10 must-do things this summer vacation in Kenya

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Published: May 26, 2016 1:20:18 PM

Kenya is well-known for safari holidays, but besides the safari experience, there are various other activities on offer to keep everyone entertained

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Kenya is well-known for safari holidays, but besides the safari experience, there are various other activities on offer to keep everyone entertained. Be it river rafting the Tana River, dhow sailing, or experiencing Nairobi’s vibrant nightlife.

Walking safari with a Maasai warrior

A privately escorted walking safari with a Maasai warrior is one of the most exciting activities in Kenya. Walking safaris in Africa are completely different to game drives; being on foot brings about a new way of understanding the surroundings. Walking Safaris were the original safari and remain the purest form.

Visit an elephant orphanage

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos with the aim of returning them to the wild. Visitors to the orphanage come face-to-face with the infant survivors. The babies play around in their daily mud bath between 11 am and noon.

Kitesurfing in Watamu

Kite Waa-tamu, a kitesurfing school on the north coast of Kenya, offers kitesurfing lessons and kite hire. The students are kitted out from head to toe in Liquid Force harnesses, life vests and helmets, ensuring the high level of safety standards. Lessons are taught from a number of different locations along the beach depending on where the best conditions are at the time.

Raft the Tana River

Whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Tana River in Kenya are becoming popular activities in the country. Not only are there adventurous river rapids, but also an opportunity to view Kenya’s nature from the river. The ecosystem and bird viewing while rafting through the valley are spectacular

Catch a bird’s eye view of Maasai Mara

With over two million wildebeest and hundreds of zebras roaming the region, a balloon safari here provides a unique experience. Maasai Mara Balloon safari is known as one of the best safari experiences in the world, which allows tourists to watch the annual migration. Hot air balloon provides an aerial view of what is considered as the “greatest game show on Earth”.

Experience Nairobi’s nightlife

Nairobi comes alive at night with a fast paced nightlife. There are also a few local nightclubs in Nairobi and Mombasa that stay open until dawn. Every night in Kenya is different and lively. Casinos have also sprouted around the city, increasing the nightlife attractions.

Swim with dolphins

The safe warm waters of Kenya’s coast provide travellers with this unique opportunity. Even non-swimmers can derive benefit and joy from this experience. If tourists prefer to stay dry they can sail in a dinghy and view the rest through a specially designed viewing scope.

Sail the traditional Dhow

Dolphines, turtles and whale sharks can be seen along with many colourful, exotic fish. A day spent at sea on a Dhow is a unique experience and way to explore the region. The calm waters are perfect for sailing and one can soak in the serenity of the place. Hiring a Dhow for a leisurely cruise around the archipelago is a must-do.

Boat safari at Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake, the second largest in the area after Lake Baringo. Lake Naivasha is an ideal place for boating, with wide open waters, surrounding scenery and plenty of channels to explore. Boats can be hired with driver/guides from many of Naivasha’s lakeside lodges and camps. For keen sailors, there is a sailing club in Naivasha.

Feed the wild giraffe

Getting up close and personal with the wild giraffes at The Giraffe Centre, Nairobi is a thrilling experience. From a raised wooden platform one can observe, hand-feed and pat the giraffes.

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