There’s so much more to up-and-coming entrepreneur-laden African gem Kenya than lions and safaris. With its measureless savanna’s, snow-capped mountains, immense wildlife and rich culture, Kenya is a magnet for adventurous backpackers and luxury travel lovers alike. Prepare to be dazzled by Kenya’s diversity and the sheer number of awesome things for female travelers to do in Kenya. Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in Kenya.
1. Lake Nakuru National Park
This park is located in central Kenya and is known for the pink flamingos that live here. Lake Nakuru has a soda lake in the Rift Valley that covers about one-third of the area of the park. The park came into existence in 1961 and has around 450 varieties of birds living here. You might even see some lions, warthogs, leopards, waterbucks, white rhinos and pythons here too… so well worth the trip.
2. Explore the Amboseli National Reserve
Amboseli is located at Mount Kilimanjaro and is the most renowned tourist park in Kenya. The park is extremely dry and parched and is the best place for wild elephant spotting. The other animals inhabiting the park are lions, cheetah, impala, giraffe, waterbuck, and about 600 varieties of birds. Five different habitats can be explored here which makes it a paradise for all nature lovers.
3. Explore Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is famous for its vibrant colonial history. A long time ago it was the capital of East Africa under the British rule. People would settle here and make a fortune out of the tea and coffee industry. Nairobi has some excellent museums like the Karen Blixen Museum and the Nairobi National Museum and some wildlife sanctuaries too, just in case you’re not already getting a big enough dose of wildlife spotting while traveling in Kenya.
4. Visit Lamu Island
Lamu Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site and located towards the northeast of Mombasa. Lamu is among the oldest settlements in Kenya and is believed to have been inhabited since the 12th century. The architecture and the streets ooze an old world charm and the rich trading heritage of the island is evident everywhere. The architecture includes Arab, European, and Indian styles with a touch of the Swahili techniques. Visiting this wonderful little Island is like going back to the 18th century.
5. Spend a day in Mombasa
On the coast of Kenya lies another great city called Mombasa. If you’re looking for top things to do in Kenya, this is a great place for female travelers to explore. The Old Fort museum is among one of the highlights of the city, but the best experience to be had here is to revel in the chaos of the lively ancient city and wander around its market area for fabulous shopping and bargaining opportunities.
6. Cycle your way out of Hell Gate National Park
Looking for a unique Kenya safari experience away from the crowds? Hell Gate National Park Cycle Safari is definitely worth checking out. Get up at dawn to cycle past zebras, giraffes and other exotic creatures and create memories that’ll last forever. You can also get some surreal photo-opportunities with the morning sun on your face, wind in your hair and with wildlife close by and ready to pounce or purr.
7. Visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Also called Masai Mara, this is one of the best game reserves in the world. Situated at the border of Tanzania and acting as a wildlife corridor between Kenya and Tanzania. The park got its name from the red-cloaked Maasai population that has been residing in the park for centuries. The most significant aspect of the park is the Great Migration when a large number of zebras, wildebeests and Thomson Gazelle travel to and from the Serengeti in July through to October. The Mara River is home to crocodiles and hippos so watch out.
8. Chill on Diani beach
For any ocean lover, this beach is sheer paradise, with silky white sand and lush green palm trees. After the rather strenuous safaris you’re bound to go on in Kenya, Diani beach is where you get to relax and unwind.
9. Hike Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and is situated right above the equator. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site and Biosphere Reserve. Most hikers manage to reach the third highest peak of Mount Kenya, and you will find several guided tours that will take you there via different routes. Hiking to the top of this mountain is extremely challenging, but if you like a challenge… go for it!
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10. Sip espressos in Watamu
Moving further up the coast of Kenya, towards the north of Kilifi, you will find the beach town Watamu also known as ‘Little Italy’. This place has dazzling beaches, ancient ruins, and lush green jungles so ladies, visiting this town is a must especially if you’re a fan of spectacular views, espresso sipping and great gelato, thanks to all the Italian tourists that flock here
Other than these top things to do in Kenya, there is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead and be prepared to be flexible with your Kenya itinerary because sometimes the travelers you meet along the way will have the best surprise suggestions for top things to do in Kenya.