Looking to experience the best adventures in Kenya? Then you have come to the right place. In this article we explore the top 11 Kenyan activity holidays, covering everything from safari to sailing and kitesurfing to kayaking.
As African nations go the Republic of Kenya is fairly safe, stable and democratic. With varied geography, plenty of wildlife and interesting cultures it makes the perfect destination to get to know Africa in a relatively easy way.
That said always check the FCDO website before travelling. For example, right now tourists should stay away from the Somalia border, and there is a heightened risk of terrorism across the country. But this all needs to be put into perspective. Kenya is safer than most of its east African neighbours and has a thriving tourism industry.
Kenya has a lot of variety to offer adventurers. From Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest point (5,199m), to the idyllic Indian Ocean and vast wildlife rich plains to rampaging white water. Across the length and breadth of Kenya, adventure is likely to find you – whether you are looking for it of not!
Below are what we consider to be the best adventures in Kenya. I am sure you will have your own opinion so let us know your top activities in Kenya in the comments at the bottom.
Lets begin with the most obvious of Kenyan activity holidays – wildlife watching. There are excellent safari holidays in Kenya suitable for all types of holiday maker. From families to individuals, active participants to observation only and low budget to luxury there is something to suit your needs.
Of all the parks in Africa none are as famous as Masai Mara safari holidays. This region crosses Kenya and Tanzania and has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. Not only will you tick off the big five but much more. You can get involved in walking safaris, ranger tracking courses, stay with local tribes or join a luxury all inclusive trip.
How about joining a Tusitiri – a restored ancient dhow – to sail the Kenyan coast? Originally used for spice trade these boats come with plenty of fun including kayaking, fishing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and diving. Trips can be tailored to your needs but often begin in Lamu. One of the best Kenyan activity holidays if you want plenty of variety.
Mount Kenya is 5,199 metres tall and is one of the great trekking holidays worldwide. There are routes suitable for everyone from technical climbers/mountaineers to novice hikers. You need to have a good fitness for the three main routes – Naro Moru, Sirimoni and Chogoria. It takes four to five days and is regarded as one of the best treks in Africa.
The Tana River, in central Kenya, has a range class I to V rapids that attract paddlers from around the world. There are experiences available for everyone from first time rafter to experienced kayaker. Adventures can be just a few hours or a multi day expedition. Exploring the Tana river and viewing wildlife is one of the best adventures in Kenya.
On the Indian Ocean near the Tanzanian border, Diani beach is a little slice of tropical heaven. It is still wild with baboons running free in the streets, Masai tribesmen guarding the roads and mango stalls at every corner. But there are plenty of western comforts available.
Diani is a slice of paradise with reliable trade winds. When the tide drops a huge reef creates perfect flat water for beginners or a flatwater freestyle session. There are also waves beyond the reef with very surfable conditions. Find out more about Diani Beach kitesurfing.
Volunteering is ideal for those on a longer visit to Kenya or anyone that wants to give back to the country. There are many projects available to volunteer in Kenya. Join everything from wildlife monitoring in the Masai Mara to teaching at schools or community building projects to aiding in the vaccination program.
Regarded as one of the best adventures in Africa hot air ballooning is for those who don’t want to have to put any effort in! Floating silently above the Masai Mara National Park is expensive, but launching at dawn it is an incredible experience. View wildlife as you fly serenely above – all part of the best Kenyan activity holidays.
With steep volcanic slopes the Great Rift Valley is home to many paragliding world records. The 100km ridgeline of the Kerio Valley is the most popular area to fly. Soar over scattered villages, farmers fields, forests, savannah, wildlife and lakes for unforgettable views. Conditions for paragliding in Kenya are best December to March.
Located North of Mombasa, Malindi Bay is regarded by many as the best surf spot in Kenya. It is a beach break with fun lefts and rights that are suitable for all levels. There are small swells for beginners to learn and bigger waves for experienced surfers. Waves are between three to eight feet with barrels possible. The best time to visit is May and June.
We hope you found this guide to the top 11 Kenyan activity holidays useful. If you want to try some of the best adventures in Kenya then book a trip! Check out our Kenya activity holidays for more inspiration.