Kenya makes a perfect family holiday destination. Whether you’re looking to relax in an unspoiled, picture book location or discover jaw-dropping scenery and incredible wildlife, you can do it in this magnificent country. Here are our picks for the top 10 family friendly Kenyan attractions.
1. The Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County Kenya is renowned for its population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs. It’s one of the most well protected national reserves, and is named after the legendary Maasai warriors who once inhabited the land. If you want to provide you and your family with an experience to remember from your Kenyan holiday, plus some impressive photos of beautiful wild animals in their natural habitat, this is definitely the place to go.
2. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa, losing out only to Kilimanjaro. The stunning scenery and family friendly national park mean that you and your children can take home the memories of a unique experience from your Kenyan holiday.
3. Diani Beach, Mombasa
Located near Mombasa, Diani Beach is perfect if you and your family need some holiday down time amongst all the chaos of site seeing. With stunning coral reefs and cheeky colobus monkeys to keep you entertained, Diani Beach is a must when travelling in Kenya.
4. Hell’s Gate National Park
Named after a prehistoric break in the cliffs, Hell’s Gate National Park is renowned for its unique take on the national park experience. Instead of a car or truck, you are able to cycle or walk through the park, amongst gazelle, zebra and buffalo to name but a few. Guided walking tours also give tourists a chance to learn and admire the beautiful surroundings.
5. Outstanding accommodation options
Due to the beauty of the surroundings, lodges such as Loldia House often allow guests and wildlife to mix freely. The tranquil Kenyan atmosphere is perfect for some downtime after a long day of holiday exploration, as well as enough excitement for the children to engage with.
6. Pilli Pipa Dhow Safari
Pilli Pipa is a renowned snorkelling and diving centre that provides the unique experience of getting up close and personal with Kenya’s marine wildlife. The trip is popular with young families, with all of the instructors fully qualified and checked.
7. Gede Ruins
The Gede Ruins are the remains of a Swahili town near the coastal town of Malindi. Dating from the 13th century, the ruins are a wonderful snapshot of how African tribes once lived, providing a nice change of pace amongst the vast national reserves.
Situated amongst the ruins is a historical tree which available to climb for an extra fee. The ruins are popular with Western travellers as it provides a unique and beautiful insight into Kenya’s tribal past.
8. The Bomas of Kenya
Situated close to Nairobi, the Bomas of Kenya is truly a unique and colourful experience. Offering a chance to see Africa’s diverse culture first hand, with performances of traditional dances, alongside the chance to try your hand at Kenyan crafts.
9. Observation Hill
Observation Hill, located in the Amboseli National Park, is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its stunning 360 degree views. You can even see the famous Mount Kilimanjaro from Observation Hill in the distance, allowing for some incredible Kenyan holiday snapshots to enjoy for years to come.
10. Lamu Old Town
Lamu Old Town, situated on Lamu Island, was an original Swahili settlement site, and now stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for modern travellers to learn and enjoy the African culture. The town is the best preserved example of Swahili architecture, and is often overlooked by travellers due to its relative anonymity, allowing for a day away from the high tourist rate of Kenya’s other attractions.
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