Kenya Tourist Places to Visit in Kenya, Nairobi, Africa
Kenya is an African country, situated in the African Great Lakes region at 1.2667° S, 36.8000° E. Kenya is bordered by Tanzania towards the southwest, Uganda towards the west, Ethiopia towards the north, South Sudan towards the northwest, Somalia towards the north-east and its southeastern part is located on the equator with the Indian Ocean. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.
In terms of population, Kenya is the 31st largest country in the world (around 44,037,656) and the 49th largest in area (581,309sq. km). When comes to tourism, Kenya is one of the prosperous countries in Africa, mainly noted for its safaris at national parks and beaches including Kilifi, and World Heritage Site, Lamu are also famous among continental and overseas tourists.
History of Kenya:
As like the most African countries, Kenya had also come under the reign of the European powers, including the British, who ruled Kenya from 1888 to 1963 when Kenya’s independence was proclaimed. Kenya became a republic country on 12 December 1964. During the British rule, the name Kenya was pronounced ‘Keen-ya’.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the gateway to Kenya, situated around 15 km away from the centre of the capital city, Nairobi. This airport nearly covers all the important global destinations including the Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
Kenya’s railway network is limited only for its domestic destinations, no international connection. By bus, Kenya meets some Eastern African countries including Uganda and Tanzania.
Culture, Shopping and Food in Kenya:
Swahili is the official language as well as a widely spoken language of Kenya and Kikuyu people cover the greater percentage Kenya’s population, around 17%. Kenyan shilling is the currency of Kenya. Nairobi is the shopping hub and holds the larger proportion of the country’s restaurants.
Places of interest in Kenya:
Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake and the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. It is shared between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, while the larger proportion in Tanzania, around 49%.
Tsavo West National Park:
Covering an area of 9,065 square kilometers, the Tsavo West National Park is one of the top tourist destinations of Kenya, mainly known for rich and diverse wildlife, rhino reserve, Mzima Springs and eye-catching scenery. It is in the Coast Province of Kenya.
Lake Nakuru National Park:
The Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for flamingos nesting along the Lake Nakuru’s shore. Rothschild giraffes, black rhinos and white rhinos are also the other highlights of the lake. It was established in 1961 and sprawls over an area of 188 km².
Nairobi National Museum:
The Nairobi National Museum is the place where tourists can the complete history and culture Kenya. It is open for visitors from 8:30AM to 5:30PM. There is a live snake compound adjoining museum that is great attraction for strong hearted people.
The Uhuru Gardens commemorates the independence of Kenya from the British. It is the Kenya’s memorial park, featuring a 24-metre high monument, the focal point of the garden.
List of other places of interest in Kenya includes:
- Jamia Mosque
- Bomas of Kenya
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Nairobi Gallery
- National Railway Museum
- Tana River
- US Embassy Memorial Site
- Kenyatta International Conference Center
- Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
- Lake Naivasha
- Mamba Village
- Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Best time to visit Kenya:
Kenya generally experiences a warm and humid climate and the best time to visit Kenya is from June to August.
Accommodation options in Kenya:
The hospitality industry of Kenya is centered in the capital city, Nairobi, with dozens accommodation centres ranging from backpackers’ campsites to five-star hotels. Some star rated hotels in Nairobi in Kenya are listed below:
- Nairobi Serena Hotel
- PrideInn Hotel Raphta Suites
- House of Waine
- The Boma Nairobi
- Fairview Hotel
- Sarova Stanley
- Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
- Tribe Hotel
- Sankara Nairobi
- Reata Serviced Apartments
- Palacina Residence & Suites
- Hemingways Nairobi
- Progressive Park Hotel
- Fairmont The Norfolk
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Nairobi