Things to do in Kenya

Art, culture, tradition and natural wildlife are plentiful in this African destination. For nature and animal lovers, deciding what to do to in Kenya is an exciting task, as so many activities are available.

Consider a visit to the Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Center, a non-profit organization and take a look at its workshops and showroom, where you can buy jewelry, carvings, clothes and other crafts. Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, is both a UNESCO World-Heritage site and a UNESCO Biosphere, and an amazing sight to see. Hell's Gate National Park allows visitors to walk or cycle through without a guide. If you’re into rock climbing, the park is full of cliffs and basalt columns. Check out Fischer’s Tower, one of the park’s popular rock-climbing sites.

Lamu Island’s Lamu Town is the oldest inhabited spot in Kenya. It is a part of the Swahili culture that once dominated the coast. At Tsavo National Park, the western side is more popular from its gorgeous scenery and better roads. The world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve is made up of grasslands full of African wildlife. It’s an extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania. See Wildebeest, zebras, black rhinos, elephants, and Masai giraffes. Watch out for predators as well, with cheetahs, leopards, and the biggest population of lion in the world.

Best shop on the island for stylish clothing: Kenyan-made leather bags and belts; beaded leather sandals; soft linen slacks.

Attractive collection of modern African folk art and abstract paintings.

A small complex with a coffee shop and boutiques carrying African jewelry, clothes, and objets d'art.

Since 1966, the Pinto family of Kenya and New York has been welcoming guests to Africa with an extraordinary level of service and in-country expertise. Guide Alan Petersen has led David Beckham and Robert De Niro. T+L Trip pick Discover Africa’s Heritage.

Furniture, beaded suede jackets, kikoi robes, and housewares from the Nairobi designer. The waterfront space is her first freestanding shop stocked with her trademark sandals, embellished caftans, and feather-trimmed pashminas.

At the Masai Mara National Reserve you're sure to see lions, elephants, and rhinos.

Originally a 19th-century Swahili home, this tidy museum contains rare ceremonial horns, furniture, jewelry, and other artifacts related to the history and culture of the Lamu archipelago.

Hire this large, traditional-style sailboat with a uniformed crew for day or overnight cruises. Pickups from Lamu Old Town or Shela Village.

Insider clout: Johnston sends clients to the Antisana Reserve, in central Ecuador, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: seeing condors in the wild. Years as agent: 16. Specialties: Ecuador, Kenya. Consulting Fee: None.

Jeweler Gemini Desai designs necklaces and other treasures with ancient trade beads, both precious and fun, from around the world.

Special booking: Escorted clients on a pilgrimage to the Gujarati holy site of Palitana, in northwestern India. They climbed 4,000 steps to the temples and participated in the aartis (prayer ceremonies).

An array of works by East African artists, curated by Carol Lees, whose commitment to promoting local art is impressive.

The Abercrombie & Kent travel agency began as an African safari company, founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962. Today, the company organizes trips to more than 100 nations across all seven continents, with destinations ranging from Antarctica to the Galápagos Islands.