African elephants on a safari trip to Kenya

Things to do in  Kenya

At the end of the Great Migration

With a well-developed tourism infrastructure, a fun-filled capital city, and two dozen national parks, Kenya is a spectacular spot for travelers looking for a wide range of travel experiences. The country is best known for its wildlife-viewing opportunities, particularly during the annual Great Migration, which can be viewed in all its splendor at the Masai Mara National Reserve. That said, there are tons of other things to do in Kenya beyond safaris, from chilling out on white-sand beaches to learning about animal rehabilitation efforts at the Giraffe Centre and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Top 15 attractions in Kenya

Nairobi National Park

Located just south of the city, Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s first game reserve and the only protected area in the world that sits so close to a nation’s capital. Visitors to the vast wildlife park are likely to spot black rhinos, lions, giraffe, and zebra, as well as some 400 bird species.More

Fort Jesus

The epicenter of historic Mombasa, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort Jesus sits above the Indian Ocean surrounded by yard-thick (meter-thick) walls. Built by Portuguese colonists in the late 16th century, its design incorporates Renaissance ideas about ideal proportion, while the interior houses a small museum and an exhibition.More

Giraffe Centre

Home to a towering crew of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre supports conservation work and educational programs across Kenya. Here, visitors can feed giraffes from a treetop platform, walk a nature trail to the Gogo River, and learn about wildlife conservation at the on-site nature center.More

Lake Naivasha

Known for its rich wildlife, Lake Naivasha is a nature lover’s paradise not far from the Kenyan capital. Situated at around 6,181 feet (1,884 meters) high in the Rift Valley ridge, the lake is home to hippos, exotic birds, and wetland flora, while its fresh water draws all manner of grazers, including zebras, giraffes, and buffalo.More

Masai Mara National Reserve (Maasai Mara National Park)

Arguably the most popular nature park in Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve (Maasai Mara National Park) is near the country’s southern border and spills over into neighboring Tanzania. Take a guided safari tour for a chance to spot big cats—including lions, cheetahs, and leopards—alongside other wildlife.More

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

A pioneering facility for the protection and rehabilitation of black rhinos and African elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust saves injured and orphaned animals from the wild and rehabilitates them for a return to their natural habitats. This nonprofit park was founded in 1977 and operates within Nairobi National Park.More

Bomas of Kenya

Located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of downtown Nairobi in Langata, just outside Nairobi National Park, the Bomas of Kenya cultural village recreates and preserves Kenya’s traditional heritages. The village offers the chance to see reconstructed villages, watch traditional performances, check out arts and handicrafts, and try regional cuisines from all over East Africa.More

Hell's Gate National Park

The inspiration for animators of Disney’sThe Lion King, Hell’s Gate National Park covers roughly 26 square miles (68.25 square kilometers). Named for a gap in the red-tinged cliffs carved by the flowing waters of a prehistoric lake, it’s the only park in East Africa in which you can get out of your safari vehicle and hike freely.More

Nairobi National Museum

With a massive permanent collection that combines history, culture, and artwork, the Nairobi National Museum is a must for travelers interested in Kenya’s rich heritage. Artifacts are displayed across two floors, and a nature trail winds through the surrounding grounds, a botanical garden, and collections of outdoor sculptures.More

Tsavo National Park

Though technically all one nature reserve, Tsavo National Park is split between Tsavo East and Tsavo West, and separated by the Nairobi-Mombasa Road that cuts through the site. Tsavo National Park is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest national parks, and is the country’s largest protected area. It’s home to larger African mammals and a prolific bird population.More

Karen Blixen Museum

The Danish author ofOut of Africa lived in a coffee plantation farmhouse at the edge of Kenya’s beautiful Ngong Hills, where a small museum now celebrates her life and work. Since much of the original furniture has been preserved, it’s a fascinating glimpse into a colonial-era home and an interesting stop even if you haven’t read Blixen’s books.More

Kenyatta International Convention Centre

In the heart of Nairobi's Central Business District, the 28-story Kenyatta International Convention Centre is a popular spot for major conferences and events. Facilities include meeting spaces, offices, an observation deck, and a helipad.More

Wild Waters

With its exhilarating slides, games, rides, and pools, Wild Waters blends the thrill of an amusement park with the refreshing cool of a water park, making it an ideal place to beat the scorching Kenyan sun. Plus, a food court, bar, and coffee shop ensure you stay hydrated.More

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Once a colonial beef ranch, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is now a leading wildlife sanctuary. Backdropped by Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks, the 90,000-acre (36,422-hectare) savanna preserve is home to several safari must-sees, including East Africa’s largest black rhino population and the last northern white rhinos in the world.More


Kibera, the largest slum both in Nairobi and Africa, is home to more than a million residents packed into an area less than a square mile (2.6 square kilometers). While life here isn’t easy—it’s one of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods and the lack of running water and electricity are constant problems—the slum has its own buzzing industries, which include rows of tilted shacks selling produce, charcoal, homemade breads, secondhand clothes, and shoes.More

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When to visit

The ideal time to visit Kenya is from June through October. This tends to be the driest and coolest time of year, and it also coincides with the annual Great Migration, when around 1.5 million wildebeest cross into the Maasai Mara. March–May and November–December tend to be rainy, while January and February tend to be drier, but also quite hot.

Getting around

Kenya is well connected by bus routes, and trains run between Nairobi and both Mombassa and Nanyuki. Kenya Airways also connects Nairobi to airports across the country. If you plan to visit multiple parks, it’s easier to take a tour; note that Amboseli National Park is around a 4-hour drive from Nairobi, while Maasai Mara takes 5 hours to reach.

Traveler tips

Visiting Nairobi and want a special treat? Snag a reservation at Talisman Restaurant, one of the country’s most lauded restaurants. This snazzy spot occupies a historic home adorned with colorful glass windows, plush seating areas, and a rotating display of contemporary art. If the weather is nice, you may prefer to order from the extensive menu of cocktails, salads, samosas, and steaks while seated outside in the plant-filled garden.


People Also Ask

What do people do for fun in Kenya?

There are all sorts of fun things to do in Kenya, from checking out the thriving shopping, dining, and nightlife scenes in Nairobi to taking safaris in some of the country’s many national parks. Kenya also has some fantastic beaches, making it a great place for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.

What is Kenya famous for?

Kenya is known for its natural beauty and abundance of animals. It’s among the most popular spots in East Africa for safaris, and the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo) are found here. Kenya’s most famous national parks include Amboseli National Park, which offers views of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Masai Mara National Reserve.

What can you do in Kenya besides safari?

There is so much more to do in Kenya besides going on safaris. You can learn to cook Kenyan fare, pay a visit to a traditional village, check out art at the Nairobi National Museum, or head to one of the country’s many sandy beaches for a bit of sea and sun.

Is Kenya better than Tanzania?

No, Kenya is not better than Tanzania, nor is it worse. Each country has its own perks. For example, Tanzania has iconic attractions such as the Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar, but Kenya has more national parks, the most famous of which are easily accessible from the capital city.

Is Kenya a friendly country?

Yes, Kenya is a friendly country. In fact, many people attribute its popularity to the fact that the people who live here are known to be kind and welcoming. It’s also an easy destination for English-speaking travelers who enjoy chatting with local residents, as English is widely spoken here.

What is the best month to visit Kenya?

August may be the best month to visit Kenya. The weather in August is generally cool and dry, and it’s one of the best months to witness the Great Migration (along with July). That said, any time between June and October is likely to give you good weather and plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities.

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