A large proportion of Kenya’s tourism centres around safaris and tours of its great National Parks and Game Reserves. While most tourists do visit for safari there are also great cultural aspects of the country to explore in cities like Nairobi, Thika, Nakuru and Mombasa and Lamu on the coast. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is usually where the Maasai Villages can be found that most tourists like to visit.
is a vast geographical and geological feature, approximately 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) in length, which runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. Caused by the geological process of rifting, it is a complex feature where several plates of the earth’s crust join. The rift valley varies in width from thirty to one hundred kilometers, and in depth from a few hundred to several thousand meters. It was named by the explorer John Walter Gregory.
If you are planning to partake in a Great Rift Valley safari in Kenya, chances are you’ll be visiting Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is a saltwater lake and together with its neighbouring park is famous for attracting large flocks of flamingos. The sight of thousands of bright pink birds as they collect against the soda crusted shoreline is striking. In complete contrast, Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake that is home to buffalos and hippos – as well as being the ideal safari destination for birders! Among the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a large variety of herons. Numerous mammals graze around this fresh water lake and you can also expect to see zebra, impala, giraffe and kongoni. Truth be told, you will find many wonders on safari through the Great Rift Valley.
The main attractions within The Great Rift Valley are:
Mombasa is the second biggest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. It has a chief port and an international airport. Mombasa is one of Africa’s chief tourist targets, with some of the top beaches in the world. Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline adjacent to the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has developed into a popular attraction for its exotic beaches, diverse marine life, first-class hotels and welcoming people. Mombasa’s history, back dates to the 16th century and it has been ruled by the Arabs, Portuguese and British-who have all influenced the town’s customs and the magnetisms that still exist including historical remnants such as Fort Jesus and the Old Town.
Mombasa being the second largest city in Kenya, it offers a mass of activities hence it has become one of the East Africa’s greatest attraction for kids and adults alike such as deep-sea fishing, sunbathing and even many other water sports. Hotels also slot in these activities as part of their different entertainment systems, with the intention of creating the tour to Mombasa the ultimate vacation experience!