Go on a wildlife safari
In a country that has as many wildlife reserves as Kenya, going on a safari is one of the top activities.
The number of species you can see in Kenya’s different national parks is amazing. From lions to cheetah, giraffes to rhinos, gazelles to wildebeest – Kenya is teeming with wildlife.
There is a chance that you might not see them all in a safari, but one thing’s for sure: at each safari trip you go to, you’ll be sure to see something new.
If you are worried about your family’s safety and your own when you meet all those untamed and uncaged animals, don’t be. The safari guides are well-trained professionals that will never put you in harm’s way – as long as you follow their instructions.
The bodies of water in Kenya, including the famous Lake Victoria, are thriving fishing spots. Fishing enthusiasts from all over the world visit Kenya to join its fishing community.
Special fishing expeditions can be arranged in various bodies of water in Kenya, especially in Lake Victoria. One of the most sought-after fish in Kenya is the Nile perch, which can be caught in this lake.
Most fishing resorts in Kenya can provide you with everything that you need – from boats to tackles to fishing guides ¬– so you don’t need to lug equipment from the airport.
Fishing resorts also offer overnight accommodations so that you can spread your fishing activities over a couple of days.
Herbalism is still very much prevalent in Kenya to this day. For those who would be interested in learning such traditional medicine, there are lodges and ranches in the Mara that can arrange for special sessions. The people of the Maasai tribe will teach you and other guests the herbal medicines that have been used by their tribe since the time of their ancestors.
In many of Kenya’s local cultures, herbalism plays a major role. Traditional healers of Kenya used their special recipes and blends of herbs and leaves to both prevent and treat specific illnesses and ailments.
Today, the practice of herbalism is fading in the rest of the world, but scientific studies have shown that the usage of these herbs can indeed be very beneficial. Unfortunately, because these recipes and remedies are usually passed down to succeeding generations orally, much of the knowledge has been changed or lost.
Studying herbalism in Kenya, therefore, offers an invaluable glimpse into a body of knowledge that has stood the test of time.
Go bird watching
Lions, cheetah, giraffes – all of these massive animals can be found in regions around Kenya.
However, there are also small creatures that can likewise captivate and allure visitors who happen to see them.
Kenya is known not just for safaris but also for bird watching.
There are over 500 recorded species of birds found in Kenya. These include the grey-crested helmet shrike, the corncrake, the Madagascar squacco heron, the lesser kestrel, the secretary bird, the saddle-billed stork, the white-headed vulture, the ostrich, the yellow-billed ox pecker, the lilac-breasted roller, the crowned eagle, the martial eagle, and of course, the ever-famous flamingo.
Bird watchers can take their trusty binoculars and just go on the bird watching trip. Bird watchers will not have a hard time finding where the birds are – they’re everywhere! It’s all just a matter of identifying the birds and appreciating the diversity of bird species in Kenya.
Go on a balloon safari
For those looking for true adventure, and for those who find the regular land safaris a bit too linear and predictable (or too close to the wild beasts), then you might want to try going on a balloon safari instead.
On a balloon safari, you replace the regular land rovers with fully-equipped hot air balloons. Several lodges around Kenya offer this kind of safari, and they can also be booked through several safari companies.
Going on a balloon safari is a one-of-a-kind experience. Once you’re up in the air, you get a breathtaking view of the plains, forests, and mountains of Kenya. Being up in the air allows you to drift over massive herds of animals, allowing you to see them without being an obstruction to their everyday lives.
While the weather is a huge factor in whether or not the balloon safari is available, you don’t need to worry about your safety. The balloon handlers make sure that every flight is stable, and they will never put your lives in danger.
Once you’re on the balloon safari, all you have to worry about is making sure that you see all that there is to see.