There are known sites that have kept the tourism spotlight shining for a long time. However, as the tourism sector continues to diversify and target other circuits, we realise that there’s more to what has been sold to us.
The beauty of Kenya is in layers and as you peel through them, you learn that there is more than just safaris and beaches.
Here is a list of underrated places that you should visit in Kenya.
Also known as Jumba la Mtwana, this historical site is found in the bussing town of Mtwapa. The 14th-century ruins are located close to the beach where you can learn some history of trade in the era. At Jumba ruins, you will find four mosques, a tomb and four houses that have stood the test of time. At the end of the trail at Jumba ruins is the monsoon restaurant, a gorgeous beachfront eatery perfect for seafood lovers.
2. Suguta Valley
The Suguta Valley also referred to as Suguta Mudflats is located south of Lake Turkana. It is an extraordinary landscape that’s part of the charm of Nothern Kenya. Many people know it as the valley of death but the narratively is continuously changing. With temperatures that can soar up to 50 degrees, this excursion is suitable for thrill lovers and risk-takers. Catch a glimpse of the Suguta dunes and spectacular views of the rocks craters. The beauty of this area is in the remoteness and how untouched it is.
3. Saiwa Camp National Reserve
This underrated spot is the smallest National Park in Kenya, but it is also one of the best places to visit if you are a nature lover. The park is located near Kitale in Trans-Nzoia county. It is also the sanctuary to the rare and endangered Sitatunga antelope. This forested paradise is a home to exotic flowers, trees and birds. You can also find the rare De brazza monkey here. For accommodation, you will find campsites in the park or the surrounding area. Entry into the park is sh300 for adults and sh125 for children.
4. Samatian Island
Would you like an exclusive island getaway with scenic views? Then Samatian island is what you need. This private island located on Lake Baringo is relatively small but will be exclusively yours during your stay. You can enjoy boat rides, bird watching, fishing, nature walks and sundowners at the beach. The facility has four ensuite thatched rooms ideal for four couples. The rates are sh6,000 per person on a self-catering basis.
5. Samawati Lakeside Cottages
The Samawati Lakeside Cottages is a family-owned property located on the shores of lake Ol’bolossat in Nyandarua county. The facility has one large villa and three rustic value cottages that are fully furnished. You can enjoy horse-back riding and boat riding while staying here. You can use Samawati Lakeside Cottages as a launchpad to exploring Nyandarua county.