Tourism in Kenya, 10 Reasons to Visit Kenya. In Kenya, tourism is the second largest source of foreign exchange revenue following agriculture. The main tourist attractions are the photo safaris with 60 national parks and reserves. The tourism sector proved to be the best safari destination, with 1.5 million tourists as of December 31, 2017.
1. Maasai Mara
Masai Mara Kenya – Located on the Tanzanian border, within the Kenyan lands. Just south of the national park (on the border of Tanzania) is the gigantic Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. The area from the beginning of Ngorongoro to the northernmost point of the Masai Mara is about 350 km, which is the largest reserve in the world. Making a safari in this reserve is one of the most different experiences in the world.
Built on an island, Mombasa is the second largest city in the south east of Kenya, the largest port and one of the most important tourism centers in the country. The mainland is connected by two bridges and a ferry. The coasts north and south of the island are ideal for those seeking peace and tranquility, especially the northern coast. The formation of Mombasa beaches with white sand makes the seaside enjoyment a differentiator.
3. Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is Kenya’s most visited park after Masai and Nukuru. Park is famous for having the Klimanjaro mountain view, which was featured in Nobel prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingay’s novel “Klimanjaro’s Profits”. The park is a safari area of 392 square kilometers. Klimanjaro Mountain is a mountain of 5895 meters in length. It is possible to hike here. We should also say that Amboseli is a paradise for photography buffs.
4. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya National Park is east of the Great Rift Valley; It is located about 175 km northeast of Nairobi. In addition to having only one summit, the Mount Kenya is actually a massive mass of cliffs, complex backs and peaks. These are the remains of a large volcano that has been active a few million years ago. The Mount Kenya passes the equator, but it takes a considerable amount of snow because it is located high.
5. Samburu National Reserve
Samburu, a narrow plain stretching towards rocky slopes, is an ideal site for rare species of wildlife such as leopards, ‘grevy’ zebra, ‘beisa’ oryx, and reticulate giraffe. One of the crucial features of the Samburu National Park is that it offers the privilege of watching numerous elephants washed in the Ewasa Nyiro River. To the east of the park, there is a stunning view of the Shaba River flowing through the waterfalls.
6. Lamu Island
The island of Lamu, one of the most remarkable places on earth, has resisted the pristine, beautiful Indian Ocean coasts of northern Kenya. Lamu has changed for centuries, offering a sincere atmosphere to the trek, so you can be sure that your life will enter into memorable moments. Rich and colorful maritime history is a completely different experience to familiarize yourself with Svahili culture, a unique blend of African, Arabian, Indian and European influences.
7. Hell’s Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park is located south of Naivasha Lake in Kenya, north-west of Nairobi. It can be said that there is a wide variety of wild life in the park, which basically has a covered tree bush. There are more than 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, eagles, hawks and black-tailed birds. Buffalo, zebras, antelopes, cow antilobs, Thomson gazelles and baboons are common in this national park, an indispensable part of African tours.
Malindi is located on the coast of Kenya and is the second largest town after Mombasa, the southern neighbor. The most fascinating place for visitors is the Malindi National Park, famous for its sandy beaches with 96 miles of Malindi, palms and plenty of coral reef protected with great care.
9. Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is a flamingo paradise located in the heart of Kenya’s south-west and East Africa’s Rift Valley. In this region, it is possible to see thousands of pink flamingos, as well as black and white rhinos that are among various bird, buffalo and descent species.
10. Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is now a place that is identified with Kenya and indeed there is no other in the world. Park is only 7 km from the center of Nairobi city. The savannah ecosystem in the park consists of different types of vegetation. The scattered acacia bushes are more dominant in the region. The western part of the park is definitely worth seeing. In the south are the Athi-Kapiti plains and the Kitengela migration corridor. The Nairobi National Park was later added to man-made dams, other bird species and other habitats suitable for aquatic life. In the wild, wild animals include black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalo, giraffes, zebra, African antilobia, and more than 400 species of birds. Tourist attractions and activities in the area include the Ivory Monument, the Nairobi Safari Walk and hiking trails in the waterfowl pools.