10 ideas on how to spend your long weekend

There is a long holiday weekend coming up. This is one of the holidays that families take advantage of the variety of options where they can spend enjoyable and memorable moments. You shouldn’t be left out as well.

The long weekend is a great time to go on that family or romantic trip or spend time with your family or friends relaxing. Nairobi has its own attractions and activities if you want to spend your time in the city. But you can also go on a family trip outside Nairobi to see what Kenya has to offer. Here are some ideas you can take up with your family, friends or even by yourself to have a blissful weekend.

1. Nairobi National Park

Nairobi is the only city in the world that boasts of an enormous savannah that has over 400 species of birds, zebras, hippos, cheetahs, gazelles and other animal species. We are also one of the only cities to have lions leisurely chilling in the middle of the road! As much as that is a scary fact, it’s also one of the things that makes a visit to the park worthwhile. Located along Langata road, the park is open daily between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. including holidays. Your holiday should not end without going on an exquisite trip to this exclusive national park at the heart of the capital Nairobi city.

2. The National Museum

Located at the museum hill road in Nairobi just a few minutes from the CBD is The Nairobi National Museum. The museum offers a wide range of Kenya’s natural history and cultural exhibits; making it a great place to pay a visit this holiday with your family or friends. The center also houses collections, temporary and permanent exhibits which offer some of the historical elements that date back to colonial time. Within the grounds also sits the Nairobi Snake Park, the Botanic Garden and nature trail.

3. The Giraffe Center

I can still vividly remember my first trip to Giraffe Centre. What was most memorable wasn’t just the amazing selection of endangered and seemingly friendly African giraffes but also the fact that there was a foreigner who went right up to one of them and gave him a big kiss! Talk of being friendly. Nevertheless, the sanctuary situated at Karen is a must visit for the family. This place is packed with plenty of activities and one on one interaction with the long-necked animals. A trip to this amazing sanctuary that is usually open between 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. is a must visit for both friends and family.

4. Karura forest

Why not liven up the Easter experience with a refreshing bike ride or a walk in the Karura forest? Take a break from the craziness of the city and enjoy a day with nature as you take in the serenity and tranquility that the forest has to offer. Take it a notch higher and hire bikes. Race with your family and loved ones as you also get to give your body a well-deserved exercise routine. Located along Limuru road, the park is also one of the city’s treasures in terms of nature’s diversity.

Family having fun together. Image from http://ow.ly/ZNloZ

Family having fun together. Image from http://ow.ly/ZNloZ

5. The Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is one of Kenya’s famous tourist attractions in Kenya. Named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the Mara is a must watch spectacle. Although it is not the season for the annual migration there is still so much to see and do. The Mara reserve has abundant open plains, woodlands and riverine forest and is home to many species of wildlife including the Zebra, Elephants, Gazelle, and Buffalo.

6. The coastal region

The sandy white beaches of the coastal region are the ultimate tourist’s dream destination. With white sands, great weather and blue waters as far as the eye can see, the coast remains on the best holiday destinations in Kenya. With places like the great Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Mombasa Old Town, skydiving in Diani and scuba & snorkeling activities, you can get to enjoy the flawless tropical beach amenities of the infamous suburban beaches of the Kenyan coastline.

7. The Rift Valley

Kenya is home to one of the greatest geographical features in the world, the Rift Valley. With features such as the great lake Nakuru, the Hell’s Gate National park in Naivasha, Ngong hills, the Aberdare Ranges and lots of other features, the Rift valley provides a fun-filled packed adventure that is suitable for adventure and nature lovers as well.

8. Tsavo National Park

The Tsavo National park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya. Known as the ‘Theatre of The Wild, the scenery of both the East and West national parks offers a magnificent scenery of game, the 300 km Yatta plateau which is the longest lava flow in the world, Mudanda Rock which attracts thousands of elephants to cool off and refresh and rock climbing activities at Kichwa Tembo in the West National Park. Top it off with a sunset game drive as you watch animals heading to their watering points and fall in love with the magnificence of Kenya all over again.

9. Nyeri

Take a break from the norm and tour the Central part of Kenya. Home to the Mt. Kenya, the Aberdare National Park and the infamous Tree Top Hotel, Nyeri is a hidden gem in the lush highlands of the country that is a perfect destination for both friends and family.

10. Have a family day out, have a meal and let the kids have fun taking part in activities

We all know a holiday is not a holiday without a feast. These are some of the days where you get to indulge in a variety of menus, especially those that you don’t see on a day to day basis. Why not take your family out for a meal so that you can enjoy each other’s company? The best thing is no food to cook or dishes to do. Your kids can get to play outside and have fun swimming, or other activities.

For more information on the destinations we have highlighted above check out our article on great places to visit in Kenya.  Also check out fun places to hang out with your kids in Nairobi. It has information on other places you can visit this weekend. Whatever you decide to do this long holiday have a great time.

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