When most people think of Kenya, they think of a wildlife safari – and while this is certainly the biggest draw to this beautiful country, it is not the only one. Other attractions include the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the beautiful beaches along the Indian Ocean.
After we cover all of the different reasons to visit Kenya in this article, you will realize that no matter what the cost of a visa is, the experience you have after obtaining your Kenya visa is priceless.
You will be surprised that the cost of obtaining a visa using the e-visa system is not prohibitive: in fact, a single entry visa is only $51 and transit visas for stays under 72 hours are only $21.
There are 60 national parks and reserves in Kenya. Maasai Mara National Reserve, which is sometimes referred to as the 7th new wonder of the world, gets the most visitors. Its popularity is likely because of the impressive wildebeest migration that occurs there every year. All of the reserves have abundant wildlife and photo safaris are a common tourist attraction for good reason!
If you would rather visit the cradle of humanity than spend time enjoying wildlife, you will appreciate a visit to the Great Rift Valley. Not only is the scenery breathtaking but your heart will also experience a thrill when you visit the Koobi Fora Site and Museum, a World Heritage Site also popularly known as the Cradle of Mankind. On-site are mainly fossils like extinct versions of the crocodile, giraffe, and tortoise that are at least four times larger than today’s specimens. It is also a very important site for hominid fossils. It is the location where Richard Leakey discovered a 2-million-year-old skull of Homo Habilis dubbed ‘1470.’
After experiencing the hiking and biking that the Great Rift Valley has to offer, for ecotourists, a visit to Kenya would not be complete without climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the altitude of Africa’s highest mountain, it is not a climb for the faint of heart, even though one BBC article describes a popular path nicknamed the “Coca-Cola route” thanks to its comfortable sleeping huts and the availability of food and drinks for sale. Pacing yourself to avoid altitude sickness is a must but the climb is not technically difficult for all climbers.
Once you have conquered the mountain, you have earned a rest. Kenya’s beaches along the Indian Ocean should be your next stop. If you want to just slather on sunscreen and lay on the beach, good choices include the north coast, Malindi, Watamu, and Lamu. However, if you want to add ocean creatures to any wildlife safari activity you have undertaken in Kenya, you will want to visit Diani Beach and dive or swim with the gentle, curious whale sharks during their annual migration through Kenyan waters.
This creature is the world’s largest fish, measured at up to 12 meters with larger specimens suspected. However, it is not necessary to be afraid of swimming with these giants: this species is exclusively a filter feeder that prefers plankton.