Nature, beautiful scenic sites, wild animals, a deep cultural heritage among other things describe Kenya’s tourism industry to length.
Beach tourism, cultural tourism, sports tourism, and eco-tourism are the main arteries of Kenya’s tourism sector with a wide range of activities that always leave a trail of enchanting stories about Kenya’s tourism. All these combined, they put Kenya’s tourism economy in the third position in sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Nigeria.
What you did not know, though, is that there are many places to experience the beauty of Kenya but remain unknown. Here are seven places you should visit while exploring Kenya’s nature.
The little known Ngare Ndare forest in Laikipia North constituency is the place where nature speaks through the beautiful stretching canopy cover nature walks is a major attraction for tourists.
The forest, with 200-year-old trees, is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries. Other things to do here include camping, hiking, and swimming.
Despite being the biggest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria is not known for its tourist attraction but for entrepreneurial activities. Nonetheless, there is so much to feed tour enthusiasm in regard to tourism with the fishing and Ugali/fish delicacy which is a deep-rooted culture in this region.
Do you always think that wildlife, exquisite hotels and camping are the only tourist destinations? This is not the case. A visit to Kenya’s highlands where tea and coffee farming is done on a large scale is breathtaking. Well-lined lawns of tea estates in the Rift Valley, Gusii and parts of Central Kenya and neat coffee rows in Central Kenya gives you a different view of Kenyan and it’s farming culture.
Gedi Ruins, situated in Gedi township in Kilifi County paints a picture of Kenya’s ancient archaeological site that still remains standing many decades after.
It is the heart of wildlife in Laikipia. Ol Pejeta has been home to the Northern White Rhino and other wildlife such as elephants, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and giraffes.
Today, Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya and still manages a very successful livestock programme.
Old Town in Lamu
This is the place to experience the Swahili culture. A walk through Old Town in Lamu is simply exciting given that the structures in this historical town are made of coral and mangrove wood.
Lamu’s narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares around the fort, life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.
For the tourist, Lamu is a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals. Life slows down, and long days are spent strolling along the waterfront, exploring the town or relaxing on the beaches.
At the heart of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, lies a sight to behold at the giraffe centre. Here, the towering animals freely mingle with visitors and on several occasions, have breakfast with them.
This one of the only and best destinations in East Africa where you can enjoy a close-up view and interaction with tamed giraffes.
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