picture of the person wearing the clothes they had on when they went missing would be very helpful, especially if there’s a language barrier.

Find the centre

If there’s a major landmark, some sort of Eiffel Tower for example, or a Taj Mahal perhaps, head for it. Is there a sign pointing to the Tourist Information Office?

While it might be tempting to stand still and let the person come back to you, you might be in for a long wait if they’ve had the same idea. Heading for an easily recognisable landmark is not only likely to bring you back to your pal, it will also put you near police and other sources of aid if you’re still having no luck.

Go with the flow

Young children, dogs, and easily distracted adults always follow the path of least resistance. If you’re somewhere without obvious landmarks to seek out, there’s a better-than-average chance that the wanderer went in the direction that the wind’s blowing.

As in any crisis situation, it’s hard to resist the natural temptation to panic. But keep a cool head, think about the psychology of your quarry, and you should be enjoying those salty caramel waffles together in no time.

Adventure Destinations in All of Kenya

Adventure Destinations in All of Kenya

 Giraffe Manor Kenya Adventure Destinations in All of Kenya

The 70 Best Adventure Destinations in All of Kenya, Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The country has it all, from white sandy beaches, wildlife, desert to a lush greenly vegetation. No matter your taste, you will find your desired destination within the borders of this lovely nation. To get you started, here are the 70 best destinations in all of Kenya:

  1. Mt. Kenya

It’s only befitting that we should start with the highest point in the country. Mt. Kenya is 5,199m of sheer beauty. If you want to see an array of flora and fauna, merged with freezing weather, and snow capped peaks, then this is the place to go. Scaling it is a bit of a chore, but it is totally worth it!

  1. Nairobi

After the highest point, we go to the capital city, Nairobi. Once dubbed as the ‘city in the sun’, Nairobi is one of the most beautiful cities in the continent. It has wonderful skyscrapers, a steaming nightlife and a never ending sea of friendly people. As a urbanized metropolis, you can find a little bit of everything the world has to offer here. Visit: Nairobi

  1. Nairobi National Park

Situated just 20 minutes from the city, Nairobi National Park is one of the most eclectic parks Kenya has to offer. The park has such a widely varied wildlife population that simply visiting it will give you a small taste of what the rest of the country has to offer.

  1. Nairobi West

This is a busy suburb 10 minutes from the CBD. Nairobi West is Kenya’s version of New York, the city that never sleeps. Nairobi West has a very high concentration of bars, restaurants, lodging facilities and most of the city’s night owls. If you like to stay up all night, visit Nairobi West and party with your own kind.

  1. Westlands

This is a ‘richer’ version of Nairobi West! Westlands almost never shuts down. This little suburb, less than 10 minutes from the CBD, is not only very affluent, but it is also the one place to go if you want to see Kenya’s fashionistas. Here you will find all sorts of high end bars, hotels, and restaurants. It is also steaming with the bourgeoisie.

  1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Conveniently situated within the Nairobi National Park, this elephant orphanage is the perfect place for visitors to see and interact with rescued baby elephants. Not only does it provide a sanctuary for these majestic creatures, it also provides the perfect destination for animal lovers. Visit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

  1. Karura Forest Reserve

If you have ever heard of the Nobel Peace Laureate – Wangari Maathai, then you should know that the Karura Forest was one of her flagship projects. This reserve provides wonderful trails, rare indigenous flora and fauna as well as tranquil rivers and tiny waterfalls for those of us who love nature. Visit: Karura Forest Reserve

  1. Giraffe Center

This is your chance to stand eyeball to eyeball with a Giraffe. At the Giraffe center in Nairobi, you get to feed, play with and even get a kiss from these towering creatures. Visit: Giraffe Center

  1. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

If you know anything about the history of Kenya, you have probably heard the name ‘Karen Blixen’ before. She was a white settler who struggled for the rights of the local community against tyrannical colonial forces. In her honor, the country named an entire suburb after her. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages is just one of the attractions found within that suburb. Visit: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

  1. Karen Blixen Museum

This is particularly interesting to those who are fascinated by Karen Blixen’s story. The author of ‘Out of Africa’, lived in this house that has now been turned into a museum. Here, you will get a chance to sit, touch and see what Karen saw when she lived in Kenya. Visit: Karen Blixen Museum

  1. Kenyatta International Conference Center

If Nairobi is the center of Kenya, K.I.C.C is the center of Nairobi. The K.I.C.C is 105m tall, with 28 floors and a helipad that allows you to see all of Nairobi. If you want a bird’s eye view of the city without having to hire a helicopter, then the helipad at the top of K.I.C.C is the place to be. The building also has some cultural shops and sections that allows you to soak in Kenya’s heritage. Visit: KICC

  1. The Bomas of Kenya

‘Boma’ is a Swahili word for homestead. The Bomas of Kenya holds the heritage of every community in the country. Here, you will see how every tribe in Kenya lives traditionally and you will also be entertained to some traditional dances and music. Visit: The Bomas of Kenya

  1. Ngong Hills

For those of us who love nature, there is nothing better than a scenic nature trail, surrounded by lush green environs. For Kenyans, the Ngong hills are a well known picnic destination. For any visitor, you can come here and enjoy the tranquility that only a country content with itself can offer.

  1. Nairobi Arboretum

If you thought the Karura Forest and the Ngong Hills were beautiful, wait until you set foot in the Nairobi Arboretum. This is a small patch of land, only 5 minutes from the CBD, that has been set aside for nature trails, exotic trees and plants. It also acts as a wonderful picnic destination.

  1. The National Archives

When you visit a foreign country, it is only polite to learn about its heritage. In Kenya, there is nowhere better to get this sort of information than at the National Archives. Smack in the middle of the city, this beautiful building holds historic paintings, photographs, documents and various indigenous arts and crafts by the people of Kenya. Visit: The National Archives of Kenya

  1. Paradise Garden

This is a beautiful place less than an hour from the CBD, walking distance from Paradise Lost.

The garden has well-manicured lawns with stunning dam and coffee estate, it is a beautiful spot for wedding and corporate site. It is the perfect place for a quick getaway not too far from the city. Visit: Paradise Garden

  1. Nairobi Mamba Village

Just like Giraffe Center, the Nairobi Mamba Village is where you go see crocodiles. Unlike at the Giraffe Center, you do not want to get a kiss from one of these creatures. You can watch them get fed, and you can have your choice of game meat. The Village also has some great accommodation facilities. Visit: Nairobi Mamba Village

  1. Nairobi Safari Walk

In the middle of Nairobi National Park, there is the Nairobi Safari Walk. This is a beautiful trail that is built and modified to make your tour of the park safe. From the Safari Walk, you can see all sorts of animals, including the Big Five.

  1. The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

This is for high end travelers. The Windsor Hotel is a world class facility that offers top of the line accommodation at top of the line prices. The price is absolutely worth it because this is where tranquility calls home. It also has a beautiful Golf Course, for those who play. Visit: The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

  1. Nairobi National Museum

Only 5 minutes from the CBD, the Nairobi National Museum is the one place where you can get all of Kenya’s elaborate heritage under one roof. Not to mention the fact that it has a snake park that will give you the crawlies. Visit: Nairobi National Museum

  1. The Maasai Mara

If you have heard of Kenya, you have heard of the Maasai Mara. This is a wonderful game reserve where you can see the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration and some wonderful scenery. The Maasai Mara also has amazing camping sites and facilities. Visit: The Maasai Mara

  1. Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National park is known as the best place to see free-ranging wildlife species such as elephants very closely. At the pack, you get the opportunity to meet the locals – the Maasai people and learn more about the Maasai culture. You can see the stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the park. Visit: Amboseli National Park

 23. Mombasa

This coastal island has more to offer than just white sandy beaches. It has wonderful weather, beautiful scenery and an even more beautiful people. But if you are going to visit the Mombasa, then you want to stay at some of the best hotels the coast has to offer.

  1. Sun and Sand Beach Resort

Private beach, amazing rooms, swimming pools, in-house bar and absolutely amazing service, the Sun and Sand Beach Resort is one of Kenya’s pride when it comes to accommodation. Visit: Sun and Sand Beach Resort

  1. Mombasa Marine National Park

This is one of the most majestic places on the Kenyan Coast. The Mombasa Marine National Park has a great deal of small sea life, beautiful coral and many other scenic attractions that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Visit: Mombasa Marine National Park

  1. Fort Jesus

Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Mombasa, Fort Jesus is an ancient work of art. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, the Fort served as a defense post for their slave trade routes in the Indian Ocean and the Kenyan Coast. It now has a museum that displays artifacts from that era, including painting and canons.

  1. Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa

Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa is an enduring magnificence, which is located in the sandy beaches of Mombasa. The hotel offers exquisite facilities and restaurants a unique escape into luxury and Kenyan culture. Visit: Nyali International Beach Hotel and Spa

  1. Mombasa Go-Kart

This is for those who take vacations with their kids. Mombasa Go-Kart offers you the opportunity to experience speed in a safe arena. Whether you want to drive the go-karts or not, you can have a good time here. For adults, you can view your kids have a good time from the terrace of the bar. Visit: Mombasa Go-Kart

  1. Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa

Located 10km north of Mombasa city center, Voyager Beach Resort is a beach resort and retreat for those who wish to experience an undivided comfort and luxury. Guests can bask in the sun, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, savour special meals and enjoy unforgettable outdoor activities. Visit: Voyager Beach Resort

  1. Jumba La Mtwana

The Kenyan Coast is an ancient place full of artifacts from ‘past civilization’, Jumba La Mtwana is one such ruin. This is a ruined village in Kilifi. The name means ‘the house of the slave’. The ruins have mosques, four houses and a tomb. Most of it is preserved from a time that has come and gone. Visit: Jumba La Mtwana

  1. Deep Water Sport Fishing

This is the perfect destination for those who enjoy deep sea fishing, or for those who would like to experience it for the first time. Deep Water Sport Fishing is located on the North Coast of Kenya. Visit: Sport Fishing Kenya

  1. Tropical Diving Kenya

If you have ever gazed upon the expansive Indian Ocean, you know that you can barely fight the urge to go diving in. With Tropical Diving Kenya, in the North Coast of Mombasa, you get a chance to do so within a safe environment. Visit: Tropical Diving Kenya

  1. Tana River Primate Reserve

This is the one destination on the coast for those who are into white water rafting. Here, you can satisfy your thrill seeking nature by speeding down the Tana River as well as get a chance to view the surrounding wildlife. Visit: Tana River Primate Reserve

  1. Bamburi Beach Hotel

Bamburi Beach Hotel is located along ehJust like its neighbor, Nyali Beach, Bamburi Beach is one of the best destinations for anyone looking to have a peaceful stroll down one of Kenya’s many white sandy beaches. Here, you can mingle with the locals and have a chance to buy some of the best traditional artefacts for your souvenir collection. Visit: Bamburi Beach Hotel

  1. The Island Of Lamu

Lamu, as a whole, is simply stunning. This beautiful island is like a scene from an old movie. Most of the houses are based on traditional Arab and Swahili designs, and so are the streets. It is one of the most peaceful and scenic destinations in the Kenyan Coast. Visit: The Island of Lamu

  1. Siyu Fort

Not very many people know of Siyu Fort in Lamu, Pate Island. Siyu, is the one town in the Kenyan Coast that built its own fort. Unlike Mombasa and Lamu, where the forts were built by foreigners. Siyu Fort is now a museum that holds intriguing artefacts from the 19th century.

  1. Lamu Museum

If you want to learn all about the Swahili history at the Kenyan Coast, then you should head on to the Lamu Museum. It is rich with the nations Swahili heritage. Visit: Lamu Museum

  1. Lamu Old Town

There is something about visiting a part of a town that has stuck to its original form. Lamu Old Town was recently labeled as a ‘world heritage’. Here, you will see how ancient settlers used to live. The kind of housing, utensils and streets that they had.

  1. Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

They say we need to see the world the way the creator intended it! There is no better place to do so than in a forest that has many nature trails. That is what Kaya Kinondo Forest. Visit: Kaya Kinodo Sacred Forest

  1. Diani Beach

This is one of the many beaches on the Kenyan coast. However, Diani beach stands out because it is particularly beautiful and in Diani. Talk of pearly white sand! Visit:Diani Beach

  1. Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

If you are going to visit Diani, you want to stay at the Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa. It is absolutely beautiful and the service is world class. Visit: Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

  1. Malindi

This is another beautiful destination on the Kenyan coast. Malindi has wonderful reefs, beautiful beaches and an equally beautiful indigenous population. It truly can be called ‘Paradise’.

  1. Malindi Marine National Park

Beautifully coloured fish, a pure white sandy beach and a host of water sports will make your visit to the Malindi Marine National Park a blast! Visit: Malindi Marine National Park

  1. Haller Park

Giraffes, waterbucks, zebras, cape buffalos and hippos, these are just some of the animals you will find at Haller Park in Mombasa. It also has a fish pond that is just lovely. That and 160 bird species. Visit: Haller Park

  1. Wasini Island

This is one little island in the Kenyan coast. Travellers reach this island by dhow. One of the most enchanting attractions is that dolphins cruise the waters around this island. You can go snorkelling and dive around the beautiful coral reefs in the clear blue waters. For an exclusive experience of dhow, try Charlie Claw’s in Wasini. Visit:Wasini Island

  1. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

Just south of Wasini, there is a little marine park called, Kisite-Mpunguti. Snorkelling, dolphin spotting and even humpback whales can be spotted here in August and October.Deep sea fishing is absolutely wonderful here. Visit: Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

  1. Shimba Hills National Reserve

This place can be found only 33km south of Mombasa. It has a rich diversity in flora and fauna. Among the rare things in this reserve are endangered species of orchids and cycads. You can also see elephants, sable antelope and a host of birds. Visit:Shimba Hills National Reserve

  1. Gedi Ruins

The Kenyan coast is full of lost treasures. Thanks goodness the ‘Gedi Ruins’ isn’t one of them. This is an ancient Arabic and Swahili settlement that is nestled in a lush rainforest. The most intriguing thing about this place is not that it absolutely ancient, but that almost no record exists that explains what happened to it.

  1. Arabuko-Sokoke National Forest

This place has the distinction of being East Africa’s biggest indigenous coastal forest. It has very many rare animals, including 260 bird species, the bushy-tailed mongoose, the golden-rumped elephant shrew and the Ader’s duiker. This is a wonderful picnic spot.

  1. Manda Bay

Manda Bay resort offers guest a new level of style and sophistication with endless facilities and personalized service. Located on Manda Island in Lamu archipelago, Manda Bay is shaded by coconut palm groves and Tamarind trees, overlooking the finest white sandy beaches of the bay. It is one of the best destinations to visit for vacation in Kenya. Visit: Manda Bay

  1. Lake Nakuru

One of the most spectacular bird spectacles in the world is the in-flocking of over a million Flamingos, all at once, at Lake Nakuru. This is where you can get a front seat to this wonderful flight show. Visit Lake Nakuru

  1. Tsavo National Park, East

Tsavo National Park is one of the biggest parks in the world. That is why it is divided into two. Tsavo East is a large open savannah grazing land for many of the country’s wildlife. Visit: Tsavo National Park

  1. Tsavo National Park, West

Like its Eastern sibling, Tsavo National Park, West is a wonderful home for most of the country’s wildlife. But unlike its Eastern sibling, it is not an expansive grassland, rather, it has rolling volcanic landscape that gives it a spectacular scenic outlook. Visit: Tsavo National Park, West

  1. Samburu National Reserve

In the Northern part of Kenya, is a wonderful national park called, Samburu National Reserve. Because the Uaso Nyiro river goes right through it, it has great grassland and forests that house three of the big cats (Leopards, Lions and Cheetahs) Visit:Samburu National Reserve

  1. Maasai Lodge

For a lodge, Maasai Lodge is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. Located just a few minutes from Rongai, Maasai Lodge has a view of Nairobi National Park that will bring tears to your eyes. Visit: Maasai Lodge

  1. Silole Sanctuary

This is a small sanctuary that can be accessed through Magadi Road at the Maasai Lodge. When you visit this sanctuary, you have a chance to walk amongst the Impala and Warthogs from the Nairobi National Park. Visit: Silole Sanctuary

  1. Villa Rosa, Kempinski

Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular places you can stay in while in the city of Nairobi. Located 7km from Nairobi, beautifully built and designed, Kempinski is an absolutely gorgeous place to visit for vacation. Visit: Villa Rosa

  1. Nakuru Town

If you travel a little inland, you will find a town called Nakuru. This is about two hours from Nairobi. It is one of the fastest growing metropolis in the country. Nakuru has an amazing atmosphere, a beautiful environment and a jumping nightlife.

  1. Lord Egerton Castle

Built by a British settler known as Lord Egerton, this castle is a marvel that can be found just outside of Nakuru. For a small fee, you can have a guided tour of the place so you can see how rich settlers used to live.

  1. Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater stands at 2,490m high. It is known as the second largest volcanic crater in the world, still standing. The trek up there is very scenic and is considered a hikers haven.

  1. Kisumu City

Kisumu is Kenya’s inland answer to Mombasa. It is a Lake basin town that offers the same kind of weather, some beaches and a host of tourist attraction. Once you are done with Mombasa, you can travel inland towards Kisumu and see what else the country has to offer. Visit: Kisumu

  1. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

Only 0.4 square KM’s, the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a haven for capture problem animals. It has a host of Impala, two olive baboons, one spotted hyena, two leopards, and quite a number of vervet monkeys that are held in captivity. Visit: Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

  1. Kisumu Museum

You cannot really go wrong with museums, can you? The Kisumu Museum is one of the most informative hubs within the city. Those who are interested in learning a bit of Kenya’s heritage a little something about the Luo heritage should make a point to visit. Visit: Kisumu Museum

  1. Ndere Island National Park

This is a small island in ‘Winam gulf’ of Lake Victoria. It is a haven for bird watchers, and a gives visitors a chance to take several boat rides. The one outstanding thing about this national park is that it is generally red in colour. This is because of the grown Themeda grass that is reddish in colour when grown. Visit: Ndere Island National Park

  1. Dunga Hill Camp

This is the perfect camping site in Kisumu City. Not only do you have a chance to camp under the clear blue skies above Kisumu, but you can also go out into the lake using Kayaks. So, if you are feeling a little sporty, this is just the right camping site for you. Visit: Dunga Hill Camp

  1. Kit Mikayi

Best known as an 80ft weeping rock, Kit Mikayi has a host of myths surrounding it. Not only is it enchanting to look at, but you will have a blast listening to the locals tell stories that surround the rock.

  1. Kiboko Bay Resort

This is one of the best locations to visit and stay while in Kisumu. It provides you with a wonderful view of the Lake, some memorable sunsets and the accommodation is absolutely world class. Visit: Kiboko Bay Resort

  1. Eldoret Town

Kenya is best known for its wonderful Safaris and it’s world champion athletes. Eldoret town is where most of them come from. It is a relatively small town compared to Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru. But this small town has a nightlife that will drive you crazy. It is absolutely jumping. Visit: Eldoret Town

  1. The Great Rift Valley

Touring Kenya’s inland means that you get to see most of the attractions in the country. The Great Rift Valley is one of the most beautiful sites in the whole country. You can best see the Rift Valley from a smaller town called, Iten. This is only a few kilometres from Eldoret.

  1. Mt. Elgon

Kenya has a host of mountains and ranges. Mt. Elgon is in Kitale, in the Western part of the country. Although, Mt. Elgon isn’t nearly as tall as Mt. Kenya, nor does it have snow-capped peaks, the mountain has amazing flora and fauna to call its own. It presents some of the best nature trails and a challenge to anyone looking to test their mountain climbing skills.

As a country, Kenya has a whole lot more to offer the world. These are just 70 of the best attractions in all of Kenya. Should you take the time and pleasure to travel and see them all, you will see that this truly is paradise on earth.

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