Must-see attractions in Kenya

  • Landscape in Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya.

    Mt Elgon National Park

    Western Kenya

    Straddling the Ugandan border and peaking with Koitoboss (4187m), Kenya’s second-highest peak, and Uganda’s Wagagai (4321m), the slopes of Mt Elgon are a…

  • Giraffe and pelicans in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    Southern Rift Valley

    Just two hours' drive from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru is among Kenya's finest national parks. Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of forest and at least one…

  • Sunrise over Kakamega Forest National Reserve in Kenya.

    Kakamega Forest National Reserve

    Western Kenya

    All that's now left in Kenya of the massive Guineo–Congolian rainforest that once covered much of western Kenya, the Kakamega Forest National Reserve,…

  • White orphaned baby Rhinoceros being fed at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    Laikipia Plateau

    While this massive 222-sq-km conservancy, just south of Isiolo, could boast about its luxury lodges, stunning scenery and astounding wildlife activities,…

  • Saiwa Swamp National Park

    Saiwa Swamp National Park

    Western Kenya

    North of Kitale, the small, rarely visited Saiwa Swamp National Park is a real treat – as long as you're not here for the Big Five, this is a chance to…

  • Masai giraffe in the Shompole Conservancy.

    Shompole Conservancy

    Southern Rift Valley

    In a wild and remote corner of the country, between the Rift Valley lakes of Magadi (in Kenya) and Natron (Tanzania), Shompole is one of southern Kenya's…

  • Herd of zebra grazing in the warm afternoon in Meru National Park.

    Meru National Park


    Marred by serious poaching in the 1980s and the subsequent murder of George Adamson in 1989, Meru National Park fell off the tourist map and has never…

  • Hiking trail in Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya.

    Kakamega Forest Reserve

    Western Kenya

    Kakamega Forest Reserve is the more degraded area of the forest, yet it's the more popular area with tourists. The five-hour return hike to Lirhanda Hill…

  • View of Amboseli National Park from Observation Hill.

    Normatior (Observation Hill)

    Amboseli National Park

    This pyramid-shaped hill is one of the only places in the park where you can get out and walk. The summit provides an ideal lookout from which to…

  • Ng'iro Bridge crossing the Ewaso Ng'iro River in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

    Samburu National Reserve

    Northern Kenya

    The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The…

  • Bofa beach in Kilifi, Kenya.

    Bofa Beach


    Bofa Beach is a wide slash of white sand, with swaying palms and rolling Indian Ocean surf. It's the stuff of which fantasies are made. A path to the left…

  • Elephant Research Camp

    Amboseli National Park

    The elephants of Amboseli are among the most studied in the world, thanks largely to the work of Dr Cynthia Moss, whose books include The Amboseli…

  • African Shirt Company


    In 2009, Joan Hughes and Lindi Campbell Clause, two designers from Ireland and Kenya, set up this project which uses village workshops to employ and train…

  • Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site

    Southern Rift Valley

    This archaeological site, 4km outside Nakuru, is a great spot for a peaceful amble away from the rhinos and tourists. It contains a museum and the remains…

  • Fisher's tower, Hell's Gate National Park

    Hell’s Gate Gorge

    Southern Rift Valley

    The gorge that runs through the heart of the park is a wide, deep valley hemmed in by sheer, rusty-hued rock walls. Marking its eastern entrance is…

  • Beautiful Guereza Colobus monkeys, commonly known as the black and white Colobus, in the Aberdare National Park, Kenya.

    Aberdare National Park


    Herds of wildlife thunder over an open African horizon, elephants emerge from a thicket of plants and the mysterious black rhino munches tranquilly on…

  • Mt Susua

    Southern Rift Valley

    With a crater that’s even more of a lost world than that on nearby Mt Longonot, this unique volcano is well worth the considerable effort of visiting. The…

  • Rocks on the beach, Watamu Marine National Park

    Watamu Marine National Park


    The southern part of Malindi Marine National Park, this reserve includes some magnificent coral reefs, abundant fish life and sea turtles. To get here to…

  • Egerton Castle

    Southern Rift Valley

    If you want to muse on lost love and where it goes, visit Egerton Castle on the outskirts of Njoro. A replica of Tatton Hall in England, the castle was…

  • Menengai Crater

    Southern Rift Valley

    With transport and 15 minutes to play with, you can be out of the grimy streets of Nakuru and standing on the rim of Menengai Crater, a 485m-high natural…

  • Bomas of Kenya


    The talented resident artists at this cultural centre perform traditional dances and songs taken from the country’s various tribal groups, including…

  • Mt Kenya National Park


    Africa’s second-highest mountain is also one of its most beautiful. Here, mere minutes from the equator, glaciers carve out the throne of Ngai, the old…

  • Tom Mboya’s Mausoleum

    Mbita & Rusinga Island

    A child of Rusinga, Mboya was one of the few Luo people to achieve political success. He held a huge amount of influence as Jomo Kenyatta’s right-hand man…

  • Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site

    Lake Victoria

    South of Ruma National Park, this is one of East Africa’s most important archaeological sites. It holds the remains of a dry-stone enclosure, 150m in…

  • Shanga

    Lamu Archipelago

    Shanga, south of the village of Siyu, is the world's most complete example of a medieval Swahili town. Arguably the oldest archaeological site on the…

  • Ruma National Park

    Lake Victoria

    Bordered by the dramatic Kanyamaa Escarpment, and home to Kenya’s only population of roans (one of Africa’s rarest and largest antelope), is the seldom…

  • South Island National Park

    Northern Kenya

    Designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997, this 39-sq-km purplish volcanic island is completely barren (minus some rock art) and uninhabited,…

  • Borana Conservancy

    Laikipia Plateau

    One of the longest-standing conservancies in the area, the Borana cattle ranch (now the Borana Conservancy), owned by the Dyer family for three…

  • Longonot National Park

    Southern Rift Valley

    One of the shapeliest peaks in all the Rift Valley, Mt Longonot (2776m) and its serrated crater rim offer fabulous views. The dormant volcano rises 1000m…

  • Mnarani


    The partly excavated, atmospheric ruins of the Swahili city of Mnarani are high on a bluff just west of the old ferry landing stage on the southern bank…

  • Mbulia Conservancy


    The 48-sq-km Mbulia Conservancy occupies part of an important elephant corridor, and is also an extension of the ecosystem inhabited by Tsavo West…

  • Kitale Museum

    Western Kenya

    Founded on the collection of butterflies, birds and ethnographic memorabilia left to the nation in 1967 by the late Lieutenant Colonel Stoneham, this…

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    Laikipia Plateau

    Ol Pejeta Conservancy was once one of the largest cattle ranches in Kenya, but is now a 365-sq-km, privately owned wildlife reserve. It markets itself as…

  • Railway Museum


    The main collection here is housed in an old railway building and consists of relics from the East African Railway. There are train and ship models,…

  • Kenyatta International Conference Centre


    Nairobi’s signature building was designed as a fusion of modern and traditional African styles, though the distinctive saucer tower looks a little dated…

  • Lake Bogoria National Reserve

    Southern Rift Valley

    Lake Bogoria is backed by the bleak Siracho Escarpment, and moss-green waves roll down its rocky, barren shores. A road that becomes a rough track (and…

  • High Altitude Training Centre


    As a source for world-class athletes, the town of Iten, 36km northeast of Eldoret and 2400m above sea level, has few peers. Over the past three decades,…

  • Lower Gorge

    Southern Rift Valley

    Rising from the main gorge’s southern end is the large Central Tower, an unusual volcanic plug. A picnic site and ranger’s post are close by, from where a…

  • Chaimu Crater & Roaring Rocks

    Tsavo West National Park

    Southeast of Kilaguni Serena Lodge, these two natural features offer stunning views of the Chyulu Hills and birds of prey circling high above the plains…

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