#01 Mount Kenya
Many climbers consider Africa’s second-highest peak a tougher test than Kilimanjaro: it’s certainly less of a highway to the top. You’ll be glad of its via ferrata on the last morning.
#02 Mara Naboisho Conservancy
This conservancy in the greater Mara region combines wildlife conservation with community involvement and offers outstanding viewing of big cats, elephants and giraffes.
#03 Thimlich Ohinga
Even most Kenyans have never heard of their most impressive upcountry ancient site – huge stone circles in a remote part of western Kenya.
#04 Graceful Hippos
#05 Stars at Bedtime
Book a night out in the bush under the stars at Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge, sleeping on a specially adapted “star bed” atop a secure platform.
#06 Lake Baringo
The world record count of bird species seen in 24 hours – 342 – was made at this freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. There’s budget accommodation on the shore and luxury lodges on the islands.
These curious, harmless reptiles can be found all over Kenya, but only the highlands are home to the impressive Jackson’s three-horn species, like a miniature triceratops.
#08 Fresh Coconuts
If you’ve never had a fresh coconut, you’re in for a treat – try one at any coast hotel for the price of a tip to the intrepid tree climber.
Join more than a dozen local tribes for three days of traditional song and dance in a chilled, international atmosphere.
#10 Warrior training
Head to a Maasai-run eco-camp and learn the ways of warriorhood – which you’ll soon discover involves playfighting with sticks and much singing and jumping.
#11 Lake Naivasha
The perfect getaway from Nairobi: excellent backpackers hostels, boating, a music festival, hippos, a rich array of birdlife and the secluded Crater Lake Game Sanctuary.
#12 Lolling in the Lagoon
The Indian Ocean coast is sheltered by a coral reef for nearly its entire length: you can drift among shoals of fish or skim around on a kite- or surfboard.
On the city’s doorstep, the park is home to nearly all Kenya’s big mammals, including the largest of Kenya’s antelopes, the eland.
#14 Desert Lake
Venture to the shores of Lake Turkana in the barren lands close to the Ethiopian border where the climate is harsh, life precarious and the landscapes searingly beautiful.
#15 Lake Victoria
Kenya’s biggest lake packs in busy harbours, virtual plains of water hyacinth, pretty beaches and mountains.
Get on petting terms with tiny pachyderms at this highly regarded centre.
#17 Driving with Dragons
Travelling in Kenya’s far northern deserts you never know what you’ll meet around the next bend – like this fearsome-looking desert monitor.
There is nowhere in the world like the ancient seafaring town of Lamu, with a fort, a maze of alleys and cool lodgings on every corner.
#19 Canine Receivers
Endangered wild dogs range hundreds of kilometres: take part in research on a working conservancy in Laikipia by following radio-tagged dogs.