One of East Africa's most well-known destinations for safaris, cultural tours and mountain trekking and climbing, Kenya has world famous locations such as the Masai Mara and Mount Kenya to tempt the adventurer. With a vibrant and welcoming people coupled with world-class wildlife viewing in a stunning backdrop it’s tough not to book a ticket to Kenya.
Home of the Rift Valley and some of the world’s most famous national parks, Kenya is heaven for nature lovers and adventure-driven travelers. From technical climbing, to mountain trekking, wildlife safaris and volunteerism Kenya caters to everyone.
Kenya has a lot to offer. Read more information about this fantastic country below our offered trips.
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is a bustling city of over 3.3 million people. As one of Africa’s largest cities, it is an economic powerhouse currently experiencing tremendous growth. The hustle and bustle of this growing city can often feel overwhelming at first. However, it is easy to settle into a rhythm and enjoy the pulse of this growing metropolis.
The icons of Kenya lie in the Great Rift Valley. The Great Rift Valley is where the wild things roam. Go on safari for a chance to spot the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Interact with the colorful Masai people and experience a traditional African bush way of life. Witness the Great Migration with Adventure Alternative. From July to October nearly two million wildebeest pour into the Mara marking the start of the great migration. The African plains burst forth with life, a sight that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list.
If you can’t make it during the great migration, not to worry, safaris in the Masai Mara are excellent any time of year. Visit the local watering holes of Lake Bogoria and Lake Naivasha to have a splash with hippos and elephants at play. Spend the day following wildlife on the savannah of the Maasai Mara. No safari would be complete without an iconic African Sunset. Watch as the glowing ball of light sets majestically against the savannah grasses.
The Maasai people of this region conjure up images of an iconic African people. Their tall statures and brilliant textiles combined with ornate jewelry create an all-knowing look of savannah wisdom. These people live off of the milk and blood of their herds. Known for their fierce warrior culture, they used to kill lions as a test for manhood. Today, the focus is on conserving their environment. It is difficult to coexist with such ferocious beasts like the lion and the destructive elephant, but steps are being made every day to enjoy cohabitation on this landscape. The wealth of the Maasai are measured by their herds of cattle.
If climbing is what you are after then you’ve come to the right place. Mt Kenya is a mighty mountain, offering multi-pitch climbing routes to satisfy your crag desires. With multiple routes up Mount Kenya there is something for everyone. Trek the quieter Chogoria Route. Climb the multi-pitched routes on Nelion Peak. Or circumnavigate Africa’s second largest peak via the Mount Kenya Summit Circuit.
Some of the strangest fauna and flora surround Mt Kenya. Like a clash between high desert and cool, misty jungles the plant life surrounding this peak makes you feel as if you’ve stepped onto another planet. Born of fire and rock, the soil here is rich in volcanic nutrients. Some of the more unique plants include a cabbage tree that holds water or a plant that looks like an ostrich tail. Everywhere you look you’ll feel as though you are in another world as you make your way to the base of this challenging peak.
Kenya is also an excellent place to partake in volunteer trips. Climb Mount Kenya for charity, or volunteer in Kenya with Adventure Alternative’s sister enterprise Moving Mountains. Do good during your time in Kenya and give back to her charming people in a meaningful way.
When most people think of Kenya, they picture a sprawling savannah stuffed to the brim with zebra and lions. However, Kenya is surprisingly diverse. Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city is much easier to navigate than the mighty Nairobi. Although much of the city itself seems to be falling apart, just off the coast life flourishes. For the best marine national parks try to dive or snorkel around Watamu and Malindi or the island of Wasini. The coastal island that stretch northwards are well wort a visit. Beaches and marine life aside, these islands also house archeological ruins of all kinds. There are mosques forts and tombs to be discovered. If wandering around in this region, do take care to dress conservatively, as the coast is predominately Muslim.
An overlooked area by travelers is Western Kenya. Boarding the mighty Lake Victoria, this region of Kenya is covered with lush jungle greenery. Rolling green hills give way to dense pockets of jungle in this agricultural hub. One can spend days discovering the fantastic scenery and people without coming across a single tourist. Spend some time in the laid back town of Ksumu along the coast of Lake Victoria. Originally built along a train line, this town is a start contrast to the busy hubs of Niarobi and Mombasa.
Adventure exists around every corner in Kenya. From underwater playground off of Kenya’s coast to the famous Great Rift Valley there is something for every explorer. Enjoy the friendly people of western Kenya. Take on the challenge of climbing one of Africa’s tallest mountains. Surround yourself with the abundant wildlife of the Savannah. Discover Kenya with Adventure Alternative.
If you don’t see what you like on the tours below Adventure Alternative is happy to customize a tour package based on your needs. Let our staff help plan your perfect safari experience. We cater to a wide range of budgets and interests.