Places to Visit in Kenya: 12 Most Fascinating Attractions

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There are hundreds of beautiful places to visit in Kenya. Explore the undulating plains of national parks and the sun-kissed shoreline at the coast of Kenya. Visit historic sites, discover the 43 tribes of Kenya, see wildlife safari species and taste the sumptuous cuisines of this country. Additionally, visit major towns from the capital city Nairobi to the far-flung northern towns.

As you explore the country, 12 tourist attractions in Kenya that should be on your bucket list are:

  1. Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater is a fascinating place to visit in Kenya. In addition to its enchanting landscape, Menengai Crater has a mythical history that the locals have told for generations. It is located in the Great Rift Valley, just 10km from Nakuru. Menengai is one of the world’s largest calderas, formed over 200,000 years ago.

Things to do in Menengai Crater: Hiking, trekking, biking, camping and picnicking.

A panorama of Menengai Crater.

A panorama of Menengai Crater.

  1. Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is a haven for bird lovers. View millions of flamingos that turn the lake’s rim pink, and dozens of other birds that inhabit Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is one of the best places to visit in Kenya for birding safaris.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru: Bird watching, game viewing, camping.

  1. Aberdare Ranges

You need several days to explore the 160km long mountain range. This region is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya because it offers a variety of activities and attractions. Attractions include Kereita Forest, Aberdare National Park, Karuru Falls, Zania Falls and Ragia Forest. There are several ways to get there, whether you use the Nyeri route or the Njabini route.

Things to do in Aberdare: Hiking, bird watching, game viewing, guided bush walks, picnics and cave exploration.

  1. Marafa Depression

Also known as Hell’s Kitchen, Marafa Depression is one of the places to visit in Malindi, Kenya. This sandstone gorge has an enchanting blend of pink, orange, crimson and other coloured sandstones. It is a perfect destination for a day tour in Malindi.

A local myth alleges that a town existed where the depression stands, and when the residents moved, one woman refused to heed the call and the town collapsed with her in it. The myth claims that when the woman cooks, the smell oozes out of the gorge hence the depression’s distinct smell.

  1. Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is one of the Great Rift Valley lakes. It houses a large population of lesser flamingos. Volcanic activity still takes place on this Ramsar Site, and one of the most interesting things to do here is exploring hot springs and geysers. Hot water shoots out of the ground to about 5m high. Lake Bogoria has over 10 geysers.

  1. Thimlich Ohinga

The stone ruins of Thimlich Ohinga are located in Migori, about 181km from Kisumu. A number of wildlife animals like monkeys and antelopes live in the forest around the ruins. This site was built over 550 years ago, from natural stones.

Things to do in Thimlich Ohinga: Site exploration.

Undressed stones sites at Thimlich Ohinga.

Undressed stones sites at Thimlich Ohinga.

  1. Islands of Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana is an alkaline lake in the northern part of Kenya. It has several islands that include Central Island and South Island. The islands have birds, hippos and the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the country.

  1. Chale Island

Chale Island is paradise for couples. This island sits in the Indian Ocean, fringed by an unspoilt beach. The island has an indigenous forest, and it also offers spectacular view of the ocean.

Things to do in Chale Island: Water sports like diving, snorkeling and game fishing.

  1. Rusinga Island

Rusinga Island is one of the islands of Lake Victoria. It is rich in plant and animal species. This island is excellent for an intimate safari, in a serene destination.

Things to do in Rusinga Island: Fishing and island exploration.

  1. Gorges in Hell’s Gate

Ol Njorowa Gorge is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Kenya. The water eroded walls of the gorge form an interesting, narrow valley that takes about 2 hours to explore. The gorges of Hell’s Gate National Park are the setting of several movies such as the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life.

Gorges of Hell’s Gate National Park.

Gorges of Hell’s Gate National Park.

  1. Mida Creek

This mangrove forest is adjacent to Arabuko Sokoke, and it protects species like the Terek sandpiper. It is one of the popular places to visit in Watamu. The 32km stretch creek is one of the least crowded attractions at the coast of Kenya, hence it is one of the best places to visit in Kenya.

Things to do in Mida Creek: Kayaking, bird watching, water skiing and paddle boarding.

  1. Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Located at the coast of Kenya, Arabuko Sokoke Forest has 3 forest types, and a variety of endemic species. One species you can only find here is the Clarke’s weaver. This block of exotic coastal forest protects a wide range of bird species.

Things to do in Arabuko Sokoke Forest: Bird watching, game viewing and camping.

These are some of the best places to visit in Kenya. How many of these have you visited?


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