Ideal picnic locations across Kenya
By Kwame Akinyi
There is no doubt Kenya is full of beautiful landscapes and nature trails all over the country. We have infinite perfect spots for outdoor activities such as picnics. So, whether you are in Nairobi, Kisumu, Rift Valley or in the Coast, going for out for a picnic is a must. Each county has various locations to choose from for an ideal picnic with loved ones. Here, we highlight for you some of the magical places you can visit across the country:
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary - http://www.kws.go.ke/content/kisumu-impala-sanctuary
Set on the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria, the Kisumu impala sanctuary offers you a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere to enjoy mother nature. The sanctuary boasts of five picnic sites to choose from. All sites have a lovely view of the lake while impalas and zebras roam around freely creating just the right environment for a picnic.
Surrounded by different types of exotic and indigenous trees plus scenic views, Ngong hills proves to be an ideal location for picnics. It is a popular site for hikers and nature lovers who enjoy trekking along nature trails while soaking in beautiful views like the wind generations sites. The site is also great for group travels so pick your squad and head to Ngong.
Maasai Mara- https://www.maasaimarakenyapark.com/
No location best describes a picnic in the wild better than Maasai Mara, Kenya’s popular safari destination. You and your friends can enjoy a picnic mid-game drive as you enjoy the beautiful nature that abounds in the Mara as the wildlife roam around.
Jumba ruins - https://www.museums.or.ke/jumba-la-mtwana/
Located just 10km from Mombasa, Jumba Ruins is a perfect spot for a chilled picnic for you and your loved ones. It has a quiet atmosphere accompanied by the sound of the sea breeze swooshing through the trees and ruins. The half ruins also add an aesthetically pleasing view to the location alongside the sea.
Still at the coast, one can visit the famous Diani beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa and a major hit with both local and international tourists. The location is picture perfect and the refreshing breeze plus the beautiful sunsets will make your evening picnic by the beach an unforgettable experience.
Karura Forest - https://www.friendsofkarura.org/
Just a few meters from the Nairobi CBD is the Karura forest, a beautiful haven for nature lovers. It entails a nature trail covered by acres upon acres of trees and grassland for the ideal picnic. You can set up your picnic by the rocks at the river facing the falls and in addition to that, there are caves, a natural lake and waterfalls that are a perfect backdrop for photos to help you capture those beautiful moments.
Nairobi National Park - http://www.kws.go.ke/parks/nairobi-national-park
The park within a city, the Nairobi national park is well known for its wide-open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers. It is also s a host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and a diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. You can set up a picnic and get to enjoy the views and spot the wildlife giving a home away from home type of feeling.
If you are at the Kenyan Coast, then here are places you must visit.