Kenya, a country with the most beautiful natural wonders, fascinating tribes and immense contrasts. We compiled a list of Things Not To Miss in Kenya. Of course this is a subjective list, but we hope it gives you inspiration for your future Kenya trip!

Experience the natural beauty of Lake Turkana

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Go on a game drive in Masai Mara

Masai Mara Kenya
Masai Mara National Park Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Visit the old town of Lamu

Lamu Kenya
Lamu in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Cycle with zebra’s in the rough Hell’s Gate NP

Cycling in Hell's Gate National Park. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Cycling in Hell’s Gate National Park. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

 Behold (or hike) the Kilimanjaro!

Mt. Kilimanjaro. ©Annajo.
Mt. Kilimanjaro. ©Annajo.

Explore Kenya’s countryside

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Kenyan farmers in the Rift Valley. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Spot colorful birds

Birdlife Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Birdlife Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Board a matatu

Board a matatu in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers
Board a matatu in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Dive into Nairobi’s urban life!

Nairobi downtown. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Nairobi downtown. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Meet a hippo at the shore of Lake Baringo

Hippos in front of our porch. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Hippos in front of our porch. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Come close to a giraffe in Karen Blixen

Karen blixen by Bunch of Backpackers
Karen Blixen Giraffe center. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Go on an adventure in Kenya’s northern deserts!

Northern desert in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Northern desert in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Have a tusker!

Have a tusker with your meal. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Have a tusker with your meal. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

See thousands of flamingo’s at Lake Bogoria

Bogoria flamingo in Kenya by Bunch of backpackers
Flamingo in Lake Bogoria, Kenya. ©Bunch of backpackers

Spot black rhino’s around Lake Nakuru

A black rhino at Lake Nakuru. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
A black rhino at Lake Nakuru. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Drink tea at one of the tea plantages of Kisumu

Kisumu tea fields. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Kisumu tea fields. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Spot Sitatunga deers at the smallest national Park of Kenya: Saiwa Swamp

Saiwa swamp kenya by Bunch of Backpackers
Saiwa Swamp National Park in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Get your forest dose at the ancient Kakamega Rain Forest

Kakamega forest
Kakamega forest Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Try game meat at the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi

Carnivore restaurant Nairobi in Kenya by Bunch of Backpackers
Game meat at the Carnivore restaurant Nairobi in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Learn about local customs at a Masai village

Masai village by Bunch of Backpackers
Learn about local traditions at a Masai village. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Behold colorful reptiles who may even drop your jaw more than the big five

Reptile Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers
Reptile Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Collect portraits of Obama

Obama portraits in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers
Obama portraits in Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Visit Kenya’s great museums!

Museums of Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers
Museums of Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Enjoy the white sand beaches of the south coast (Mombasa, Tiwi and Diani)

White sand beach Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
White sand beach Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Dance the night away in Nairobi

Disco Nairobi. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Disco Nairobi. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Surprise yourself

Inventive transportation Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers
Inventive transportation Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers

Get yourself some fresh fish at Kenya’s coastal region

Fresh fish. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Fresh fish. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Enjoy Kenya’s beautiful sunrises

Sunrise Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.
Sunrise Kenya. ©Bunch of Backpackers.

Check out our other Kenya articles

Have you been to Kenya? Let us know if we miss something in our ‘Things not to miss in Kenya’ list!

Meet 'travel mastermind' Manouk: a 29-year-old sassy girl from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With BoB she inspires you to explore the world, meet the unexpected and follow your dreams. Happy travels!

18 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! Fantastic pics!!!! Never been to Kenya, and although I’m sure wildlife there is fantastic, it is Nairobi and Mombasa that would probably attract me the most!

  2. Kenya is one my wish list of places to go and my top country to visit in Africa. It looks incredibly rich with culture and I’d love to visit the national parks there. Great photos and it just made me more excited for when I go (someday) !

  3. Wow Manouk, those are really quite a lot of great things to do in Kenya. Unfortunately I haven’t been there yet, but seeing some wild game, exploring the villages and countryside like the deserts and rain forests, would definitely interest me. On the other hand, equally as fascinating seem the Masai customs and the inventive transportation options, leading me to think that I surely need to visit Kenya at some point… :)

  4. Great pics! Lamu is very high on my wishlist, but the camels-on-the-beach (I mean, camels!!), sunrises, museums and small towns also make me curious…

  5. Great pictures and information – I’m heading out to Kenya in July for 8 weeks volunteering but will have weekends free :) Definately plan to do more than a few of these. Thanks for sharing

    Happy travels x

  6. I traveled to Kenya in 2013 and my heart has never been the same. I miss it every day! My husband spends a lot of time over there on business and considers it his second home. It is a beautiful country and you will never meet kinder people. We will be taking our sons in 2016, and I hope that this amazing place will touch their hearts as well. Our hopes are to retire there someday……..

  7. we went in 2012 and are headed back in a few weeks!

    I’d add Mt. Elgon to your list for sure. And the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust – the elephant orphanage, in Nairobi.

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