When looking for places to visit in Kenya, there’s no shortage of options that offer mystery, culture, geography, and wildlife like no other place on earth. You’ve probably heard of Kenya, but it is a destination that is frequently under-visited, despite all of the travel treasures it holds.
To learn more about the best places to visit in Kenya, be sure to check out our extensive selection of Kenya safari tours, which includes group and scheduled tours and senior tours. We also have options for honeymooners, solo travelers, families, and everything in between.
One of the most memorable things about any visit to Kenya is experiencing the Great Migration every summer and into early fall. The Masai Mara National Reserve is the best place to see the amazing collection of wildlife that journey past. This can include millions of animals, including elephants, wildebeests, gazelles, lions, and cheetahs. There is simply nothing like it anywhere on earth.
Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the best slices of wildlife tourism in the world. With the improving tourism industry, the destination has much more to offer. Masai Mara is the most popular game park in Kenya, stretching over 200 square miles of vast grassy plains lying to the southwest of this spectacular East African country.
One of the best things to experience in Masai Mara are balloon safaris. For the best overview of the entire Mara reserve there is nothing like a hot air balloon safari from Little Governor’s Camp, lifting off at sunrise to float up and away across the Mara triangle, heading towards the Serengeti.
Samburu National Reserve
This game reserve is a safe haven for many animals and birds and provides an opportunity to drive through and take a look. Of particular note is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, where one can spot African buffalo. It’s one of the lesser-known parks out there, but one of the most rewarding.
Known for its elephants, you may be surprised to learn that rather the area is dense in rare dryland fauna. There also are plenty of lodges and camps where visitors can take their time and savor the experience.
Amboseli National Park
Tap into the essence of East Africa with a stop at Amboseli National Park. Romantically situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is famous for its tremendous variety of big game. A game drive in Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from lions, cheetah, wildebeest, and giraffes to baboons.
Amboseli offers opportunities for viewing large herds of elephants and nearly every vista within the park is framed by majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. A visit to Observation Hill allows for an overall view of the whole park, especially the swamp which hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of waterfowls like pelican, and Egyptian goose.
Great Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley is a humongous, 6,400 kilometer area that can even be seen from space. It is home to a wide range of unique natural wonders. A place of rich history, where some of the most important archaeological finds in the past have been found. Visiting the valley means getting a chance to spot exotic creatures up close like rhinos, giraffes and leopards. This is just one of the many unique destinations Kenya has to offer.
The Great Rift Valley is located West of the Usambara and Pare mountains. The area contains several salt lakes, including Natron, Manyara and Eyasi. As part of the Great Rift Valley, the Crater Highlands is home of the Ngorongoro Crater and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The world’s only active volcano that produces natrocarbonatite lava, known as Ol Doinyo Lengai, is located south of Lake Natron.
The Great Rift Valley is also home of Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, located on the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. With stunning vistas and atmospheric lanterns, relaxing in their pool during sunset is an extraordinary way to look out at the plains with its roving game.
Lake National Park
Located in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park offers captivating game driving where you can freely explore the diversity of wildlife that roams within. Enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch at scenic points that overlook the entirety of the lake, then continue your search for leopard and rhino. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant.
As one of the Grand Rift Valley’s most famous soda lakes, some of the top attractions at Lake Nakuro include the Out of Africa Lookout and Baboon Cliffs. The Out of Africa Lookout is a great spot for fans of the film, where parts of the movie were shot, although the incline is steep. The more popular Baboon Cliffs is a popular place to have lunch.
The beaches in Kenya are known for both their beauty and for the fact that many are largely untouched, especially when compared to more well-trod commercial beaches. They feature colonial ports and rustic seaside spots. Kenya’s beaches are a perfect combination of relaxing in the sun and sand and experiencing history and culture.
Kenya’s beaches rank in the top ten worldwide and Chale Island’s coral sand bay counts as one of the best that Kenya has to offer. A secluded bay, Chale Bay is covered in white coral sand that is fine as powder. It’s remote location makes it the only private beach in Kenya. An ancient forest of mangroves comprises the majority of the island, and the tallest mangrove trees in East Africa can be found here. Nearby, the Mkurimuji Rover empties into the Gazi Bay, a shallow lagoon protected by waves and the occasional freshwater. Daily trips into the winding waterways are available either by motorboat or kayak. Due to the lack of seaweed pile-ups, turtles frequently lay eggs in the bay adding to the charm of this magical Island.
For those who want a little luxury with their adventure, there are many safari lodges all over Kenya that offer world-class accommodations and amazing safari experiences. They have guides and hosts and are experts on the local wildlife and strikingly beautiful views. Experiencing Africa means experiencing its natural wonders, and staying at one of these lodges guarantees that experience and allows you to relax in comfort at the end of the day.
Some of the top luxury lodges in Kenya include Tortilis Camp, an exquisite lodge is named after the flourishing acacia tortilis trees and is located in the Amboseli area. There’s also the Loldia House, suitable for both families and couples and located on an old farm in the country. For breath-taking views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, check out Saruni Samburu. In addition to luxury lodges, Kenya has no shortage of luxury and eco-friendly tented camps. Loisaba Tented Camp, for example, features a pool with a view of the Laikipia plains. The meals cooked and served to guests are prepared using fresh vegetables and fruits from the nearby fields and gardens. Equipped with high-technology lighting and showering systems, any guest that spends time here is bound to have a comfortable and delightful stay. Learn more about the best luxury accommodations in Kenya.
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The Culture and the People
One of the most striking things about Kenya is the mixture of tribes that all come together to create a culture of peace and acceptance of each other. Kenyans are incredibly hospitable and welcoming and are happy to share their culture and traditions with visitors. One of the most famous ethnic groups, the Masai, are especially one of the highlights of any visit to Kenya.
When you are looking for an adventure, you want to visit somewhere that provides culture, mystery, unique natural experiences, and a little bit of relaxation and luxury built-in too.
That’s why Kenya is such an amazing destination. It has all of these features and also has the added feature of being less commercial and less-traveled than some of the more well-known adventure spots. Each tour is accompanied by an expert driver and guide that are natural storytellers armed with deep local knowledge that is far beyond any African guidebook.
For us, Africa is home and we take pride in our responsibility to ensure we travel with the utmost respect for our community. Having operated tours on the ground for 15 years, we know Africa like the back of our hand. Working with clients from all over the world and various group sizes, we take pride in showing off our backyard. It’s as simple as telling us where you would like to go, when you would like to go and what you’d like to do.
Kenya Safari Tours
Heading off the familiar path can become rather overwhelming as you manage international flights, overnight stays, transfers, lodge availability and activities, all within your budget. Our team can handle all of that for you with ease, getting your insight on personal preferences to find the perfect safari for your once in a lifetime adventure.
With the philosophy, “take memories; leave only footprints,” our priority is to protect and preserve each unique destination for its people, wildlife, and future travelers by finding meaningful ways to reduce our environmental footprint. When you embark on a tour of Kenya with Odyssey Safaris, you get insights and wildlife interactions that turn your once-in-a-lifetime journey into a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience.
Odyssey Safaris is a leading African tour operator based in both the United States and Kenya specializing in unforgettable, breath-taking wildlife encounters around Africa. With a deep knowledge of the African bush and over 20 years’ experience of taking people on extraordinary adventures, no one does Africa better.