As my readers know, I LOVED my time in Africa, so when my friend Matt wanted to write a guest post about traveling in Kenya it I jumped at the chance! Check it out…
This is a guest post by Matt Hope from BackpackingWorldwide.com
Kenya is an incredible place to visit. I couldn’t imagine a traveler without that location on their travel list. This country of 33 million inhabitants is filled with so much to do and so much to see. Here’s a top ten to help narrow down the countless opportunities.
1. Balloon Safari
It’s a definite must to go on a safari whenever you are find yourself with African animals roaming. But why not take it a step further and make it a balloon ride over desserts of these majestic and beautiful creatures? After it’s all over, finish off the day with a nice glass of champagne in the bush!
2. Rhino Charge
Looking for excitement and adventure? Then look no further when you sign up for this experience! The Rhino Charge is an intense and crazy off road driving competition between teams using a 4×4 car to get from points A to B in the shortest and quickest possible way! Never a dull moment and all proceeds go to conservation efforts to save the rhino.
3. Sunset Watching
What better way to reflect on the memories you make during the day in Kenya than to do it while watching the sunset over the breathtaking expanse of the African bush? It’s free, it’s memorable, and it’s timeless.
4. Wildebeest Crossing
I’m sure it’s safe to say that not many new travelers to Africa have ever seen a wildebeest. How about you cross that off the bucket list and witness an incredible unique experience of the migration of over a million wildebeests? Across the Mara River you can see these amazing animals battle crocodile infested waters in a phenomenon you will never forget!
5. Leopard Spotting
While it may look easy to a normal traveler, it is actually quite a rare gift to spot animals in the African deserts and safaris. But with the help of a friendly Kenyan guide, they can provide the perfect solution in spotting those leopards at the top of a tree or a cheetah lying low on the prowl.
6. Get Cultured and Buy a Masai Necklace!
These necklaces are native to the people of Kenya and have been around and in their culture for centuries. It may look rather heavy considering the necklace is a budndle of necklaces that start from the middle of your neck to the middle of your shoulders, but these necklaces are surprising comfortable. If jewelry isn’t your calling, why not a woven basket or a soapstone carving from the weekly Masai Markets in abundant locations around Nairobi?
7. Swim with the Dolphins
These amazingly smart mammals are such a delight to the world. A real rewarding experience is to get in their environment with them and let them welcomingly show you their home. You could go snorkeling in Wasini, look at the colorful fish and coral, and if you’re lucky one of the dolphins may provide you a wonderful escort in the beautiful underwater world.
8. Catch a Big Fish
When you fish in Kenya, there are no tall tales of giant fish. Giant fish is the norm! Battle patience and catch a monstrous Nile Perch or if you’re dangerous, a Tiger Shark. There are so many opportunities for true fish tales, all just waiting in the water for you to catch ‘em!
9. Climb the 2nd highest Mountain in Africa
Mount Kenya is an inactive volcano that just borders the equator. Its summit is 17, 057 feet up in the beautiful Kenyan air! It may sound like a lot of feet but many trekkers have enjoyed the paths to the top for years and years to come.
10. Hand Feed a Giraffe
Giraffes are such awesome animals! The best way to get to know them is to feed them! You can do this at the Giraffe Center or even stay at a Giraffe Manor and have them right their dining at your breakfast table!
Kenya is a magical place full of wonder. While giving you a top ten wasn’t easy, since there are so many great things to do, I encourage you to try my suggestions and maybe come up with your own top ten in the near future! Happy travels!