7 things to do in Kenya that promise wildlife encounters without any of the crowds


But the Reteti Wildlife Sanctuary was created by and for the indigenous community, rather than as a result of foreign intervention. As such, cultural nuances affecting wildlife conservation are easily understood and incorporated into elephant assistance programs. It takes some planning to reach Reteti as it requires a charter flight from Nairobi, but the journey is rewarding.

Ol Pejeta bush camp

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Lion spotted in Ol Pejeta

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Safari at Ol Pejeta Reserve

Kenya’s Masai Mara is an iconic safari destination, but there has been recently overcrowding reports. Fortunately, Kenya has many national parks teeming with wildlife, so there are plenty of other places to see the Big Five. Ol Pejeta Conservatory is a great alternative for wildlife lovers: not only are you likely to see cheetahs, lions and giraffes, but you are also guaranteed to spot wild rhinos. Ol Pejeta is also home to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, which can be visited inside their enclosure.

Don’t miss the reserve’s chimpanzee center either. Although chimps do not naturally live in Kenya, primates here have been rescued from the pet trade, often as they are trafficked across the country. As a bonus, Ol Pejeta does a ton of community education, making sure Kenyan children are familiar with their natural heritage and the forces that threaten it. Book a stay with Asilia’s Ol Pejeta bush camp to spend the night in the national park – they can also organize a rhino tour and other unique experiences.

Climbing Mount Kenya

Kilimanjaro may be the continent’s most famous mountain, but it’s not the only one in Africa to offer a thrilling climb. Mount Kenya, which gave the country its name, has three jagged peaks and their ascent is an off-the-beaten-path adventure, generally cheaper than the ascent of Kili and arguably less crowded. Various routes (between five and seven days) challenge hikers while showcasing the region’s breathtaking wilderness. Look for sparkling lakes, wildlife, and a mystical sense of seclusion. African Ascents is a trusted outfitter who takes hikers to the top, and for those who prefer a bird’s-eye approach to rock climbing, Tropic offers heli-safaris to Mount Kenya.

Explore the coast

Most visitors travel to Kenya to view wildlife on safari or learn about local cultures, but in recent times travelers have added destinations along the country’s more than 300 miles of coastline to their plans. routes. It is in these tropical waters that you will find excellent surfing, kite-surfing and white sand beaches. South of Mombasa is Diani Beach, a hotspot for snorkeling and coral reef exploration, while Watamu to the north is a destination for surfers of all kinds.

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