We all know that you can go on Safari in Kenya, in fact it is the top tourist activity for people who travel abroad to Africa. However, did you know there are many other exciting things to do in this country? Kenya has much more to offer its visitors, from those looking for adventure to those looking to relax. Here are seven amazing things you didn’t know you could do in Kenya.
1. Fostering an Elephant
When a baby elephant is orphaned in Africa, it is usually because its parents have been brutally murdered for the ivory trade. The David Sheldrick Wildlife trust, based in the Nairobi National Park, offers the chance to visit and help these poor orphaned elephants.
You can meet and observe these beautiful creatures whilst they are being looked after until they come of age. You’ll also be safe in the knowledge that every one of these orphans can look forward to a new wild quality of life. living free in Tsavo East National Park – where their new extended orphaned family and wild herds live.
Fostering an elephant here can cost as little as $50 per year, and you receive regular updates for this donation. You don’t have to visit to make a donation, but you will definitely want to. Watching the baby elephants play happily will be the highlight of your holiday.
2. Take Part in a Race Rally
The East African Safari rally in Kenya is a thrilling and once-in-a-lifetime experience when visiting Kenya. Currently known as the KCB Safari Rally (named after its sponsor, Kenya Commercial Bank), it is no longer part of the World Rally Championship due to lack of organization,but it has been part of the African Rally Championship since 2003.
Watch timed stages and distances covered by Kenyans who have been practicing hard just to take part in this event. You might even get the opportunity to have a go yourself.
The annual rally season has eight rounds in eight different countries, which are Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Madagascar. The season runs from March to November with the exception of October.
3. Visit Giraffe Manor
Ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner with giraffes? Well at Giraffe Manor you can do just that. This small hotel in the Langata area of Nairobi, Kenya, is home to several endangered Rothschild giraffes.
The six-bedroom hotel offers its guests the chance to interact with the giraffes here. You can feed them through the window at your breakfast table or from your bedroom. These gentle giants roam the grounds happily and enjoy the attention from the guests.
The manor is usually home to between eight and twelve giraffes at any one time, and the Giraffe Centre also makes up part of this land, which is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. A stay here will cost you around $550 per person.
4. Witness the Great Migration
During the months of May or June is usually when this mass migration begins, however it can go on as late as the month of October in this area. Of course, the whole migration is a cycle which is ongoing throughout the year. However, this is the time that is the most accessible and exciting to view.
Described as a can’t-miss experience, the spectacular sight will take your breath away. Over a million wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras migrate in search of food and water. The migration takes place between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
The highlight is when these great beasts can be seen dramatically crossing through rivers that block their paths. Knowing all this, you must be convinced to visit and be ready to book your flights now!
5. Maasai Ostrich Farm
This farm is more of a resort where you can stay for the weekend if you wish. There are lots of activities you can do, including bird watching. Try some ostrich meat, ride an ostrich, and take a tour of the ostrich Farm.
The chance to ride an ostrich is the main reason visitors come to the farm, and you can do so for a cost of about 500 KSH. A tour of the farm is well worth the time, as you can see the ostrich breeding program. You can see them at different stages of life, from their large eggs, chicks, and youngsters to fully grown adults.
You can find the farm about 30km from Nairobi, and it can take between two to three hours to get there. Make sure you check times and see what activities you can take part in before you go, it might save disappointment after a long drive.
6. White Water Rafting on Tana River
If you are looking for an adventure-fueled experience in Kenya, then this is your answer. Find your thrill on the Tana River, where you can get out on the water and enjoy yourself.
You can book an excursion with a reputable tour company that includes a combination of calm waters and fast rapids. Complete beginners will be given the skills and safety instructions to navigate the rapids with help always at hand. Experts can try their hands at the most difficult and challenging runs.
Most tours include all of the equipment you will need, plus lunch during the day. Tour packages can cost between 7800 KSH and 11000 KSH for a day trip. Check the reviews before you go to make sure you book with the best operator for you.
7. Relax on the Beach
Yes, you can enjoy time at the beach in Kenya! On the East African coast, the Indian Ocean awaits. With its beautiful white sand and swaying palm trees, you might think you have been transported to the Caribbean. Friendly locals offer a laid-back attitude and a fun experience. Amazing beach locations to check out on the Kenyan coast include the areas of Mombasa, Diani, Malindi, and Kilifi.
Basing yourself at these holiday resorts also means you can enjoy the other attractions Kenya has to offer, while staying in a relaxing environment. In Mombasa, you can explore the nearby port town with Arab architecture and a laid-back vibe.
Many tour operators offer deals on combinations of hotel stays and activities in the region. Do your research and you can find some great deals on the perfect holiday for you. It’s much easier than you think.
What are You Waiting For, are You Ready for Your Trip?
So, there you have it. As you can see, Kenya is not just all about the safari. East Africa is an up-and-coming destination which is increasingly popular with tourists looking to travel abroad. With all of these amazing and diverse things to do in Kenya, you can see why – and surely you are ready to set off already! Have you experienced any amazing things in Kenya, what were your favorites? Did it make the list?