Country 32/196: Kenya
Destinations: Nairobi, Amboseli national park, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Centre
Hey guys! We have just had the best time in Kenya! This country is a paradise for animal lovers! 😉 ♥
Things to do and things to see
We went on a safari at the breathtaking Amboseli national park with Back of Africa Adventure and we had a blast! 🙂 Amboseli national park might be the most beautiful national park in the world. It is home to hundreds of elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, buffaloes, zebras, monkeys, birds, lions (which we, unfortunately, didn’t get to see) and it offers many different habitats, including lakes, woodlands, wetlands, and the savannah. Besides, Amboseli national park offers the best view of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro! ♥
There are only a few places that offer human-wildlife interaction without harming animals in any way and the amazing Giraffe Centre is one of them. There you can touch and feed giraffes that will soon return to the wild. Every visitor has to pay a small entrance fee to support their project of breeding and protecting endangered giraffes. It’s a must-do in Kenya. 😉
Another must-visit is most certainly the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It’s an elephant and rhino orphanage. They are rescuing orphaned baby elephants, taking care of them until they grow up and afterward they release them back to the wild. We wanted to support the project as much as possible, therefore we decided to adopt a baby elephant! 🙂 His name is Sattao, he is almost two years old and he is the sweetest and the friendliest baby elephant ever! ♥ His mom was probably killed by poachers, but thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust he will grow up and find another family in the wild. We strongly recommend that you visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and support their noble cause so they can save as many baby elephants as possible! 😉
Other attractions in or near Nairobi include:
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Kenyatta International Conference Centre
- Nairobi National Museum
- The Maasai Market
- Railway Museum
- Ngong Hills
- Nairobi Safari Walk
- Nairobi National Park
- Bomas Of Kenya
Kenya, thank you for being so amazing. Forever in our hearts! ♥
Where to stay
Nairobi is a big modern city that offers many hotels, hostels, Airbnb’s, and other accommodation options. We were staying in several different Airbnb apartments and we loved each stay.
Are you planning a trip to Nairobi? Here you can get a room with a 10% discount! 🙂
Accommodation, food, and transportation prices are generally pretty reasonable in Nairobi, even though accommodation prices range from 3.5 USD/3 EUR to several thousand USD. You can save a lot of money by staying in a cozy guesthouse and eating like locals. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust entry fee is 500 KSH (4.6 USD/4 EUR) and the Giraffe Centre entry fee is 1500 KSH (14.60 USD/14 EUR) for non-resident adults. Safari tours, on the other hand, are relatively pricey – as all safaris tend to be.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry season, from July to September. This is also the time of the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, which will make your safari experience even more interesting. In December, there are short rains and you will have the chance to see newborn animals in national parks all around the country.
In Kenya, we have planted a lot of trees and visited several wildlife conservation programs. As deforestation (caused by overexploitation) is one of the most urgent issues in the country, we have partnered up with Seedballs Kenya, a highly efficient forest regeneration program, and planted over 3900 seeds. Desertification, soil erosion, and biodiversity loss are all linked to deforestation.
Severe flooding on one hand and prolonged droughts on the other (both caused by global warming) are a major threat to people, crops, and wildlife. Littering and the illegal dumping of rubbish due to inadequate waste management is a problem in both urban and rural Kenya. Water shortage and degraded water quality from urban and industrial wastes and increased use of pesticides and fertilizers are becoming increasingly alarming. Water-quality problems in lakes have contributed to a substantial decline in fishing output and endangered fish species. Wildlife is also threatened by animal poaching. Due to the extreme poverty of many people, and the high demand for elephant tusks, between 1970 and 1977, Kenya lost more than half of its elephants even though elephant hunting has been banned.
Romance and adventure
Kenya is the perfect destination for an adventurous honeymoon. A safari is one of the best adventures you can experience, especially in one of the many stunning national parks, like the famous Amboseli national park. On the other hand, Kenya also offers gorgeous beach destinations near Mombasa, where you can go diving, snorkeling, sailing, or simply relax in a beautiful beach resort.
Found lots of LOVE in Kenya. 😉 ♥
Honeymoon rating of the visited destinations: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
Interested in a safari honeymoon? Kenya is one of the top choices! 😉 An adventurous honeymoon in Kenya sounds like a wonderful idea! ♥
* Note: This is NOT a general rating of the country, it is merely our personal opinion of the mentioned site(s) as honeymoon destinations, based on the level of tourism development, the number and quality of romantic and adventurous activities and sites it offers, and safety. We strongly believe that every country is beautiful in its own way, they may simply be more or less honeymoon oriented/friendly.
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