Kenya is a land that is magical, providing numerous travel and adventure experiences. On your Kenya safari, this is what you must see. With a long list of offers, we have put together a short list of what one must see in Kenya. From National parks to museums, cities, and beaches, to mention but a few.

If you are planning your first time trip to Africa, Kenya should not skip your mind. It is an adventurous destination comprising unbelievable attractions. Some are wildlife species while others are physical features. The communities within Kenya are themselves tourist attractions. Embarking on a Kenyan safari gives you an opportunity to dive into the real African culture and appreciate the diverse nature of societies around the world. The wide-open savannah plains give a dramatic safari experience to any traveler on a Kenya safari holiday. Talk about the great wildebeest migration that moves all the way from Tanzania’s Serengeti national park. The only place you are guaranteed to sight a lion or leopard on the hunt during an African safari.

Below are our must-see places in Kenya which are not in any particular order. Book a discounted Kenya safari package with Love Uganda Safaris and Tours and get a chance of diving into this magical destination. Even when you think that you have seen it all, a safari to Kenya will prove you wrong.

Nairobi national park

How many countries have a national park right in the heart of the capital? Definitely a few. And one of them is Kenya – welcome to Nairobi National Park. This is Kenya’s most accessible safari destination. It is one of the only few national parks in the world bordering a capital city. Hence abundant wildlife can be seen against a backdrop of city skyscrapers.

The park is one of Africa’s smallest parks at 117 square kilometers and is located on Nairobi’s southern outskirts.

Unlike Kenya’s many national parks, Nairobi national park does not have numerous elephants but the park makes a good stopover for anyone on a safari trip to Kenya. It can be best on either day one or the final day of the safari. One can easily connect to the airport easily for an outbound flight at the climax of their safari holiday in Kenya. The best way to explore this park is by embarking on a game drive. Check out budget safari packages and explore this amazing safari destination.

Elephants of Amboseli national park

Any passionate safari goer has heard of the big bad elephants of Amboseli National park. The park is a 4-hour drive from Nairobi City and offers the best backdrop of the Kilimanjaro Mountains. Apart from guaranteed elephant sightings, there are also zebras, hyenas, wildebeest, and a reasonable spotting of lions. This park is a must-see and offers one of Kenya’s premier wildlife experiences. It is a must to see Mt. Kilimanjaro on a Kenya safari.
Highlights; Big Elephant herds, Kilimanjaro backdrop, Photography. The park is home to an estimated 80 animal species including African elephant, African buffalo, impalas, lion, zebra, wildebeests, etc. Additionally, Amboseli national park is home to multiple bird species majority of which are Rift Valley endemic species while others are elusive species. Birds in Amboseli national park include among others but are not limited to the following; African swamp hen, Common redshank, Dickinson’s kestrel, Eurasian thick-knee, Greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s bustard, Lesser flamingo, Long-toed lapwing, Rufous chatterer, Rufous-bellied heron, Spike-heeled lark, Steel-blue whydah, Taveta golden weaver, Von der Decken’s hornbill, and Yellow-necked spurfowl.

Masai Mara Game Reserve – A must see destination in Kenya

Must see in Kenya
Must see in Kenya

Also written as Masai Mara is Kenya’s leading safari destination.  This park is one of Africa’s finest wildlife destinations with classic safari landscapes and wildlife. The reason the Mara makes it to this list is undoubtedly the great wildebeest migration – an annual movement of millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelle across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Wildebeest migration is a must see safari activity in Kenya!

The migration is an annual event, however, the Masai Mara offers excellent wildlife views all year round. The Big Five animals like Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, and Lion can be seen while on a game drive in the Mara plains.

The park traces its name from the Masai people who are one of the many tribes in Kenya. The Masai are ancient dwellers of this area. They have gained fame from their harmonious co-existence with wildlife. Their bravery, wildlife skills, and experience make the Masai survive predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other man-eaters.

Spending your day on a Masai Mara game drive is an enthralling experience. It comes with spectacular views of the Mara River crossing, whereby the wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles gather all their courage to cross the world’s deadliest river – the Mara River. This River is invested with the deadly Nile crocodiles. On the river banks, gather the hunters of the park such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and white-spotted wild dogs which are good at taking advantage of the stampede as the herbivores quench their thirst.

For greater wildebeest migration safaris, travelers usually combine Masai Mara National Reserve with Tanzania’s Serengeti national park as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Check out for the combined Kenya and Tanzania safari packages for an ultimate safari experience.

David Sheldrick trust/wildlife

The David Sheldrick wildlife trust is best known for its work to protect elephants. It operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. But they do much more than this.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is open to the public for one hour from 11 am to 12 pm every day. During this time the orphans arrive for their midday mud bath and feeding. Elephant adoption is very much a part of the trust. Those who have adopted an elephant orphan have another opportunity to visit at 5 pm. when the babies return to their stockades. It is important to note that for any visit, prior booking is needed because slots fill up so fast. Book the David Sheldrick trust package through your tour operator as early as possible to avoid any inconveniences.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

See Rhinos in Kenya
See Rhinos in Kenya

Extending over 350 square kilometers, Ol-Pejeta-Conservancy is a mosaic evergreen thicket, wooden grasslands, and acacia woodland situated in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya. It is known as a trailblazer in conservation, most famous for protecting the world’s last two northern white rhinos (Najin and Fatu). The Conservancy is also home to non-indigenous Chimpanzees, the Big Five animals that is a lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and Rhinos. The rhino, both black and white is the most popular wildlife of the conservancy. Take a walk down the Ewaso Nyiro River, patiently waiting and adorned in camouflage, you’ll soon spot the hippos that come to the surface for sunshine.

The walk down to the hide is a scenic nature route, meandering through various indigenous plants that are used by the local communities for cooking and medicine. Traveler to Kenya must pass by this area and see these magical species.

There are multiple activities to take part in while here and also accommodation options for those that wish to stay overnight. Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers one of the best night game drives in Africa. These give travelers an opportunity to explore the nocturnals of the area.

Karen Blixen’s house & museum

The great movie “Out of Africa” was filmed in a nearby location to this house & museum. KAREN Blixen’s house was where the author lived between 1914 and 1931. This beautiful colonial house was left behind after she went away and it was later turned into a museum.
Located 10 kilometers from the city Centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. It is set in expansive gardens, making it an interesting place to wander around.

The museum presents a glimpse of the life of the talented author and farmer through, photographs, paintings, and displays of furniture and a Library of books. There is a unique collection of agricultural tools, ploughs, wagons, coffee driers, and first-generation tractors that provide an insight into early twentieth-century agriculture, technologies, and transportation of goods. Three hundred bags of coffee were hauled by oxen from Karen Blixen’s farm to the Nairobi railway station from where they went to Mombasa for shipping.

The Museum is open to the Public every day between 9.30 am and 6 pm including weekends and public holidays. However, visitors are encouraged to be at the Museum by 5.30 pm.  Guided tours of the museum are continuously offered.  There is also a museum shop that offers handicrafts, posters, postcards, the Movie ‘Out of Africa’, books, and other Kenyan souvenirs.

The Giraffe Centre

The giraffe center is home to the Rothschild giraffe and whose mandate is changing mindsets. The main purpose of their existence is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment. Furthermore, it exists to give both local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe. If you are on a safari to Kenya, visiting this site would be a good suggestion since it is not far away from Nairobi.

Samburu National Reserve

Located in remote areas of the north of Laikipia alongside Shaba and Buffalo Springs, Samburu national reserve is one of the least visited safari destinations in Kenya. The reserve provides spectacular backdrop views of the volcanic mountains as well as the semi-arid plains between the red dust and shrubbery are large granite rocky outcrops, tall acacias, and deep craters.

Samburu National Reserve is home to the rare northern ‘special 5; Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and the beisa oryx. Other wildlife species found here include elephants, wild dogs, lions, leopards, etc. Other than the many animal species, the Samburu National Reserve is also home to multiple bird species majority of which are rift valley endemics yet others are migratory.

This national reserve was named after the Samburu people who are the ancient dwellers of the region. They are traditional pastoralists whose dress code is a true reflection of African culture. Travelers to Kenya usually find it easy to add Samburu national reserve to their lists since it forms part of the Northern circuit.

Samburu national reserve offers the best helicopter safaris, camel safaris, guided nature walks, and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary experience.

Accommodation facilities in Samburu national reserve range from budget to mid-range, and luxury (Deluxe). Camping sites are also available on order.

This area is open to visitors on all days of the week including public holidays. Entry fees are quite affordable.

Mt. Kenya

Did you know that Mt. Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa?  Point Lenana at 4985 meters is a feasible trekking peak and also currently the world’s highest via the Ferrata summit route, which adds to the challenge and enjoyment. Many travelers to East Africa prefer hiking Mt. Kenya more than Mt. Kilimanjaro yet the latter is taller. The reason behind this is the fact that on the foothills of Mt. Kenya lies multiple wildlife species which is not the case with the Kilimanjaro Mountains. It, therefore, becomes a variety for travelers to hike Mt. Kenya than hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The snowcapped nature of Mt. Kenya is another explanation for why one must not miss it on an African safari. Hiking Mt. Kenya is a must see for any hiking lover on a Kenya safari.

Lake Nakuru

See Flamingo birds in Lake Nakuru Kenya
See Flamingo birds in Lake Nakuru Kenya

Sitting at an elevation of 1,745 meters, Lake Nakuru is famous for being home to numerous flamingo birds. The Lake lies within Lake Nakuru national park and is home to several wildlife species and the majority being rhinoceros. Surrounded by waterfalls, cliffs, and forests, the lake is a vital water source for zebra, buffalo, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe. One must see flamingo birds on a safari to Lake Nakuru in Kenya, Book yours Now.

The dry months of June to October (the long dry season), and January to March (the short dry season) are the best times to embark on a safari to Lake Nakuru for the best safari experiences.

Lake Victoria

Who does not want to explore Africa’s biggest freshwater lake? Lake Victoria is shared by three East African countries that is Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Much as the bigger part of it is in Uganda, Kenya’s portion is something worth your attention. Lake Victoria is the source of the River Nile which is the longest River in the world.  The Lake through its tributaries feeds most of the ecosystems with life-giving water throughout the year. While at Lake Victoria, travelers enjoy scenic views of virtual plains of water hyacinth, pretty beaches, and mountains.

Lake Turkana – the desert lake

Lake Turkana is one of Kenya’s most beautiful safari destinations. The splendid cultures of the Turkana people turn moments into memories. This comes with views of multiple animal and bird species whose fragrance is incomparable.

Are you planning a trip to Africa, check out any of the above attractions. Enjoy the best memorable African safari. We  guarantee that one must see these attractions in Kenya. Book Now and enjoy and exceptional experience.

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