What to do and see in Eastern Province, Kenya: The Best Places and Tips

August 19, 2017 Toi Mattera

Discover the best top things to do in Eastern Province, Kenya including Meru National Park, Machakos People's Park, Maanzoni Sanctuary, Makindu Sikh Temple, Meru Museum, Marsabit National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Mwea National Reserve, National Akamba Woodcarving Museum Cultural Centre.
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1. Meru National Park

Park Road, Meru National Park 80401, Kenya +254 723 984024
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Meru National Park

Reviewed By MsSparkles

Really enjoyed our time in Meru National Park, particularly because it was so deserted - where is everyone??
From the huge families of elephants through the families of lion, from hippo pools through crocodile sightings and with variable backdrops depending on where you are in the park, Meru NP is definitely worth spending a few days in - we stayed at Elsa's Kopje and couldn't be happier with our choice.

2. Machakos People's Park

P.O. box 1712, Machakos 90100, Kenya +254 738 762047
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4 based on 34 reviews

Machakos People's Park

Reviewed By JudyEleanor L - Nairobi, Kenya

Its a very beautiful place especially at night with the lights, the Fountain and the nature is so magical! The activities are quite cool, zip lining and there are restaurants which are very accessible... Take your time and visit this place in Machakos County!

3. Maanzoni Sanctuary

Machakos, Kenya
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Maanzoni Sanctuary

Reviewed By Jmireri - Nairobi, Kenya

Was great to see the lions.. 4 of them but sadly the rates are not well defined or indicated, appeared discretionary and thankfully diverted into the individual's pocket since no receipt was issued. Appears a little run down for a place keeping wildlife. More needs to be done in adding a few more animals and breeds for the large parcel of land. KWS may need to consider closely monitoring the place to ensure safety issues are addressed.

4. Makindu Sikh Temple

Mombasa Road, Makindu 90138, Kenya
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5 based on 4 reviews

Makindu Sikh Temple

Reviewed By Dalbir_S_Virdi - Navi Mumbai, India

This Sikh Temple dates back to early 20th century when Mombasa to Nairobi Railway Line was being built. There were several Sikh workers from India who were part of this task force. During evening they would indulge in Kirtan (Devotional singing) and prayers which initiated the formation of this Gurudwara (Sikh temple). Today it has become an important Landmark for all travelers on Mombasa highway. Travellers of all religion stop here, worship, eat in Common Kitchen (Langar) which is open 2x7. For history of this place, please visit http://www.sikhtemplemakindu.com/history.aspx

5. Meru Museum

P.O.Box 597 | Next to Meru County Office, along Meru-Maua Road, Meru National Park 60200, Kenya +254 724 226228
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4 based on 8 reviews

Meru Museum

Meru museum originated in 1974 in an old historic building that was vacated by the District Commissioner, whose office it had been since the colonial days. The building housing the Meru museum dates back to 1916. In the colonial era it served as an administrative node in the Mount Kenya region. The museum was a joint effort by the Meru Municipal and County Councils, together with the National Museums of Kenya in creating an attractive and formative center useful to the local people and to visitors. Aspects of the cultural and diverse history of the Meru people are well illustrated by the numerous displays. Two rather unusual amenities of the Meru museum are a garden of indigenous medicinal shrubs and herbs together with a theatre. A compound of traditional huts has been constructed on the grounds, which are included in tours of the museum. An outdoor platform for dancing and musical programs along with sales kiosks complete the exterior construction.

Reviewed By Peter M - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

When in Meru please see this museum. It is like a smaller version of the Nairobi National Museum complete with snake museum - GET A Kenya MUSEUM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP CARD !!-
The indoor exhibits are limited and some of the stuffed animals are in a poor condition. However it gives an impression of the region and it's people. The animals outside in the museum's courtyard are sad representatives of their relatives roaming free. In the courtyard is a small Meru village consisting of a few huts.
With the extremely limit budget available for this museum they have achieved lots and it is great for Meru schoolkids to be educated in their own history and culture.
Staff is very helpful and kind.
Recommended!

6. Marsabit National Park

Marsabit NP Entrance Gate, off A2, Marsabit, Marsabit 60500, Kenya +254 800 597 000
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4 based on 1 reviews

Marsabit National Park

Reviewed By alexmatimu - Nairobi, Kenya

Green, cool and lively park on a mountain, contrast to the neighboring arid and hot area. Popular for the huge tasked elephants (Ahmed the King of Marsabit had massive task weighing 67.2kg and had to be given 24hrs protection through presidential decree).
This forested park is also home to Grevy's zebras, buffaloes, greater/lesser Kudus, hyenas, Kirk’s dik-diks, reticulated giraffes, lions, leopards and baboons. There are notable species of birds.
Lake paradise, in a crater on top of the mountain, is a unique attraction. Animals are easily spotted at the lake. There is a campsite at the crater - for true adventurers.
A 4by4 vehicle required for drives within the park as the access roads within the park are major challenge. Hiking in the mountain enjoyable though must be accompanied by armed ranger.

7. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Machakos, Kenya
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3 based on 3 reviews

Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

Reviewed By Gmwaz - Nairobi, Kenya

A hike up Mt Kilimambogo, (Meaning the mountain of Buffaloes), located within the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, along Thika - Garissa highway is a perfect way to spend in the outdoors while also having to exercise those muscles that have been dormant during the week.
A good activity for any day, however preferable over the weekend, hiking up Mt Kilimambogo will see you cover 9Kms from base to the summit of this mountain that stands 2150M above sea level.
For a great work out, take the foot paths instead of the gravel road. Amazing scenery and plenty of things to see along the way, including the burial site of Lord MacMillan and great views of the farmlands and park below at the strategic viewing points will be worth it.
Carry plenty of water and ensure your boots / shoes have good traction as the climb will test you.
For smaller groups, its preferable to get a park guide to climb up with you.
A recommended activity for large groups looking for a challenging activity. Plenty of opportunity to see the over 45 species of birds that make the park their home.

8. Mwea National Reserve

The Warden, Kiritiri 60113, Kenya +254 20 2052727
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

Mwea National Reserve

Reviewed By Hough00 - Nairobi, Kenya

I cannot believe how short sighted the other review of Mwea is. The park is flanked on the south by the Tana river, filled with crocs and hippos and stunning bid life. The park is filled with elephants, gazelle, zebra and giraffe - many of which are the very rare and endangered Rothschild giraffe.
Due to being off the usual safari route, lack of accommodation and size the chances of having Mwea to yourself is high. So you really feel like you are in your own little slice of Africa. Boats are available for rental for $13USD if you alert KWS before you arrive.
Entrance is a steal 650 Kenya shillings for residents and $22USD for tourists. Camping was 600KSh and a little more for non-residents.
How can you not love this hidden gem, 2.5hrs from Nairobi or 3hrs on a longer (but smoothery) tarmac road, cheap entrance, great camping and brilliant safari.
Its not the Maasai Mara - but for $22USD or $6USD if your a reident (300 if your a cit) its a bargain.
Top Tip camp at Hippo Point (see picture)

9. National Akamba Woodcarving Museum Cultural Centre

Makueni county, 90300, Kenya +254 722 295576
National Akamba Woodcarving Museum Cultural Centre

You will have the opportunity to travel to the National Akama Woodcarving Museum Cultural Centre. Spend time with the world renowned Akamba woodcarvers in their village, learning about their, history, culture and way of life. During your visit you will have the opportunity to watch the woodcarvers make and design their carvings, buy modern or antique art from them and eat tribal food with them.

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