BEACH! BEACH! BEACH! Mombasa is what I call the Miami Beach of Kenya and its also one of the main Kenya tourist attractions outside of an African safari. Gorgeous beaches line the area like Watamu and Tiwi beach. They even have isolated beaches like Lamu. Did I mention the beach? There are tons to Europeans that come to Mombasa to celebrate their holidays on the beach. Watamu has great coral reefs providing great diving and snorkeling activities. There are also cultural and historical sites to see such as Hindu temples, Gede ruins in malindi, and even Fort Jesus.
African Safari & Great Migration
The African Safari the most popular tourist attraction of all the things you can do in Kenya. The most popular things to see on Safari include The Big 5 and the great migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest. The wildebeest migrate between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The best time to see the migration is in July and August (best in mid July or after). Make sure you don’t end up spending thousands of dollars for a safari. Check out the safari section for tips on saving thousands of dollars on your African Safari.
The Great Rift Valley:
The Great Rift Valley is one of the most unique things to see in the country. The country also has a bountiful system of lakes and rivers. Kenya lays claim to the second largest fresh water lake in the world in Lake Victoria. Lake Bogoria is one of the popular Kenya tourist attractions and is known for its hot springs, geysers and the Great Rift Valley. The valley is a geological phenoma that is great for pictures and exploring. The Great Rift Valley also has exceptional wildlife to see!
Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya:
While the majority of Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania it also sits on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Towering at over 19,000 feet Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th largest free standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. Its great for hiking and other outdoor activities and many say that the best views of the great mountain come from Kenya.
In order to get to the mountain you will have to cross into Tanzania and pick a good tour guide. Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and the highest in all of Kenya. Outdoor lovers and hiking enthusiasts have two of the best mountains at their fingertips in Kenya.
National Parks & Reserves
The vast wildlife found in Kenya can be found throughout the country’s wildlife parks and reserves. Many times you are able to see exotic animals like lions, cheetahs, monkeys, and many others in their natural habitat. There are even many homes in Kenya that have wild monkeys living in front and back yards. As with many places in Africa, many times you are able to play with some of the exotic animals at places like the animal orphanage (I would recommend the babies not the adults).