- Hell’s Gate National Park: This is one of the popular tourist sites in Kenya. Over here, one can hike, camp, use motorcycles and bicycles. Only one other park in Kenya allows for these activities. One fun fact about Hell’s Gate is that the setting for the 1994 film, The Lion King was modelled after this park. Hell’s Gate National Park is definitely one of the Kenyan tourist sites to visit, because there is so much to see, learn and enjoy.
- Mount Kenya: Tourists usually are attracted to unique places and features. What makes Mount Kenya stand out is due to it being the highest mountain in Kenya and the second after Kilimanjaro. Kenya derives its name from this mountain. Mount Kenya receives about 16,000 visitors each year.
- Bomas of Kenya: Bomas of Kenya displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. It was established in 1971 by the Kenyan government. Bomas of Kenya is a subsidiary of the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC). The government, in collaboration with the Tourism Finance Corporation aims to preserve the authenticity of Kenya’s cultural values whilst acting as a tourist center.
4. Nairobi National Park: Nairobi National Park is a short drive from the business district in Nairobi. It is a state corporation that was established to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya. Visitor attractions include the park’s diverse bird species, cheetah, leopard, and lion. Other attractions are the wildebeest and zebra migrations in July and August, the Ivory Burning Site Monument, and the animal orphanage.
5. The Ruins of Gedi: The ancient town of Gedi forms part of the medieval Swahili coastal settlements that stretch from Mogadishu, Somalia to the Zambezi River in Mozambique. The ruins of Gedi are a historical and archaeological area which is close to the Indian Ocean coast of Eastern Kenya. The area is opposite the town of Gedi in the Kilifi District.
6. The Giraffe Centre: This was started in 1979 as a nature sanctuary and wildlife conservation education for visiting school children. But by 1983, enough money was raised and The Giraffe Centre became a tourist destination spot. The main attraction is feeding the giraffes from a raised platform.
7. Diani Beach: Voted for five consecutive times since 2015 as Africa’s leading beach destination, you would want to give this place a try. Diani beach is in the urban town of Diani with about a 100,000 inhabitants. The area is known for its white and black monkeys, the coral reefs and the Shimba Hills National reserve. Diani beach is also known for jet skiing, snorkelling and kitesurfing.
8. Nakuru County: This is the fourth largest urban centre with a population of 570,674. This area is host to a lot of tourist attractions including Lake Nakuru and Mbweha Camp. Lake Nakuru is great for bird watching, picnics and hiking and people love going there to see the flamingos.
9. Eldoret: If you are into viewing a cluster of tourist sites and not out-spread tourist sites then try the Eldoret town. It is a principal town in the Rift Valley region in Kenya. Some tourist’s sites to visit in Eldoret are Koromosho Falls, Iskon Temple, Siali Miles Safaris and The Well Irish Pub and Restaurant.
10. Samburu County: Filled with a teeming selection of attraction sites, Samburu County welcomes numerous tourists each year. Popular tourist sites are the Samburu National Park and Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The Samburu National Park is home to wildlife that are endangered and rare. Some of these are the Beisa Oryx, the Grevy and reticulated giraffes and the Somali Ostrich.
With information about some of the Kenyan tourist sites to visit, you can easily start your tourism destination tour from here. Also, the government is targeting the tourism industry to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Stakeholders have also been entreated to invest more in the numerous tourist sites. Tourism in Kenya plays a key role in the country’s economy. From reports, Kenya’s tourism gained 7.9billion US dollars as part of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The tourist sector also accounts for 8.5% of the country’s employment. Beach tourism, eco and cultural tourism form part of the popular tourist sectors. The people are also friendly and welcoming in nature. This accounts in part for the large numbers that come in to view the tourism sectors.