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Top 8 things to do on a Kenya safari

Safari is a Swahili word that originates from Kenya. To have experience of the original African safari you need to visit Kenya. To get that you have particular things to do on a trip and here are the top 8 things to see and do in Kenya. On this list we explore the things from every corner to achieve balance and fair justice of the country’s wildlife attractions, natural beauty and cultural heritage. 

Witness the great migration

Undeniably, the wildebeest migration is one of the top 8 things to see and do in Kenya. This is the annual movement of over 1.5 million wildebeests along with thousands of zebras and gazelles in search of water and green pastures across the Serengeti Ecosystem in Kenya and Tanzania. Passing through Kenya’s Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve, the animals must cross the crocodile-infested Mara and Talek Rivers to reach Serengeti National Park. As the main events of the migration, the river crossings occur in July and October. Accurate timing and knowing exactly where to stay will ensure success of your wildlife viewing safari. That’s where Mantis Africa Safaris experts will assist you in planning and booking your Kenya migration safari.

Meet the Masai people

The Masai people, which are one of the Nilotes of Africa live only in Kenya and Tanzania. They speak the Maa language which is related to that of the Dinka of South Sudan. The Masai are seminomadic pastoralists and cattle is traditionally their main livelihood. Much of their grazing lands were reduced with creation of protected areas. Thus, most of them now live in rural communities with access to education and health care. Tourism provides an alternative way of income and preserve their cultural heritage. This is why we encourage travelers to take cultural tours in Masai tribe whilst on safari in Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya’s premier wildlife viewing safari destination.

Visit Nairobi city

Nairobi capital city, which is the cultural and economic center of Kenya is definitely one of the top 8 things to see and do in Kenya. The city also contains a huge slum area and Nairobi National Park thus providing visitors a chance to go on safari in addition to a city tour. Explore Kenya’s contemporary lifestyle and arts and culture at the Nairobi National Museum. Those intending to go shopping in Nairobi can check out the Masai craft markets which are almost everywhere. Be ready to bargain and you can get anything you want given that that Nairobi is an advanced city when compared to other East African capitals. On the outskirts of city, is the Sheldric Wildlife Trust which takes care of orphanage elephants. There’s also the Giraffe Manor center which is a conservation education center for Rothschild’s giraffes. The center provides accommodation and several fun, romantic and educative activities such as feeding the giraffes and nature trail.

Discover the rift valley lakes

The lakes of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley such as Lake Nakuru and Bogoria contain alkaline shallow water which supports blue-green algae that flamingos in large numbers come feed on. Those intending to see the pink birds nesting sites, hot springs and geysers at Lake Bogoria should visit June and July besides you stand a chance to go in search of black rhinos in Lake Nakuru sanctuary for the black rhinos. In Lake Naivasha National Park, the freshwater lake contrasts with its maximum depth which allows boat cruise safaris. Whilst staying for more days, the optional private tour at Crescent Island and thick forests at the rim of the lake exposes you to more wildlife such as hippos, giraffe and over 400 species of birds.

Northern Kenya Safari 

Situated in the rift valley south of Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya is home to the fascinating tribes, three national parks and several wildlife conservancies that protect rare wildlife species that won’t be found in Masai Mara. The semiarid landscape too is unique especially in Samburu country home to the Samburu tribe and Samburu National Park – one of the best places to see Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich. In addition, other parks in norther Kenya include Shaba National Park and Mount Meru National Park for hiking. The wildlife conservancies such as Lewa Wildlife home to African wild dogs and offers unique safari activities such as horseback riding and bush walks.

Tusker Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is famous for harboring African elephants with long tusks that almost touch the ground. Situated in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the park is the best place to photograph Kenya’s tuskers against a clear backdrop of Africa’s tallest mountain range. The savanna vegetation also provides habitat to other wildlife such as lions, zebras, cheetahs, hyenas and giraffe Nairobi city by a short 3 days tour.

Visit a local conservancy

Conservancies now cover more than 15 million acres across Kenya. Apart from protecting wildlife such as the black rhinos, they play an important role in fostering equality, conservation sustainable development. It’s also where local people and their domestic animals coexist with wildlife. This is done through mutual partnerships where locals take leadership roles in protecting wildlife. Visiting a conservancy on your visit to Kenya is such as a good thing not only for the communities but mother nature as well.

Hiking and mountain climbing

Hiking in Kenya is available at various places from walking trails around Nairobi city, to climbing Mount Kenya – 5199 m the second tallest Mountain Range in East Africa. If you’re after wildlife go to Hell’s Gate for cycling adventure and bush walk in Nairobi National Parks. Explore the waterfalls and historical caves and magic implied by the Mau Mau freedom fighters at Karura forest reserve. Most of the trails are moderate hikes that last for 1 to a 4-hour climbs on Mount Longonot (2276 m) and Chyulu hills. For extended difficult and technical climbing, head to Mount Kenya and Menengai crater lake.

Explore history and resort to relaxation in Mombasa

The history of Mombasa city now the largest sea port at the East African Indian Ocean shore was influenced by the Portuguese and Arabs in the 18th century. This is reflected in the historical landmarks such as Fort Jesus, houses and markets in the Old Town are some of the things to do and see on Mombasa city tour. But Mombasa has some of the most beautiful tropical beaches like Diani beach which is just a day boat trip from the city; and the island of Lamu where locals are keen at preserving their Swahili traditions. Lamu’s most prominent feature being the original Dhow boat made out of wood a sailing vessel that was used for transportation of spices and other goods by the trade merchants. Nairobi to Mombasa Public buses take 9-hour drive and getting there by air is done through Mombasa airport.

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