For those who are not entirely familiar with their Atlas, Kenya is a gorgeous little country on the Eastern side of Africa. She is home to the second-highest mountain in the continent (Mt. Kenya), home to the Maasai Mara and her breathtaking annual wildebeest migration, home to a majority of the world athletics champions and home to an insanely gorgeous coastal line that just so happens to include Mombasa and Lamu.

Although Kenya is synonymous with quite a few wonderful things, ski holidays and winter sports is not one of those things. We are in the tropics, and on this side of the sun, we have breathtakingly beautiful weather.

Kenya is a touristic mammoth. That’s how beautiful this country is. But as world-famous, as she may be in some circuits, there are still some facts about this country that even Kenyans are not too familiar with. The following are a number of fun facts about Kenya.

1. Kenya is the World’s Leading Safari Destination

The World Travel Awards recognized Kenya as the World’s Leading Safari Destination in 2018, winning the award four years in a row.

2. Kenya has 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places that are recognized as being of great physical or cultural significance. It is a privilege that only some of the most exclusive locations in the world hold; these are places worth preserving, and Kenya has 6 of them!

  • Fort Jesus, Mombasa
  • Lamu Old Town
  • Mount Kenya Forest
  • The Sacred Kaya Forest, South Coast
  • Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Turkana

3. The first African Woman To Win The Nobel Peace Prize Was A Kenyan

Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win a Nobel peace prize in 2004. Sadly, she passed away in cancer in 2011. But she is always in our thoughts and prayers.

4. Close Encounters With the Big Five

The Big Five was originally used by game hunters to describe Africa’s hardest animals to hunt. These days, laws have been introduced in most African countries to protect the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white species of rhinoceros and the African leopard.

5. It Has The Second-Highest Mountain In Africa

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest (after Mt Kilimanjaro) in Africa.

 

In Conclusion

Kenya is a land of many wonders and we hope you enjoyed our list of the 5 awesome facts about Kenya.

An array of mountains and ranges so lush that you would be forgiven for thinking they were part of paradise; rivers and lakes so bountiful they could feed a nation; beaches and island destinations that are just as stunning as the stuff fantasies are made of and then there are the people: so diverse, friendly and full of interesting anecdotes that showcase their differences. There are numerous wonderful attractions in Kenya.

That’s what Kenya has in store for those who visit.

The fact that Kenya is a wonderful tourist destination is not in doubt. After all, Diani Beach has been voted as Africa’s leading beach destination by the World Travel Awards on several occasions. The Maasai Mara also has also won Africa’s leading National Park on a number of occasions as well. These are all places worth your time and money.

Our top 5 picks for Wonderful Attractions In Kenya

1. Visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Yeah, you are not going to make it through a list of “Kenya’s most bucket-list-worthy attractions” without including the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This award-winning park is very much a microcosm of everything Africa has to offer.

Vast rolling plains littered with wildlife from majestic herbivores such as wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and all sorts of gazelle species to fiercely revered carnivores like lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Then there are the stunning, child-friendly resorts such as the Mara Serena, Mara Intrepids and Speke’s Camp.

2. Scale Mount Kenya

The iconic Mt. Kenya has long been a must-visit for mountaineering enthusiasts from around the world. Being the second highest mountain in Africa and the highest in Kenya (Elevation‎: ‎5,199 meters (17,057 ft.) this giant has three main peaks (Batian, Nelion and Lenana). You can actually hike to Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft.). You will need technical skills to scale Batian and Nelion.

3. Enjoy the island life in Lamu

If you are going to head out to the coast, there is a host of destination options at your disposal. Each one is almost more stunning than the next. From Malindi to award-winning Diani and even Mombasa itself. The Kenyan coast was specifically crafted to give people a wonderful stay. Lamu, however, is what you would call the Kenyan coast if it were on performance enhancement drugs. You will be hard-pressed to find one part of this beautiful archipelago that doesn’t take your breath away.

4. Be unique at Nairobi National Park

There is only one national park within city limits in the entire world: Nairobi National Park. That, however, isn’t the only thing that makes this park unique. Nairobi National Park gives you a glimpse of what the entire country has to offer in terms of wilderness and wildlife. If you want a taste of Kenya, all in one tidy spot, you definitely have to spend a day at Nairobi National Park.

5. Frolic with flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is the perfect place to go see a host of different bird species including the world-famous pink flamingoes. These majestically beautiful birds congregate in the thousands on the shallows of the lake as they feed on the algae and crustaceans that give them their hot pink colors. You can also see other kinds of wildlife here from warthogs, giraffes, baboons, and even rhinos now.

Kenya has so much more to offer. You only need to open your mind to the numerous possibilities. Do you have any wonderful attractions in Kenya? Share the details with us in the comment section below.

Throughout the world, millions of people flock from different locations to witness spectacles. Each spectacle has its own charm. Whether it is the Great Migration, Victoria Falls or the Grand Canyon; humans are drawn to that which is out of the norm. Many of these places have myths claiming to explain their origin. Africa is no stranger to these locations. And in this blog post, we shall highlight some of our top picks of Africa’s strange attractions.

Some of Africa’s Strange Attractions

1. The Petrifying Lake Natron, Tanzania

Lake Natron is commonly known as the “Petrifying Lake“. Located in Tanzania, it is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. It is your typical salty lake except for the striking red waters (thanks to its high alkaline content). And it’s one of the most mineral-rich soda lakes in the region. Each year, thousands of flamingoes flock its shores to breed. Also, a short distance away, there are a series of waterfalls and the majestic Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain.

Secondly, the lake is famous for the mummification of the animals that die in it. They turn into statues and this is due to the extremely high volumes of sodium bicarbonate. These dead animal bodies are calcified and turned into mummies.africa's strange attractions 1

2. The Marshes of Deadvlei, Namibia

Deadvlei means “dead marshes” from the English word “dead” and an Afrikaans word “vlei” meaning marshes. The hauntingly wonderful Deadvlei was once a beautiful marshland. All dried up now. Home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Slowly rusted over the years and now bearing a fiery complexion.

Once upon a time, the Tsauchab river flooded its banks’ thanks to heavy rains. However, after some time, the climate changed and sand dunes encroached. Cutting off the river thus denying the marsh its life source. So the intense desert sun scorched the vegetation and animals into nothing but blackened bones.africa's strange attractions 2

3. The Pink Lake Retba, Senegal

Africa not only has a red lake, but also a pink lake. The pink hue of this spectacular lake is derived from the Dunaliella salina algae in the water. And is located kilometers northeast of the capital, Dakar. The planktons and minerals here give this lake an unusual hue that has turned it into a major tourist attraction in the region. One of the saltiest lakes in the world with alkaline contents even reaching 40 percent in some regions of the lake. Fancy having a swim?africa's strange attractions 3

4. The Acidic Pools of the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. One of the hottest, driest and lowest places on Earth. Located near the border with Eritrea in the Afar region. Described as an accurate depiction of what “hell on Earth” would look like. Forget about the scorching heat and the fact that it receives almost no rain all year round, the Danakil Depression has something even more bizarre in store: acidic pools.

5. The gorgeous underwater waterfalls of Mauritius

The creme de la creme of our list. Some 2,000 kilometers away from mainland Africa lies Mauritius. While it is known for its sandy beaches, there is an unknown attraction lying beneath the surface, underwater waterfalls.

How is this possible? Due to tectonic plate movements, an optical illusion is created by the sand and silt below the surface. Because the island is still new and its formation is still underway, the continuous formation causes the underwater slopes to appear as waterfalls.africa's strange attractions 5

 

 

In conclusion, these are some of our top picks for Africa’s strange attractions. Do you have any that might deserve to be on this list that we did not mention? Kindly let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you in the next one.

First and foremost, traveling with kids can be very fulfilling. Bridging the distance between parent and child. However, you shouldn’t just up and leave with them, planning is key.

Here are some essential tips for traveling with kids:

1. Pack Wisely

When it comes to packing for the family, always ensure you pack the essentials. All you need for the trip should be packed first then the other luxuries can be included if necessary. After a long trip, you may sometimes have the urge to leave some of your stuff, so try to avoid it. So, only consider the essentials and help in determining crucial items.

2. The Power Of Snacks

Whenever children are irritated, frustrated or maybe non-compliant, the obvious cause for such behavior is hunger. Purpose to always carry along snacks, to avoid stopping over multiple times to buy snacks(can even cost more). So that when your child eventually starts whining or crying, you are prepared and they have less of a chance in getting something exorbitant.

3. Packed Everything? Think Again

All the detergent and soap commercials focus on children for a reason. It is easy for them to go overboard and end up dirtying their clothes. So what do you as a parent? You think ahead, and you pack slightly more clothes in their bags for such occasions.

4. Entertainment Is Key

Children have very short attention spans. And any experienced parent can tell you this. So what do we do? We make sure to carry a number of board games or load up a tablet or mobile phone with games to preoccupy the children. Also, entertainment creates the illusion of time flying by, so this is excellent on long road trips or flights.

5. Involve The Kids

When on holiday, everyone just wants to unwind and relax, that is the ultimate goal. In order to do this, everyone in the family must pitch in when deciding where to go so that the parents can make an informed decision. As a family, this can be the most difficult part. But it is the most rewarding in that everyone has a sense of anticipation and involvement.

 

In conclusion, those are our top tips for traveling with kids! So, when you make your next plans, don’t say we didn’t warn you.🙃🙃🙃