75+ Things To Do In Kenya for Your Travel Bucketlist

Kenya evokes the raw brilliance of Africa. It's the drumbeat of wildebeest hooves across the Masaai Mara, leopards lounging in acacia trees, and elephants contrasting the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro. This is where African safari started and the best things to do in Kenya will immerse you in both wildlife and wilderness.

Horse Safari, Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy Horseback Safari Tracking Zebra

Scenic Flight, Maasai Mara

Scenic Maasai Mara Safari Flight

Black Rhinoceros with Calf, Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Black Rhino Safari

Karisia Walking Safari, Nyasura

Nyasura Multi-Day Mobile Camping Walking Safari

Lion Tracking with Local Specialists, Meru National Park

Meru Lion and Leopard Tracking Safari

Maasai Guided Walk, Maasai Mara

Walk the Mara With Maasai Warrior Guides

Helicopter View, Kenyan Savannah

Chyulu Hills Transfer by Helicopter

Guided Walking Safari, Samburu National Park

Samburu Walking Safari With Samburu Tracker Guides

Leopard with Cub, Mara Region

Mara Naboisho Leopard Safari

Aerial View of Rutundu Hill, Mt Kenya National Park

Rutundu Wildlife Hideaway By Helicopter From Lewa


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Kenya's Most Iconic Safari Moments

Kenya's beauty is its diversity. There are more safari destinations here than anywhere else in Africa, so the classic thing to do in Kenya is a multi-day safari across distinctive locations. Every wilderness has its own atmosphere and highlights, from the rhinos of Laikipia to the Mara River crossing. Game drives in these parks and private conservancies provide the foundations of a Kenya safari, as they get you up close with so much more than only the big five.

For many decades Kenya was the jewel of African safari. Its parks and reserves have been exceptionally preserved and ever since the 70's there's been a luxury safari industry. You can explore all the different safari habitats, from montane forest to grass plains, and iconic savannah to riverine valleys. Such diverse landscapes make Kenya a haven for almost all of Africa's great wildlife. In particular, the big cats, black rhino, elephants, and hippos. Spotting the ungulates doesn't even require safari. Especially in the center of the country you can see zebra, giraffe, and various antelope along the side of the main road.

World-renowned Maasai Mara is the unmissable destination, especially from July to September when over a million zebra and wildebeest charge across the Mara River to graze in the park. In Amboseli National Park, elephants roam beneath the evocative cone of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tsavo East and Tsavo West are excellent if you're looking for wild bushland and rugged game drives. Then there is a series of smaller parks along the spine of the Great Rift Valley, each distinguished by a unique appeal, from admiring black rhino to multi-day walking safaris with Samburu warriors.

The mature and sophisticated safari industry caters for all tastes and budgets. The range of options for luxury safari is particularly impressive. Huge private conservancies are reserved for just a handful of guests, beautiful camps offer exclusivity in famous parks, and micro flights provide connections to destinations almost inaccessible by road. The popularity of Kenyan safari had been it's only significant downfall. For example, the Maasai Mara is more crowded with safari trucks than adjacent Serengeti in Tanzania. However, a downturn in tourism works in the favor of those that do visit Kenya for safari.

Giraffe with Calf, Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy Afternoon Game Drive

Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River, Maasai Mara

Mara River Wildebeest Crossing Game Drive

Leopard with Cub, Mara North Conservancy

Mara North Game Drive

Elephant Bull, Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park Game Drive

Lion and Leopard Trekking, Meru National Park

Meru National Park Game Drive

Hot Air Baloon Flight, Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon Flight

Leopard During Nighttime, Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba Conservancy Nighttime Game Drive

African Elephant, Masai Mara

Maasai Mara Game Drive

Giraffe, Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park Introductory Safari Game Drive

Bush Dinner For Two, Masaai Mara

Mara Sundowners and Romantic Bush Dinner

Sunrise Game Drive, Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Sunrise Game Drive

Giraffe, Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West Game Drive

Waterbuck, Lewa Conservancy

Lewa Conservancy Game Drive

Elephant buy Waterhole, Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East Game Drive

Cape Buffalo, Samburu National Park

Samburu Game Drive

Flock of Greater Flamingo, Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru Rhino and Flamingos Game Drive

Kenya Experiences

Get inspired and start planning your Kenya safari with these itinerary ideas.

Leopard in Tree, Mara Naboisho

Covid-Safe Kenya Safari

Matusadona Private Safari, Lake Kariba

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Kenya's Best Safari Camps and Lodges

Kenya's safari camps immerse you in the wilderness experience. They are not just places to stay, but front-row seats to pure wildlife theatre. You listen, smell, and feel the wild, as fabulous four-legged mammals wander straight past your suite. And you will be amazed at how much traditional luxury you can also find deep in Kenya's wildernesses.

Luxury Tent, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp

Loisaba Star Beds, Elewana Collection

Elewana Loisaba Star Beds Safari Stay

View From Private Veranda, Elsa_s Kopje

Elewana Elsa's Kopje Safari Camp

Giraffe and the Manor, Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

Stay at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

Sundowner Deck, Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Safari Lodge

Luxury Tent With View, Elewana Elephant Tented Camp

Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp

Pool Pods, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

Luxury Private Tent, Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Camp, Laikipia

Family Suite, Sasaab Samburu

Sasaab Camp in Samburu

Private Porch, Sanctuary Olonana

Sanctuary Olonana Safari Lodge

Lounge, Mara Plans Tented Camp

Mara Plains Safari Camp


Ultimate Beach Vibes in Kenya

Kenya is the white-sand Indian Ocean paradise hardly anybody knows about. The coastline is sublime, endless miles of Indian Ocean paradise and hardly another soul around. Adding in a stay on the coast is a perfect complement to a Kenya safari.

Traditional Dhow, Lamu

Lamu Dhow Cruise Experience

Mida Creek SUP, Watamu

Indian Ocean SUP in Watamu at Mida Creek

Lagoon Pool, Almanara Luxury Resort

Almanara Luxury Beach Resort

Kitesurf in Paradise, Almanara Luxury Resort, Diani Beach

Learn to Kitesurf at Diani Beach

Dhow Fishing Trip, Diani Beach

Private Dhow Fishing Cruise From Diani Beach

Diver and Whale Shark, Kenya

Diani Beach Scuba Diving

The Lounge, The Majlis Lamu

The Majlis Lamu

Lamu Cultural Tour, Lamu Island

Lamu Old Town Cultural Tour


A Unique Kenyan Perspective - Next Level Safari

In Kenya you do more than see animals from vehicles. This is where you can walk, ride, fly and dine amid wildlife herds. You can explore at night, when lions chase their prey across moonlit plains. Kenya offers so many angles, from staggering volcanic mountains to a safari spa surrounded by zebra. There's a fabulous collection of adventure and exclusive things to add to your Kenya bucketlist.

Kenyan safaris can travel in multiple directions but they usually meet in the Maasai Mara. The rich choice of destinations and activities make Kenya ideal for tailored safaris and combining a variety of habitats and experiences. Road and air transport make ambitious itineraries feasible as Kenya's offers the chance to incorporate five or more safari destinations into a vacation. Good transport connections also make Kenya a base for the other world-renowned experiences in East Africa; notably gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda, and Tanzania's Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Kilimanjaro.

Riding Ranger, Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Horseback Riding With Rhinos

Night Time Game Drive, Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara Nighttime Game Drive

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Amboseli & Kilimanjaro Wildlife Mountain Bike Ride

Vulcanic Terrain, Mount Kenya

Climb Mount Kenya in Six Days

Maasai Giraffe, Satao Elerai Conservancy

Elerai Conservation Game Drive

Teenager Safari Activities, Kenya

Mara Safari for Teenagers at Elephant Pepper Camp

Quad Biking Safari, Kenya

Quad Bike Safari at Ol Lentille

Safari Spa, Elsa_s Kopje

Elewana Elsa's Kopje Safari Spa

Junior Rangers, Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Junior Rangers Safari for Kids

Mountain Boke Safari, Kenya

Loisaba Conservancy Mountain Bike Safari

Giraffa Camelopardalis, Tsavo West

Chyulu Hills Tailored Safari

Angry Hippo, Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha Hippo Boat Safari

Hiking Up Mount Longonot, Great Rift Valley

Climbing Mount Longonot Volcanic Crater

Chania Waterfall, Aberdare National Park

Aberdare Multi-Day Walking Safari

Safari on Bike, Hells Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate Cycling Safari

Family Safari, Kichwa Tembo

Kichwa Tembo Maasai Mara Family Safari

Masai warrior resting in the shade of acacia trees in the Laikipia Plateau's bush, Kenya

Loisaba Conservancy Camel Safari

Leopard Climbing a Tree, Masai Mara

Olare Motorogi Conservancy Game Drive


Conservation and Culture Things To Do in Kenya

Conservation and culture go hand in hand throughout Kenya. Traditional tribes have helped preserved the wilderness and lived alongside wild animals for millennia. They are the gatekeepers to an animal realm and will provide a very unique local insight. Kenya also showcases some of Africa's recent conservation success stories and you can get involved with saving the world's most magnificent animals.

Anti Poaching Trekking Demonstraion, Kenya

Loisaba Anti-Poaching Sniffer Dogs Tracking Demonstration

Young Maasai, Kenya

Maasai Cattle Walk and Cultural Connection at Elerai Conservation

Walking safari, Ol Lentille

Laikipia Walking Safari with Samburu Warrior Guides

Rhino Conservation, Meru Rhino Sanctuary

Meru Rhino Sanctuary Visit Guided by Rhino Conservationist

Sudan th Last Male Northern White Rhino To Have Lived, Ol Pejeta

See the Last Northern White Rhino in Ol Pejeta

Common Chimpanzee, Sweetwaters Sanctury

Meet Chimpanzees at Sweetwaters Sanctuary

Panthera Leo, Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Lion Tracking with Conservationists

The Lewa Wildlife and Borana Conservancies' security teams practice using tracker dogs to find a poacher in Borana, Kenya. With poaching gangs now using sophisticated techniques to hunt down rhinos, the two teams have to equally make use of sophisticated equipment and technology to protect their rhino populations - both have a combined black rhino population of 87. Additionally, Lewa is home to 64 white rhinos. This total population constitutes 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population. Some of the equipment the teams use include night vision goggles and thermal imagery. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is the pioneer private rhino sanctuary in East Africa, established in 1983 to protect the last of Kenya's black rhinos whose population had plummeted to near extinction. Borana Conservancy, originally a commercial cattle ranch moved towards wildlife conservation in 1993 with the completion of one of Kenya’s first eco-lodges. In late September this year, the two conservancies removed the fence separating them to establish the largest rhino sanctuary in Kenya, and possibly East Africa, in order to create more room for black rhinos to breed. Despite recording general success in increase of the rhino population in Kenya since the devastating years of the 70s and 80s, the rise in demand for the rhino horn in the Far East in recent years has put immense pressure on the country's rhino numbers, and conservationists such as Lewa and Borana have to work twice as hard to protect their vulnerable populations.

Lewa Conservancy Elephant Conservation Experience

White Rhino, Lewa Conservancy

Lewa Rhino Safari

Maasai Safari Guide, Chyulu Hills

Chyulu Hills Game Walk With Maasai Guides

Cityscape, Nairobi

Nairobi Cultural City Tour

Nyama Choma, Kenyan Cuisine

Lamu Swahili Cooking Class