Kenya is endowed with many beautiful types of scenery. Some are naturally occurring while others are man-made. They have over the years attracted both domestic and foreign tourists. These 5 wonders of Kenya are just too good to be ignored. If you have not visited them yet then make hay while the sun still shines. Happy adventures!
1. Standard gauge railway (SGR)
It connects Mombasa city to Nairobi city. Was built at a cost of US$3.6 billion. So far, it is Kenya’s largest infrastructure project since independence. It was constructed to replace the parallel Uganda Railway that was built during British colonial rule in the 19th century. The first fare-paying passengers boarded the Madaraka Express on 1 June 2017 (Madaraka day). Cargo Freight services began commercial operation on 1 January 2018. The prime contractor was the China Road and Bridge Corporation. Phase 2 of the project will extend the railway to the Uganda border by 2021
2. Thika Superhighway
Thika superhighway is an 8-lane controlled-access highway linking Nairobi city with the industrial town of Thika. It is 50 kilometers long and used to take motorists 2 hours to cover that distance. However, after its completion it only takes 40 minutes. The Thika Superhighway was begun in January 2009 and inaugurated in November 2012.
The highway was constructed by 3 companies; China Wu Yi built the section from the Uhuru Highway to Muthaiga Roundabout, Sino hydro built from Muthaiga Roundabout to Kenyatta University, and Shengli Engineering completed the highway to Thika. The total cost of the project was Ksh 32 billion. The section between Muthaiga roundabout and Ruiru town is considered to be a part of the Nairobi Northern Bypass, connecting to Limuru Road.
3. Fort Jesus
Located in the coastal city of Mombasa. It was built by the Portuguese in 1591 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati by order of King Philip 1 of Portugal. Fort Jesus takes the shape of a man in its aerial view. That is why it was named Jesus. Was constructed mainly for the Portuguese to maintain their dominance and protect themselves from Anglo Arab invasion. It currently serves as a tourist attraction.
4. Maasai Mara wildebeest migration
Every year over a million Wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti plains to the Maasai Mara. The sheer spectacle of this event draws visitors keen to witness one of the planet’s largest and most fascinating natural cycles to Kenya each year. This is regarded as the planet’s greatest natural spectacle. The wildebeest spend much of the year grazing throughout the plains of the Serengeti. They calve between January and March. The young born ready to make their first epic journey. In June, as the dry season withers the grasslands and a distant scent of moisture brings promise of rain in the north, they begin to gather, massing together to form a single vast herd. Then they begin their journey north.
5. The Great Rift Valley
The valley encapsulates tremendous changes in topographic diversity with its scarps and volcanoes, lakes, ancient granitic hills, flat desert landscapes and coral reefs and islets. The Great Rift Valley is divided into western and eastern parts. The Eastern part of the Rift Valley is deep, the deepest part being in Nairobi city. The astounding view, as you approach from Nairobi is quite unbelievable. The ground unexpectedly disappears from under you, extending thousands of kilometers in either direction. As the lakes in the Eastern Rift have no outlet to the sea and tend to be shallow, they have a high mineral content as the evaporation of water leaves the salts behind. For example, Lake Magadi has high concentrations of soda and Lake Elementaita, Lake Bogoria, and Lake Nakuru are all strongly salty.