From a country that naturally dazzles with iconic sights, unique tribal cultures, historical gems & natural wonders, it’s incredibly hard to choose what to indulge in and what to leave out.

You can choose to answer the call of the wild: From the gorgeous elephant parades, lakes of flamingos to wildebeest migrations and spectacular safaris. You can glide above the savanna in a hot-air balloon, climb Africa’s second-highest summit, and then escape to the coast for scuba diving.

And that’s just the beginning. Let’s explore some of the most compelling reasons why Kenya should be on top of your 2020’s bucket list.

50. Explore the 7 Unique World Heritage sites

 

Lamu old town, Kenya, UNESCO site | ©javarman3

Kenya is home to 7 unique world heritage sites namely: Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site, Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, Lake Turkana National park, Mount Kenya National Park, Mijikenda Kaya forests and the Lake Systems of Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita. The sites have been identified by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). These sites have been recognized precisely because of their cultural, historical, natural and archaeological significance.

49. The ‘Flower Garden of Europe’

 

Kenya: The Flower Garden of Europe

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Chances are, there wouldn’t be a proper Valentine’s Day without Kenya’s unique contribution. Kenya is the fourth largest exporters of cut flowers and accounts for around one in three flowers sold in the European Union Market.  If you received a beautiful, deep-red, fragrant bouquet of roses the past Valentine’s Day, there is a fair chance they made it to your doorstep via a direct flight from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

48. Adopt an Orphan Elephant.

 

For as little as $50 a year, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage gives you a rare opportunity to adopt an orphan elephant, rhino or a giraffe for yourself or as a gift. Located close to the Giraffe Centre, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is a world-leading pioneer of animal conservation.

The orphanage works with elephants whose parents have died, nursing them to health and gradually working to reintroduce them into the wild. There’s a visiting hour from 11 am – 12 pm every day, when you can see the elephants being fed, hear about the work the initiative. Sadly though, you can’t take any home with you.

47. Bogoria’s Hot Little Secret

 

Geysers & Flamigoes at Lake Bogoria

Discover the magical healing waters of Lake Bogoria. One of the most beautiful sights you get to see here is thousands of pink flamingos feeding on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters and plankton or when they are taking off. The lake’s hot steam vents are also famous and popular with tourists who boil eggs in them.

46. Meet the Maasai & Samburu Tribes

 

Maasai-People-Kenya

Watch time stand still with some of Africa’s most fascinating tribes. Maasai and Samburu tribespeople live and tend to their livestock alongside the resident wildlife in various parts of Kenya. Both tribes are known for their nomadic lifestyle, colorful clothing, and jewelry as well as their famous traditional dancing styles.

Their clothing, artifacts, and jewelry make up the largest percentage of the souvenirs bought by tourists. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Samburu are a sub-tribe of the larger Maasai community/tribe. The Samburu, just like the Maasai are semi-nomadic people. Only that they are still very traditional and have not parted with old customs as compared to the Maasai.

45. Catch your Biggest Nile Perch in Lake Victoria

 

Fishing in Lake Victoria

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The best way to experience Kenya’s western frontier is by visiting and appreciating the beauty of Lake Victoria.  Home to the largest inland fishery in the world and Africa’s largest freshwater body. Here, the sun shines bright, and gentle breezes rise from the water allowing you to have a much-needed breath of fresh air.

44. Underwater National Parks

 

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Kenya.

Beyond the serene sandy beaches of the Kenyan Coast, there’s a whole world underneath. Check into the underwater world of Kiunga Marine National Reserve, sunbathe, snorkel and dive as you drown all your worries in the million gallons of water. Take a jaunt to the Malindi Marine National Park and spot crabs, tropical coral, colourful fish, sea cucumbers, dolphins, turtles and more. Or get lost into Watamu Marine Park, a UN-recognized World Biosphere Reserve that’s home to the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.

43. Unrivalled Matatu Culture

 

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Kenya’s grandiose and elaborate graffiti works on Matatus (Minibuses) is like a unique selection art gallery on wheels. Not one design is like the other and this makes up for a beautiful sight especially at night. What started off as a strategy by matatu owners to ward off competition and attract passengers, has become a culture that is so unique that it has attracted a global audience.

42. Rich Historic Sites

 

Defensive wall of Fort Jesus built in the centre of Mombasa city in Kenya

Kenya hosts a huge array of historical monuments, museums, attractions and sights across the board – a testament to her rich & fascinating cultural heritage. This begets a wealth of interactive experiences that help you bring Kenya’s history to life. A few examples include the Fort Jesus Museum in Mombasa, Hyrax Hill in Nakuru, Ruins of Gedi, Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, Jumba la Mtwana in Mtwapa, Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi, Lamu Fort in Lamu, Meru Museum in Meru, Kisumu Museum in Kisumu, Nairobi Gallery and the Rabai Museum.

41. Sample the Best of Kenyan Coffee, Tea & Beer

 

Sample the Kenya Coffee

Kenya is arguably the 3rd largest producer of tea in the world, after India & China.  Considering that most of this is grown by small scale farmers, this is quite a feat. Kenya’s AA grade coffee is among the world’s best in quality and therefore widely known for its intense flavor, and pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa. Kenyan beer, on the other hand, is so popular, both locally and abroad, so much so that the Kenyan breweries are looking to expand their beer export to more countries, including the United States.

40. Perfect Location for big blockbuster Movies

Lion-King Movie inspired in Kenya

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Some of the world’s best movies have been shot on location in Kenya thanks to her breathtaking natural beauty. Occasionally, big movie production houses in Hollywood come to Africa to get inspiration and/or produce some of the best silver screen pictures that the world can’t get enough of. The latest of such inspirations is the Lion King Movie (2019).  Although everything in the movie was computer-generated, the creators of Disney’s The Lion King visited Kenya’s Hell’s Gate National Park to get a feel for what is known by Mufasa as “the great circle of life.”  Other high rated & all-time favorites include: Out Of Africa, King Solomon’s Mines, Nowhere in Africa, The Constant Gardener and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

39. Feed the Tallest Animals on the Planet

 

 Feeding Giraffes at Giraffe Center Nairobi

Located in Nairobi’s Lang’ata suburb, the Giraffe Centre is the creation of a Kenyan Conservation Organisation, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) Ltd. (A.F.E.W. Kenya). The purpose of the Centre is to create awareness and provide free environmental education aimed at sensitizing the general population on the need to appreciate and conserve Kenya’s biodiversity.

The highlight of this experience is when you have the opportunity to hand feed the Giraffes. There is a bucket of special pellets from which you can get a handful and watch it disappear into their mouths. The Giraffe’s tongue can stretch out 15 cm, so you better not clench your fist! If you are daring enough, you can even get a kiss from these magnificent animals and take selfies with them to keep in your memory volt.

38.Free Visas for children below 16 years and the capping of park fees at 60 USD.

Safari with Children KenyaUntil February 2016, Kenya used to charge $100 for multiple entries and $50 for children under 16 years.  Now you do NOT need to submit a visa application for persons aged 16 (sixteen) years and below. Only their valid transport documents will be required at the point of entry. There was also the removal of the VAT charges on National Park fees and Kenya wildlife service park fees were capped at $60 (down from $90). This makes up a great incentive to travel with your family and explore the country in style. The Kenyan Government also introduced an e-visa system meaning travelers no longer need to apply for entry documents before traveling, or queue at the airport for all the right stamps.

37. Natural Untainted Coral Reefs

 

Diving the Crab, Diani's Coral reefs

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Kenya’s extensive fringing & diverse reefs cover almost 240 square miles along the coast which is arguably about two-thirds of Kenya’s coastline.

Experience this fascinating undersea world from a glass-bottomed boat. Snorkel or dive, as you enjoy the warm, crystal-clear waters and the secrets hidden within its depths. From starfish to turtles, rays, octopus and squids and the countless varieties of stunning, brightly colored fish, you’re simply spoilt for choice.

The best locations to experience the marine life include the Malindi and Watamu Marine National Parks to the north, or the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park to the South Coast.

36. Visit the Largest Urban Slum in Africa

 

Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and the largest urban slum in Africa. Situated just 5km from Nairobi city centre, this slum is estimated to host over 700,000 Kenyan’s which makes up a very large population of Nairobi County. Why should you visit Kibera? Well, there are hundreds of projects that have been launched to empower the communities that live there and joining one of them means being a part of something very fulfilling.

35. Ecotourism at its Finest

 

Ecotourism Ideas in Kenya

Ecotourism. Photo-safari in Africa. Masai Mara, Kenya

By exploring Kenya and practicing responsible and sustainable tourism, you can play your part in helping to keep these complex eco-systems healthy and alive.

And what’s more, responsible tourism protects wildlife including the long list of endangered mammals that still roam freely along the open plains. Discover sustainable and authentic travel experiences that will not only educate you but will also expose you to some of Kenya’s rich culture and diverse natural history! Learn how you can join  Kenya’s oldest Eco-tourism Organization and be a part of the movement.

34. Quirky and Wacky Stays

 

Safari Collection's Giraffe Manor

© The Safari Collection

While most of us settle for the usual bed and breakfast hotels and motels, others look for the unusual, quirky and bizarre places to stay to satisfy their curiosity & sense of adventure. Kenya features some of the most unique and unusual places to stay on planet earth. From tree-houses, star beds, glamping & cool cottages, turn your ordinary stays into extraordinary memories.

33.  Wildebeest Migration: Seventh Wonder of the World

 

Masai Mara Wildebeests Migration

The Wildebeest Migration is one of planet earth’s largest and most fascinating natural cycles and is regarded as the planet’s greatest natural spectacle.

Herds of over 1.3 million wildebeest & over 600k Zebras & Gazelles spend much of the year grazing throughout the plains of the Serengeti. The herds calve in the months of January to March, the young born ready to make their first, epic journey. In June, as the dry season dwindles the grasslands and a mild whiff scent of moisture brings the promise of rain towards the north, they begin to converge forming a single vast herd.

By July the herds begin crossing from Tanzania to Kenya, bringing the plains to life as predators are drawn to this perfect opportunity for easy hunting. In the face their greatest obstacle of crossing the Mara River, there is always an eminent frenzy in the waters as the crocodiles plunge into the herds and pull down the prey, as the mounting pressure on the shore pushes more and more animals into the water where only the fittest survives. As they reach their goal, the herds spread out to graze across the expanse of the Mara.

32. Investment Opportunities

 

The tallest skyscraper in Africa

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Owing to an estimated growth of 6% in 2018 & 6.1% in 2019 as reported by the Internation Monetary Fund, Kenya is in the top 10 list of the fastest-growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. This opens up the best business opportunities for those who like to travel and do their businesses abroad.

With the average annual growth is 5.41% in 2015 with an all-time high of 11.6% in the last quarter of 2010,  the only way for Kenya is up.

Some of the popular investors to Kenya’s tourism industry includes the Italian Billionaire Flavio Briatore who owns the Lions in the Sun Resort in Malindi and the Billionaires Resort as well as Sir Richard Branson who established the Mahali Mzuri Camp in 2013 under his eclectic and exclusive portfolio of retreats: The Virgin Limited Edition.

The Kenyan startup ecosystem is also thriving and maturing which has seen development in other areas of investment including a growing number of incubators, Venture Capital funds, impact investors and angel investors.

31. Wildlife

 

Wildlife in KenyaStarting from the capital city, Nairobi, there are plentiful of wildlife conservancy facilities located all over the country. In some, you will find wild animals that do not exist in any other part of the world. Kenya is also home to the big five; lions, elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, and leopards. If you cannot afford to go see these beasts at a price, you can volunteer at an elephant orphanage known as David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It is also important to note that Kenya provides one of the best game viewings in the world. Having a range of these conservancies makes it accessible as well.

30. Try the Legendary Nyama Choma

 

Kenya Dish Nyama Choma

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Often served with Ugali (cornmeal), Nyama Choma (Roast meat) is one of Kenya’s favorite delicacies. So much so that any gathering between friends or family is always an excuse for eating nyama choma. From the finest restaurants to roadside shacks, Nyama Choma is served up as a kind of social lubricant, often aided by a selection of the local beers & some starch. For a first time visitor, the best place to enjoy Nyama Choma is at Carnivore Restaurant which also serves game meat and thus widely known as the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’.

29. Experience the magic of the equator

 

Equator Crossing in Kenya

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Just imagine the prospect of visiting both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere on the same safari and even on the same day. That’s right: Kenya is among the only 13 countries in the world that the equator passes through. The zeroth circle of latitude literally cuts through the heart of Kenya with a number of easily accessible towns on which you can stand with one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern hemisphere including Kisumu & Nandi.

 

28.  Impressive BirdLife Collection

 

Birds of Kenya

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With at least 1134 confirmed bird species, Kenya presents some remarkable spots for birdwatching all over the country. It is not unusual for birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short trip or to record more than 120 different species at a particular site on a single day!

Kenya’s endangered, rarest & indigenous bird species are the most sought after by Bird enthusiast. The favourite spot to find them is  Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kilifi County which has the highest number of threatened bird species in one place namely; Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Spotted Ground Thrush, East Coast Akalat, Amani Sunbird and Clarke’s Weaver. Kenya’s national parks make excellent centres for bird watching, The Maasai Mara is famous for the rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike while the rare shining sunbird and pink breasted larkare found in Samburu.

The Nairobi national park houses the northern pied-babbler and Pangani Longclaw. Endemics in the country include the Tara River cisticola, the Aberdare Cisticola, Hinde’s pied-babbler, William’s lark, Sharpe’s pipit and Clarke’s weaver.

27. Colorful Festivals & Events 

 

Kenya Festivals

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Kenya hosts some of the world’s most amazing cultural events & festivities that seek to celebrate her uniqueness in the fields of heritage, art, fashion, and food. Topping the list includes the Maralal Camel Derby held in August, the Lamu Cultural Festival in November, the Rusinga Festival in December, Koroga Festival, African Nouveau in March, Color Festival in August and December, the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival in June, PAWA Festival in December and the Diani beach festival in December.

26. Dine with the Rothchild’s Giraffes

 

Giraffe Manor Nairobi Kenya

Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor is famously known as the only place in the world where you can literally have your breakfast with the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. This famous gem sits on 12 acres of private land in a Nairobi suburb allowing guests to feed their resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes. These giraffes will often poke their heads through the manor house windows for extra treats which is the most euphoric moments in Nairobi.

25. Trace the “Cradle of Mankind” in the North

 

LakeTurkana Landscape, Northern Kenya

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Coming face to face with the relics of mankind is a thing of dreams, if not a fantasy to many. Commonly referred to by anthropologists as the “Cradle of Mankind“, Northern Kenya is endowed with rich pre-historic fossil heritage dating over 100 million years back. With overwhelming research suggesting that humans originated in Africa, the largest numbers of human fossils have been found here. One of the most important and nearly complete human skeletons (Homo erectus) which is over 1.6 million years old was discovered on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya and named Turkana Boy.

24. A Little Heaven at Hell’s Gate

 

Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya

Established in 1984 and named after a narrow break in the cliffs, Hell’s Gate is the only national park in Kenya where you’re allowed to ride a mountain bike across the park. Enjoy a walk among buffaloes, zebras, eland and Thomson’s gazelle and see baboons scratching each other or stop to be marvelled by the beauty of the Njorowa gorge’s red sandstone walls. Families with young energetic children can also take part in a walk. Hell’s gate is also a unique spot where you can pitch up a tent under the dazzling night sky and catch the beautiful sunrise the next morning.

23. Sleep Under the Stars in “World’s Largest Bedroom”

Often deemed to be the “world’s biggest bedroom”, the star beds of Loisaba affords visitors one of the rarest experiences of sleeping under the stars as the moonlight harmony of an African safari night comes alive. Spread across 57,000 acres of wilderness, Loisaba Conservancy provides an opportunity to experience camelback & horseback experiences, bushwalking safaris, or even mountain bike tours often hosted by traditional Samburu and Laikipia Maasai warriors. The stars are basically bed-on-wheels on raised platform rolled out onto a deck, wrapped up in mosquito netting then stacked high with warm, comfortable blankets. The units are very spacious providing endless views of Kenya’s open plains as well as the shooting stars from the sky.

22. Discover the Island with No Cars or Electricity – Wasini.

Wasini Kenya

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Wasini Island is astonishingly beautiful, authentic, and peaceful. It is the epitome of Man’s perfect relationship with nature. The Island is not connected to the power grid, has no fresh groundwater, and there are no cars. But what may seem like a drawback to many is in fact a unique opportunity for the most discerning travellers to escape or disconnect from the “Connected World”. Lack of ordinary convenience keeps partying crowds and mass tourism away. This coral island is occupied by the Vumba people, a small indigenous group in Kenya whose number is only around 1500. Mkwiro and Wasini are the two villages present on the island – each at opposite ends.

21. Scout for the only white giraffe in the world at Hirola

 

White-Giraffes in Kenya

©Hirola Conservation Program/Caters

Its a bold claim considering how big the world is but Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa is believed to be the first known sightings of white giraffes. Hirola Conservancy is also home to the critically endangered Hirola Antelope. While these giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, their unique white colour is absolutely a head-turning sight.

20. Spot the elusive Black Leopards in Laikipia

 

The black leopard’s sighting is such a flinty endeavour. But if you stick around Laikipia County long enough you might just get lucky. The elusive African black leopard was recently spotted near Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia by biologist Nick Pilfold. National Geographic confirms that the black leopard captured has melanism and the last such sighting was in 1909. According to Nick Pilfold, the leopard’s coat is pitch black as a result of melanism, a gene mutation that causes an overproduction of pigment.

19. Conquer the second tallest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya

 

Mount Kenya: Africa's Second Tallest MountainMount Kenya – Africa’s second-highest mountain – offers a unique choice of exhilarating treks and climbs through its diverse scenery of deep valleys, volcanic ridges, and rugged landscape. Located about 150 km northeast of Nairobi, Mount Kenya is protected in the Mount Kenya National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a challenge & climb up through the montane forest and giant bamboo to the snow line.

18. Take the Fastest Train to Mombasa and Back

Looking to have a fantastic train experience while in Kenya? How about a trip to Kenya’s second-largest city and back? Try Kenya’s latest Standard Gauge railway experiences which promises a safe, efficient & convenient travel to Mombasa. Enjoy a thrilling excursion on your way to Mombasa as you pass through the rugged terrains of Taru Desert, greenery forests of Mtito Andei and the vast Tsavo National parks, with limitless possibilities of seeing wild animals.

17. Tropical Climate

 

Climate in Kenya

Vacations are meant to be warm, sunny and bright. If this is what you are looking for, you should head to Kenya. Generally, the climate here tends to be warm almost throughout the year except for cold seasons which are in June, July, and part of August. This weather makes it favourable for you to explore more of this beautiful country.

16. Nairobi’s Night Life

Nairobi Nightlife

© Joshua Wanyama | Dreamstime

Nairobi is among the top cities in Africa to have some of the best nightlife moments. Immediately at sundown, the city transforms into a partying hub, with music emanating from all corners, celebrity shows, and of course the locals cocktail/beer offers. The city is also infamous for its “anything goes” attitude.

15.Eco-shopping

 

Eco Shopping Kenya

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With the recent launch of Kenya’s first eco-friendly neighbourhood mall: Rosslyn Riviera, Kenyans are definitely taking eco-shopping to a whole new level. Choose from a unique choice of hand-made products from beadwork, hand-woven linens, and rugs, safari wear, and art. Buy a gift for your loved one such as jewellery wrought from seeds, handbags fashioned from beer-bottle tops, sandals made from old tires or even writing paper made from rhino or elephant dung.

14. Where Queen Elizabeth ‘took over’ the Reigns

The Treetops Lodge in the Aberdare National ParkKenyaEstablished in 1932, Treetops is Kenya’s oldest safari lodge. And as the story goes, when King George VI died unexpectedly in 1952, Princess Elizabeth was at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya for an official visit, watching the big game with the Duke of Edinburgh. Her historic visit put Treetops lodge & Nyeri County on the Global map as it is famous as the hotel where Queen Elizabeth II descended as queen. Overnight it became one of the world’s most famous tree houses and was the inception of a royal love affair with Africa that is still alive to this day.

13.Wildlife within the Capital City

 

Buffalo in Nairobi national park, Nairobi skyscrapers in the backgroundNairobi national park brings out the beauty of the earth as it is the only National Park on the planet that is within a Capital City. Experience nature up-close with prospects of spotting species of rhino, lions, leopards, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and many more. Be on the lookout for the park’s hundreds of bird species, including at least 20 seasonal European migrants.

12. Run or Train with a World Athletic Champion

 

Eliud Kipchoge Training for INEOS159

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Kenya is well known for its athletic prowess. Her athletes have broken more world records than any other nation on the planet. In 2016, Kenyan athletes won 70 percent of all major city marathons that were organized across the world. You’ll also find that up to about 70 or 80 percent of her winners for the long-distance races since the late 1980s, have been from Kenya.

11.Rugby Fanaticism

 

Rugby in Kenya

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Kenya is currently one of the 15 “core teams” of the World Series, with a guaranteed place in all ten events each season. Kenya recorded its first tournament win in the World Rugby Sevens Series after beating Fiji at the 2016 Singapore Sevens. Since being promoted as a Core team in 1999-2000 season, 2016 saw the Kenya Sevens Shujaa reach a historical milestone by defying all the odds to lift their first-ever Cup title after stunning champions Fiji 30-7 in the Singapore 7s final.

10. Trace the footprints & the legacy of Wangari Maathai 

 

The late Kenyan environmentalist and human rights activist Professor Wangari Maathai

From U.S. Embassy in Kenya

The late Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees & environmental conservation. Multiple award-winning documentaries dubbed as “taking root”  has since been created by a Merton & Alan Dater, that tells her inspiring story of Green Belt Movement. Her legacy lives on many years later. She was also the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree in 1971.

9. MPESA

 

MPESA KENYAIf you’re into fin-tech or have a knack for innovation in the 21st century, then the idea of visiting Kenya just to see how Mpesa works is not far fetched. Arguably the world’s largest mobile money network/service, MPESA enables millions of Africans to gain access to safe and secure bankless banking solutions.

8. Feel the life in one of Africa’s oldest towns: Lamu

 

Lamu Archipelago

An architectural marvel, Lamu Island is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Kenya. Founded in 1370, Lamu old town has a district charming appeal that enchants those who will stay long enough to soak in its history, to listen. The crystal-clear waters the narrow alleyways and the fact that the absence of motorized vehicles adds to its charm & uniqueness.

7. Kituluni Hill, Syokimau

 

Kituluni Anti gravity Hill in Machakos

Kituluni hill, in Machakos County, has the unique charm of being one of the few places on earth where water flows uphill unaided. This portion of the highway seems to defy gravity as things normally go upward instead of downward and for most, it has remained a mystery. Perhaps it has something to do with the mystical powers or the rich history the place supposedly holds.

6. World’s leading safari destination since 2013

Luxury safari bush breakfast in Kenya Africa

Between 2013 and 2018, Kenya has been voted as the world’s leading safari destination for five times, four of which have been every year since 2015.  The coveted fete organized and managed by the World’s Travel Awards goes to show why Kenya should be on your bucket list. In Africa, Kenya has continuously won the accolades of being the leading beach destination, leading Business Travel destination and leading Meeting and Conference destination.

5. Watch the City Under the Sun from the Top of the World

 

Nairobi Kenya KICCIf you are looking to take in all of Nairobi in one glimpse, Kenyatta International Conference Center’s rooftop is your best bet. All you must do is to climb to its rooftop, which makes up the helipad to experience this magnificent view. KICC is strategically placed to give you a view of what Nairobi looks like from a high point of view.

4. The Waterman of Tsavo

 

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua - The Waterman of Tsavo

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Meet the Unsung hero, and a darling of the many wild animals in Tsavo park as a result of his mission to deliver thousands of liters of water. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua travels with his truck, containing 3000 gallons of water, every day, to help thirsty animals that have been suffering due to the drought. A trip to Tsavo may give you an idea of why this is necessary and you just might be compelled to help.

3. A Different Kind Of Bullfighting

Kakamega Bullfighting

© Duncan Moore / bbc.com

Rendered to be one of the most up close and personal sports experience in Africa, the Kakamega bullfighting is a marvel. Every Month, the Idakho and Isukha communities from the larger Abaluhya community meet once for a real bullfight. Bull versus bull. Horn to horn. These bulls are bred solely for battle, fed with molasses-spiked grass and isolated from heifers at age three to prevent them from mating and preserve their energy.

2. Fulfill your “In and Out of Africa” Fantasies

 

Out of Africa in real life KenyaIf you have watched the Oscar-winning movieOut of Africa’, then you probably have this image of a classic African setting featuring magnificent Savannah plains, bountiful wildlife, and snapshots of Kenya’s rich tribal cultures. Having won 7 Oscars (Academy Awards) including Best Picture and Best Director, this film was loosely adapted from Karen Blixen’s 1937 memoir of the same name. 34 years later, watching this movie still evokes the romance and allure of life in the Maasai Mara, therefore enticing travelers from all over the world to visit Kenya.  Here are 5 places where you can relive the experience.

1. The Hell’s Kitchen in Marafa

 

 Marafa Hell's Kitchen, Kilifi Kenya

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Popularly known as the Marafa depression or Marafa-Hells Kitchen, this gem is arguably the “Grand Canyon” in Kenya. Once a great sandstone ridge worn by wind, rain, and floods into a series of jagged gorges, Marafa is set 30km outside Malindi in a small village with the same name. Today, the beautiful layer-cake colours of the sandstone reveal whites, pinks, oranges, and deep crimsons, making the gorge particularly fascinating at sundown