Tourist Attractions in Kenya

Tourist Attractions in Kenya are Grouped into two:

Main Attractions at the Coast

  • Beautiful natural uncrowded and unpolluted sandy beaches which are ideal for sunbathing (sitting or lying in strong sunlight in order to make the body brown).

  • Warm and sunny climate due to tropical location which attracts tourists from temperate regions who escape from the harsh winter cold and come for health purposes.
  • Water sports like yatching, surfing and sport fishing which are carried out in the Indian Ocean.
  • Historical sites such as Fort Jesus, Gedi ruins, Vasco Dagama and slave caves in Malindi and Shimoni.
  • Traditional culture of the coastal people e.g. they have a unique way of dancing, songs, clothing and handicrafts and shrines e.g. Kaya of the Mijikenda which attracts tourists.
  • Mangrove swamps which have unique plants and different species of fish, snails, snakes, birds etc.

Main Attractions Inland

  • Wild life conserved in National Parks and Game Reserves. Wildlife is conserved in their natural habitats.
  • The Famous wildebeest migration in the Mara.
  • The sunny warm climate which attracts tourists from temperate countries.
  • Attractive scenery such as the snow capped Mt. Kenya, the Great Rift Valley and its lakes and hot springs and geysers and great rivers with waterfalls.


Reasons domestic tourism is being encouraged in Kenya

  • To make use of tourist facilities during the low tourist seasons.
  • To make Kenyans know more about their own country and appreciate their national heritage.
  • To facilitate interaction and cultural exchange among different communities and thus enhance national unity.
  • To expose people to locally produced artifacts.

  • To expose Kenyans to a wider variety of recreational facilities.
  • To create employment.


Tourism is the practice for travelling for purposes of leisure, curiosity or study.

Tourism is the leading invisible export of East Africa and it is one of the major foreign exchange earners for the governments. 

Tourist attractions in East Africa include:

  • Wildlife: this includes animals, vegetation, and birds i.e. flora and fauna e.g. zebras, hippos, lions, flamingos, crocodiles, savannah vegetation, tropical forests e.t.c. these are conserved in national parks, game parks, game reserves like Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti, Kidepo Valley, Masai Mara, Mkomazi, and Tsavo. N.B wildlife is the most important tourist attraction in East Africa.
  • Climate and other resources attached to it e.g. sports, sunbathing, conducive situations of swimming e.t.c. East Africa has got a number of climate types e.g. savannah, equatorial, Semi-arid, Swamp, and Montane climate.
  • Relief features like high mountains e.g. Kilimanjaro, Kenya, and Rwenzori with snow at the top, and the rift valley plains.

  • Historical sites e.g. Nyero rock paintings in Kumi, Kasubi tombs, Olduvai Gorge, and Fort Jesus at Mombasa e.t.c.
  • Culture e.g. East Africa has got a number of cultures based on the different tribes e.g. the Masai, kiganda culture where people exhibit their cultures in different ways of dressing, eating.
  • Drainage systems e.g. East Africa have got a number of drainage systems ranging from lakes like Victoria and rivers e.g. Rufigi, Nile, and Tana.

The following are Factors favoring the development of tourism industries in East Africa

  • The region is endowed with a variety of tourist attractions such as wildlife, drainage features, historical sites, and coastal landforms which all attract foreign tourists.
  • Peace and stability especially in Kenya and Tanzania and some parts of Uganda which have ensured that the tourists are sure of their safety.
  • Improvement in the transport network system especially roads, waterways, and air transport has facilitated the easy movement of tourists to their areas of interest.

  • Increased level of advertisement to outside countries is being done through embassies abroad through international Television channels, magazines, radios which have made tourists aware of what is in East Africa.
  • Local people of East Africa provide good hospitality for the tourists which also attracts foreign visitors because they are assured of good care and warm welcome.

  • Improvement in the accommodation facilities e.g. hotels, lodges, and guest houses which have provided residential services to tourists.
  • Increased level of education given to the local people have created more awareness and appreciations for the tourism industries e.g. courses related to tourism have been introduced at different institutions within East Africa e.g. Bachelor of Leisure and Hospitality Management.

  • Presence of adequate capital from local and foreign individuals to invest in the sector e.g. for construction of hotels.
  • Favourable government policy that encourages investment in tourism e.g. liberalization of the tourist sector, low taxation and increased subsidization of investors in the tourism sector.
  • Availability of enough skilled and unskilled labour force to work in the industry e.g. hotel managers and game rangers.



Kenya is found in east Africa and it is the most important destination for tourism with tourism attractions around Mombasa coastal areas, Malinda, Indian oceans, lake Nakuru, Nairobi museum, Tsavo national parks, Amboseli, and culture like Maasai culture

the following are factors which favour development of tourism in Kenya

  • improved marketing and advertisement by using the internet, trade shows, magazine, t shirt and newspaper
  • Kenya is strategically located at the coast of Indian ocean leading to development of ports like Mombasa, Malinda and easy movement of tourists from European middle east using cheap water transport

  • relief features giving beautiful scenery for exploration like coral reefs at Mombasa and for sports and games like climbing mount Kenya
  • presence of historical sites for preservation of cultures and traditions attracting tourists for exploration and education and research like fort Jesus, Nairobi museum, Malinda port and maasai culture
  • presence of urban centres with economic activities, entertainment centres, better social services, infrastructure in nairobi, Kisumu Mombasa
  • improved transport and communication like using Kenya airways, Mombasa port, safari com this helps in marketing and communication
  • presence of population which can speak multiple languages like English, Arabic and French
  • improved accommodation like hotels, apartment and guest houses
  • political stability and security helping in attracting investors and tourists and diverting resources to tourism development.

  • supportive government policies like giving loan to the the people involved in tourism activities, helping in construction of infrastructures and maintaining political stability.
  • presence of tropical climate which attract tourists from cold areas such as Iceland, Greenland and Canada
  • good international relation and regional cooperation attracting many tourists
  • availability of land gazetted for tourism in areas with sparse population like tsavo national parks, nakuru and Malinda

  • presence of skilled and unskilled labour working on hotels, tour companies and beaches



Serengeti comes from the Maasai chat “Siring” meaning “Endless Plain”, which absolutely is what it means: hundreds of kilometers of collapsed apparent land, more good termed “The Sea of Grass On Plains”.

Serengeti comes from the Maasai chat “Siring” meaning “Endless Plain”, which absolutely is what it means: hundreds of kilometers of collapsed apparent land, more good termed “The Sea of Grass On Plains”.

Serengeti National Park is located on Tanzania‘s northern border with Kenya. It is one of the most important African tourism circuits and an extension of the Kenyan Maasai Mara National Park and Simiyu regions.

 Below are a few interesting facts about the Serengeti national park.

  • It was first established in the 1920’s and was made a National Park in 1951 and covers 14,750 square kilometers (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands.

  • The Serengeti National Park eco-system is the oldest on the planet. It boasts a diversity of flora and fauna that is unavailable anywhere else on the globe. 
  • In more than 1 million years, little has changed in the park. The wild animals, the plants and waterways are still largely intact as they were one million years ago. Amazingly, the oldest remains of man (2 million years ago) were discovered here by the famous East Africa archaeologist, Dr. Leakey.
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  • The Expanse of Serengeti is home to the only active volcano in the area – the Ol Doinyo Lengai. It ejects mineral rich carbonate lava that is washed down to the plains of Serengeti to fertilize the land.

  • The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, one of the (2006) world’s seven natural wonders – when some six million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,000,000 wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.
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  • Serengeti is one of the cheapest National Parks in Tanzania. For the variety you will see, the park entrance fee is a bargain.
  • Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle are resident at any time of the year. 
  • All three big cats are easily seen. Lions are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetahs are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopards can often be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
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  • In the 1890s, droughts and a rinderpest epidemic (also known as cattle plague or steppe murrain) took a serious toll on the animal population of the Serengeti, in particular the wildebeest. By the mid-1970s the wildebeest and the buffalo populations had recovered.

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  • Some 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Tanzania to Maasai Mara Reserve in lower Kenya, a total of 500 miles (800 km), according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predators.
  • The Maasai people had been grazing their livestock in the open plains for around 200 years when the first European explorers visited the area. German geographer and explorer Dr. Oscar Baumann entered the area in 1892. The first Brit to enter the Serengeti, Stewart Edward White, recorded his explorations in the northern Serengeti in 1913.

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The Maasai people had been grazing their livestock in the open plains for around 200 years when the first European explorers visited the area. German geographer and explorer Dr. Oscar Baumann entered the area in 1892. The first Brit to enter the Serengeti, Stewart Edward White, recorded his explorations in the northern Serengeti in 1913


Tourism is a collection of activities, services and industries that delivers a travel experience, including transportation, accommodations, eating and drinking establishments, retail shops, entertainment businesses, activity facilities, and other hospitality services provided for individuals or groups traveling away from home. 

Negative impacts can be viewed as disadvantages or problems.

The following negative impacts of tourism are common to Botswana and other countries in Africa including South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, and Tanzania.

10 negative impact of tourism in Botswana

 The following are the negative impacts of tourism in Botswana;

  • The tourism industry is 100% run by the government but there are some private companies such as Safari companies that take a lot of profit from tourism.

  • Tourism is an unreliable industry. The number of tourists can fluctuate from year to year due to different problems such as a shortage of money to tour by tourists.
  • Like other industries, the tourism industry pays Botswana lower wages since most of the higher posts are in the hands of foreigners.
  • Tourism disturbs wildlife e.g. animals including birds in the Okavango are disturbed by the noise made by motorboats and motor vehicles.

  • Tourism can directly affect wildlife due to the littering of the environment or protected areas. Some of the roads are littered along their sides, even some of the camping sites are sometimes left with a lot of litter.
  • Some of irresponsible tourists and poachers are involved in vandalism, especially inside the parks. Trees are indiscriminately destroyed as well as fences.
  • Tourists are said to be partly involved in the disruptions or changes in the culture of some of the local people.

  • Local cultures could be looked down on as barbaric, outrageous or freak shows.
  • Tourism is also blamed for the increase in prostitution as well as the spread of diseases including HIV-Aids.
  • Tourism is occupying a large land due to the creation of national parks and game reserves. Although Botswana is a large country with a small population, there is still serious competition for land.



Tourism is defined as the activities of persons identified as visitors. 

A visitor is someone who is making a visit to the main destination outside his/her usual environment for less than a year for any main purpose [including] holidays, leisure and recreation, business, health, education, or other purposes.

This scope is much wider than the traditional perception of tourists, which included only those traveling for leisure. [UNWTO statistics Guidelines: 2010]

The following are positive impacts of tourism to Botswana:

The tourism industry diversifies the economy of a country, for example, the Botswana tourism industry is quickly growing. This means that the government of Botswana will gain money from the tourism industry instead of relying mainly on minerals and beef exports.

Tourism provides employment as many people are employed in tourism-related industries like safari companies, hotels and lodges, airlines, handicrafts, etc

It promotes the development of remote areas by encouraging the provision of services such as roads, airports, hotels, etc. The Maun-Nata road was developed as a way of promoting tourism. Both the Kasane and Maun airports were developed to promote tourism.

It is a source of foreign exchange. In 1989 tourism brought P107.9 million in foreign exchange. The latest estimation shows that the tourism industry contributes about P 271.8 million per annum to the Gross Domestic Product.

 Tourism promotes local arts and craft industries and this includes:

_ carving

_ pottery

_ weaving

_ music

_ dancing

 It introduces new ideas and cultures and promotes international understanding. Botswana receives many visitors from South Africa, Europe, etc and these tourists come with new ideas and culture. They also learn and understand Botswana’s culture.

Tourism encourages the conservation of natural resources such as wildlife. There are many national parks and game reserves in Botswana which are used to conserve wildlife.

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