Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars
From safaris across the wide open African plains to the exotic allure of the coastal towns with their reminders of the Arabian spice trade, Kenya provides some of the most sought after adventure travel experiences in Africa.
Kenyan safaris are one of the true adventures that will make you feel like you just stepped back into time when the big game hunters stalked the countryside looking for the “big 5.” But you’ll use your camera to capture some of the most magnificent animals to walk the earth. And the Maasai tribal culture will simply fascinate you with their interesting ways and colorful clothing.
You’ll also find some other excellent adventure travel favorites like white water rafting, trekking, canoeing, scuba diving and paragliding. For those who prefer the softer side of adventure travel you can fill your Kenya adventure list with birdwatching, cultural tours, whale watching, eco tours and more.
Now for the caveat…
Kenya does have a crime problem in many places throughout the country including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and the coastal beach resorts to name a few.
There have been assaults on tourists as well as your run-of-the-mill pickpockets and thieves, so you need to stay alert and be careful. Westerners need to be mindful of terrorist threats as well, so do check for travel alerts before you go.
The bottom line: If you’re looking for the quintessential East African safari experience you can find it here, and there’s quite a bit more adventure to be found along the coast. Do be careful while you’re here to avoid the trouble spots, and you’ll be sure to have an extraordinarily good Kenya adventure vacation.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars
Kenya still conjures up exotic images in the minds of those who come here seeking thrilling adventures, and with good reason.
Picture yourself on an African plain at sunset as a cool breeze chases away the heat of the day. As you sit next to your tent and sip on a cool drink you see the silhouette of a thick-maned lion on a barren knoll in the distance.
Turning your head in another direction you see giraffes nibbling from the trees, and watch as zebras trot off to put distance between themselves and the lion. It sounds like something out of an old adventure novel, but you can still enjoy an experience like this in Kenya today.
Stunning landscapes stretch from the Kakamega rainforests to Mount Kenya and then off to the pristine white sand beaches along the seashore by the deep blue Indian Ocean. And the areas along the coastline have a long and exotic history.
Imagine what it was like in years past as sailors from the Mid-east created a hustle and bustle in the coastal towns during the heyday of the spice trade. The influences from those times are still felt today along the shores of many of the Kenyan islands like Mombasa, Lamu and Pate.
The gorgeous scenery, incredible wildlife and living history combine to make Kenya an exotic land of thrills and adventure like nowhere else on earth.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
For those who enjoy exploring African cultures you’ll have a lot of ground to cover while in Kenya.
There is a diverse multicultural heritage here with more than 40 different tribes. There are many peoples to discover including the Swahili along the coastal regions and the Kikuyu who mainly farm the foothills of Mount Kenya.
The Maasai are probably the best known of the tribes in Kenya. They still adhere to their nomadic ways through the southern parts of Kenya and northern Tanzania where they herd their cattle. Their distinctive customs and colorful dress set them apart from other tribes and make them one of the more popular cultural draws in Kenya
You won’t find any one dish that represents Kenyan cuisine. That’s because there are so many different cultures that influence the foods from region to region. You will find many of the same ingredients including potatoes, beans, corn, maize and different meats. Near Lake Victoria you’ll find dishes that include fish and vegetable stews and rice.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
Kenya is one of the most popular travel and adventure experiences in Africa due mainly to the amazing safaris you’ll find there. But there’s so much more from the top of Mount Kenya to the sun drenched islands along the coastline.
Not only does Kenya boast some of the best wildlife watching on the ground, you can also look skyward for some of the most incredible birdwatching opportunities in the world.
If you’re looking to get physically active you’ll find plenty to keep you on your feet with exceptional trekking adventures. If you want to see Kenya from an aerial view you can go up, up and away in a hot air balloon.
For those who like to get wet you’ll find excellent scuba diving along the coast and white water rafting if you prefer to stay inland.
For additional adventure travel experiences while in Kenya you can check out the list below.
- Bungee jumping
- Camel riding
- Four wheel drive trips
- Ice climbing
- Mountain biking
- Mountain climbing
- Rock climbing
- Scuba diving
- Sea kayaking
- Soaring (gliding)
- Spelunking (caving)
- Survival training
- White water rafting
- Cultural tours
- Eco tours
- Nature trips
- Walking tours
- Whale watching
Could be either
- Horseback riding
- Hot-air ballooning
- Quad-biking / ATVs
- Wildlife watching