Kenya

8 great activities, day-trips & excursions whilst you're staying in Kenya

Many of the places that we feature in Africa include a full range of activities, but sometimes optional extras are possible – day-trips and excursions which are worth adding into your stay and are best arranged before you go.

Talk to us about anything which interests you before you finalise your trip with us. Meanwhile, a few of the possibilities in Kenya are noted below; we hope they help to give you inspiration:

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Balloon flight over the Mara

Balloon flight over the Mara

3 hours in total

With the sun rising over the Loita Hills, you scramble into the balloon basket for the start of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re about to go drifting with the breeze above the trees and plains of one of the world’s greatest wildlife regions. More about Balloon Safari

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Half or full day

Seeing the Rift Valley's iconic pink flocks of flamingos massing on one of the region's lakes can be a somewhat hit-and-miss affair since lake water levels rose after about 2014 and the ecology of several of them changed significantly. Lake Bogoria, however, in the northern Rift, still usually retains some large flocks of many thousands of lesser flamingos. More about Lake Bogoria visit

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage visit

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage visit

1 hour

Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage for a close-up encounter with elephant orphans – and sometimes rhino orphans. You can easily visit during the public session on any morning, or make special arrangements for a private visit in the afternoon. More about Elephant Orphans visit

Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit

Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit

1 hour

Visit the AFEW Giraffe Centre for an eyeball-level encounter with gentle Rothschild giraffes. They visit this tree-level platform to be fed pellets. More about Giraffe Centre visit

Northern White Rhinos visit

Northern White Rhinos visit

1 hour

Visit the Endangered Species Enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a close encounter with the last two remaining northern white rhinos. You can visit either by game drive vehicle or visit on horseback if you're an experienced rider. Other rare species include Jackson's hartebeests and Grevy's zebras. More about Northern White Rhinos

Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

Half or full day

Drive into one of Kenya's best-known national parks to explore the lakeshore, woodlands, cliffs and plains around this iconic lake. While the flamingos may no longer be here, Nakuru has some key mammals, including both black and southern white rhinos, lions, leopards and Rothschild giraffes. More about Lake Nakuru Safari

Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve

All day

If you're not staying in the Maasai Mara National Reserve itself, the chances are you'll be in one of the outstandingly wildlife-rich Maasai-owned private conservancies just outside the reserve boundary. However, a full-day game drive in the reserve is usually included, to visit the Mara River and see some of the reserve's fabled wildlife locations. More about Maasai Mara Safari

Safari in Nairobi National Park

Safari in Nairobi National Park

Half or full day

It is truly remarkable that the plains and woodland of Nairobi National Park, an area of around 70km² (some 17,000 acres) should exist in a near-natural state so close to the city that in any other conurbation they would just be suburbs. More about Nairobi Nat. Park Safari

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