If you’re a wander luster like me, visiting Kenya has been or is on the tour travel list. And if you’re like me, there is that one (if not more) friend or family member that keeps asking, over and over, “Why visit Kenya?” Well, similar to how you can't explain the feeling you get after eating your favourite meal, the reasons to visit Kenya are indescribable by one who has. However, this article aims to at least shed some light to the question of why I should visit Kenya.
If there be a more than 100% answer to the question, “Why visit Kenya?” this would fill the blank. Considered, the greatest on land wildlife migration, the great migration is a superb reason for one to come to Kenya. The Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya provides the best seats in the house to watch this unforgettable event. Wildebeest from Tanzania’s Serengeti move in large number to the game reserve in search of water and pasture. You get to watch this journey and the hardships faced by these grazers as they move.
One of the memorable and photogenic parts of this migration is the chance to see and capture by the camera the predatory animals ambushing the defenceless wildebeest. The Maasai Mara is home to the king of the jungle (lion). This migration is a joyous occasion for them as well because they get a chance to feast on wildebeest delicacy. Getting to see the lions chase and pounce on the little grazers is a sight to behold. Besides, the crocodiles on the Mara River are not left behind in these festivities. They wait for the wildebeest and catch the lone ranger easily by their massive jaws.
The majestic Maasai Mara is not the only wildlife habitat in Kenya. Yes, this idyllic tourist destination is home to the fabulous “Big Five” wildlife as well as Africa's "Little Five”. These animals are found in large numbers within an array of national parks and game reserves all over the country. We have the vast Tsavo National Park divided into Tsavo West and East. This is home to an array of wildlife species such as gazelles, hyenas, zebras, elephants, and many more. Here you can also see the very rare mane-lions.
You can visit the Samburu game reserve and behold the beauty of the famous Somali ostriches. The game reserve has the Grevy's zebras, gerenuks, beisa oryxes, and the unbelievable reticulated giraffes. A combination of these five animals is commonly known as the "Samburu Special Five.”
The list of wildlife species and national parks and game reserves is endless. This makes the reasons to visit Kenya even more profound.
Still not convinced that your question “Why should I visit Kenya?” is answered? Try the reason that it is one of the greatest African nations housing people with an array of fascinating, genuine, welcoming (seriously there’re so many adjectives I can use) cultures ever. The famous Maasai culture comes from here. Similar to them as the Samburu, Pokot and many more. These communities are pastoral, and you will easily find them grazing their folks within the parks and reserves.
In the Kenya coast, we have the Swahili culture. It has roots from the Arabic community. This cultural community is famous even with the locals from the country. Their cuisines are to die for, and I am not exaggerating. Be careful not to bite your fingers off as you indulge in them.
Ever wonder the origin of us as human beings? Well, Kenya's numerous historical sites can give a sense of our roots. The sites are full of archaeological findings of the early man. You can view relics that are more than three million years old. Do you the Lake Turkana in Kenya is considered the cradle of humanity. Won't it be fantastic to see such an area?
Yes, Kenya has the second-broadest coral reef in the world. It is titled "Kenyan Barrier Reef." Roughly 140 miles, it ranges from an area called Shimoni in its southwards. The reef follows northwards into Malindi. This coral reef is home to a variety of unwater captivating creatures. Marine parks such as Mombasa Marine Park and Kisite are based along here. You can participate in different underwater activities such as snorkelling or diving. Get to see these underwater world with your very own eyes. It is the closest experience to visiting the mythical Atlantis. See reasons to visit Kenya? I bet you do.
The city of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast is an island. There is also the famous Lamu Island. These captivating islands, among others, are found within the magnificent Indian Ocean. While here, you can adventure barefoot, feeling the sandy beaches' soil against your feet. It is such a relaxing feel. You can grab that cold beer and sit by the ocean's shore viewing its bewitching blue colour from a distance. Is the query “Why should I visit Kenya?” still in your mind? I am sure it is dissolved by now.
Part of the Great Rift Valley is in Kenya. It forms a home for numerous fresh, and salty lakes that explain why to visit Kenya is essential for an ultimate tourist experience. These lakes are habitats for different eye-catching bird species. An example is Lake Nakuru where there are the pink flamingoes. Also, Lake Naivasha has the famous African eagles. There is also the lakes Bogoria, Elementaita among many more. So, if you love bird watching, pop into Kenya one of these fine days.
The nation has an array of private conservancy that house endangered flora and fauna. There are the private conservancies in the town of Laikipia, the Borana Conservancy, and plenty more. Most of these individual entities allow visitation, and you can view the animals from a hot air balloon. This will make your trip even more unforgettable.
More so, the terrain of Kenya includes captivating mountainous topography like Mt. Kenya. It is the tallest in the country, and you can partake in climbing it. Also, high altitudes are suitable for a ziplining experience. Get that adrenaline heart fulfilled.
Why visit Kenya? Reasons to visit Kenya? Why should I visit Kenya? Or any other questions you had about this wonderful nation I believe have been dismissed. Make it a point to see this place in your wanderlust lifetime.
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