11 Places To Go Wild With Your Kid In Kenya
11 Places To Go Wild With Your Kid In Kenya
“Anyone who wishes to surely see a lion lazing around in the wild probably knows that Kenya is where they do that.”
The Iyer family have a photographer in their eldest daughter and an animal-lover in their younger one. The family of four found a perfect middle ground for these two passions, when they visited the thriving jungles of Kenya this May. Armed with a Canon 600D and a Sony camera, Insha managed to capture the life of Kenyan forests and the Big 5, while her parents and her sister were busy interacting with the animals.
This is Insha’s account of 11 places in Kenya that are great to visit with your entire family, and especially kids.
#1 Great Rift Valley
There are several wildlife reserves in the Rift Valley. The dramatic scenery is another point that attracts tourists from all over. It’s foggy most of the time, which does not discourage ‘mamas’ from appearing out of nowhere to sell pretty souvenirs. Look beyond the Rift Valley and you’ll see an old small church. It was built by Italian prisoners of war who were imprisoned in the Rift Valley during the Second World War.
#2 Nairobi National Museum
It is located along the Museum Hill, a few minutes drive from the City Centre. It has a lot of interesting historical background of Kenya, its culture, and the wildlife. Kids will surely be fascinated with the view around as it is panoramic and captivating.
#3 Snake Park
This place is located in the Nairobi National Museum. Informative placards support the view of the fiery and slimy snakes, some of which casually hang around trees. They also have turtles and other reptiles which are spoilt silly. Kids would definitely have a thrilling experience in the company of these laid-back creatures.
#4 Mount Kenya
If your kids and you love trekking, then Mount Kenya is very generous with its terrain. It is the second highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. With glacier-clad peaks, and cave dwellings appreciated by animals and humans alike, this mountain is a great spot to camp with your kids. The climatic conditions are also quite ideal.
#5 Mount Kenya Safari
As tempting as the idea of climbing Mt. Kenya was, we decided to opt for the safari instead. The Mount Kenya Reserve promises a show of the BIG 5- Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, and the Wild Buffalo. There is so much energy and fun packed in this adventure, that your children will thank you for it in years to come. There are different areas allotted for each animal, thus ensuring marvelous sightings of many at once! (Your luck can take a break here, it’s not like Masai Mara.)
#6 David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
David Sheldrick is an orphanage for elephants, and a paradise for us humans. The “little” balls of energy with their drooping eyes can get a laugh out of anyone observing them. They are notorious and make no apologies for rolling around in the muddy waters as and when they can. The time when the elephants are gathered for their milk-solution feeding is when visitors are allowed to engage with them. There is an entry fee for foreigners. Your naughty kids will definitely find their match in these elephants!
#7 Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre is a refreshing place to be in. Visitors have an opportunity to crane their necks to view giraffes that don’t bend down, and feed the giraffes that do. They often tend to lick your fingers, so for all those who get tickled at even the word ‘tickle’, brace yourselves.
#8 Mamba Village (Crocodile & Tortoise Farm)
The well-maintained gardens in this village have an unusual combination of confident crocodiles and reserved tortoises. The numbers are quite huge, and the air buzzes with energy and thrill. The guides are great and treat visitors really well. If you play your cards right, you can even get a chance to feed these animals! Are your kids begging you to pack your bags yet?
#9 Naivasha Hippo Camp
Hippo Point is an exclusive private wildlife reserve near Lake Naivasha. If you want to experience a relatively quiet time just sitting in a restaurant by the lake and watching the hippos do what hipos usually do, then this not-so-famous-yet place is ideal. You may go boating completely at your own risk, as you never know when a hippo may get too playful. Just hold on to your kids and their hands when you are here.
Another not-so-famous-place-yet, but definitely worth your time! The river doesn’t really dry up and there is water gushing all year round. It is not uncommon to find school kids from abroad being their daredevil selves with river rafting on the Sagana river (also called the Thagana river). A breathtaking experience, this is one of nature’s most beautiful creations.
#11 Jalaram Temple In Nakuru
A two-hour drive away from Nairobi, this temple offers free accommodation and food for Indians. There are many houses scattered across this two-acre land that allow each family their own space. Your kids would definitely appreciate the open area and bird-watching opportunities present here.
Surprise your kids with a trip to Kenya, where there is more than just the wildlife experience to take back. Please type out your thoughts in the comments section below!
About The Author
Deeply educated in philosophy, a favourite teacher of many, and all of 22 years in age. Insha Iyer tries to fit the world into her camera and her photography into everything. She has a never-ending appetite for food and a mature love for travel, which is great cause she also dabbles in writing. Coffee is her go-to friend for any mood, and the word ‘tat-tvam-asi’ inked on her wrist gets her a lot of tattoo conversations with people!