Kenya is divided into regions, and all these regions boast of a diversification of attractions. You can opt to visit only one region looking for a specific attraction, or you can combine attractions within different regions, and you will still have a memorable safari.
Kenya’s capital city acts as a transit point en-route to most parts of the country. It however has a wide range of restaurants serving local and international cuisine, a vibrant night life and home to Nairobi National Park; the world’s only game reserve found within a major city.
Other attractions to look out for while in Nairobi include; Nairobi Safari Walk, National Museums of Kenya, Kitengela Glass, Karen Blixen Museum, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Giraffe Centre.
Central Kenya is the mountainous region of the country and home to Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa.
It has many escarpments, ridges, valleys as well as plains. It’s a region with attractions that require some high energy levels like white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and hiking.
The Eastern region combines the arid Samburu and the foothills of Mount Kenya on the Eastern side. This region has picturesque barren sceneries with excellent wildlife viewing.
Samburu National Reserve, bordered by Ewaso Nyiro River, which is the only permanent source of water for the area, is a hub for interesting mammal and bird species restricted to the arid north.
Four of the Big Five (rhino excluded) are easily found. Meru National Park the home of Elsa the Lioness is also in this region.
The Northern region of Kenya is the largest. It starts from Laikipia, moving towards Marsabit and Turkana. It is also part of the Great Rift Valley ecosystem. The Southern part of this region enjoys a relatively good climate that favors agriculture.
However, the Northern part of the region experiences arid to semi-arid conditions, and offers remote and sometimes inaccessible attractions that are untouched; a reserve of those who wish to explore Kenya off the beaten track.
Laikipia is home to a number of private & community conservancies dedicated to wildlife conservation and community development.
The South Rift region is the most popular in the country because of its magical safari experiences. It is made of diverse physical features resulting from the Great Rift Valley formation and ecosystem. It’s therefore an area rich in breathtaking sceneries, thousands of wildlife species and natural formations (most influenced by the volcanic landforms).
This circuit is the best destination for visitors who want the real safari experience. The main attractions in this circuit are Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Chances of spotting all of the Big Five game is quite high in this region.
The Western region does not attract crowds as it is not quite popular, making the attractions there less polluted. The region is greatly influenced by Lake Victoria and the Western Rift Valley ecosystem, and it consists of rich forests, swamps and some of Kenya’s rarest animal species.
Other attractions are; Kakamega Forest, a dense tropical rainforest that has over 350 bird species, the blue monkey, and the endangered De-Brazza’s monkey. Ruma National Park, the last remaining sanctuary for the endangered roan antelope, and the Saiwa Swamp, solely restricted for the endangered Sitatunga Antelope.