Easter holiday: Economical destinations for Kenyans to unwind

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Maasai Mara in Narok. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

As the Easter holiday takes shape, Kenyans are gearing up for a much-needed break from the daily hustles.

The tourism sector is buzzing with increased hotel bookings, fully booked buses, trains and flights.

But amidst the anticipation, there’s a sobering reality: the high cost of living continues to cast a shadow over the festivities.

Easter, one of Christianity’s major holidays, commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus three days after His crucifixion.

It’s a time of reflection, celebration and renewal. But in Kenya, just like the previous year, this year’s Easter arrives against the backdrop of economic challenges.

Many Kenyans are grappling with the impact of rising cost of living, struggling to make ends meet. Yet, there’s a glimmer of hope for better days ahead.

Traditionally, Kenyans eagerly anticipated the Easter season, the merrymaking, travel and family reunions.

The revived Safari Rally, now taking place in Naivasha, coincides with the Easter weekend.

However, most Kenyans find themselves financially stretched, unable to fully embrace the festivities.

Despite the economic challenges, Kenyans can still find solace in the country’s breathtaking destinations.

The following are some of the best places to visit this Easter:

Maasai Mara National Reserves

 A wildlife haven where the savannah teems with lions, elephants and wildebeests. Witness the Great Migration, the awe-inspiring movement of millions of animals across the plains.

Lake Nakuru National Park

 Famous for its pink-hued flamingos, this park also hosts rhinos, giraffes and other wildlife. The alkaline lake provides a stunning backdrop.

Lake Naivasha

A birdwatcher’s paradise, where pelicans, cormorants, and fish eagles thrive. Take a boat ride to Crescent Island for up-close encounters with giraffes and zebras.

The Great Rift Valley

 A geological marvel stretching across Kenya. Visit viewpoints like Hell’s Gate and marvel at the dramatic cliffs and volcanic formations.

Hippos in Lake Naivasha. [Standard,File]

Samburu

 Immerse yourself in Samburu culture—the vibrant beadwork, traditional dances and unique wildlife like the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.

Mount Kenya National Park

 Majestic peaks await adventurous souls. Hike through lush forests, spot colobus monkeys and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

Amboseli National Park

 Iconic for its elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Capture the perfect wildlife photograph as herds roam freely.

Lake Victoria

 Africa’s largest lake, shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Explore its islands, fish and enjoy the laid-back lakeside vibe.

Nairobi National Park

Wildlife meets the cityscape. Spot rhinos, lions and giraffes with Nairobi’s skyline as a backdrop.

Mount Kenya

 A climber’s challenge, snow-capped peaks, alpine vegetation and breathtaking views.

Great Rift Valley cycling

 Pedal through stunning landscapes, passing by lakes, escarpments and rural villages.

Karura Forest

Find tranquility among indigenous trees, waterfalls and caves. Ideal for nature walks and birdwatching.

Pirates Beach in Mombasa. [Kelvin Karani, Standard]

Pirates Beach, Mombasa

 Swap wheels for hooves and try a camel ride on the beach. Feel the salty breeze and soak in the coastal charm.

As Kenyans celebrate Easter, these destinations offer a chance to connect with nature, unwind and create lasting memories.

 Despite the economic hardships, the spirit of resilience prevails and perhaps, amidst the lush landscapes, hope will bloom anew.

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