Kenya Tourism : Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa, at 580,367 square kilometers (224,081 sq. mi), Kenya is the world’s 48th largest country by area. With a population of more than 47.6 million in the 2019 census. Kenya is the 29th most populous country in the world. Kenya’s capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest, current second largest city, and the first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu city is the third largest and also and inland port on Lake Victoria, other important urban centers in Kenya includes Nakuru and Eldoret.
Kenya is the world-famous safari parks lies a trove of the coastal treasures, you can snorkel and dive fish-rich coral reefs relax on the pearly beaches, experience the melting pot of the cultures and the cuisines in Mombasa and Malindi, and explore tropical islands steeped in Swahili history. Topographically, Kenya is stunning. Kenya has four types of tourism that includes Beach tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism and sports tourism are all part of tourism sector in Kenya.
Kenya and it’s far from being the only sandy paradise along the coast, although Kenya is always celebrated for its national parks and wildlife, it’s also home to some of the continent’s best beaches.
Most of Kenya’s best beaches are located just north and south of Mombasa in the southeast. The northeast shore is virtually deserted except for exotic Lamu Island and a few hideaways around Mambrui. Kenya has the most amazing beaches which provides tourism of the country like the Diani beach, Nyali beach, Watamu beach, Mambrui beach, Lamu Island, Kikambala, Gazi, Chale beach. Kenya enjoys he same geographical conditions as some of the world’s top sun, sea and sand destinations.
Kenya is a popular destination in Africa for ecotourism, which The International Ecotourism Society, or TIES, defines as responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of the local people. Ecotourism in Kenya is fueled by the public and private initiatives that revolve around the country’s rich wildlife. Kenya owes its status as an eco-destination to its fauna, which includes a group of mammals known as the Big five-elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lion, and leopard. Kenya is also approximately 11 percent of the world’s avian species. These and other animals can be seen in the country’s 54 national parks and reserves, as well as an increasing number of private and community-owned ranches and sanctuaries. Kenya’s seven habitats that is savannas, beaches, forests, snow-caped mountains, deserts, coral reefs and river deltas, also help draw the more than 500,000 tourists to do their Kenya safaris every year.
Cultural safaris in Kenya takes you for an amazing encounter with the most Kenya’s indigenous tribes. Visiting Kenya’s tribes exposes you to the traditional beliefs, dances, pastoral life, festivals, marriage ceremonies, polygamous practices, foods and lifestyles. While visiting these tribes, you will notice just how hospitable Kenyans are to foreigners. The Kenyan culture is so interesting that many visitors have chosen to stay permanently after interacting with the locals.
Experiencing the culture of people in a new country not only helps you understand your own but also erases any biases you may have about others. You get to know why people behave in a certain way, what makes them different and what you can learn-An example is the value of the extended family and raising of children as a community. Apart from visiting the indigenous tribes living close to the national parks, there is also an opportunity to visit schools and central market to learn how people make a living.
Any fan of athletics is used to seeing Kenyan athletes picking up gold, silver, and bronze medals in long-distance running events. As well as being a great sporting nation, Kenya is also a breathtaking tourist destination. It is therefore unsurprising that sports tourism in Kenya is on the rise.
Kenya’s high-altitude, mountainous landscapes attract runners and the cyclists from around the world. But the fun does not stop there, a host of other sports such as golf water sports, and mountaineering have also grown in popularity among tourists.’’ Sports tourism in Kenya has been on the rise over recent times’’, said Micheal Njogu, deputy MD of Sense of Africa, East Africa.
‘’The Standard chartered Nairobi Marathon is an important annual event. Kenya also hosts the annual Safari Sevens, a premier rugby event; and the Kenya Open, part of the European Golf challenge-all of which attract a huge number of teams and fans alike’’, he said. If you are looking for a more active or adventurous type of holiday, here are some of the most popular tourism sports in Kenya, in no particular order, to help inspire your next trip. Most popular tourism sports in Kenya includes athletics training in the Rift Valley, Cycling around Kenya, Water sports in Watamu, Mountaineering in Kenya, Golf in Kenya and many more.