How to Spend a Weekend in Kenya

The boredom from your day to day tedious work isn’t doing any good for your health. Thinking of resigning, but that couldn’t be an excellent idea at the moment. Possibly having a vacay at a local getaway could be the magic spell you’ve been missing. 

Will a solo trip unwind or kick you back? Or you thrive in group retreats? Perhaps you will get thrills if you adventure in new getaway hoods with bae. This weekend, spend your time at these pocket-friendly getaways that won’t bring a dent in your wallet. Whether you are in a romantic venture or pristine beaches, here are top destinations to satisfy your desires.

  1. Amboseli National Park

Formerly known as Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, the national park is located in Kajiado South Constituency, Kajiado County. From Nairobi, the park is 240 km with beautiful scenery to rejuvenate your mood.  The park stands out for its close to free-ranging elephants. Besides, you will learn more about the diverse culture of the Maasai community. They are the dominant tribe in the area with an indigenous lifestyle. If you’re a photographer, definitely you missing out on something.

Amboseli is the home to the renowned ECHO elephant featured in most documentaries and journals. Having sparse vegetation due to the long, dry months, the park is home to Cape buffalo, Impala, cheetah, spotted hyena, and the blue wildebeest. Besides, it hosts large and small birds.

For nature lovers, five different habitats await you: the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with Sulphur springs, the savannah, and woodlands. Additionally, a scenic panoramic view of Mt Kilimanjaro is epic for rambler excursions. For a weekend getaway accommodation, you can go for standard lodge or camping options. Kibo Luxury Safari Camp, Amboseli Campsite, or Oltukai lodge will give you the best cozy space with an all-inclusive deal.

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve

A national reserve renowned worldwide for its savanna, Maasai Mara is an epic reserve housing glorious big five family animals in Africa’s plains. Locally called Mara, the reserve is in Narok, Kenya, contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Across the vast plains, you’re going to see Lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and other species varieties in their natural habitats. Remember that it is only at Mara where the great migration occurs. Between July and September, the yellow savannah is dotted black with over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes migrating from Serengeti into the Mara for food and water.

Expect thrilling encounters on your Kenya Safari while exploring the Mara wonderland. In the evening, you can seek accommodation at the Enkorok Mara Camp, Zebra Plains Mara Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, or go the luxurious way to Mara Sarova Game Camp or Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Seated on the Great Rift Valley floor, Lake Nakuru National Park is a premium category park alongside Amboseli National Park. It is a beautiful wildlife haven of about 140 km Northwest of Nairobi, Nakuru County.

The surrounding vegetation in one of wooded and bushy grassland amongst the varied habitats. As a visitor, you will enjoy a wide ecological diversity that ranges from the lake to the surrounding escarpment and striking ridges. If you’re looking for a new adventure, delve into bird watching, hiking, picnic, or game drives will be striking breaks within your adventure to have meals.

In a safari drive, expect a scenic view of flamingos, rhino, giraffe, hippos, buffalos, and zebras. Lake Nakuru is a home to 56 different mammal species and about 450 species of terrestrial birds with Lion hill, Baboon cliff, and Out of Africa viewpoints.

To kill boredom, you can join the annual September rhino cycling event at the park. Remember that you don’t have to worry about accommodation. Flamingo Hill Camp, Lake Nakuru lodge, presents pocket-friendly deals for a relaxing night. If you want to continue making it out, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge or Lake NakuruSopa Lodge will fully yield your adventure desires.

  • OlPejeta Conservancy

Sitting on a 364sq km piece of land, OlPejeta is a wildlife conservancy situated between foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the Aberdares topping the Kenyan parks list reserves. The conservancy is prime with the existent of the big five animals and the chimpanzees.

The OlPejeta conservancy stands out with inhabitation of mammals like the southern white rhino, endangered black rhino, and the special world’s two last remaining northern white rhino sanctuary. Besides, the sweetwaters chimpanzee sanctuary also houses the orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees.

If you don’t like daytime safari by vehicles, worry not. You are likely to move around in safari game walks, horse rides, camel rides, or even safari night drives. The prevailing habitat, semi-arid grassland, woodland, riverine forest, and wetland, makes your adventure welcoming, not to say the EwasoNyiro River’s scenic flanks.

At the dusk of a busy rekindling day, OlPejeta presents a big pool of accommodation spaces. You can check if Porini Rhino Camp, Sweetwaters, Tented Camp, or Kicheche Laikipia Camp suits a splendid nightfall.

Aren’t you having a merry yet? If not, you can engage your creative juices to flow and exploit your DIY creativity. Make perfect décor from simple wine bottles courtesy of YouTube tutorial or relax and read a book. Remember, you can also try cooking the excellent cuisine you eye in five-star hotels. Don’t worry anymore about how to spend your time for gains; these insights can be of great help.

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