Top 10 things to do in Kenya

Kenya

Known for its world-class safaris and beautiful beaches.

Kenya is a country.

Kenya (/ˈkɛnjə/ or /ˈkiːnjə/), officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in the African Great Lakes region in East Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 44 million people in July 2012.

Kenya has a warm, humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, with wildlife-rich savannah grasslands inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate which becomes colder closer to Mount Kenya, which has only one permanently snow-capped peak left. Further inland, there is a warm and humid climate around Lake Victoria, and temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region. The northeastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world's second largest fresh-water lake and the largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya, along with Uganda and Tanzania is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park. There are several world heritage sites, such as Lamu; there are also many world renowned beaches, such as Kilifi, where international yachting competitions are held each year.

The African Great Lakes region, which Kenya is a part of, has been inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic period. By the first millennium AD, the Bantu expansion had reached the area from West-Central Africa. The borders of the modern state consequently comprise the crossroads of the Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan and Afro-Asiatic areas of the continent, representing most major ethnolinguistic groups found in Africa. Bantu and Nilotic populations together constitute around 97% of the nation's residents. European and Arab presence in coastal Mombasa dates to the Early Modern period; European exploration of the interior began in the 19th century. The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, which starting in 1920 gave way to the Kenya Colony. The Republic of Kenya obtained independence in December 1963. Following a referendum in August 2010 and adoption of a new constitution, Kenya is now divided into 47 semi-autonomous counties, governed by elected governors.

The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in Southeast and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe. The service industry is also a major economic driver. Kenya is a member of the East African Community. Compared to other African countries, Kenya enjoys relatively high political and social stability.

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Top 10 things to do in Kenya

Haller Park

Haller Park
Haller Park is a nature park in Bamburi, Mombasa, on the Kenyan Coast. It is the transformation of a quarry wasteland into an ecological paradise. Haller Park holds a variety ...

Lamu

Lamu
Lamu or Lamu Town is a small town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Situated 341 kilometres by road northeast of ...

Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve

Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve is a marine park and national reserve in Mombasa, Kenya. The park is 10 km² while the reserve is 200 km² .It is located on the ...

Kisumu

Kisumu
Kisumu is a port city in Kisumu County, Kenya at 1,131 m , with a population of 409,928 . It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of ...

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is a national park in Kenya. Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya's first. It is located approximately 7 kilometres south of the centre of Nairobi, ...

Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum
Karen Blixen Museum may refer to:Karen Blixen Museum , a museum in Rungsted north of CopenhagenKaren Blixen Museum , a museum outside Nairobi ...

Nanyuki

Nanyuki
Nanyuki is a market town in Laikipia County of Kenya lying northwest of Mount Kenya along the A2 road and at the terminus of the branch railway from Nairobi. It ...

Nairobi

Nairobi
Nairobi /naɪˈroʊbi/ is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form Nairobi County. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, ...

Nakuru

Nakuru
Nakuru, is the capital of Nakuru County in Kenya and former capital of the Rift Valley Province. It has 307,990 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest urban centre in the ...

Giraffe Centre

Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is located at Karen, approximately 5 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, ...

Diani Beach

Diani Beach
Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya . It is located 30 kilometres south of Mombasa, in the nearby Kwale County.The beach is ...

Naivasha

Naivasha
Naivasha is a market town in Nakuru County, Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi. It is located on the shore of Lake Naivasha and along the Nairobi - Nakuru highway ...

Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Langata, Nairobi. Bomas displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes.It was established by the government in 1971 as a subsidiary ...

Mombasa Island

Mombasa Island
Mombasa Island is a 5 by 3 km coral outcrop located on Kenya's coast on the Indian Ocean, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The city of Mombasa ...

Eldoret

Eldoret
Eldoret is a town in western Kenya. It is the capital and largest town in Uasin Gishu County. Lying south of the Cherangani Hills, the local elevation varies from about ...

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small National Reserve in the Coast Province of Kenya, 33 km from Mombasa and 15 km from the coast. The reserve is an area of ...

Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills
The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi, in southern Kenya. The word "Ngong" is an Anglicization of a Maasai phrase ...

Homa Bay

Homa Bay
Homa Bay is a bay and town on the south shore of Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria, in western Kenya. It lies near Mount Homa and Ruma National Park, the ...

Arabuko Sokoke National Park

Arabuko Sokoke National Park
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is located on the coast of Kenya, 110 km north of Mombassa and is protected as a national Forest Reserve. The Arabuko-Sokoke National Park is only a small ...

Uhuru Gardens

Uhuru Gardens
Uhuru Gardens is a memorial public park located on Lang'ata Road, Nairobi, Kenya. It is the largest memorial park in Kenya. The inaugural ceremony for Kenya's first president, President Jomo ...

Nyeri

Nyeri
Nyeri is a town in situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya, which was the administrative headquarters of the country's former Central Province. Following the dissolution of the former provinces ...

Nairobi Railway Museum

Nairobi Railway Museum
The Nairobi Railway Museum is a railway museum in Nairobi, Kenya, adjacent to Nairobi railway station. Containing exhibits from the defunct East African Railways, it was opened in 1971 by ...

Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary

Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is a community-owned elephant park, a conservation area for elephants and Encephalartos cycads in Kwale District of the Coast Province of Kenya.LocationIt is located ...

Wasini Island

Wasini Island
Wasini Island lies off the southern Indian Ocean coast of Kenya next to Shimoni. It is approximately 5 km long and 1 km across. The island is sparsely populated and undeveloped. There ...

Jamia Mosque

Jamia Mosque
Jama Masjid refers to the main mosque of a town, city or village, and is usually the place of gathering for Eid prayers and Friday prayers. These are sometimes called ...

Hell's Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park
Hell's Gate National Park lies south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, north west of Nairobi. Hell's Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a ...

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. ...

Uhuru Park

Uhuru Park
Uhuru Park is a 12.9 hectare recreational park adjacent to the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya. It was opened to the general public by the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta ...

Kakamega

Kakamega
Kakamega is also the genus of the Grey-chested babbler , a bird Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the headquarters ...

Nairobi Arboretum

Nairobi Arboretum
Nairobi Arboretum is located along state house road in the area of Kilimani, Nairobi Kenya. It was founded in 1907 by Mr. Batiscombe in a bid to try out new ...

Mbita Point

Mbita Point
Mbita Point is a rural community in the province of Nyanza, Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is home to the Thomas Odhiambo campus of the International Centre ...

Muthaiga Country Club

Muthaiga Country Club
The Muthaiga Country Club is a club in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in the suburb of Muthaiga, about 15 minutes' drive from the city centre.The Muthaiga Country Club opened ...

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park, established in 1949, protects the region surrounding Mount Kenya.HistoryInitially it was a forest reserve before being announced as a national park. Currently the ...

Watamu

Watamu
Watamu is a small town located approximately 105 km north of Mombasa and about 15 km south of Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It lies on a small headland, ...

Kericho

Kericho
Kericho is a Kenyan Town in Kericho County, located within the highlands west of the Kenyan Rift Valley. Kericho is home to Kenya's biggest water catchment area, the Mau Forest. ...

Kitui

Kitui
Kitui is a town in Kenya, 180 kilometres east of Nairobi and 105 kilometres east of Machakos. Due to political reforms, Kitui is now the headquarters of Kitui County, which ...

Meru

Meru
Meru may refer to:GeographyKenyaMeru, Kenya, an Eastern Province City in the Republic of Kenya, associated with:Meru Central DistrictMeru North District now igembe south igembe ...

Bungoma

Bungoma
Bungoma is a town in Bungoma County of Kenya, bordered by Uganda in the west. Bungoma town was established as a trading centre in the early 20th century. The town ...

Limuru

Limuru
Limuru is a town in central Kenya. It is also the name of a parliamentary constituency and an administrative division. The population of the town, as of 2004 was about ...

Kitale

Kitale
Kitale is an agricultural town in western Kenya situated between Mount Elgon and the Cherangani Hills at an elevation of around 1,900 metres . Its population is 106,187 as of ...

Nyahururu

Nyahururu
Nyahururu is a town in Kenya, lying east of Nakuru. It is located in Laikipia County. Despite this, Nyahururu formerly functioned as the administrative capital of Nyandarua County, before it ...

Meru National Park

Meru National Park
Meru National Park is a Kenyan Game park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 870 km², it is one of the most famous known parks of ...

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 1754 m above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley ...

Ukunda

Ukunda
Ukunda is a coastal town in Kenya.LocationIt is located in Kwale County, Coast Province, adjacent and to the immediate west of Diani Beach, along the Indian Ocean, ...

Voi

Voi
For other meanings see Voi . Voi is the largest town in Taita-Taveta County in southern Kenya, Coast Province. It lies at the western edge of the Taru Desert, south ...

Lake Magadi

Lake Magadi
Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks, north of Tanzania's Lake Natron. During the dry season, it is ...

Machakos

Machakos
Machakos is a town in Kenya, 63 kilometres southeast of Nairobi. It is the capital of the Machakos County, Kenya. Machakos Town is a major urban centre, and also a ...

Thika

Thika
Thika is an industrial town in Kiambu County, Kenya, lying on the A2 road 40 kilometres north east of Nairobi, near the confluence of the Thika and Chania Rivers. Thika ...

Isiolo

Isiolo
Isiolo is a town in the former Eastern Province, Kenya. It is situated in the Upper Eastern sub-region, and lies 285 kilometres north of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. ...

Iten

Iten
Iten is a town in Elgeyo-Marakwet County of Kenya. It is located along the road between Eldoret and Kabarnet. Elgeyo escarpment and Kerio River are located east of Iten. The ...

Narok

Narok
Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya's economy in south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Narok is the district capital of the Narok County ...

Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo
Lake Baringo is, after Lake Turkana, the most northern of the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes, with a surface area of about 130 square kilometres and an elevation of about 970 ...

Ngong

Ngong
Ngong is the name of several places and things related to Africa:Ngong, Kenya, a town in KenyaNgong Hills, a range of hills in KenyaNgong , spoken in CameroonNgong, Cameroon, a ...

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya and the Aberdare Salient to their east. Rhino Ark is a charity devoted to ...

Mtwapa

Mtwapa
Mtwapa is a town located in Kenya's Kilifi County. The town is situated approximately 16 kilometres north-east of Mombasa on the Mombasa-Malindi road. The town is also the location of ...

Kisii

Kisii
Kisii may refer to:Kisii, Kenya, a town in Kisii CountyKisii County, one of the 47 counties of Kenya.Gucha District, in Kenya, also known as South Kisii DistrictNyamira District, in Kenya, ...

Karatina

Karatina
Karatina is a town in Nyeri County, Kenya. It hosts a municipal council and the headquarters of Mathira East district. Karatina municipality has a total population of 6,852, all classified ...

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia district of central Kenya. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of ...

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is located in northern Kenya. It was formed in 1995. It is a wildlife sanctuary incorporating the Ngare Ndare Forest and covering over 62,000 acres . ...

Kerio Valley National Reserve

Kerio Valley National Reserve
The Kerio Valley National Reserve is a protected area in the Kerio Valley, Kenya, a branch of the Great Rift Valley. The 66 square kilometres reserve was created in 1983 ...

Kiambu

Kiambu
Kiambu is a town in Kiambu County, Kenya. It has an urban population of 88,869. It is the capital of the Kiambu County, which bounds the northern border of Nairobi. ...

Tiwi, Kenya

Tiwi, Kenya
Tiwi is a small settlement and beach resort in Kenya. It is located north of Diani Beach, and is approximately 17 kilometres south of Mombasa. The area is served by ...

Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot
Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. Its name ...

Garissa

Garissa
Garissa is the capital of Garissa County, Kenya. It is situated in the former North Eastern Province.GeographyGarissa is located at 0°27′25″S 39°39′30″E / 0.45694°S 39.65833°E / -0.45694; ...