TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN KENYA OVER A WEEKEND
If you haven’t been to Kenya, you might think so little of this beautiful country. Probably, you haven’t heard that Kenya is East Africa’s No 1 travel destination.
Kenya is that beautiful place for your weekend getaway that has an excellent blend of both rural and urban culture that promises varieties of adventures. Kenya is packed with lots of activities for tourists which you can enjoy alone, in a group or with your plus one, over the weekend.
These activities range from wildlife chasing and world-class mountain adventures to enjoying the peak of an impressive nightlife and having wonderful Indian Ocean beach moments.
Grab a seat, let’s go on an exciting ride highlighting the top things you should do when you visit Kenya for a weekend getaway or vacation.
Visit the Crocs
Somewhere in the middle of far-away Lake Turkana exists one of the strangest places in Kenya, which plays host to the world’s largest colony of Nile crocodiles. This place is known as the Central Island National Park. The Central Island National Park also harbors three active volcanoes, black sand beaches, three blue-green crater lakes, and a campsite. So while saying ‘hello’ to the Crocs, you can also board a speedboat to sail you across the perfect end-of- the-Earth scenery. Lots of adventures all packed in one place; sounds even more exciting.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
If you are in Kenya between August and March, when the sea is smoother and quieter, do not fail to go for a scuba or snorkel trip. You can experience both activities on different occasions to get the complete feel and the rush of excitement that comes with these two fun activities for tourists in Kenya. Kenya’s Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park offers an unforgettable experience that would have you racing dolphins, sea turtles, and different species of fish at the bottom end of the Kenya Coast. Snorkeling amongst the beautiful creatures of the sea is an experience you won’t stop talking about. The experience is indescribable; go for it and always feel free to share your experience with us.
Commune with the Giraffes
The adventure in a Kenyan safari isn’t in standing far off and taking snapshots; it’s in going close and interacting with the safe animals (but do well to get an experienced tour guide). Visit the endangered Rothchild’s species of Giraffes at the AFEW Giraffe Centre, which is located on the outskirts of Nairobi. Get close to them, feed and interact with them and get for yourself a facial swipe of their long black tongues; some great souvenir that is.
Cycle through Hell’s Gate
Does that scare you?
Well, scary adventures are the most thrilling. Hell’s Gate, a gnarly lava-carved landscape that is situated 60 miles away from Nairobi, in the rumbling bowels of the great valley, is the next place for your cycling activities. Although it sounds unsafe, Hell’s Gate is that rare African National Park that lacks dangerous animals and is safe for cycling. You don’t have to worry about bringing a bike; you can rent a bike inside the Park or at the main gate.
Sail through Lamu Island with the Archipelago by Dhow
Looking back at the golden age of the Swahili culture, one of the outposts of the lateen-rigged sailing vessels known as traditional dhows considered the last great outpost is the Lamu Island situated on the Coast of North Kenya. These traditional Dhows were once the major means of transport sailing between East Africa, The Middle East, and India. A sunset or snorkeling trip down to the Takwa ruins will leave you awestruck with the natural beauties you never knew existed.
A Trip to Mount Kenya
Take a trip to Mount Kenya and experience mountaineering on a totally different but fantastic level. Mount Kenya rises over 17,000 feet and is known to be Africa’s second-highest peak after its counterpart – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Unlike the snowy trails of Kilimanjaro, the summit trails of Mt. Kenya is less crowded and eager to play host to your adventure-hungry feet. A trekking adventure in the mountain will last for five days, which will have you camping for four nights in the mountain’s calm embrace. All you need is a Mount Kenya Safari guide by your side and a camera to capture all the beautiful sights.
Have a Starry Night’s sleep
Camping in Kenya under the stars is one great nightlife experience you should endeavor to have. The Star Beds safari camp offers a luxurious night’s sleep under the stars, where the night’s breeze whispers sweet nothings in your ears, caressing your weary eyelids and cajoling them to sleep. Snoozing al fresco style is an experience that puts your being at total peace with nature and your surroundings. The camp, which can be found in Losiaba Conservancy, is run by local Samburu and Masai people. A night at the camp offers you a peaceful slumber in a four-poster bed rolled out onto the deck beside a rocky outcrop. If you sleep lightly, you could open your eyes to see a thirsty elephant or some other animal lapping up water from the waterhole beside the rocky outcrop.
Conclusively, once your to-do list for the weekend is packed with these amazing Kenyan experiences, you are just on your way to having one of the most thrilling adventures of your lifetime. Get your traveling bags packed, book your cheap flights from Travel Beta, and be on the next flight to Kenya.