Are you ready to take your family on a vacation to see the world? Kenya is one of the best destinations in the world for family vacations. There are plenty of family friendly things to do in Kenya. And only one of those things is heading out on safari. So, get ready to see the world, have a few adventures, and make those memories you will remember forever with your family. Today, I am going to share a few of the best things to do in Kenya. They are all family friendly. Although, depending on the ages of your kids, you may need to choose to skip a couple.
If your family wants to see millions of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra running across the countryside, you must vacation in Kenya during the Great Migration. This magical event occurs every year between the months of July and October.
I recommend spending this time in the Masai Mara National Reserve. All the animals run right through this open space during the migration.
You can enjoy watching the animals from a safari vehicle. Or you can experience it from a different perspective. If you choose to do that, I recommend a hot air balloon ride.
If you cannot visit during the Great Migration, you can still head out on safari at any time. I can help you choose the best safari experience for your family.
Families of all sizes will love spending time at the beach during a family vacation. While in Kenya, head to Diani Beach. Everyone in your family will enjoy participating in all the watersports at this beach. In between jet skiing, kitesurfing, and snorkeling adventures, you can grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant.
A dhow is a wooden sailing vessel that has been used in the waters off Kenya for centuries. Dhows are launched from Mombasa or Diani Beach. However, one of the best places to get on one is the island of Lamu. This is a historic island your family will enjoy exploring.
While out on a dhow, you can visit the remote coral islands. Or slip into the water to swim with marine life near the reefs.
If your family can’t get enough of the water while on a family vacation in Kenya, you have plenty of options. One of those options is to go snorkeling.
Make memories as you all swim with the green turtles at Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve. Check out the seahorses, ghostfish, and scorpion fish at the Galu Reef. The magic continues at the steep coral reef wall at Nyuli.
Out of all the parks in Kenya, Aberdare National Park is a hiker’s paradise. There are plenty of trails that will take your whole family through the forest. One of those trails will lead you to the spectacular Karuru Falls.
Consider taking the Dragon’s Teeth Trail to Mount Satima or heading out on the challenging Elephant Hills. Your family may even want to attempt to hike Kinangop Peak.
Choose the hiking trail that you know your family can do and then enjoy the sights and sounds the country has to offer.
If you are ready to get out of the bush for a while, head into Nairobi City to explore. Inside this city, you will discover old buildings, statues, national monuments, and quite a few markets. Walking around this city is one of the best ways to appreciate it all.
Walk to the McMillan Memorial Library, August 7th Memorial Park, Kipande House, and war memorial pillars. If you are afraid your family will miss something, let me arrange for a guided walking tour. A local guide can take you around and share the amazing history of this city.
Don’t forget to stop at one of the markets before you leave the city. Those markets are the best place to purchase souvenirs to take home.
There are quite a few museums your family can visit while on vacation in Kenya. One of the most popular museums is the Nairobi National Museum. Inside that museum, you can view exhibits that share the history of the country.
Other museums to add to your family vacation itinerary include the Karen Blixen Museum and the Kenya Railway Museum.
Waterfalls can be found within wildlife reserves, safari parks, forests, and other areas of Kenya. In Aberdare National Park, you can hike to Zaina Falls and the aforementioned Karuru Falls. However, there are plenty of other waterfalls to discover in Kenya with your family.
A few waterfalls that are considered hidden gems in the country include Paradise Lost Falls, Fourteen Falls, Thomson Falls, and Lugard Falls. Add one to your itinerary to really improve your Kenyan family vacation.
Traveling between Mombasa and Nairobi can be an adventure in itself. One of the best ways to travel between these two cities is by riding the Madaraka Express Train. There are three daily departures from each city.
The train ride is six hours long. You will be taken through Nairobi National Park and Tsavo National Park. I recommend taking this train ride in the morning. The animals are most active within the parks at that time. Therefore, you have a better chance of seeing them moving around in their natural habitats.
These are some of the best family friendly things to do in Kenya. There are many others, and I can help you determine which activities are best for your family vacation. I will do this as I am creating a personalized family vacation itinerary in Kenya for your trip.
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