Start planning your one week tour to Kenya
When you think of Kenya, you think of wildlife, vast open landscapes and unforgettable experiences that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re adventuring through some of the world’s most treasured national reserves. Sweating at the top of Mount Kenya or standing in one of the country’s countless UNESCO world heritage sights, you’re guaranteed a 7 day trip like no other with cuisine, heritage and culture in heaps.
Best things to see and do for one week in Kenya
What to see in one week
Kenya is the ancestral home of safari, and a stop in at any of the country’s countless national reserves at some point during your 7 days in Kenya is a must for any first time visit to this breathtaking place. For close encounters with the country’s most renowned tribe, visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania. The Maasai Mara is also celebrated for the annual ‘great migration’ where thousands of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle travel through the Serengeti from July through October. The Amboseli National Park which surrounds mount Kenya, the countries highest peak, is the best place to see large herds of elephants up close. Nature enthusiasts can observe wildlife in five different habitats here, form the dried up bed of Lake Amboseli to wetlands with sulphur springs, savannah and also woodlands. Further north in Central Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is teeming with huge flocks of pink flamingos, but more than 450 other species of birds have been recorded there. As well as Kenya’s world famous nature reserves, the country is brimming with coastal treasures to the east. Diani Beach and Nyali are a favourite of visitors to Mombasa, while Molindi Bay is home to coral reefs, white sand beaches and the Gede Ruins, the remains of an ancient swahili town. Finally, if your itinerary allows, the city boasts a large number of markets, galleries and museums to wander through as well as a thriving nightlife to enjoy.
What to do in one week
Although most people visit Kenya for the safaris, beautiful landscapes and wildlife, the urban life is thriving and shouldn’t be overlooked during your one week in Kenya, especially when travelling through Nairobi. For the kids, visit Splash water world, for the adults, sample locally brewed beer at Brew Bistro, or dine at La Palanka. Or for any age, discover 7D cinema at Thika road mall. Once out of the city, Mount Kenya beckons any keen adventurers, or if that’s not enough, just across the border into Tanzania lies africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro. Surfers can enjoy the Indian Ocean in the areas around Mombasa, such at Watamu bay. Divers will also be amazed at the diversity of marine life here at Watamu beach, or alternatively, they can head to the beautiful coral reefs near Mombasa, or to Kisita Mpuguti Marine Reserve for some of the largest Manta rays on the East African coast. Make sure you save some time to visit some tribal villages and maybe even bring home some of the amazing arts and crafts that are often made to sell to tourists, generating revenue for the local people and sustaining their ancient way of life.
Best time to travel to Kenya for a week
The beginning of January to late February is the warmest time to visit Kenya, with the highest number of animals congregating in the popular safari destinations, this is also a great time of year for divers to visit Kenya, as the Indian Ocean is at its clearest. Avoid the rainy season from March until May as access to some areas is limited and mosquitoes are much more prevalent during this time. June signals the start of the dry season in Kenya, and although prices to rise during this season, the unforgettable Great Migration is certainly worth the extra money. Just after the busy season, October through November is a great time to visit Kenya and enjoy the sights in more solitude.