Swahili Travel Destinations

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Kenya

The Masai Mara – Kenya

During the dry season from July through October, the wildlife is abundant.  You can see the annual migration of over a million wildebeest.  You can see animals chasing their prey. This area is very native and not developed.

Lamu – Kenya

This is one of Kenya’s oldest towns having been settled by the Swahili over 700 years ago.  Many tourists enjoy backpacking in this area.  There are no mini-buses that come here, just donkeys.  You can explore the island or enjoy wandering the narrow streets of the old town.

Lake Nakuru National Park – Kenya

This area is famous for its huge flocks of flamingos (more than 1 million) that enjoy the shallow lake. Home to more species of birds the park also has white rhino, warhog, giraffe, hippo, ostrich and lion.

Mount Kenya – Kenya

Mount Kenya is Africa’s third highest mountain peak of close to 5000 meters, following Batian (5200 meters) and Nelion (5188 meters).  Unlike these two mountains, trekkers can climb Mount Kenya without technical climbing experience or skill.  The mountain slopes are forested and have worn dirt, grassy paths to climb opposed to rock, ice and snow. Mount Kenya is part of a large reserve.

Amboseli National Park -Kenya

This park is a popular park with view of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  The park is centered around Observation Hill which offers views of the plains below.  The park is home to more than 50 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.  You can also see elephant, hippo, cheetah, leopard and other species of animals.

Lake Turkana – Kenya

It is the largest permanent desert lake in the world.  Large crocodiles love this lake!  The lake is said to change colors with the wind. The lake area is home to various ethnic tribes.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

This is a private reserve made to protect black rhino, sitatunga (a type of antelope) and the endangered Grevy’s zebra.  There are over 60 species of mammals and over 200 kinds of birds.  You can observe the animals on foot, on the back of a camel or on a safari jeep ride.

Malindi and Watamu – Kenya

Malindi is a small town.  The beaches that surround this city are one of Kenya’s main attractions.  South of the town are lovely beaches, villas and small resort towns.  There is Marine Park, great for snorkeling.  Watamu National Park is further south and has two main lagoons, lots of resorts and hotels.  Water activities are popular and include sailing, sunbathing, dolphin watching and scuba diving.

Tanzania

The Serengeti – Northern Tanzania

Serengeti National Park offers a traditional African safari setting.  The migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra begin here.  The grassland is home to wild cats.  You can watch them stalk their prey.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Northern Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano in northern Tanzania near the border of Kenya. It is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest mountain!  Many people from all around the world come here to climb the almost 6,000 meter (19,340 feet) high mountain.

Zanzibar –Tanzania

Zanzibar is a top travel spot because of its beaches on the Indian Ocean.  Famous for its spices, the city became an important slave trading post under the Arab rulers.  Stone Town, the capital, has traditional houses, narrow walkways, a Sultan’s (ruler’s) palace, and many mosques. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Northern Tanzania

This area includes the world’s largest crater.  Almost every wildlife species in East Africa is found here.  This even includes the black rhino.  Several native tribes live here. 

The Selous – Tanzania

This is Africa’s largest reserve.  There are swamps, rivers and wetlands so you can even take a safari by boat.  Walking safaris and also night drives are both popular, too.  You can see elephant, cheetah, black rhino, African hunting dog, hippo, giraffe and crocodile.

Mafia Island – East Coast of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean

Mafia Island receives only 1000 visitors a year!  It has a rich history and a strong Swahili culture that is not influenced by tourism.  Much of the island and its beaches are a marine park.  It is a great place for deep-sea fishing, diving and snorkeling.  You can see whales, sharks, turtles and other marine species.

Uganda

Ssese Islands – Uganda

There are 84 islands with powdery-white sandy beaches on Lake Victoria. It is a place to enjoy the sunsets, a bonfire on the beach and relaxation.

Jinja – Uganda

You can raft the Nile River or take a more peaceful river trip and float down the river.  On the longest river in the world, there is something for everyone.

Kampala – Uganda

The largest city in Uganda is Kampala. Like many cities in Africa its population is growing fast. Kampala has well over 1 million people. 40 years ago it only had one-quarter of this amount.

You can spot stilted thatched huts in tropical gardens or quaint English farmhouses just about an hour’s drive from the capital.  Lake Victoria has attractive beaches for you to explore.

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