Attractions In Kenya

Family Friendly Kenya

Family Friendly Kenya

For many, Kenya is East Africa in a nutshell. Dramatic landscapes, spectacular wildlife, bustling cities, historic settlements, coral reefs and white sand beaches. Not to mention shopping, from funky curios to quality African art. Whether you spend your family trip observing animals and birds on a wildlife safari or soaking up the southern sun on a beach vacation there is no one way to describe family travel to Kenya. A trip to Kenya with kids is adventure travel, cultural holiday, and just plain fun all rolled into one.

From the beat of hoofs in the Maasai Mara to a shimming carpet of pink at Lake Nakura, Kenya is a top choice for a family wildlife safari. And the great migration, wildebeast and zebras, and the cacophony of thousands of flamingos aren't the only show. Tsavo, Kenya's largest national park, is touted by many as the best safari destination in Kenya. Spectacular scenary, African 'Big Five' and varied bird life are the main draw at this game reserve. The much smaller Amboseli, renown for its great herds of elephants and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, offers a great introduction for families with a limited amount of time.

Coral reefs and white sand beaches may be the main attraction for families traveling to the Kenyan coast but they aren't the only. Lamu and Mombasa, once major trading centers in Arab East Africa, offer insight to coast's rich cultural heritage. A trip to the 12th century ruins at Gede, near Watamu, and remote Paté Island provide an opportunity to explore the region's history in a different way. Diani, Watumu and Malindi may be tourist centers but for the discerning tourist the Swahili culture can be experienced here too.

10 Places to take kids

1. Karen Riding School

Karen Riding School is a well resourced and professionally managed riding school based in Marula Lane in Karen. It welcomes complete beginners (1year upwards!) to experienced competition riders.
The centre has two full arenas with jumps and two dressage arenas. The main arena is a 65x25m all weather sand arena. There is a field for grazing and stallions who are suitable for breeding purposes. It has 40 stables and there is the possibility of full livery and leases for those who are interested.
You'll see that the horses are beautiful with many being high quality thoroughbreds many who are ex-racehorses. There are also some very calm horses who are just perfect for inexperienced or unsure riders who want a relaxing walk or trot. Karen Riding School can offer lessons no matter what your level of skill and experience is. Riders can opt to have lessons for basic horsemanship, go on a hack and even learn or develop jumping and dressage skills to competition standards. There is a cross country course and in the school holidays, a childrens' holiday school is also an option.

2. Mamba Village

This is the place to visit if you want to see crocodiles and ostriches close up. Spread over 30 acres, Mamba Village has lots to offer.
It has a man made lake with boats and fairground equipment. There are also camel and horse rides and ostriches that you can feed. There is a giraffe and an excellent collection of crocodiles who snap and leap about in a feeding frenzy when it's dinner time! There's also a collection of rabbits, guinea fowl and other animals that young children might enjoy looking at and stroking
Other Facilities at Mamba Village is a low key art gallery, and a large restaurant selling Nyama Choma (roasted meat). The food is served at tables with umbrellas outside on the grassy lawns or inside where there is also a bar. At weekends the place gets quite busy and overall Mamba Village is an interesting place which is great to visit with small children.
Mamba Village has a nice campsite with clean washrooms and a covered dining room with facilities that are perfect for a group of up to 80 children or 50 adults. Security in the Mamba Village campsite is as good as you can find in Nairobi with a perimeter fence, and guards. There is no campsite shop; however, meals and drinks are available in the main building just about 50 metres away.
For more upmarket accommodation, Mamba Village also has within it's grounds an upmarket tented Campsite and also a conference centre

3. Ice-skating

This wonderful Solar Ice-skating Rink is the only one of a kind in East and Central Africa. It's a must if you're looking for something to do with your kids. Although the rink caters for up to 200 people at a time, it rarely has more than around 20 people so you have plenty of space to skate without being disturbed. The Panari Sky Centre is easy to find on the Mombasa Road being around 2km the airport.
SKATING BOOTS & INSTRUCTION
Boots are provided and one or two instructors are on hand to help people who are new to skating.
GROUP BOOKINGS
It's a great place to bring a group either for a corporate company outing, or kids party; however, there are no discounts for group bookings and booking ahead is recommended.
CHILDREN & BEGINNERS
Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult and it's recommended that they wear gloves to protect their fingers if possible. For those who are beginners or inexperienced skaters, support frames are available to help you balance. Cute penguins are also available for younger children which serve the same purpose.

4. Museum

Refurbished in 2009, the museum has an eclectic mix of mainly natural history exhibits together with an small art gallery and various temporary exhibits (often photography.
Within the museum, there’s a small shop with interesting pan African artifacts, books and so on. The most exciting and popular exhibition areas would probably be the Early Man gallery which has an excellent exhibition of evolution and the fossilised remains of early man unearthed by the Leakey family (and others) in Turkana, Magadi and other areas of Kenya.
The bird exhibition is also something not to miss with its enormous and fascinating collection of stuffed birds; from tiny hummingbirds up to the eagle collection and exotic looking stalks all of which are indigenous to Kenya. There’s an interesting collection of stuffed mammals downstairs, in an attractive room (but rather darkly lit ) with a balcony all around. Life size giraffe, zebra and elephant etc loom over the visitors and some interactive displays are fun for children. A rock art exhibition up stairs is small but interesting and there are also some interesting displays on the cultures of various tribes in Kenya.

5. GP Karting

A place to chill with your friends, thrill with your kids, or build unbreakable bonds with your employees and clients! Whether you’re a budding Schumacher or a first-time driver, GP Karting has the experience and technical know-how to put you on the right track.
Turn up at our recently resurfaced, baby's bottom-smooth track on Carnivore road and we’ll provide you with a helmet, racing suit and a full drivers briefing to get you going - fast! Our split-second, computerised timing system allows you to monitor your lap times and see your progress as you master the circuit. Discover for yourself why GP Karting is the most exciting sports venue in town!

6. Splash Waterworld

A large free form pool with lots of other activities on offer. Water slides, There is no age restriction and a choice of four excellent water slides; two large and two small. Additionally, there are also two pools, a large and a small pool and a big splash pool. All your catering needs are met with a restaurant and drinks bar offering delicious meals at affordable prices.
beach volleyball, camel and horse rides. Birthday parties and functions.

 

 

 

 

7. Superbowl

The Village Market’s bowling alley is the best in East and Central Africa satisfying Olympic and professional standards. It is especially popular with corporate organizations looking for a different experience in their team-building ventures. Nonetheless, the bowling alley makes a good family pastime as it even has a special ramp for children.

Superbowl
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 11pm
Friday to Sunday: 9am to 12midnight

 

 

8. Pat-a-Pet (K.S.P.C.A.)  

The KSPCA has been around for many, mnay years and is a super place to rescue an abandoned puppy or kitten. The KSPCA also offer children a chance to safely "pat" or stroke a pet including kittens, puppies, guinea pigs, rabbits or whatever is currently available at the centre.
In the past many animals have been rescued, whether they are exotic animals such as the African Pigmy Doormouse, sykes monkey and owls or more commonly seen puppies, kittens and donkeys. The KSPCA are there to nurture them back to good health so they can find new homes and live happily ever after! They have fully qualified veterinarians on hand, to provide vaccinations, routine care and also also more difficult operations.

9.Quad biking

Lukenya Motorcross is located on the slopes of the vast and lush Lukenya Hills approximately 40 kms away from Nairobi. Located in the vast Athi River District, Lukenya Motorcross is accessible by Mombasa Road at the Daystar University turn-off, via a 5 km murram road.
Tucked away in this environment is Lukenya Motor cross, a well hidden oasis apt for recreation,relaxing, and unwinding. We offer a wide array of products and services to help you ease up from your daily schedule. These include quad bike riding at attractive and affordable rates, swimming, hiking,4 x4 corporate team building challenge, site seeing among others.
Enjoy all this as you sip your favorite drink and take a bite of any of our finger-licking dishes.
At the end of the day, get to relax at our pool side tents as you relax and watch the sun set far into the horizon against the beautiful background of acacia trees.

10Giraffe Centre

The Giraffe centre is located at Langata, approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of NairobiKenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes.
 
 

Tourism Activities in Kenya
 
KWS Parks: Adventure Haven/Explosive Adventure
Pump your Adrenaline

Park Attractions, facilities and Activities
So you're an adrenaline fan, with a thirst for an active/adventure holiday? KWS is your match. We promise you opportunities beyond your imagination but within your reach.

Birding watching Safaris

 
Kenya is ranked among the leading countries with 1090 species of birds. Not surprisingly, more and more Kenyans are becoming keen birders, and all over the world bird-watching is a fast-growing hobby. The country is endowed with over 62 bird watching locations that are globally recognized as Important Bird Areas.
Together with Nature Kenya and Birdlife International Partner  we provide you with the opportunity to know bird names, distinctive characteristics, and habits, as well as admire their beauty.
Enjoy bird-watching at:
  • Coastal Region:  Arabuko-Sokoke forest and Shimba Hills National Park
  • Central Rift Region: Lake Nakuru National Park, Hells Gate and Mt. Longonot National Parks
  • Western Region: Kakamega Forest, Mt. Elgon National Park, South Turkana and Ruma National Park
  • Mountain Region: Aberdare National Parks, Mt Kenya National Park and Mwea National Park.
  • Tsavo Region: Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Park
  • Northern Region: Meru, Kora, Marsabit, Sibiloi and Central and Southern Island National Park
 
Camping and Picnicking: Under the Canvas: ‘Sleep in the Wild with the Wild’
 
A night under the cover of countless stars and the feeling of morning dew on your feet as you take in the crisp clean air of the morning is a reality that awaits you in our parks. The beauty of camping is that you’re in charge, sleeping times, meal times, even bath times!
 
If you’re operating on limited time, picnicking will work excellently for you. Picnic at Nairobi National Park, Aberdare National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, and Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park. Facilities include adequate shelter, benches, water and latrines.
 
Our campsites are found in: Mwea National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Mt. Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Sibiloi National Park and Ruma National Park amongst others.
All public camping sites have access to water and latrines, while the special campsites consist of the grounds only. For inquiries or to make any camping reservations please contact the respective warden or the Marketing & Business Development Department at the KWS Headquarters in Nairobi.

Cycling
 
Hells gate National Park offers a rewarding experience for both novice and expert cyclists. As you cycle, you’ll get to view one of the most magnificent sceneries in Africa as you embark on this invigorating experience. Cleft deep into the Rift Valley floor, bear witness to the towering Cliffs, Water Gouged gorges, stark rock towers, and belching geothermal steam. Welcome to one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.

Fishing
 
Calling all fishing junkies! Excellent fishing activity awaits you at one among the many cool mountain streams that flow through the Aberdare forest. With its clear, tumbling streams, shaded river bends, mossy overhangs and meandering reaches Aberdare National Park offers some brown and rainbow trout fishing.
A fishing license should be obtained (at minimal cost) from the park gates. This is because the laws of Kenya only allow fly fishing
Tsavo West and Mt. Kenya Parks also offer fishing activities.

Game viewing Safaris
 
It is possible to have a game drive in any of our parks in Kenya. Usually, the best times to go for game drives are early mornings and late afternoons. In the midday heat, most animals retreat to the cool of thick undergrowth and disappear from view. Morning and afternoon game drives also allow you to witness the unforgettable African dawn and dusk.
 
Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world - vast herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile and a kaleidoscope of bird life are set against a blazing backdrop of endless bush.
Night game drives are also offered so that tourists get to can see the nocturnal species.

Hiking and Rock Climbing
 
For those who love challenges, test your limits as you take on hiking and rock climbing. Tourist hot spots for hiking, rock climbing, and biking are Hell’s Gate National Park, Mt. Longonot and Mt. Kenya, and Tsavo East parks.

Horseback Riding
 
Set off your journey in a car and finish with a horse ride. Drive to Hell’s Gate and watch wildlife from the back of a horse. Horse riding is offered in; Tsavo East, Chyulu Hills, Aberdares, Mt. Elgon National Park and Hell’s Gate National Park.

Mountain Climbing
 
Climb the slopes of Mt. Kenya and enjoy the changing flora as you ascend. Walk through an alpine meadow in the clouds as you brace yourself against the frigid winds that swoop down to where the land becomes rocky and desolate. Conquer the continent's second highest mountain and feel what it’s like to stand almost on the "roof of Africa."
True conquerors conquer Mt. Kenya. It lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator and is part of the national park.  Its three famous peaks are - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m) while the most popular point is Lenana (4985m).
 
Another mountain to climb is Mt. Elgon, which requires no technical climbing skills to get to the top. There are several routes to the peaks accessible to any moderately experienced hiker. If you prefer a gentler stroll, a number of well-marked nature trails lead around the Elkony Caves.
 
Always full of options, Kenya offers yet another fantastic climbing location: The Aberdare Ranges. The summits can be reached with little more than a strenuous high-altitude trek. Centrally located in Kenya, Aberdare National Park is accessible by road and air, making it a pleasant single-safari destination.
The peaks include Lesatima (4,001m), Table Mountain (3,971m), Kinangop (3,906m) and Kipipiri (3,349m).

Nature Trails (Walks): The silent refreshing adventure
 
Escape the constraints of a vehicle and lose yourself in Kenya's stunning wilds. Having worked none-stop for sometime, there is nothing as refreshing as a walk in our cool quiet nature trails where the only interruptions are birds singing and trees whistling. You deserve it, we offer it. Don’t deny yourself.
Nature trails can be tour guided or self guided. Night walks are also a fantastic option. Nature walks can only be carried out in parks that offer unique wildlife and scenic beauty which will keep you transfixed in wonder.
Parks that offer nature walks include Nairobi Safari Walk, Kakamega National Park, Ndere Island National Park, Tana River Primate National Reserve, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, Mt. Kenya National Park, Aberdare National Park, and Mt. Elgon National Park.

Underwater Adventure: Marine Parks
 
Snorkelling and scuba diving offer unique, once in a lifetime experiences within our marine parks. Refresh yourself as you play with the dolphins and admire the coral gardens. KWS ensures your underwater adventure is equally breathtaking.
 
Other adventure activities are: diving, wind surfing, water skiing, and glass bottom rides. To relax after rigorous activity, visitors can then enjoy fantastic Kenyan weather as they sun-bathe.
 
Kiunga Marine National Park (situated in Lamu) is the only marine park that offers wind surfing and water skiing.

Our five marine parks along the Kenyan Coast are;
 
  •  Watamu National Park
  •  Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve

  •  Kisite Marine Park -Mpunguti Reserve.
  • Malindi Marine park
 
Event Sites: Make your event adventurous
 
Forget “normal” think “exceptional” Give yourself and your guests a once-in-a lifetime experience in the park. Have anything from birthday parties, weddings, anniversary celebrations, team-building activities, company launches, and the list goes on in a serene, natural environment.
 
In addition to having a fantastic location, you get to exercise your creativitity as you landscape the event sites however you please. The possibilities are endless as one could begin with a game drive, then a sundowner where you watch the sun go down and eventually see the city lights come on, it’s like Christmas all over again, finally top it all with your event.  Set in especially beautiful or scenic spots, there are also some designated campsites that are for use by private parties. They usually offer no facilities- just pure natural beauty and can be used for bush dinners or bush breakfasts, brand launches and weddings.

The parks that have these campsites include Aberdare National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Nairobi National Park, Amboseli National Park and Mt. Kenya National Park.

Self-Catering Accommodation
To fully appreciate the unique range of natural beauty, wilderness and wildlife on offer in Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves, why not stay over and see more? Choose from our wide range of scenically located, attractively presented, and economically priced self-catering accommodation in most of our parks.

Tips on Planning an Adventure Holiday
  • Adventure insurance-take some time to find a policy that suits your style of adventure and chosen activity.
  • Find out the reputation of the tour operator organizing your trip and also get certification on the equipment that you will be using. Make sure also, that your equipment is safe.
  • Independent travelers should check their equipment and insurance documents before traveling and always carry an emergency number
  • Ensure that you undertake a personal fitness and physical ability test to prepare your body for the adventure experience
  • Select the trip that is right for you, your family and friends
  • Keep an open mind: Travel is a participatory experience that broadens our perspective and enriches our lives with new friendships, knowledge of the customs and traditions of others, and an appreciation for the place we call home.

(Source KWS)

 
 

 

 

 


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