Top Easter Holiday Destinations in Kenya: Best Places to Have Fun with Family

By Korir Isaac / April 19, 2019




After Christmas, the next best and the most preferred holiday to share and have fun with family is the Easter Holidays; and it is finally here. Whether it is for the thrill, or a place fun-filled place, the hunt for the top Easter holiday destinations in Kenya in on.

Families across the country are looking to travel, have a perfect getaway, meet, have reunions, and have Easter weddings among other things including the simple act of appreciating each other by having a good time.

Be that as it may, it shouldn’t necessarily be such a hassle finding a good place that is secluded, doesn’t crowd easily, and is friendly to the kids. Kenya is a wonderful country and there are lots of places to visit.

Kenya offers amazing Easter holiday destinations most of which include exotic locations, quiet and pristine beaches, laid-back atmosphere, spectacular sunsets, vast plains characterized by beautiful wild sounds not to mention the inspirational and poetic moonlit nights.

Even for those looking to start a new chapter in their lives, there are Easter holiday destinations in Kenya that will satisfy their search for tranquility and serenity.

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It doesn’t matter where you are. From the beaches of Mombasa to the slopes of Mt. Kenya, through Nanyuki, Naivasha, Nakuru, all the way to Kitale up to the second highest mountain in Kenya, Mt. Elgon, your road trip or vacation is bound to be fun!

With that said, here are the top Easter holiday destinations in Kenya where you will have the most of fun and act all silly if you want.

  1. Mount Kenya National Park
A ground general view of Mount Kenya. Photo: Carolle Tours

Mt Kenya region is characterized by a vast and pristine wilderness, tarns, and a beautiful view of the snow-capped peak. The geological variety, the forest, mineral springs, and animals including some of the endangered species are all uniquely found in the region.

If you are new to the region, you will get a chance to see Kenya’s elephants, tree hyrax, bushbucks, waterbucks, elands, white-tailed mongoose, suni, black-fronted duiker and lots of other animals.

There is a ton of things to do in Mt Kenya. Far from going on a safari for the scenic beauty of Kenya’s wild, you can also go hiking, rock climbing, and camping to name a few.

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Perhaps bird watching and game viewing make the most interesting things to do in Mt. Kenya. Even better is that there are lodges, resorts, and clubs in the region where you can easily book accommodation and relax after a long day of fun.

There are guides who will help you and your family during the tours or trekking. The only thing that will limit you is your reluctance to visit the place.

You can stay at the Batian Guest House or the Sirimon Cottage. Campsites include Enchoro, Kinondoni, Road Head, Mintos Hut, Narumoru Gate, Met Station Campsites among others.

Meanwhile, you can also stay at Mount Kenya Safari club where you can also access the nearby animal orphanage and trips to neighboring Nanyuki town should give your family plenty to do and see.

Mount Kenya Safari Club in the evening.

You can reach Mt Kenya National Park through the Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro-Moru.

  1. El Karama Eco Lodge, Laikipia
El Karama Lodge, Laikipia

If you are looking to have the best time with your kids this season, El Karama Eco Lodge in Laikipia makes one of the best Easter holiday destinations in Kenya. It is located not in a region where one never fails to get something fun to do. What with wearing the Samburu attire and familiarizing yourself with a culture that is a treasured heritage?

That’s right, you can indulge yourself in the Samburu culture and let your kids be a part of your life for the day. Also, you can let your children pretend to teach you how to make sculptures from termite clay.

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Interestingly, you will also learn how to track wildlife, fish using hand lines, and document all your activities to keep the beautiful memories alive.

You can also walk out on foot with the guides, birdwatch with specialists, photograph from the rock hide, take guided game drives and night drives in customized vehicles, visit the working farm and much more.

The lodge is located in the Laikipia Plateau area which is part of an ancient lava plain and is a perfect destination for couples and families.

  1. Splash Water World, Nairobi
A person on a water slide.

If you are in Nairobi and you are looking for a place you and your children can have fun playing with water, Splash Water World is the wettest park you are looking for. To the children, it is characterized by water slides and swimming pools. The best part is if you ever get tired of splashing, you can always ride camels or horses or enjoy a few minutes-drive to Nairobi National Park where you can go on nature walks, feast, take photographs, feed wild animals among others.

Consecutively, you can visit Bomas, which is also barely a 30-minute drive from Splash Water World. Here, you can revisit the history of human evolution apart from enjoying viewing artifacts and past mementos that define Kenya.

  1. Hell’s Gate, Lake Naivasha, Mt Longonot, Crater Lake, and Crescent Island
Hells Gate National Park, Naivasha

Naivasha County makes the best Easter holiday destination for couples and families, and this is the best time to visit the place. The county in itself is a hub of a myriad tourist destination sites including the Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate, Mt. Longonot, Crater Lake among others. It also holds some of the best resorts in the country.

Hell’s Gate is one of the favorite vacation destinations for climbers, hikers, rock climbers, and mountain climbers. You also get to enjoy viewing volcanoes, water gauges, and wildlife like Buffaloes, hartebeests, and zebras. and mountain biking.  While at it, one can also enjoy the beautiful view of the region that stretches all the way to Lake Naivasha.

Lake Naivasha also provides lots of fun activities to do with your children including boat rides, game watching, swimming, among other fun activities.

A hippo in Lake Naivasha

If you enjoy mt climbing, you can also climb Mt Longonot or visit the Crescent Island, which is at the deepest sea area of Lake Naivasha. You can enjoy a boat ride, view birds, and camp.

Not far from Naivasha town is also the Crater Lake that attracts a lot of flamingos. It draws a lot of birds and is ideal for those looking forward to some bird watching. You can also indulge other activities such as boat riding with your family.

A view of Crater Lake in Naivasha. Photo: Dnomadz

 

  1. Diani Beach
Diani Beach, Coastal Kenya

The Kenyan coast no doubt makes one of the best Easter holiday destinations for families, couples, friends, and everyone looking for the best fun. In particular, Diani Beach has been ranked as one of the best Family Holiday destinations in Kenya coast.

Apart from the beautiful sandy beaches, the chill and the vibe this beach offers is one that your children can’t afford to miss exploring. There is a lot to do including fishing, boat rides, swimming, building sand castles among others.

The beach, in more ways than one, simply allows you to enjoy your amazing luxury family vacation on the coast and the nearby jungles offer exciting new animals and plants. The beaches also offer a perpetual supply of coconuts!

There is also skydiving, that is if you are bold enough to conquer your fear of heights and falling.

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There are other beautiful places and resorts you can visit on Mombasa including Mwembe Resort in Malindi, Mombasa’s Old Town, Fort Jesus, Watamu Beach, Mamba Village, and Mombasa Marine National Park. There is plenty to see, to do, and to have for your family.

  1. Kakamega Forest
One of the varieties of bird species in Kakamega Forest

As the last remnant of Kenya’s tropical rainforest, a road trip with your family to the Western region of the country is bound to bring great pleasure. Kakamega forest, according to Kenya’s Wildlife Service (KWS) is home to several hundreds of species of birds, snakes, monkeys, bushbucks, duikers, countless tree species and natural glades. The species include more than 380 species of trees, 330 species of birds, 27 species of snakes, 7 primates, over 400 species of butterflies and several mammals!

Not far from the region is the famous Kit Mikayi rock, also known as the “Crying Stone.” You can also stretch your journey over the holiday’s towards Kisumu, Lake Victoria and cross to Rusinga Island for a sensational getaway. Rusinga Island, by the way, is perfect for a romantic vacation.

Alternatively, you can head to Kitale through Bungoma, catch the beautiful sights of the mountainous topography, all the way to the slopes of Mt Elgon and camp at various lodges situated within the vicinity of Mt. Elgon National Park.

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On your way back, go through Kitale, visit one of the oldest museums in the country; Kitale Museum, visit Saiwa Swamp where with access on foot you will get quite close seeing to the rare sitatunga antelope.

Sitatunga antelope, Saiwa Swamp, Kitale

There is so much to see in Western Kenya. You and your family will get to enjoy amazing sights while having a good time sampling various cuisine of different cultures including the Luhya, Sabaot, Luo, Kipsigis, and other communities found in the region.

  1. Lake Nakuru
Flamingos in Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is one other perfect Easter holiday destination. It offers lots of things to do with family including birdwatching, game viewing, sightseeing from Baboon Cliff, camping, bush breakfast, setting up picnics, wild photography, wildlife viewing and many other things. You can also sit atop Flamingo hill and spot lions in the park!

There is so much to do and see in Lake Nakuru. In fact, the lake, which became a part of the Lake Nakuru National Park, since 1961, protects endangered white and black rhinos and giraffes.

Not far from the region, approximately an hour drive is Lake Elementaita, another freshwater lake on the floor of the Rift Valley which holds tremendous sites including the hills of Kikopey, also known as the Sleeping Warrior. There are affordable lodges around and fun activities among them barbecuing!

  1. Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs
Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserve.
Photo: Warrior Trails

Samburu Shaba and Buffalo Springs lie in the north of Kenya and it was the region where the British were trying to stop clashes between the fierce northern tribes of Samburu, Rendille, Turkana, and Borana.

The magnificent Samburu tribe dominates the area around Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, and many visitors travel to experience this arid semi-desert which nevertheless contains considerable animal life. This means you and your family are bound to have great fun indulging in the lifestyle and savoring the Samburu cuisines.

Samburu Morans atop a crag, Northern Kenya

You can take photographs of the golden light as the sun sets, swim when the sun is too hot, or sightsee the Grevy’s Zebra. In a nutshell, a family safari is not really complete without a visit to this enthralling area.

  1. Maasai Mara National Reserves
A lioness and its cub in the plains of Masai Mara.

Yup, you guessed it right. Masai Mara is not hyped for no particular reason. It is known across the globe when it comes to Africa’s safari, thanks to the Maasai community who have also popularized it worldwide.

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It wouldn’t hurt to join other tourists with your family for a safari across the vast plains of Masai Mara and enjoying scenic beauties of the wild. There are lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, and of course, the famous wildebeests.

Wildebeests crossing River Mara, Masai Mara

There are countless conservancies, lodges, and camping sites where you can get accommodation at affordable prices.

Not only is the Masai Mara one of the greatest wildlife reserves in Kenya, but it is also unique in that it is not managed by the country’s wildlife services but rather by the local communities who are so friendly and are more than willing to help you navigate the region.

Moreover, you can have a spectacular view of Masai Mara from up a hot air balloon. You can also settle somewhere safe and have a nice outdoor meal while drinking the piquant wine of a remarkable sunset.

  1. The Great Rift Valley

Finally, there is Kenya’s Rift Valley. It is part of the wonders of the world, and it stretches from the Middle East, down through Africa, reaching as far as Mozambique. Of course, you can’t explore the whole region but only a few places in Kenya’s greatest valley.

The view is unbelievable and along the way, major highways leading to various towns located within the trench, there are viewpoints, extensively elevated grounds that give you a beautiful and panoramic view of the floor of Rift Valley.

A spectacular view of The Great Rift Valley, Kenya

As one approaches from Nairobi, the ground suddenly disappears from under you to show the huge expanse of the great rift, stretching for thousands of miles in either direction.

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Whilst this stunning introduction to the Rift valley is amazing in itself, descending and exploring the campsites, lakes, lodges, and gorges in Rift Valley’s floor counts for an amazing experience.

Rift Valley holds lakes such as Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Kamnarock. Perhaps the best place to have a breathtaking view of the Rift Valley is in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The Kerio Valley, which has the famous Cheploch Gorge in Kenya, offers a scenic sight of spurs, escarpments, dry river valleys, misfit rivers, meandering roads, waterfalls, indigenous trees and much more.

Torok Falls, Kerio Valley, Rift Valley

There are also countless lodges, and communities you will encounter along the stretch that will give you a satisfying experience. There are swimming pools, rock climbing, camping, parachuting, nature walks, wild photography, and natural spas to say the least.

There is no emphasizing enough how beautiful the Great Rift Valley is until you experience it yourself. Why not give your children a chance to familiarize themselves with Kenya’s topography?

In summation, there are hundreds of other places in Kenya not mentioned here but also make the best Easter holiday destinations for you and your family. Whichever the case, if you are planning on visiting these places, ensure that you:

  • Carry road trip essentials including plenty of water, snacks, some good music suitable for the whole family, and please, ensure that your car is in good condition.
  • Also, plan all the places you want to visit and things you want to do. This will help in saving time and also estimating the cost of your trip.
  • Don’t forget to have fun, that is the whole point of an Easter holiday. Choose activities that the whole family can participate in, but it doesn’t mean you have to do every damn thing.
  • Try to pay for accommodation in advance. This way you will have control of your budget and spare some change for a few souvenirs.

Other than that, Happy Easter Holidays!



About Korir Isaac

A creative, tenacious, and passionate journalist with impeccable ethics and a nose for anticipated and spontaneous news. He may not say it, but he sure can make one hell of a story.

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