Kenya has been voted as having some of the best tourist attraction destinations in Africa and even in the world. The name Kenya is almost synonymous with the word “Safari”. Perhaps no other place in the world conjures such a spirit of adventure and romance.
The things that will dazzle those who visit include the viewing of wildlife, which tops the list. Watching wild beasts thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara is just awesome, not forgetting the elephants of Amboseli, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, the ancient tribe such as Kikuyu, Samburu, and Maasai which have their respective traditions.
Kenya also prides itself as the only country to a city that has a National Park in the World. Incredible! Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya’s first. It is located approximately 7 kilometers south of the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, with an electric fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis.
Now let us look at the best tourist attraction places and destinations in Kenya.
1. Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve (also “Masai Mara”) is one of the world’s most magnificent game reserves. Bordering Tanzania, the Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and forms a wildlife corridor between the two countries. It’s named after the statuesque, red-cloaked Maasai people who live in the park and graze their animals here as they have done for centuries. In their language, Mara means “mottled,” perhaps a reference to the play of light and shadow from the acacia trees and cloud-studded skies on the vast grasslands.
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. In the Mara River, throngs of hippos and crocodiles lurk. The park is also known for providing excellent predator sightings, thanks to its relatively large populations of lion, cheetah, and leopard – especially in the dry months from December through February. Thanks to the park’s altitude, the weather here is mild and gentle year-round.
2. Amboseli National Reserve
Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust,” an apt description for the park’s parched conditions. The reserve is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Other wildlife commonly spotted in the park includes big cats, such as lion and cheetah, as well as giraffe, impala, eland, waterbuck, gazelle, and more than 600 species of birds. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here, ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah, and woodlands. Look for the local Maasai people who live in the area around the park.
3. Tsavo National Park