When you hear the word Kenya, what do you think of? Most people will say safari and probably struggle to think of anything else. That’s why we have decided to write this blog.
Kenya is a very special places to us, not just because it is home to one of the founders of Mara Coffee but because it's a place unlike any other. Filled with breathtaking scenery, an abundance of wildlife, turquoise oceans, incredible food, coffee and tea and some of the friendliest people on the planet, it goes without saying it should be on everyones travel list.
If that wasn't enough to convince you that Kenya is a place to consider for your next trip, here is a list of our top 10 things to do. It's worth noting there is much more you can do in Kenya but this should give you a good idea of what you can expect. Time to explore!
1. Sun, Sea & Sand in Diani
If soft white sand, turquoise waters and all-day sunshine is your kind of thing then add this to your list. Diani has been voted the best beach in East Africa for as long as we can remember, stretching 11 miles with coral reefs and an array of water sport options this is a beach lovers paradise.
2. Flocks of Flamingos at Lake NakuruIn the Great Rift Valley lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru with over 400 species of birds, more than 50 species of mammal (including rhinos, lions and baboons), waterfalls and stunning vantage points, this is a place your need to have your camera at the ready. Ideal for any wildlife enthusiast wanting to get a glimpse of the iconic pink flamingos.
3. Trekking Mount Kenya
The highest mountain in Kenya and second highest mountain in Africa (after Mt Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania). Mount Kenya measure over 17,000 feet with treks that last between 3-5 days. This mountain offers a far less crowded hike compared to Kilimanjaro so you'll feel like you have the mountain to yourself.
4. The Great Migration in Maasai Mara
Millions of antelope, zebras and wildebeest (and their predators) charge to the Maasai Mara National Reserve from the Serengeti between July and October. A spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.
5. Swahili Life in Lamu
Lamu provides a taste of East African history. It's the oldest inhabited town and one of the original Swahili settlements. Full of charm and style there is no place quite like Lamu. As the island has no cars, transportation is provided by donkeys. With over 3000 donkeys in Lamu they are considered a crucial and important part of life here.
6. Safari Safari Safari
Where do we begin? Kenya is the home to 'The Big Five' (leopard, lion, elephant, kaffir buffalo and rhino) and has a world-class offering of safari choices. Including Maasai Mara National Reserve, Tsavo National Park, Amboseli National Park, Samburu Game Reserve and Nairobi National Park (the only national park in the world located in a city).
7. Coffee Farming in the Capital
As you hopefully know by now Africa is the home of coffee and produces some of the best arabica coffee in the world. Kenya has been firmly at the top of the list along with Ethiopia for providing aromatic and delicious coffee. If you're as crazy about coffee as we are why not visit a coffee farm and explore where your coffee comes from?
8. Relax at Giraffe Manor
It's not every day you get the chance to stay at a luxurious manor house welcomed by a group of friendly giraffes. This is exactly what you can expect at Giraffe Manor. Voted one of the best hotels in Africa, this is certainly an experience you will never forget.
9. Time Travel to Mombasa's Old Town
Mombasa dates back to 900 AD, with a turbulent historic past and array of settlers over the years this place is a blend of cultures and traditions. Fort Jesus, Mombasa's main tourist attraction was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum which tells the stories of this very old town over the years.
10. Adopt an ElephantA place that warms the heart. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi was established in 1977 and is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehab programme in the world. Baby elephants can be seen drinking milk and playing with their carers. This is a particularly special place that has done so much good for these beautiful elephants that without their support wouldn't have survived. This should be on everyone's Kenya itinerary.
Excited yet? Just writing this has made us want to book another trip. If you have any questions about things to do while you're out in Kenya feel free to reach out, we'd love to hear from you.
Until next time, take care and keep enjoying the best African coffee!