Family travel to Kenya is a great idea! Kenya's natural surroundings and rich animal life make almost everything here an attraction for kids, unlike Europe where the attractions may be historic buildings in Kenya the wildlife and nature are sure to enthrall kids every minute of the day. Here are the top 10 things to do in Kenya with kids.
1. Giraffe Center - Nairobi
In Nairobi at the giraffe center kids can feed the giraffes while standing on raised platforms so they meet the animals at eye level. At the center there is a nature trail you can take by yourself through a dry forest. The center is on the grounds of Giraffe Manor (a hotel if you'd care to stay here too) and there are also 140 acres of forest and some small wildlife like bush buck and warthogs roaming about. Don;t miss this on your family travel to Kenya!
2. Elephant Orphanage - Nairobi
Kids can see elephants up to two years old as the animals behave just like human kids. Your kids won't feel overwhelmed by the creatures as they are all babies, no large elephants are around. The center has rescued over 500 elephants over the past few years and continues to help the creatures with the ticket profits from this attraction.
3. Nairobi Safari Walk - Nairobi
Although you will in all likelihood be taking a safari while in Kenya this is a mini-safari where you can explore the different African terrains and see animals in their natural habitat. The creatures are in open-air enclosures and guests go through woodlands, wetlands and grasslands seeing the animals, which is a lot easier here than in the wild.
4. Fort Jesus - Mombasa
Kids love castles and forts and this one will not disappoint there are all the trappings of an ancient fort including cannons, heavy wooden doors, ramparts and thick walls. The 16th century fort is on the cliffs overlooking the harbor in a picturesque position. You can also see remnants from a ship wreck and in the evening a sound and light show.
5. Lake Bogoria (from the Nakuru/Baringo Road)
This is a salt water lake with hot geysers and hot springs which will delight kids as the water springs up unexpectedly. You can also have camel rides at the nearby Lake Bogoria Hotel. You may get to see some of the flamingos which flock here is large numbers. The volcanically active lake bubbles and spouts while abundant wildlife comes to the water's edge. A great part of any family travel to Kenya!
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There are plenty of nature reserves, safari parks and game parks in Kenya and this is probably the main reason families come to Kenya. Visit one of the parks to see the animals in their wild natural habitat. One of the most famous of these safaris is in the Maasai Mara National Reserve where you can go on a game drive or guided tour, it is possible to stay overnight in one of the lodges or cabin sites.
7. Kakamega Forest
For another encounter with nature but of a different nature visit the Kakamega Forest which is a natural rainforest. Visitors follow the forest paths as animals hide in the nearby bush and exotic birds fly over head. It is best to take a guided tour or even the night tour where the walk will take you past sleeping bushbabies, bats and other nocturnal creatures.
8. Kenya Beaches
Spend some fun time on one of Kenya's beaches, try Shela Beach which has huge sand dunes kids can roll down. The beach is 12 km long and has many shells kids can collect there are also sometimes locals offering camel rides for a fee. South of Mombasa is the family friendly Diana Beach and Watamu is the place for a beautiful unspoiled beach.
9. Malindi Marine Park 0 118 km from Mombasa
Not only the earth bound wildlife is an attraction for kids also the marine life in Kenya is awesome. At this reserve you can see coral gardens, sea grass beds, mangroves, many fish and marine life including dolphins, turtles and water birds. It is possible to go on a glass bottomed boat trip, nature walks on the beach and visit the tidal island of Manyugu. You can also swim here.
10. Beezy Beez – Kids Art and Craft Center - Lavington
If you just have to get out of the sun for a while take the kids to the Yaya Shopping Center where this center is packed with toys and craft activities to keep all the kids happy. There are opportunities to paint, play, make crafts, clay modeling, small cars and books. What's more you can leave the kids here is the safe care of the staff. For another indoor activity with your kids try ice-skating in Mombasa.
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