Kenya: Places to Explore

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  • Amboseli National Reserve

    Amboseli National Reserve, immediately northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro and 240 km (150 miles) southeast of Nairobi on the Tanzanian border, is certainly one of the most picturesque places in the whole of Africa... Read more

  • Laikipia Plateau

    Stretching across the western flank of Mt. Kenya, Laikipia Plateau, gateway to Kenya's little-visited northern territory, isn't in itself a national park or reserve, but it's become one of Kenya's most... Read more

  • Lake Naivasha

    One of the Rift Valley's few freshwater lakes, Lake Naivasha is a popular spot for day-trips and weekends away from Nairobi. The pleasant forested surroundings, which are a far cry from the congestion... Read more

  • Lake Nakuru

    If it's birds and flamingos you're after, then Lake Nakuru hits the spot. You'll find millions—yes, millions—of these engaging birds to gaze upon. From the air, and even when you see them from far off... Read more

  • Lake Turkana

    The tip of Lake Turkana, in Kenya's northwest, runs into the Ethiopian highlands, but the rest of Kenya's biggest lake stretches for 250 km (155 miles) south. Sometimes called the Jade Lake because of... Read more

  • Lake Victoria

    Kenya shares Africa's biggest freshwater lake with its neighbors, Uganda and Tanzania. Tanzania has the lion's share: 49%; Uganda has 45%; Kenya only 6%. The lake is so huge (68,000 square km [26,000 square... Read more

  • Lamu

    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2001, Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Some 260 km (162 miles) north of Mombasa—and just two degrees... Read more

  • Malindi

    Malindi, the country's second-largest coastal town, is 120 km (75 miles) north of Mombasa and has been an important port for hundreds of years. In ancient Chinese documents, "Ma Lin De" is referred to... Read more

  • Masai Mara

    The legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve ranks right up there with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and South Africa's Kruger National Park in terms of the world's finest wildlife sanctuaries.... Established... Read more

  • Meru National Park

    Situated 370 km (230 miles) northeast of Nairobi and west of Mt. Kenya, this little-visited park (1,810 square km [699 square miles]) offers some of Kenya's wildest country, but was taken off the mainstream... Read more

  • Mombasa

    You may well find yourself in Mombasa for a few hours or an overnight stop. The city (which is actually an island linked to the mainland by a ferry) is the second oldest trade center with Arabia and the... Read more

  • Nairobi

    As Nairobi is Kenya's capital city and the main hub for visitors, it's very likely that you'll be spending an overnight here between flights. The following information will help you plan those hours productively... Read more

  • Nairobi National Park

    The most striking thing about Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest national park, isn't a mountain or a lake but the very fact that it exists at all. This sliver of unspoiled Africa survives on the edge... Read more

  • Southern Beaches

    Kenya's coast south of Mombasa has some of the country's most beautiful beaches. The highway from Mombasa runs all the way to the Tanzania border, providing easy access to a string of resorts.... Read more

  • Tsavo East

    Tsavo East—11,747 square km (4,535 square miles)—is a fairly harsh landscape of scrubland dotted with huge baobab trees, and photographers will revel in the great natural light and the vast plains stretching... Read more

  • Tsavo West

    Tsavo West covers 7,065 square km (2,728 square miles), which is a little less than a third of the total area comprising all of Kenya's national parks. With its diverse habitats of riverine forest, palm... Read more

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