Embrace The Magic: Unforgettable Things To Do In Kenya

By Azure Lee

There are a limitless array of attractions and things to do in Kenya, which is known as "the safari capital of the world."

Kenya is a superb location for game viewing and sightseeing, with attractions ranging from attractive cities like Nakuru and Nairobi to renowned safari parks like Amboseli. It serves as a starting point for trips to other African adventure spots.

You may witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara, visit historic villages like Lamu, climb Africa's second-highest summit, Mount Kenya, and much more when visiting Kenya.

After these excursions, you can unwind on one of the beaches in Watamu, go scuba diving in Diani, go out in Mombasa, or even venture into the less-traveled north.

You can start planning your trip to Kenya by reading this article, which lists all the best things to do in Kenya.

Here Are Top Things To Do In Kenya 

Check out this list of the top things to do in Kenya. Join us on an unforgettable journey and adventures that await in the magical land of Kenya.

See the Big Five at Maasai Mara

Naturally, witnessing wildlife is a key objective during a safari journey. When exploring Africa, it is essential to encounter the continent's renowned Big Five animals, including leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos. To observe these majestic creatures, there are few locations as exceptional as Maasai Mara National Reserve.

In the Serengeti ecosystem, which spans the Tanzanian and Kenyan borders and includes the Maasai Mara, millions of animals roam freely without regard for national boundaries. From the Big Five to other rarer creatures like serval cats, elands, and others, you can observe all different kinds of animals here.

Since the Maasai Mara is not a national park, the stick-to-the-road rule does not apply, allowing drivers to approach these creatures very closely without disturbing them, something that is not possible in other places.

Tourist car stop by to watch during sunset at Masai Mara

Tourist car stop by to watch during sunset at Masai Mara 

Hike to Mount Kenya

What to do in Kenya? Hike to the second highest mountain peak on the continent, Mount Kenya, of course. Reach the summit if you really want to view the stunning Rift Valley and other peaks that surround the captivating Kenyan plains.

As you set foot on the trails, you'll find yourself immersed in a world of natural wonders. Ascend further to the moorlands, where vibrant alpine flowers paint the landscape in a kaleidoscope of colors. Finally, as you approach the higher altitudes, you'll be greeted by the rugged beauty of rocky terrain and snow-capped peaks that seem to touch the heavens. Each step brings you closer to the summit, promising a sense of achievement and awe as you take in the panoramic vistas from the top. 

Read more: Best 5 Places in Kenya For Safari

Unwind at Diani Beach

Diani Beach, a little beach town an hour outside of Mombasa, is the ideal destination if you're sick of all the game drives and hiking and want to spend a few days relaxing on the beach in Kenya. You may unwind on the beach, swim, dine at a charming restaurant, and, if you're adventurous, try scuba diving. 

Diani is one of several dive locations in Kenya, but we choose it for its beautiful fish variety and stunning corals. The Waa Wreck, Kinondo Reef, and Galu Reef are some of the best places to dive.

If you are looking for quality accommodation in Diani Beach, we highly recommend finding a beachfront resort where you can go straight to the beach at any time of the day. For those looking for more luxurious options, Diani Reef Beach Resort or Swahili Beach are options for an even more luxurious stay.

Diani Beach is a little beach town an hour outside of Mombasa

Diani Beach is a little beach town an hour outside of Mombasa

Explore Nairobi City on Foot

Exploring Nairobi city on foot offers a captivating way to experience the vibrant heart of Kenya. As you stroll through the bustling streets, you'll immerse yourself in the vibrant energy, diverse cultures, and rich history that define this cosmopolitan capital.

As you leisurely stroll through the city, you can freely admire notable attractions such as the McMillan Memorial Library, Kipande House, Jamia Mosque, and the war memorial pillars

With each step, Nairobi's streets offer glimpses into its captivating past,  allowing travelers to learn more about the city's history and personally experience its diverse cultural heritage.

Exploring Nairobi city on foot offers a captivating way to experience the vibrant heart of Kenya

Exploring Nairobi city on foot offers a captivating way to experience the vibrant heart of Kenya

Watch various animals at Lake Nakura

Around Lake Nakuru, there are lots of white rhinos, and you can easily observe them munching on grasses and bushes as they travel along the main road. Unlike their near relatives, the black rhinos, they are not afraid of people and are quite acclimated to them.

Also, the lake itself is a fantastic site to watch some flamingos and a variety of other bird species. Explore the shores of Lake Nakuru, a haven for birdwatchers, where thousands of flamingos and over 400 bird species paint the horizon in a magnificent symphony of color.

Lake Nakuru is a haven for birdwatchers

Lake Nakuru is a haven for birdwatchers

Time trip in Mombasa Old Town

Mombasa, the second-largest city in Kenya and the country's primary port, holds a significant place in history. Its coastal island has thrived since the 1500s and boasts a plethora of captivating tourist attractions.

The finest place to begin your sightseeing tour in coastal Kenya is Mombasa Old Town. It gives you an insight into how the city's residents, including locals, Arabs, Asians, and Europeans, have coexisted and shaped Mombasa.

One of the best free things to see in Kenya is to stroll through Mombasa's streets; a guide is not necessary. However, we recommend considering an engaging local-led tour for a more immersive experience. Such tours often include visits to fascinating sites like the Fort Jesus Museum, further enriching your understanding of Mombasa's history.

Try local meals and street food

When it comes to things to do in Kenya, sampling street food and eating local meals are not to be missed.  From savory dishes to tempting snacks, the diverse range of Kenyan cuisine offers a delightful gastronomic adventure.

Exploring with a local guide is the best way to get this kind of experience. They are more familiar with the meals, ingredients, locations, and tastes than anyone else.

When exploring the streets, be sure to treat yourself to the array of tantalizing street food options. Sample tasty snacks like samosas, which are pastry pockets filled with spiced meat or vegetables, and Mandazi, a popular Kenyan fried bread that is often enjoyed with a cup of sweet chai tea. The streets also offer an opportunity to indulge in flavorful grilled maize (roasted corn) or try Kenyan-style kebabs known as mishkaki.

Consider visiting vibrant food markets like Toi Market or City Market, where you can find an assortment of fresh produce, spices, and local delicacies. You can engage with friendly vendors, explore the diverse food stalls, and savor the authentic flavors of Kenya.

When it comes to things to do in Kenya, sampling street food and eating local meals are not to be missed

When it comes to things to do in Kenya, sampling street food and eating local meals are not to be missed

Experience beaches in Watamu

If water activities fascinate you, explore the breathtaking beaches in Watamu. Nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this idyllic destination invites adventure seekers to indulge in exhilarating experiences amidst its natural wonders. Some of the nicest beaches in Watamu include Turtle Bay Beach, Garoda Beach, and Jacaranda Bay (the most stunning).

On your visit to Watamu, you can explore the vibrant underwater world through snorkeling or diving, immersing yourself in the kaleidoscope of colors presented by the coral reefs and encountering an abundance of marine life, including tropical fish, dolphins, and majestic sea turtles.

If you feel the adrenaline rush, you can also embark on deep-sea fishing expeditions from Watamu's shores or hop aboard a boat and navigate through the intricate waterways, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse birdlife. 

Useful Tips For Outdoor Activities In Kenya

There are a few useful tips that can enhance your experience of your outdoor activities in Kenya

Depending on your activities, bring lightweight and neutral-colored clothing for wildlife safaris, along with sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and sturdy walking shoes. If you plan on hiking, invest in good-quality hiking boots, a backpack, and suitable outdoor clothing for different weather conditions.

Staying hydrated is key, so remember to carry a reusable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Packing nutritious snacks can also help keep your energy levels up during your adventures. 

To make the most of your travel experience to Kenya, it's important to apply for a Kenya ETA in advance. Applying for an eVisa allows for a smoother entry process and ensures that you meet the necessary immigration requirements. You can conveniently apply for a Kenya eVisa through our website: Kenya Immigration Services.

Please note that it's advisable to apply for your eVisa well in advance of your intended travel dates to allow sufficient processing time. It's always recommended to contact us to check the latest visa requirements and regulations before applying.