The seven best experiences to have in Kenya

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Think Kenya, and you might imagine stunning game drives across the epic vast plains of the Masai Mara, or beautiful beaches sprinkled with sugar-white sand. But this vast East African country is far more diverse: home to a myriad of landscapes that offer a range of authentic experiences for everyone, from the solo traveler to families and digital nomads. If you are looking for a unique and complete trip, this is the destination to visit.

beyond the bush

Kenya is full of ancient and fascinating cultural sites, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gaze in awe at the rock paintings on the walls of Mwanga Caves on Mfangano Island on shimmering Lake Victoria. Created by hunter-gatherers between 1,000 and 4,000 years ago, these daubs with ever-vibrant abstract designs include circles and spirals. In the Gedi Forest, upriver from Mombasa, you’ll find archaeological ruins that rival anything Lara Croft has encountered: stone “pillar tombs”, a palace, a mosque and several houses dating as far back as the 11th century, when Gedi was an important trading center. And don’t miss Lamu Old Town, the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, built with coral stone and mangrove wood; notable architectural details include intricately carved wooden doors.

Find your tribe

While the Massai warriors have become a familiar sight, there are actually over 40 other tribes that call Kenya home.

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Many are familiar with the Maasai, whose tall, statuesque warriors dress distinctly in shades of red. But Kenya is home to more than 40 other tribes, members of which you may well encounter on your trip. Together they form the rich culture of the country, each with its own customs and dialects. The largest tribe is that of the Kikuyu, who live in central Kenya and cultivate coffee and maize in particular, followed by the Luhya people in the west, who still practice bullfighting. Like the Maasai, the Samburu and Turkana tribes are nomadic herders and warriors, while the Kisii, based around the Rift Valley, are known for their carving and basketry. The Swahili people live around the coastal region and were once maritime traders and fishermen.

Aquatic Babies

With over 300 miles of coastline, travelers can enjoy Kenya’s crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches all year round. But you don’t have to just fly and crash – if you fancy doing more than just relax, there are plenty of water sports and activities you can enjoy, both on and off the coast. inland. Snorkeling, SUP and kayaking are popular, but you can also swim with them dolphins around Wasini Islandstroll foaming rapids in Saganatake one cruise around Lake Victoria, where to go snorkel in one of Kenya’s many marine parkslike Watamu.

Landscape mode

There are landscapes for all travellers, including the lush jungle of Meru National Park

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Kenya is home to a surprisingly wide range of landscapes, from dusty red savannahs to towering mountains and lush forests. Explore the plains, hills and mountains of the Laikipia Plateau in the north, which stretches from the foothills of the country’s highest peak, Mount Kenya, to the shores of Lake Baringo. Or visit the impressive Menengai Crater – the largest intact volcanic crater in the world – which squats in the Great Rift Valley. Meru National Park features lush jungle, rivers and khaki grasslands through its wilderness, while Karura Forest, located in the capital Nairobi, dots groves of trees and verdant foliage with waterfalls. water and abundant birdlife.

adventure game

It’s easy to stay active in Kenya, with a wide range of adventures on offer for travelers of all ages and abilities. Budding climbers will want to conquer Mount Kenya, the second highest in Kenya, which rises to 12,549ft/3,825m. Its three highest peaks are Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana, all of which offer breathtaking scenery from the top. Push your limits even further with climbing at Hell’s Gate, whose steep cliffs present the ultimate challenge. Hikers can choose from a range of trails, from gentle to challenging; climb the inactive volcano of Mount Longonot, meander along the rolling hills of Ngong or take in the scenery of the Nairobi Arboretum. You can also go kite surfing off one of the many beaches, take a quad safari in the northern Lewa Reserve, or, if you’re feeling particularly brave, undertake the Safaricom Marathonwhich crosses 13 km of unfenced wild territory in Lewa.

eat your heart

For many travelers, food is one of the highlights of visiting somewhere new, and Kenya’s cuisine is just as diverse as its landscapes. There is no single dish that represents the country, but many ingredients regularly feature, including corn, millet and other grains, which are regularly eaten with meat such as goat and vegetables. You will certainly come across ugali – a dense porridge made from flour or cornmeal – sukuma wiki (cooked green cabbage) and githeri, a mixture of corn and beans. There is also a significant Indian influence here too, so you will often find chapatis, samosas and biryani on dining tables and in restaurants.

If access to great food is a deciding factor, you’re in luck. Kenyan cuisine is as diverse and interesting as its landscapes

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Future proof

A modern and innovative country, Kenya aims to be at the forefront of sustainability and eco-responsibility. It already houses embothe first carbon negative safari camp in the Maasai Mara, and recently developed a seven-pillar wildlife strategy to engage communities in nature protection and the continued development of tourism. She is already a pioneer in conservation, supporting sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers. Kenya is also the regional ICT (information, communication and technology) hub for East Africa, which means it has excellent connectivity, making it perfect for digital nomads who want to work abroad.

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