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10 Holiday Options to Choose from in Kenya

Imagine a place with a perfect blend of beautiful coastline, awesome wildlife, nice mix of ancient practise and modern vibes, all in a scenic and serene environment. You’ve just pictured the magical Kenya. I haven’t met anyone who visited Kenya on holiday and return with regrets. Of course, there might be the usual culture shock for first-timers, but I bet it easily wears out thanks to the warm way Kenyans receive guests.

I love Kenya for its spectacular scenery and amazing landscape. More so, I love it because of the wide options it affords holiday seekers, from secluded beach holiday, amazing safari experience, culture and history tour to wonderful African cuisine exploration. So, for your next vacation, I recommend Kenya; feel free to choose or combine these holiday options as you plan your trip.

1. Safari in Masai Mara

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With over 50 national parks and game reserves, Kenya has a surfeit of safari holiday destinations. However, Masai Mara National Reserve stands out because of its unmatched offering; safari activities in superb plains scenery thronging with diverse wildlife. The reserve co-hosts the world’s most spectacular annual wildlife event: the Great Migration, as it preserves a critical part of the route used by Wildebeast and Zebras from approximately late July – early August until end of October – early November. The Great Migration is when a large herd of mammals traverse the Masai Mara via the Serengeti National Park. If you plan your holiday around this time, you’ll get a chance to experience the reserve via an hot-air balloon or on a game drive. Also visit Masai cultural villages, take loads of impressive photos of beautiful wild animals in their natural habitat, and of course lodge in one of the camps that make you feel like a king.

2. Beach Holiday at Diani Beach (Mombasa)

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When people think of a beach holiday, Kenya doesn’t readily cross their minds. This is exactly why I love to go to Kenya for a beach holiday. Compared to the popular beach holiday destinations, Kenya is relatively cheaper and you will even have more fun in some of its secluded beaches. Kenya has amazing costal destinations where you can enjoy tropical sea breeze, relax in a peaceful atmosphere, indulge in water sport/activities, drench in culture, and take in scenic coastal views from peaceful Islands. The options are wide—from Nyali, Kiwayu, Watermu to Tiwi; well, my pick is Diani where crystalline sands meet waters that flow gently into coral reef.

3. Honeymoon Getaway

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Begin your lives together with the most memorable experience by going to any of the resort areas in Kenya for your honeymoon. Kenya has an array of resorts—including individual resort islands, camps and lodges that offer unbeatable honeymoon experience. You can pick your luxury honeymoon by the beach, or adventurous ones in interesting bush destinations.

4. History tour at Gede Ruins

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If you want to learn something about Kenya’s past while on holiday, you will do well to visit this site. Gede was named a Historical Monument in 1927. The ruins are relics of an ancient Swahili town built in the 12th century. A day trip here connects you to Kenya’s past—providing you wonderful glimpse into how early Africans lived.

5. Explore World Heritage Sites

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Kenya has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, Kenya’s Lake Systems, Lake Turkana National Parks, Mount Kenya National Park and Mijikenda Kaya Forests. If you love sightseeing and like to learn about the past, these sites should interest you.

6. Adventurous Holiday at Mount Kenya

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Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain and experts say it “offers a wealth of excellent and diverse climbing possibilities on rock, snow and ice.” The adventurous traveller can try this, while those who are not brave enough can enjoy the stunning scenery of the friendly ambience of the national park where the Mountain is.

7. Cultural tour at the Bomas

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The Bomas are popular in Africa for their devotion to portraying African culture through the performance of traditional music and dances. At the Bomas, you also have a chance to try your hand at Kenyan crafts.

8. City tour

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I often hear people try to compare Nairobi and Mombasa. Truth is no analysis or comparison can fully capture the experience that each city gives. Why not go on a tour of Kenya’s main cities on your next holiday and get a first-hand experience of Kenya.

9. Hiking and Trekking

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From snow-capped peak of Mt Kenya to the desert plains of the north, there are wide ranges of hiking and trekking trail to explore. Hikers and trekkers will definitely have enough to conquer on a holiday.

10. Hop around Game reserves and National Parks

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If exploring, as against staying on a spot, is what you want for a safari holiday, then you have Kenya’s over 50 national parks waiting to kiss your feet and plenty of wildlife ready to welcome you with a roar. And what’s more, you can explore them atop a hot air balloon. What could be better than that?!

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Michael Usifo

Michael Usifo

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Michael-Alvin, an imaginative get-it-done wordsmith, blends uncanny taste for facts gleaned from his training in law, and journalism by UNESCO, in his travels and reports about Africa for Afro Tourism.
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