TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Kenya’s unmissable experiences

Konark Bansal, Travel Writer, India

08 February 2018

When the fragrances of summer are on its way, you might be thinking to plan a summer vocation with family. But this time you don’t want to spend holidays in the jungle of concreate. So, what are the other options place to visit. Don’t worry I have a best option for you, that is Kenya. Despite having a coastline of beautiful beaches perfect for lazing, Kenya rarely inspires visitors to sit still – there are simply too many exciting things to experience. Stirring landscapes, ranging from equatorial glaciers and jagged peaks to wildlife-laden plains and tropical reefs are some of them. But that’s not enough many intoxicating cultures surprise at each and every turn. Let’s check out the list for why we prefer Kenya: –

Big Five safaris

Spotting the much-heralded Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) is a major aspiration of many visitors to Africa, and as one would suspect, Kenya provides some of the continent’s most impressive natural venues for it. None of which is more famous than the Masai Mara, where sightings of all these species is common. Lake Nakuru National Park, with its flamingo-lined lake and forest-clad escarpments, is another incredible place for Big Five safaris.

Hiking

Mt Kenya’s trekking terrain is arguably the continent’s most beautiful and rewarding. Its diverse valleys, equatorial glaciers and dramatic, towering summit are extraordinary sights. The best seen over a challenging multi-day hike to Point Lenana (4985m), the mountain’s third-highest peak (and highest reachable without climbing equipment).

The Great Migration

It’s been called the greatest natural spectacle on the planet, and for good reason – each year from July to October, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra make a dramatic crossing of the crocodile-infested Mara River to feed on the lush grasses of the Masai Mara. The flood of animals filling the open savannah includes herds of elephants and giraffes, and trailing this sea of prey are lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. Needless to say, there is never a shortage of drama during the great migration.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is not just mountain biking in Kenya, here this two-wheeled pursuit offers a unique means of embracing both the country’s incredible landscapes and its iconic wildlife. Ride over the red earth paths in the volcanic confines of Hell’s Gate National Park, cycling past grazing buffaloes, giraffes, impalas and zebras, or take to the grasslands of the Masai Mara for a cycle safari like no other.

Hot air ballooning

Perhaps the most intoxicating safari experience in Kenya is to slowly climb. Above the famous rolling savannah and flat-topped acacia trees of the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. Floating silently over streams of wildebeest on their great migration, lions stalking their prey or a lone black rhino moving through the bush is a perspective that nobody can ever forget.