WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Lamu Old Town – The oldest and best- preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa; Lamu Old Town is built of coral stone and mangrove timber. Narrow lanes are lined with historic houses enriched by inner courtyards, verandas and elaborately carved wooden doors.
Mount Kenya National Park – The second highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kenya is an extinct volcano with rugged glacier-clad summits and forested slopes. It is one of the most impressive landscapes of Eastern Africa.
Fort Jesus – Located in Mombasa, the fort is a Portuguese stronghold on solid coral rock with walls three feet thick in places. Fort Jesus stands an outstanding example of 16th century military architecture.
Mijikenda Kaya Forests – Eleven separate forest sites spread along 125 miles of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. These forests shelter the remains of numerous fortified villages, known as kayas, of the Mijikenda people. The kayas are revered as sacred sites.
Lake Turkana National Parks – Lake Turkana teems with wildlife including migrant waterfowl, the Nile crocodile and hippopotamus. On the eastern shore, the incredible KoobiFora site boasts important fossil remains invaluable to our understanding of Plio-Pleistocene evolutionary processes.
Kenya contains the greatest varieties and concentrations of wildlife populations in the world with more than 80 major animal species. A popular draw for visitors is the “Big Five:” lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. The term “Big Five” was coined by hunters, as it comprised a group of the most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt.