Flamingoes, grasslands, treks, hot air balloons & safaris: Check out five astounding experiences of Kenya

Wondering where to go on vacation this year? Why not check out the attractions of Kenya, says our writer who runs a travel enterprise

Old World cities, azure water bodies and endless national parks dot the landscape of the east African country – Kenya. With its verdant landscape, mist-wreathed hills, lowlands and highlands, safari experiences and more, Kenya has become a promising holiday destination for adventure seekers and wildlife lovers.

Take a trip to beautiful Kenya

From wildlife sightings to viewing flamingos in their natural habitat – Kenya greets you with a variety of experiences.

Here are 5 adventurous activities you shouldn’t miss out in Kenya...

The Masai Mara National Reserve

The wildlife corridor between Tanzania and Kenya is home to the world’s most magnificent game reserves – the Masai Mara National Reserve located in the Great Rift Valley.

Masai Mara

Named after the local people who have been living for centuries in the region, this national reserve is world-renowned for its lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year, known as the Great Migration. The play of light and shadows streaming through the acacia trees and clouds as they move over the golden grasslands, makes the Masai Mara National Reserve a perfect tourist destination.

The "Big Five" (lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffaloes and rhinoceros) provide an enthralling experience to those exploring the vast grasslands and the savannahs.

A trek to Mount Kenya

The dramatic view of the volcanic Massif, the central plains of Kenya and the two peaks of Nelion and Batian is breath-taking. The trek to Point Lenana on Mount Kenya is an unforgettable experience as it overlooks high tarns, rock spires and glacier-laden landscapes.

The Naro Moru hiking trail

The trek starts in the town of Naro Moru, and challenges your fitness levels. Those who are ready to brave the three-day hike get to be close to nature and wildlife during this adventurous expedition.

Explore the scenic countryside

Life forms and nature coexist beautifully in Kenya. From the great Rift Valley, Mida Creek, Lamu Island to the Chyulu Hills, the stunning countryside of Kenya is spectacular.

A view of the Rift Valley

A hot air balloon ride over the savannahs

The hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara National Reserve is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ride begins early in the morning. The soft calls of indigenous birds, the sound of the rustling grasslands, the grunt of hippos and the roar of the lions greet you. You can also spot acacia trees, rhinoceros, rivers and much more from atop.

A hot air balloon ride can be thrilling

As the colourful balloons float into the sky, the artistic contrasts of nature and the changing hues of the heavens create a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colours. You also get interesting insights into animal behaviour.

Meet the flamingos at Lake Nakuru

Flocks of pink flamingos often gather at Lake Nakuru in Lake Nakuru National Park of Central Kenya. This rift valley extending over one-third of the park’s area has more than 450 species of flamingos.

Flamingoes gather at Lake Nakuru

The rocky cliffs, woodlands and grasslands are glorious sights to behold in Lake Nakuru National Park with its vast flora and fauna. The park protects the branching succulents of euphorbia candelabrum that are native to the region. The deep dark forests of the Lake Nakuru National Park make it perfect for a wildlife safari.

With cameras in hand, and bags on your back, take a dive into the culture of Kenya and enjoy the famed safari that will bring you closer to nature. Life here unleashes a never before side of you. Enjoy the bright flea markets, warm hospitality and the cuisine. Explore and unfold the mysteries of this wonderland that stands out from any other country in the world.

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