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Active holidays in Kenya

If you prefer to spend your holidays being active, rather than simply lounging in the sun, Kenya is an excellent choice for you. What's so wonderful about this African nation is the variety of things to see and do, with safari tours, water sports, sightseeing around the cities and relaxing at the beach being merely a few of your many options.

The best way to get the most out of your holiday in Kenya is to plan a tour of the country or choose a ready-made multi-centre holiday, which takes in a few different places to allow you to get a good overview of this eclectic and fascinating destination. There are plenty of opportunities to be active, from hiking in the rainforest to scuba diving on the Indian Ocean's coast.

Sightseeing in Kenya

Beyond the diverse wildlife, there are several cultural and historical sites worth exploring during a trip to Kenya. If you're staying in Nairobi you can visit a couple of its fascinating museums. To discover more about Kenya's culture and history head to the Nairobi National Museum, where there are exhibits on everything from anthropology to the country's snake species.

Another place to visit in Nairobi is the Karen Blixen Museum, which is dedicated to the Out of Africa author. Her house has been preserved and decorated as it would have been when she lived there between 1914 and 1930.

To the north of Nairobi is one of the country's most impressive natural sights - Mount Kenya. The national park surrounding it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the area is a real haven for trekkers keen to take on challenging trails.

In Mombasa, on Kenya's coast, the most important landmark is Fort Jesus, another site protected by UNESCO. It was constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century and is one of the best preserved fortifications of its kind.

Travel north along the coast from Mombasa and you will reach Malindi, a former Portuguese settlement. Within the nearby Arabuko Sokoke Forest there are the ruins of the city of Gedi, which date back to the 13th century. Here you can see the remains of houses and mosques, as well as elaborate tombs within the Swahili town.

Wildlife-watching in Kenya

Of course, Kenya is best known for its incredible wildlife and no holiday here would be complete without a stay in a safari camp. Where you choose to go will depend on what kind of animals you'd like to see, as there are various game reserves and national parks that protect a wide variety of habitats.

Among the most famous are the Masai Mara and Tsavo National Park, although the Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Mount Elgon National Park, Mount Kenya National Park and Amboseli National Park are just a few of the other reserves worth considering for your safari.

The Big Five (elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo and lion) are regularly spotted in many of Kenya's larger game reserves, while those with an eye for small things should look out for the Little Five (elephant shrew, buffalo weaver bird, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise and ant lion).

If you're keen to see the annual wildebeest migration, you need to travel to Kenya between June and October, as this is when the vast herds move across the plains from neighbouring Tanzania into Kenya.

For bird watchers, Lake Nakuru National Park is the place to head to, as flocks of up to 1.5 million flamingos can be seen in the water here, as well as more than 450 other species of bird, including fish eagles, yellow-billed pelicans and marabou storks.

This region also supports a variety of other creatures such as Rothschild giraffes, vervet monkeys, waterbucks and Kenya's biggest population of rhinos.

And if you'd prefer a safari holiday in style, the Kariega Game Reserve is the place to go. Providing luxury accommodation within protected grounds sprawling across 10,000 hectares of wilderness, here you'll have amazing opportunities for wildlife-spotting on guided safaris.

Top activities to try

After your safari adventure, travel to Kenya's coast where you can try a host of activities, many of which are water-based. One of Mombasa's all inclusive resorts would be a good place to base yourself at, as sports such as sailing, snorkelling, deep sea fishing and surfing are often offered by this type of seaside resorts.

There are several marine parks along Kenya's coast, all of which are excellent places for scuba diving. Take the plunge and you can admire beautiful coral reefs and perhaps even be lucky enough to spot large pelagic creatures like manta rays and whale sharks.

Going on a trip in a traditional dhow boat is another must, with these excursions typically leading you through the mangrove swamps that can be found by the coast. There are also various golf clubs dotted around Kenya where you can play a round in spectacular settings.

Excursions and Attractions

bomas of kenya

Bomas of Kenya

If you want to experience the rich culture and traditions of the local people during your holiday in Kenya, this tour will give you a fascinating insight into traditional village life and the diversity of its tribes. Visiting Bomas of Kenya is like...

daphne sheldrick's elephant orphanage visit

Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage Visit

Located in Nairobi Game Park in Kenya, Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage was originally started by famous naturalist David Sheldrick, who was the first person to study the movement pattern of elephant herds and the first person to rescue and hand-rear...

evening tamarind dhow tour

Evening Tamarind Dhow Tour

Spend a romantic evening sailing around the island of Mombasa on a luxurious Tamarind Dhow during your holiday in Kenya. Arabic Dhows have been sailing along the coast of East Africa for centuries but the "Nawalilkher" and...

karen blixen and giraffe centre

Karen Blixen and Giraffe Centre

Kenya is a startling beautiful country, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife in the continent. This fascinating tour will take you to the Giraffe Centre to see the once endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, and also to the...

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