Top six unique experiences to look out for in Kenya.

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Renown for the Big Five Safaris, game sporting and pristine beaches, Kenya is among the top ten most popular destinations in Africa. Unknown to many are the innumerable destinations that perhaps have not reached global attention for raking in figures through tourist arrivals, yet offer as much in terms scenery, culture and history. Travel.Jumia.com listed out a number of destinations and experiences that can only be found in Kenya; some on global maps, while others could do with a little more attention and exploration:

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Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria lies in the volcanic region of the Rift Valley escarpment, north of the equator and not too far from the more popular Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru National Park. The former however, stands as unique Ramsar site and a protected National Reserve. The lake has the highest concentration of true geysers in Africa and hot springs believed by locals to have healing powers. It also has a great population of the lesser flamingo, making it an experience only unique to Kenya.

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World’s Wildest Wheelbarrow Race.

If you have watched The Lion King, then you can visualize the unique ecosystem and landscape at The Hells Gate. It’s against the backdrop of Fischer’s Tower, Central Tower and the famous Devil’s bedroom that the Wheelbarrow race has been taking place for the past seven years. The race, commonly referred to as World’s Wildest Race is organized by the Kenya Wildlife Service in order to raise funds for a conservation and education center at the park.

One more unique attraction in this area is the Olkaria Geothermal Station which generates geothermal power underneath Hell’s Gate, the first of its kind in Africa.

Maasai Warrior Camps and Cultural Village

The Maasai of Kenya are known world over for their unscratched culture and lifestyle. They have one of the most guarded traditions which are safeguarded fiercely against interference by civilization and the ‘external’ world. Other than their culture, the most fascinating aspects of their lifestyle include their dressing (the popular Masaai shuka) accentuated with intricate bead-work, large piercings and traditional application of ochre-made from a red soil paste on the hair.

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Maasai Warrior Camps.

Apart from the Masaai unique safari walks, hotels like Cottar 1920’s Safari Camp organize Masaai Warrior Camps where older children and teenagers can take part, thus creating an effective way of culture integration.

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The Wildebeest Migration.

This spectacular site can be captured from either the Kenyan (Mara) or Tanzanian Border (Serengeti). The natural phenomena records up to two million wildebeest accompanied by other grazers such as gazelles and zebra in response to the natural instinct. This is a survival tactic which makes them migrate clockwise in search of grass and water. The most unique experience, apart from watching the herds overcome challenges such as predators and river crossing is the air balloon experience in the Mara. This allows one a bird’s view of the magical scenery underneath as you float without a worry!

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Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site.

Olorgesailie, renowned as the factory of stone goods,  bears the greatest undisputed evidence of the early man’s innovation. There is documented Archaeological evidence citing human activities and evolution. The area also has fossils of wildlife and a rich archive of Acheulean hand axes and stone tools from the era. Apart from historical interests, one can hike the nearby Mt. Olorgesailie or choose to explore the popular Nguruman Escarpment less than an hour’s drive from here. Lake Magadi, Kenya’s salt pan which lies to the North of Olorgesailie, is a unique attraction especially for adventurists and Historians

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Lamu Town.

A medieval city that has withstood the test of civilization, Lamu of the 1300s has not changed much. This holy grail of medieval features hundreds of donkeys trotting along narrow tracks in between the white washed settlements as its modern day transport.

It’s completely different from any other sea front location on the Indian Ocean, which has pushed its ranking on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Arabic culture, splendid beaches and an all year-long calendar of festivities describes the Lamu experience as unique.

The town is still untarnished and trapped in the Golden Age where it became popular for poetry, politics, arts, culture and crafts. These aspects still remain an integral part of Lamu attractions.

The town continues to be Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town. Unfortunately, the future of Lamu is at stake, with a rising interest by developers. Currently, the old city is under scrutiny by Global Heritage Fund (GHF) after being listed as one of 12 worldwide sites on the verge of irreparable loss and damage.

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