18 Hidden Attractions in Kenya that you never Knew : Kenya is arguably the best safari destination in Africa, there are secret places the locals visit that the tourists have never discovered. These hidden attractions in Kenya will make you feel a Kenyan. The most hidden attractions in Kenya or the secret places where you can enjoy like a Kenyan and also discover some parts of the incredible country that only the locals know to thrill while on Kenya Safaris Tours includes .
The Mysterious Hill in Machakos Where Objects Defy Gravity.
Mysterious Hill is known to many but not given the right attention, it is just 12 kms from Machakos Town, you will find a known place known as Kyamwilu, quite popular among locals in Machakos town, where the obvious beats the odd.
The experts say that the gravitational pull of such hills is uneven that is the force at the bottom is weaker than higher up causing objects to move up to the slope. Gravity, scholars say, is not uniform everywhere on earth. Some areas are closer to the equator and experience a slightly weaker gravitational pull than those farther away.
The Tana Basin Area.
The Tana Basin Area is a geographically situated in the southeastern part of Kenya. Lying between latitudes 00 30’ north and 20 30’ south, and longitudes 370 00’ east and 410 00’ east. It borders with the following Basin areas. Ewaso to the North of Rift Valley to the West of Athi to the Southwest of Somalia and the Indian Ocean to the East.
The Tana basin covers an area of 126,026km2, which is about 21% of the area of Kenya.
The Confluence of River Sirmon and Nyariginu.
River Sirmon and Nyariginu meet at Daiga Muramati in Laikipai country, the destination is relatively ‘’new’’ it came to the limelight after a member of the wanderlust group (A famous travel group), posted the paranormal confluence where Rivers Sirmon (brown water) and Nyariginu (Black) do not mix, this caught many and almost was surprised and promised to visit the newly discovered destination, 18 Hidden Attractions in Kenya that you never Knew.
The rivers are located 15km from the Nayuki town, you can hire a taxi which will cost you anything less than 10 USD. These rivers border Loll Daiga Hills, you can have a visit at Loll Daiga Hills Ranch, a 49,000 acre cattle ranch and wildlife conservancy where you are likely to spot the 4 of the big 5 where rhino is absent there.
The park fees for the Loll Daiga.
Residents Ksh 2000 per person Child Ksh 1000
Non Residents USD 80 per person Child USD 40
Camping with own gear Ksh 3500.
Mzima springs is a natural underground reservoir located beneath the Chyulu hill range and it flows into one of the tributaries for the Tsavo River. Some of the attractions here include the hiking safaris path along the ponds and springs an underground glass-windowed viewing room, all of which provide incredible views of the sites of flora and fauna.
Mida creek has wide, healthy beds of the seagrass and coral, and a home to many species of fish and feeding sea turtles, then the mangroves smaller streams and inlet provide a refuge for the crabs and birdlife. Mida is a stopover point for many migratory birds and an essential protected area for their survival which makes it one of the most amazing and beautiful natural attractions of the Kenyan coast.
Mida is the best explored by the boat, on a cruise safari through the creek at sunset for a sundowner drink, as the setting sun turns the waters to gold and flocks of roosting birds fill the sky, even the flamingos are often seen feeding in Mida, the creek is also awesome kayaking destination, with endless small channels and passage through the mangroves, then to explore where kingfishers hunt in the shallow waters and fish eagles perch in the overhead trees.
Marafa-Hell’s Kitchen is a wonderful natural wonder that is easily accessible from Malindi, this gives you the unspoilt experience in the rural Kenya coast. The drive to the place is so interesting, as you drive over the bands of red soil, white chalky soil and white rock.
The quaint rural communities, ladies carry bags and buckets on their head, children carry babies on their backs and lone cyclists all creating interesting sights along the way. Legends has it that the Marafa depression (Known as Hells’ Kitchen) was caused long ago by God’s wrath on a local family, 18 Hidden Attractions in Kenya that you never Knew.
The family was rich and extravagant, that they indulged in bathing in the valuable milk from their cows. God was so furious with the excessive behavior that he punished them by opening the ground beneath them which is what you see today in the Marafa depression.
The depression warns the dangers of excessive living through the white and red stone (milk and blood) which were splashed all around this magnificent and surreal landscape.
Eliye beach is just 50 km east of Lodwar lies on Lake Turkana Eliye Beach, which is a hidden attraction in Kenya, it’s a place to unwind, with a laid-back atmosphere, endless palm-fringed sandy beach safaris with massive view of Lake Turkana with total peace and fun.
Close to the name-giving mineral spring, there is a comfortable lodge with good food and accommodation (ELIYE SPRINGS CAMP AND LODGE), which includes luxury and unique Turkana bomas, which is well-stocked palm bar with cold drinks, an open dining room, massage corner, swimming pool, motorboats and many more.
The campsite has a shop, toilets, bathrooms, a dining area and a kitchen with staff all fit to offer you total relaxation to end your Turkana safari with, ‘’Kabissa’’,which means, ‘’Completely’’, in Swahili.
Three sisters caves at Fikirini in Tswaka Village.
The three sister’s caves are about 15 kilometers from the Kenana-Shimoni junction, the caves-Pangani, Kisimani and Mdenyenye, all have cultural artefacts of the Digo people.
The first cave is called Mdenyenye and is the largest, it has a wooden staircase built by the locals. History has that this cave was specifically used as a hideout for the villagers who were running away from slave trade.
The second cave. Pangani, has several chambers that were used for prayers and rest. Their ancestors also had their meals in the Pangani cave. Pangani is a unique one since it has an underground tunnel stretching six kilometers that connect to the Shimoni caves. Unfortunately the tunnel has been blocked and it is impassable now, the slaves used to run away from Shimoni caves using this tunnel, 18 Hidden Attractions in Kenya that you never Knew.
The third cave, has a fresh water well that never run dry, it is such an important site where the visitors can spot baboons and monkeys as they quench their thirst, the third cave is also a home to thousands of bats.
Dragon Teeth, Aberdares.
Dragons Teeth break through the flat moorland in the great Aberdares, they are a form of volcanoes in the ranges. The granite peaks are for the serious hikers, much as I would like to run up and down them, they require a serious level of fitness and a guide to lead you through them. Area hidden attraction in Kenya.
Aberdare ranges are beautiful group of mountains in the central Kenya, which are habitat to herds of elephants, the most particular being the Melanistic Leopards (a condition in which the body produces excessive pigments) it was spotted for the first time in 2018 by Nick Pilford a Kenyan Biologist.
Gura river-Nyeri-Fastest River.
Gura River is a turbocharged, located in Nyeri, central Kenya, as most of the Kenyans are not aware that the fastest river in Africa, Gura River is one of the hidden attractions in Kenya, it flows from deep in the bowels of the Aberdare range. The point at which Gura River creates a scene at the Gura Falls, a 300-meter tower ruptured to be one of the highest falls in Kenya.
The river traverses several constituencies in Nyandarua and Nyeri counties, weaving its way through a tangle of wooldland. The river has two tributaries that is the Thuti and the Gikira, the confluence hardly seems to affect the river’s raging speed.
Haunted Pillar of Mbaraki.
The haunted pillar of Mbaraki stands at 50 ft. tall and considered as the second oldest monument after fort Jesus, which is a hidden attraction in Kenya for 300 years. Mbaraki Pillar is one of the most controversial sites on the Kenya coast.
Lake Chala is also known as Challa which is a crater lake that straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania, the lake forms approximately 251,000 years ago, located east of Mount Kilimanjaro. One of the greatest things and surprising about Lake Chala is the colour of the water changes from turquoise, blue to green, which is believed that the lake is fed by the streams under Mount. Kilimanjaro. The endangered Tilapia is found only in this lake.
Blood-Red Alkaline Lake in Kapedo, Turkana County.
Blood-red alkaline lake in Kapedo, Turkana east, experts say that the lake dries out, and its salinity increases. The warm water’s high salt concertation makes what is left of the lake a prime breeding ground for Dunaliella algae, which turns the water blood-red. Which is one of the ideal hidden attraction in Kenya, 18 Hidden Attractions in Kenya that you never Knew.
Lake Victoria has countless islands, but only a few have been documented, Takawiri is one such island that has white sandy beaches and cool breezes from palm trees. Boat takes about one hour from Rusinga to Takawiri, it is a beautiful island to spend a weekend in.
Buxton Tunnel in Limuru.
Buxton tunnel in Limuri which a among the longest and oldest train tunnels in Kenya. The infamous tunnel finished in the 1940’s is part of the legendary ‘’Lunatic Express’’ itself completed in 1901. The tunnel is estimated to be around 2 kilometers, and attracts adventure-seekers from around the country and beyond. Standing at the entrance, a small light can be seen emanating from the end of the tunnel, bringing the figure of speech to life.
Chalbi Desert is in Marsabit County, east of Lake Turkana and it is not talked or written about enough. Traverse the bleached soils and walk on coarse sand and rocks. The desert is so salty that animals use it as a naturally occurring saltlick. If you have a safari in Chalbi be ready for an uncanny landscape full of rocks, so if you are going on a safari I advise you yo use 4WD Land cruiser (Jeep).
Every desert has an oasis and so is the Chalbi Desert, on the northern edge is an Oasis grooved by palm trees, due to this there is attraction of guinea fowls, the local people use the oasis as a source of their water and domestic animals (camels).
God’s footprint is another surprising, the Lwayo Lwa Mulungu tourists site in Lunga Lunga. In the local Duruma language, it means God’s footprint and is about five kilometers from Lunga Lunga town.
The area is inhabited by the Duruma people, who say the footprint must the God’s since no human foot is that big, making it an religion-related hidden attraction in Kenya, also the locals say residents believe that God walked on the rock, leaving the mark which has been there since has been made a place of worship. Although the footprint cannot be proven to be that of God the belief impacted on the people since childhood has made associate it with that of God