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The most fascinating tourist sites in Kenya

Kenya is among the most charming countries in the world for its tourist sites. Famous for its classic savanna safaris, Kenya is a country of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts. 

Kenya is synonymous with the word “safari.” Only a few other places in the world conjure such a spirit of adventure and romance. The diversity of Kenya’s tourism destinations dazzles all who visit and viewing the country’s abundant wildlife tourist sites.

Most international travelers find Kenya an amazing place for its diversity. The diversity includes; deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains; the metropolis of Nairobi and colorful tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs, the great wildebeest migration, the East African Rift Valley, the elephants of Amboseli National Park among others.

With these amazing tourism destinations, many people who visit the country fall in love with the incredible beauty and the diversity that the country offers. 

Some of the most fascinating tourist sites in Kenya;

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara national reserve is located in southwest Kenya; Narok county. It is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. It has an area coverage of 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles).

The Maasai mara hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds. The park is famous for the Great Migration, when thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle travel to and from the Serengeti, from July through October.

Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible, and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

Amboseli National Reserve

The Amboseli National Reserve is situated in Kajiado South Constituency in Kajiado County. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) with its ecosystem spreading across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Amboseli National Park is the second-most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The park offers the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. 

It is home to African bush elephants, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is the only park situated in a capital city. “The World’s only Wildlife Capital”. The park is located about 7 km (4.3 mi) from the Nairobi capital central business district. 

The park covers an area of 117.21 km2 (45.26 sq mi) and is small in comparison to most of Africa’s national parks.

The park’s predominant environment is an open grass plain with scattered Acacia bushes. it boasts a large and varied wildlife population and is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries. it also has buffalo, leopard, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, elephants, and cheetah. The Nairobi Safari Walk offers an opportunity to spot wildlife in the park on foot.

The Kyulu Hills National Park

 It is also referred to as the “Green Hills of Africa”. The Chyulu Hills is a mountain range in Makueni County, South Eastern Kenya. It forms a 100 kilometre long volcanic field that is considered to be active. The Chyulu Hills stood in for Ngong Hills for the filming of Out of Africa.

The park is one to visit to explore caves. It has the levithian tube- also Kisula caves about 11 km long considered to be the longest caves in Kenya and also Africa.

Verdurous rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies, and spectacular landscape views are what the Chyulu Hills provide to nature lovers. Large mammals include buffalo, bushbucks, elands, elephants, leopards, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks, and giraffes along with various reptiles and insects. Horse riding, camping, mountain climbing, and bird watching can be enjoyed in this hidden part of paradise.

Lamu Island among tourist sites at the coast

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Lamu Island is a port, city, and island just off the shore of Kenya in the Indian Ocean approximately 150 miles from Mombasa. It is one of the longest established, and best-preserved remaining settlements of the Swahili tradition in east Africa that remains today.

The small island of Lamu, northeast of Mombasa, oozes old-world charm. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamu Old Town is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited settlement, with origins dating back to the 12th century.

Top attractions on the island include Lamu Museum, with displays on Swahili culture and the region’s nautical history; Lamu Fort; and the Donkey Sanctuary.

Karen Blixen Museum

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Among Nairobi’s top tourist sites, the Karen Blixen Museum is located at the foot of the Ngong Hills;10km from the capital Nairobi.

Karen Blixen Museum was once the centerpiece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen. The farmhouse gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar-winning film based on Karen’s autobiography by the same title.

It has a well-preserved colonial farmhouse, a kitchen in a separate building, a coffee-drying plant in the woodland, and an agricultural college on the grounds.

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Furniture that belonged to Karen Blixen and her husband is on display, as well as photographs and books owned by Karen and her lover, Denys Finch Hatton. Enthusiastic guides bring the story of Karen Blixen and colonial Kenya to life.

Nairobi National Museum

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Nairobi National Museum carries out heritage research and has expertise in subjects ranging from paleontology, ethnography, and biodiversity research and conservation.

The museum displays diverse cultural and natural history exhibits including more than 900 stuffed birds and mammals, fossils from Lake Turkana, ethnic displays from various Kenyan tribal groups, and exhibits of local art.

In the Geology Gallery, one can explore an impressive collection of rocks and minerals and learn about tectonic plates and the life cycle of a volcano. 

It is also adjacent to Michuki Memorial Park and the Snake Park with live specimens of Kenya’s most common reptiles.

Hell’s Gate National Park

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Hell’s Gate National Park lies south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Hell’s Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley.

It is known for its wide variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery; which includes the Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower columns and Hell’s Gate Gorge. The park is also home to three geothermal power stations at Olkaria. Olkaria Geothermal Station generates power from heated, pressurized water underground and is the first of its kind in Africa.

The park protects a wide diversity of wildlife, including leopards, baboons, hartebeest, eland, ostriches, gazelles, and more than 100 species of birds.

Mount Kenya National Park

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Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the wildlife, and the surrounding environment, which forms a habitat for wild animals, as well as acting as an area for the catchment of water, to supply Kenya’s water.

The park was designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Combined, the national park and forest reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Mount Kenya is comprised of three glacier-cloaked peaks. The Batian, Nelion and the Lenana. The diversity of flora and fauna provides an opportunity for wildlife lovers. Black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo, elephant, tree hyrax, leopard, and hyena are some of the beauty you can view in the park.

Malindi Town

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Malindi is a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Sabaki River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres northeast of Mombasa.

Malindi is among popular tourist sites in coast prominent with Italian tourists. Malindi is popular with Watamu Beach, Marafa-Hells Kitchen, Geologic Formations, Malindi national park among others.

International travelers come to sunbathe on the white sands of Watamu Beach and dive the coral reefs of the Malindi and Watamu Marine National Parks.

One can also have a view of the Vasco De Gama Cross; one of the oldest standing monuments in Africa.

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