A beautiful country, Kenya is one of the most popular safari destinations in East Africa. One of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, tourism to Kenya has taken a hit due to terrorist attacks in recent years. Nonetheless, the country has lots to offer, so here the reasons you have to visit Kenya:

1The wildebeest migration at Masai Mara

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The Mara River in Kenya during the great wildebeest migration.

One of the top reasons to visit Kenya is the spectacular sight of the annual wildebeest migration. Up to a quarter of a million wildebeest migrate between Kenya and its southern neighbour, Tanzania, in search of water and greener pastures.

2Relaxing at the sandy beaches along the coast

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Beach with palmtrees in Mombasa, Kenya

Kenya is full of serene and beautiful beaches with stunning white sand. They are the perfect place to watch the sunset or to take long evening walks. Mombasa, Malindi, Diani and Lamu are among the top beach destinations and are also known for their exciting water sports.

3Watching the big five

A lion in Masai Mara, Kenya, where they have significantly boosted the tourism
A lion in Masai Mara, Kenya

Like so many other destinations in East Africa, Kenya is the perfect opportunity to see the African “big five”. Elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos can be found at the many national parks in the country, along with other animals like zebras, gazelles, antelopes, and giraffes. You can also visit conservancies, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (for elephants) and Ol Pejeta (for the northern white rhino).

4Go hiking along the mountains and valleys

Mount Kenya at Sunrise
Sunrise on Mount Kenya from Shipton Camp.

There are lots of picturesque landscapes across this beautiful country that you can explore. From the soaring Aberdare Range with its many waterfalls to the Ngare Ndare forest, you can camp, hike, or just drive through various diverse areas. Be sure not to miss the Rift Valley and its stunning views, the Menengai Crater, and the famous Mount Kenya.

5See the flamingoes at Kenya’s many lakes

A flock of flamingos in the water
Flock of flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

Kenya also has many large and wonderful lakes, with the largest being Lake Victoria (shared by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania). You can also visit Lake Turkana, Lake Nakuru and Baringo. These lakes are diverse ecosystems, home to many species, most famously flamingoes, who feed on the algae in the water.

6The fascinating museums and historic sites

Ruins of Gede (Gedi). Ancient city near Malindi. Kenya
Ruins of Gedi (Gede), an ancient city near Malindi in Kenya

Kenya has six world heritage sites, and among these are some wonderful and fascinating historical destinations, such as  Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, and the Gedi Ruins. You can also visit one of the many museums that explore the country’s rich history and culture.

Also Read: The 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania on Your Next Vacation

There are many other things to do and see when you visit Kenya. If we’ve missed any, be sure to share them in the comments below.

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