Kenya is home to diverse wildlife, endless plains of unaltered deserts, forests and national reserves, and stunning beaches! If you’re looking for out-of-the-ordinary places to visit here, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of the most rewarding yet less explored places in Kenya:
- Chalbi Desert
Chalbi Desert offers picturesque views and beautiful oases. Enjoy a desert safari here on a 4×4 vehicle. You can also hop on a camel ride and explore the desert the right way – just like our ancestors would! You can also mingle with the local tribes there including the Turkana and Samburu tribes. Make sure you keep sunscreen and plenty of water with you.
- Suguta Valley
Suguta Valley is also known as the “Valley of Death” because of its extremely dry and hot climate, along with a rugged landscape. It’s a great place to visit for thrill seekers! Explore the beautiful sand dunes and rock formations in this area.
- Saiwa Swamp National Park
Home to the endangered Sitatunga antelopes, Saiwa Swamp is the smallest national park in Kenya, and it’s definitely worth a visit owing to its rare wildlife and beautiful sceneries. You can even spot the De Brazza’s monkeys here!
- Samatian Island
Samatian Island is a private island on Lake Baringo where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views or indulge in interesting activities like fishing, birdwatching and boating. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway with your significant other.
- Arabuko Sokoke Forest
This forest is home to stunning birds that you can’t find anywhere else, like the Sokoke Scops Owls. You’ll also spot many butterflies of different sizes and colors. It’s best to go with a guide who knows where to take you so that you get the best views. The forest is very dense and thick so exploring it on your own may not be a great idea.
- Lake Turkana
Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world. It’s home to the Central Island National Park, which has a huge population of Nile crocodiles as well as stunning crater lakes.
Lake Turkana is also surrounded by stunning beaches that provide scenic views. The best part is that the beaches aren’t crowded because Lake Turkana is an under-rated gem.
- Hell’s Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park, contrary to its name, is devoid of dangerous predators like lions and leopards, so it’s one of the few places in Kenya where you can enjoy a foot or bike safari. Get up close with zebras and gazelles here.
There are also many hot springs and canyons to explore in the park.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Kenya and have a great time exploring these under-rated gems! If you plan on flying to Kenya, don’t forget to check out this detailed guide on flying in East Africa.