The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many.
The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains.
Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.
The Kenyan Coastline is a tropical paradise where palm-fringed white-sand beaches welcome visitors who come for the tropical weather, the teeming coral reefs, world-class fishing and to be embraced by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The offshore reefs are remarkable, offering excellent snorkeling and diving in an underwater wonderland inhabited by a wide array of brilliantly colored fish, sea turtles, dolphins and dazzling coral gardens.
Adventure enthusiasts flock here for the water-sports, nature lovers visit for the immense beauty of the coastline, and all travelers can bathe themselves in the rich cultural heritage and fascinating history of the magnificent Kenyan Coast.
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last two remaining northern white rhino in the world.
Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.
The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species.
The capital of Kenya is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya.
Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve.
Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
LESS VISITED AREAS:
Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland and is known as a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 450 bird species.
MERU NATIONAL PARK
Covering over 800 square kilometres, this park is wild and beautiful featuring diverse scenery with lush swamplands, thick jungle, vast savannah. Game to view includes some of the less regularly sighted animals like oryx, lesser kudu, duiker, dik-dik and over 300 species of birds. Visitors can soak up the spectacular views of Mount Kenya, spot game along the Tana River and view the cascading Adamson’s Falls.
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
Separating northern and southern Kenya, Tsavo East National Park features bushy grasslands, open plains dotted with baobabs alternating with semi-arid acacia scrub and lush woodlands. The arid environment with its unique red earth creates spectacular photo opportunities. This park is home to some of the largest elephant and buffalo herds in Kenya.
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Tsavo West National Park stretches for over 9000 square kilometres and is one of Kenya’s most rewarding parks. Tsavo West has spectacular natural scenery which includes volcanic cones, swamps, rocky outcrops and lava flows, mountains, river forest, plains, lakes, natural springs and wooded grassland. Natural attractions include: the Mzima Springs, the main source of water for the Tsavo River; the Chaimu Crater; and the Roaring Rocks, offering panoramic views.