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The 10 excursions to do absolutely in Kenya

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Kenya is a land full of charm, where exciting and unique experiences can be enjoyed. Thanks to its particular geographical position, it is possible to discover the desert, dive into the turquoise waters and visit several modern cities. For this reason, Kenya is a state suitable for all needs: it is ideal for adventure lovers, for those who want to bask in the warm African sun and for all the curious of daily life in Africa. If you too cannot do without the irresistible charm of this African country, discover the 10 excursions to do in Kenya.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Tsavo East Safari with Game Drive
  3. Mombasa City
  4. Bamburi nature trail
  5. Mombasa Boat Rides
  6. Tamarind Evening Cruise
  7. East coast hike to Arabuko Sokoke Forest
  8. Safari in the Masai Mara
  9. Marafa
  10. Sardinia 2
  11. Robinson Island
  12. When to go: climate and best time
  13. User questions and comments
  14. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 48,46 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Languages: English, Swahili
  • Local currency: Kenyan shilling (€ 1,00 = 117,01 Kenyan shilling)
  • Weather: hot and humid along the coast; temperate in the west and southwest; hot and arid north and east. Average temperatures in the central part of the coast are 29 °, 24 ° in the plateau and 34 ° in arid areas
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: you need a passport valid for at least 6 months and a renewable tourist visa for up to 6 months.
  • 1 - Tsavo East Safari with Game Drive

    It is one of the largest nature reserves in the world, with its over 23.000 km. Here you will come across as well 600 species of birds and 60 species of mammals, for a truly incredible safari! Surely this excursion is suitable for those with the spirit of adventure, for those who never stop being curious and obviously for lovers of
    nature and animals. Obviously, however, inside the park you must always be on the alert: especially if you go here with the children, pay attention that they are silent so as not to disturb the animals.
    In addition, you can also stay in the park at night: already imagine the African night, the silence of the desert and the sounds of animals from afar. A truly dream experience!



    • Cities / places concerned: Tsavo National Park
    • duration: 2 days
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 180,00 per person
    • Safari recommended: Tsavo National Park: 2-day safari from € 75,00

    2 - Mombasa City

    Kenya's second largest city is an excursion not to be missed. In the old town you can visit the famous fruit and vegetable market, the Biasahara Street, active from the ancient colonial period and above all the Islamic streets and architecture where it seems that time has stopped. So if in your excursion you cannot miss the visit of the cities, the tour in Mombasa City is the one for you. Also, we recommend that you visit the Strong Jesus, a Renaissance-era fort built by the Portuguese 400 years ago. One of the negative aspects of this African city, however, is that very often you come across dilapidated buildings and dirt.

    • Cities / places concerned: Mombasa City
    • duration: 4 hours / half day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 75,00 per person
    • Recommended excursion: Half day Mombasa City Tour from € 75,00

    3 - Bamburi natural path

    The Bamburi nature trail is suitable for nature and animal lovers. Here, in fact, you can come across hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, monkeys, turtles and over 160 species of birds!
    It is certainly not an ideal place for those who do not have the spirit of adaptation and adventure.



    • Cities / places concerned: Bamburi nature trail
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 65,00 per person
    • Recommended excursion: Private half day tour to Mombasa and Bamburi nature trail from € 62,00

    4 - Mombasa Boat Rides

    Your dream is to swim with dolphins and snorkel in the clear and turquoise waters? Mombasa Boat Rides is for you! On your Kenya tour, take a day to enjoy dolphins live (you can see them
    up to 150), sail the seas around Mombasa and take stunning photographs of the coastal landscape full of coral reefs and fish. This excursion is certainly suitable for the whole family: even children and the elderly can have fun with a regenerating bath and a photo with the dolphins.

    • Cities / places concerned: Mombasa Boat Rides
    • duration: one day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: € 45,00 per person
    • Recommended excursion: Mombasa Boat Rides: Swim with dolphins from € 44,00

    5 - Tamarind Evening Cruise

    This experience is the dream of all couples in love and is ideal for all romantics, less suitable for singles. Here, in fact, in the African night, under the starry sky, you can spend the evening aboard the traditional Arab Dhow with your loved one, savoring African cuisine and dancing to the local music. It is, therefore, about a small cruise during which you will pass around Mombasa, with the silence of the sea and the waves that slowly settle on the dhow. As you can imagine, this is a once in a lifetime romantic experience!



    • Cities / places concerned: Tamarind
    • duration: 3 hours
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 140,00 per person
    • Recommended excursion: Tamarind Sera Cruise from € 131,00

    6 - East coast hike to Arabuko Sokoke Forest

    This park is located on the road to Mombasa and represents happiness for all children and lovers of animals and forests. Here you can come across elephants, birds, rodents, butterflies and the famous shrew and if you are
    Bird watchers with binoculars will find different species of birds.
    To visit this magnificent forest, we recommend that you bring your camera, comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. Don't go here during the central hours of the day because the heat can be suffocating.

    • Cities / places concerned: Arabuko Sokoke Forest
    • duration: 7 hours
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 180,00 per person
    • Recommended excursion: Arabuko Sokoke Forest & Mida Creek - Tour from Malindi from € 165,00

    7 - Safari in the Masai Mara

    This protected area of ​​savannah is located in southwestern Kenya and is home to several animals such as cheetahs, elephants, hippos, gazelles and many other species. If you take this safari in the months of April-May, you will come across
    in migration of wildebeest and zebras, for a unique and breathtaking experience. This safari, therefore, is ideal for adventure lovers, for those who love animals and want to see them up close.

    • Cities / places concerned: Masai Mara
    • duration: 3 days
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 1.500 per person
    • Safari recommended: Masai Mara: 3 day safari from € 560,00 - 3 day safari in the Maasai Mara with internal flights from € 1450,00

    8 - Marafa

    It is a surreal kenyon that changes color with the passing of the hours, until it becomes fiery red at sunset: the view from the Marafa is incredible and unparalleled! It is not very easy to get here because the roads are
    ruined, but once you get here the spectacle of the "kitchens of the devil" repays the effort. Furthermore, you can descend between these "tongues of fire" and enjoy the surrounding panorama. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water, camera and hat with you.

    • Cities / places concerned: Marafa
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 70,00

    9 - Sardinia 2

    Named for the incredible resemblance to the sea of ​​the Italian region, it is a small atoll off the coast of Watamu that can be visited during low tide. We recommend it for those who want to enjoy a little bit of African sea and sun and appreciate the beauty of the colors of the Indian Ocean.

    • Cities / places concerned: Sardinia 2
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 50,00

    10 - Robinson Island

    One of the 10 must-do excursions in Kenya is Robinson Island. This tour is suitable for lovers of adventure, the sea and nature: in fact, to get to the island you have to make a small crossing
    by canoe or boat
    . Here you can walk on the white beach, take a dip in the ocean and have a strictly fish-based lunch in the on-site restaurant. We recommend that you bring your passports, swimsuit and beach towel with you.

    • Cities / places concerned: Robinson Island
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: average

    When to go: climate and best time

    • Weather: Kenya's climate can be divided into three zones: hot and humid along the coast, temperate in the west and southwest and hot and arid in the north and east. Average temperatures in the central part of the coast are 29 °, 24 ° in the plateau and 34 ° in arid areas. As for rainfall in Malindi, for example, in June they usually reach 155mm, while in January 10mm. In Nairobi, however, it goes from 55mm in February to 175mm in May. Furthermore, in Malindi the sea temperatures are high throughout the year, with an average of 27 °.
    • Best time: from December to March and from June to October
    • Period to avoid: April-May on the coast because it is the wettest period with risk of flooding.
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