If you’re deciding which countries to visit on your African adventure, you might want to consider Kenya. A recent CNN article shows why the country might be one of the most amazing places on earth. Here are 10 magical things you can do in Kenya.
The 1930s boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor, got its name for good reason: a herd of Rothschild’s giraffe call the grounds home. The staff leaves the giant windows of the dining room wide open, and sometimes giraffes will peek their heads in to see what smells so good. The hotel is set on 12 acres of private land, and offers great views of the Ngong hills.
If you need speed, you can watch the East African Safari Classic Rally. Some of the world’s most stunning and rare classic cars are brought here to have their wheels tested against the rugged Kenyan lands. Don’t forget to stop at the rhinoceros crossing!
Elephant poaching has reached an all-time high, leaving many baby elephants without parents. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi finds these orphaned elephants and trains them to survive in the wild. At the trust’s Nairobi nursery, visitors can watch baby elephants play in the mud between 11 a.m. and noon daily and if one captures your heart, you can foster a baby elephant for about $50 a year.
Travel Africa Magazine described Ol Malo game sanctuary as an “African Hogwarts” for its mostly stone structures and spiral staircases. Kenya Airways in-flight magazine named it one of the best places to propose. Almost any spot you choose to get down on one knee will offer incredible views of the ranch property.
One couple, while visiting Kenya, decided to renew their vows after 46 years of marriage. Two neighboring villages took in the bride and groom, and prepared them for a traditional Maasai wedding, painting their faces like warriors and dressing them in Maasai garb. The two villages then presented the bride to the groom, and the couple did a celebratory walk from the bride’s village to the groom’s, where they were greeted with gifts and a dowry was negotiated.
Nairobi is home to the award-winning Brown’s Cheese factory—a factory that is known throughout the continent. The factory tours show the biodynamic and organic processes by which the cheese is made. When the tour is over, guests enjoy a cheese platter appetizer before a three-course lunch that includes food made on site such as chutney and salads.
Every year, Kenya puts on the Rhino Charge—an off-road motor sport competition in which the goal is to hit as many of the 13 checkpoints as possible in as little time as possible, on the way to a secret end point. The race raises money for the conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem.
Some people run from the slithery things, but you can track them! Bio-Ken Snake Farm leads safaris to spot the 100-plus snake species in Kenya. One trip includes three nights on the Galana River, searching for pythons, boomslangs, cobras, puffadders and mambas.
At Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, you don’t get a menu: you just have to trust that the carvers in zebra aprons and grass hats are bringing you the best cuts of everything from ribs to gizzards. Each table has a white flag and when you’re done with one meat, you simply lower the flag, and the carvers will come with a new item to carve off with their Maasai swords.
Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant is set inside a cave in Diani Beach estimated to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Diners sit in the open-air coral cave 10 meters below ground, with stunning views of the starry sky. On stormy or cold nights, the restaurant places sliding covers over the holes in the roof. The restaurant offers an international menu but is best known for its seafood.