Whether you want to spot the Big Five in one of the many nature reserves, brave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi or meet the native Masai people, Kenya has it all. Read more about the most beautiful sights in Kenya and how to apply for a Kenya visa here.
Visiting the Kenyan capital of Nairobi is indispensable to your trip to Kenya. Nairobi means ‘the place of cool water‘ in the language of the Masai and is situated on the Nairobi River at an altitude of 1600 metres. Nairobi has over 4.7 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in Kenya, which is noticeable from the seemingly chaotic traffic. You will encounter few traffic lights here, as hardly anyone obeys the traffic rules. Instead, policemen are deployed to regulate the traffic. It is advisable to explore Nairobi during the day because it is not safe to go out on the streets at night.
Mombasa lies on an island on the south-east coast of Kenya and is Kenya‘s second-largest city, and main port. Because of its coastal location, Mombasa has long been influenced by other cultures and countries, such as Portugal, Great Britain, Oman and other Arab nations. Many of these influences can still be seen in Mombasa today. A prime example is the Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese in 1593 to protect the port of Mombasa.
The white beaches around Mombasa are an excellent diving destination. The water has a rich marine life with caves, wrecks and coral reefs, among other things, and it also has a lovely temperature.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Par is one of the smaller parks in Kenya, with a 150 square mile surface. Yet, this is the park with the most diverse landscapes in Kenya, from swamps and dense acacia forests, to vast savannahs. For example, you will see the characteristic acacia trees, herds of elephants and, in the background, the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, which, at almost 20000 feet, is the highest mountain in Africa.
Due to its diverse landscapes, this park is the habitat of, for example, lions, giraffes, zebras, leopards and elephants. The latter are especially abundant here, after a special conservation programme in the 1970s doubled their numbers from eight hundred to sixteen hundred. For a short stay in Kenya, a tourist visa is sufficient and with a validity of three months, you have plenty of time to come and see these mighty animals with your own eyes.
Lake Nakuru National Park
There is plenty of natural beauty, and Lake Nakuru National Park is also worth visiting. Lake Nakuru is part of the Great Rift Valley, also known as the Great Plain, and covers a varied landscape of savannahs, forests and swamps. The park owes its fame mainly to the millions of flamingos that dwell around this lake. However, their numbers have declined rapidly in the last few years, due to the higher water level caused by floods in the Rift Valley resulting from deforestation.
For an encounter with the original inhabitants of Kenya, the Masai, you can visit the Masai Mara nature reserve. This reserve is the home of the semi-nomadic people, the Masai. They live in traditional huts made of wood and clay and depend primarily on herding cattle. They exclusively wear red clothing, which is sacred and symbolises the colour of cattle blood, the source of strength.
This park is not only home to the Big Five, but also to many other wild species and birds, such as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, secretary birds and ostriches. If you want to see the great migrations of the herds, it is best to plan your trip to Kenya between July and the end of August.
An air balloon above the migrtion of a herd of wildebeests in the Masai Mara nature reserve
The Gedi ruins lie about 60 miles north of Mombasa in the middle of a tropical forest on the coast. They are also known as the ‘lost city‘. The Gedi ruins are the remains of houses, a mosque, palace and a fortress of a Swahili settlement from around the 13th century.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is divided into two different parks; Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park. The Nairobi-Mombasa railway line runs straight through the park, splitting it in two parts. The park covers a total area of no less than 8500 square miles, making it the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest parks in the world. The soil in this park contains iron, which gives it its characteristic red colour. Because of this, you will also come across red-coloured elephants in this park, who scatter the red soil over their backs.
Apply for your Kenya visa
If you want to plan a trip to Kenya to marvel at its nature and learn about its rich culture, you should apply for a Kenya visa. The e-visa Kenya is simply applied for online and has a validity of 3 months, and a maximum duration of stay of 90 days from the date your visa is issued. Before you apply for your Kenya visa, make sure you meet all the requirements set by the Kenyan government.