When you think of Kenya, the word “safari” might immediately come to mind. While Kenya undoubtedly has some of the best safari adventures in the world, this East African country is also full of diverse landscapes, authentic communities, and rich cultures. Here we outline five activities that you can do on your next trip to one of the most-visited countries in Africa!

1. Visit Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain and Africa’s second-highest mountain, after Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain is an impressive sight; the peaks are capped with snow, and thick forests sweep across the sides. Mount Kenya and the surrounding area in Mount Kenya National Park host a variety of activities, including trekking to the 3 summits and viewing wildlife along the base. This mountain also holds significance for the Kikuyu, the Indigenous community that has lived along the foothills since the 1500s. To them, Kirinyaga (Mount Kenya) was created by their god as a sacred place for earthly dwellings. The diversity of flora, fauna, culture, and terrain helped Mount Kenya National Park be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997!

2. Immerse Yourself in Fascinating Cultures

Kenya is home to dozens of fascinating cultures and communities, and visiting the country will give you the chance to learn about their rich histories and customs. At Adumu Safaris, we offer many immersive cultural tours that are sure to make your trip unforgettable. Visit a Samburu village and take part in a traditional dance, learn about their colorful and decorative fashion, and try some components of a typical Samburu diet. Be a spectator at a Maasai festival and witness an initiation ritual, a wedding, or a traditional ceremony. You can even purchase handmade goods that support the lifestyle of the Maasai! 

3. Hike Around the Endless National Parks, Reserves, and Lakes

Kenya boasts a diversity of landscapes and has something for every traveler. The Maasai Mara, one of the most popular reserves for year-round wildlife viewing, is known for offering spectacular views of the Great Migration from July through October. Take a trip to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, which borders the western portion of the country. If you haven’t had your fill of wildlife, spend the day at Amboseli National Park, which is famous for the views of Mount Kilimanjaro, hundreds of species of birds, and spectacular animals, including large elephant herds. Take a hike through the Great Rift Valley, a 6,000-mile crack in the Earth’s crust that runs primarily through Kenya. Though we only named a few, there are countless geological features and landscapes for you to explore throughout the country.

4. Get a Change of Scenery at Diani Beach

For those who need a break after days of exploring and hiking, Diani Beach is the perfect place for you – and it happens to be one of the top beaches in the world! What can only be described as a sandy paradise, Diani Beach features idyllic turquoise waters, colorful and textured sunrises, and luscious coconut palm trees. Adumu Safaris can curate experiences at Diani Beach to bring out your adventurous side, including snorkeling, dolphin safaris, and deep-sea fishing. If you prefer to see a bit of history and culture, an excursion to Mombasa, the surrounding city, can be arranged. Whichever activity you choose, you will be surrounded by gentle waters and an angelic sky, creating the ultimate tranquil experience. 

5. Explore Nairobi

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is one stop that you cannot miss on your trip. This bustling city is full of art, culture, and history. After taking a historical walking tour, take a quick 15-minute drive to Nairobi National Park, which features over 400 species of wildlife, picnic sites, and hiking trails. This national park has given Nairobi the title of “wildlife capital of the world” and there really is no place like it. Only in Nairobi can you visit archeological sites, take a walk into the central business district, and see elephants – all within miles of each other!