The central region is the ultimate destination for nature lovers who don’t mind the steep slopes of Mount Kenya. It represents the region around and on Mount Kenya. Most attractions in this circuit offer thrilling adventures such as hikes, kayaking and mountain climbing. National Parks within this region include Mount Kenya National Park, Mount Longonot National Park and Aberdare National Park.
This circuit is the best destination for visitors who want the real safari experience. The South Rift contains most of the popular attractions in the country. It is in the Great Rift Valley, an area rich in breathtaking sceneries, thousands of wildlife species and natural formations. In this circuit, there are awesome and unique activities such as hot air ballooning, sundowners, bush dinners, bush breakfasts, walking safaris, fly camping and birding safaris. The main attractions in this circuit are Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Mara Triangle, which form an exciting natural package.
The coastline circuit presents novelty. Its expansive beaches and rich history has played a significant role in the growth of the tourism industry. You can spend hours on the dazzling beaches or explore the marine parks and reserves. Additionally, a historical safari here involves a trip to the Vasco da Gama Pillar, Gede Ruins, Hell’s Kitchen and Malindi Museum among other sites.
The coast has luxurious accommodation offered in resorts and lodges along the beach. The main marine parks and reserves are Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, Kisite Mpunguti National Park & Reserve, Marine National Reserve, Malindi Marine Park & Reserve, Mombasa Marine National Park, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Tana River Primate Reserve and Watamu Marine Park & Reserve.
Nairobi, besides being the capital city of Kenya, is a popular tourist destination. This city, which is actually a county, has numerous attractions to visit. They include the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Safari Walk, and National Museums of Kenya, Karen Blixen Museum, Kitengela Glass and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Apart from exploring these attractions, you can visit the Maasai Market to buy traditional beadwork and carvings. These markets are held on different days of the week in different sections of the city such as in the High Court parking lot, Yaya Centre and the Village Market. Other activities are hiking and nature walks in Ngong Hills or Karura Nature Trails.
This circuit covers the northern towns starting from Laikipia and moving towards Marsabit and Turkana. In Laikipia, you can explore Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy, which is the largest black rhino sanctuary in the East Africa. Other attractions in the North Rift circuit are Chalbi Desert, Sibiloi National Park, Nasolot National Reserve and South Turkana National Reserve. Lakes in this circuit include Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria and Lake Turkana.
The Eastern circuit combines the dry county of Samburu and the foothills of Mount Kenya on the Eastern side. In Samburu, attractions to visit line the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, which is the only permanent source of water for the area. Explore Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve and Buffalo Springs. Other attractions in this circuit are Meru National Park, Mwea National Reserve, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Mwingi National Reserve and Kora International Reserve. These are picturesque sceneries, thousands of species and historical locations such as the home of Elsa the Lioness in Meru National Park.
The southern circuit houses the biggest national park in Kenya- Tsavo National Park. Other parks in this area are Chyulu Hills National Park and Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is home to the largest population of elephants and it has magnificent scenery with Mount Kilimanjaro in the Background. Tsavo West National Park’s attractions include Mzima Springs and Shetani Lava Flow. The most popular activities for visitors in this circuit are game viewing, guided walks, hiking safaris, fly camping and birding tours.
The attractions in this circuit are not crowded and they are unpolluted. Lake Victoria is the main lake within this circuit. The parks to visit are Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Ndere Island National Park, Ruma National Park and Saiwa Swamp National Park. These circuits cover the whole of Kenya as a tourist destination. Kenya is indeed a great destination that every nature lover should explore.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the main international airport hub to get into Kenya and the largest airport within East and Central Africa. It’s located in Nairobi, 18 Kilometers from the capital city of Kenya and is the most popular airport to land in when coming to Kenya. It is served by 49 major international airlines which fly in from Europe and the Middle East.
Most popular airlines include – Kenya Airways, KLM, Emirates, British Airways, Air Arabia, Etihad, Qatar Air, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Airlines, Precision Air, Lufthansa has recently returned to JKIA replacing Brussels Airlines. China Southern Airlines has also started 3 weekly flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi in 2015.
Mombasa International Airport also caters for persons coming into Kenya mainly for beach holidays and water sports. Airlines landing here include – Kenya Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airways, Condor Airlines and KLM.
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