Kenya

Named after Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak, Kenya is home to the some of the continent's finest beaches, most magnificent wildlife, and incredible scenery; a land of untouched, mesmerizing beauty. One tenth of Kenya's 224,960 square miles is designated as national parks and reserves, while the remaining land is home to approximately 38 million in population.

It hosts a diverse population consisting of around 40 different tribes, all with their own languages and cultures. Kenyan culture reflects a mixture of African, Indian, and British influences and the official languages of the country are English and Kiswahili; numerous indigenous languages are also spoken.

The regional hub for trade and finance in east Africa, Kenya borders Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. The climate of Kenya varies from tropical along the coast to dry in the inland deserts.

What to Do

Kenya wildlife safari

  • Masai Mara National Reserve - For your safari adventure and close-ups of animals and wildebeest migration in July and August. It’s most likely the reason you are visiting Kenya for your ultimate trip. The plains area of the reserve contain the Kenyan section of the Serengeti ecosystem. As advertised, the wildlife-viewing opportunities are absolutely spectacular. 

  • Lake Nakuru - Bird lovers will be enthralled by Lake Nakuru, home to more than 400 species, including bright pink flamingos. Mammals are also a common sight, most notably the white rhino and buffaloes. To make the most of your visit, drop your bags at Lake Nakuru Lodge and set out on their various animal expeditions.

  • Mt. Kenya National Park - Mt. Kenya is Africa’s second-highest mountain and just as rewarding of a trek as Kilimanjaro. Point Oenana can be reached by hikers while the highest peaks of Batian and Nelion can be summited via mountaineers with the proper skills.

  • Lake Naivasha - Part of the spectacular Rift Valley, this incredible freshwater lake is terrific for a weekend excursion. The region is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos. If you’re staying for a long weekend, book a room at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort for a most comfortable and memorable getaway.

Where to Stay

Kenya luxury safari resort tent

  • Fairmont Mara Safari Club - Surrounded on three sides by the breathtaking Mara River, this luxury resort hotel is a fabulous choice for your honeymoon safari. Property highlights include 50 luxurious tents overlooking the hippo-filled river, fine dining options, a swimming pool, balloon safaris, and game drives inside the Masai Mara, home to an incredible displays of animals — including the “Big Five.”

  • Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - If your honeymoon plans have you staying over in Nairobi for a few days, this landmark hotel is a great option. The historic property now offers 170 guest rooms and suites, a heated outdoor swimming pool, workout facility, wine bar, and modern restaurant.

  • Giraffe Manor - This iconic boutique hotel has been a Nairobi mainstay dating back to the 1930s, when European travelers first started flocking to East Africa to embark on safaris. On top of elegant interiors and well-appointed guest rooms, the property is home to a herd of Rothschild giraffe, which will often poke their long necks into the windows of the manor in hopes of a snack.

  • Beyond Kichwa Tembo - Features a pair of tented luxury camps on the western border of the Masai Mara National Reserve. On top of early morning hot air ballooning and bush walks along the Mara River, day and night game drives are also possible.

Where to Eat

Kenya romantic restaurant

  • Talisman - If there’s a single restaurant you should visit while in Nairobi, Talisman is the one. This exciting dining spot blends Thai, European, and African cuisines into its dishes, and that fusion is evident with menu items like Thai Kaeng Red Chicken Curry and Hot-smoked Tilapia with Lemon Aioli and Cucumber Pickle.

  • Tamambo Karen Blixen - This Nairobi favorite serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cozy environment. We especially love the terrace and garden seating for peaceful alfresco dining.

  • Tamarind - Located at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, this elegant restaurant is arguably Nairobi’s top spots for excellent seafood, specializing in fresh lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and octopus.

  • Open House Restaurant - Enjoy delicious Indian cuisine in Nairobi. Famous dishes include the Chilly Paneer, Ginger Chicken Masala, and Malai Kabab.

Getting There

Nairobi has two airports, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), which handles the major international traffic, and Wilson Airport (WIL), which is served by domestic flights. It’s your likely departure spot if you’re heading on a Masai Mara safari via plane. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a major international hub and serves many airlines like Swiss Air, KLM, and British Airways.