Dhow Safaris To Great Migration, 5 Experiences You Can’t Miss In Kenya
While Kenya in East Africa has a coastline of beautiful beaches perfect for lazy mornings and afternoons, visitors rarely sit still – as the country simply has too many exciting things to do. The intoxicating mix of stirring landscapes and vibrant cultures surprises at every turn.
While Kenya’s wildlife draws most people to this country, many visitors’ lasting memories revolve around their interactions with Kenyans themselves. The diversity of cultures here is truly astounding. Kenya also has a sizeable South Asian population, owing to its history.
Here is how to explore the best of Kenya.
Five Experiences You Should Not Miss In Kenya
1. Big Five
Spotting the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) is a major aspiration of scores of visitors to Africa. Kenya is known to offer some of the most impressive natural settings for the search, including the much-heralded natural reserve of Masai Mara.
2. Great Migration
Each year from July to October, as many as 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles cross the crocodile-infested Mara River to feed on the lush grasses of the Masai Mara. The Great Migration is truly the greatest natural spectacle on the planet.
3. Traditional Dhow
While Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast looks pristine from every angle, the most romantic way to experience the water is from the deck of a dhow. These wind-powered vessels slip past stunning slivers of sand, remote coral islands and reefs teeming with fish.
4. Mountain Biking
Kenya doesn’t allow your average mountain biking, we assure you. Here this two-wheeled pursuit offers a unique way to embrace both the country’s magical landscapes and iconic wildlife. Be ready to cycle past grazing buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and impalas.
With much of the coast sheltered by reefs, Kenya’s calm inshore waters provide some of the easiest snorkeling in East Africa. Excellent sites include Galu Reef for seahorses, scorpion fish and ghostfish; and Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve for the green turtle.