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Masai Mara, Amboseli and Mt. Kenya
Unlike other African safari destinations, Kenya offers visitors virtually everything within the borders of a single country- vast savannahs rich with wildlife, elaborate cultures, pristine beaches and coral reefs, natural forests, deserts and the mighty snow-capped Mt Kenya. This means that in a single trip to Kenya, you can visit tropical forests, climb mountains, explore the wild and deserts and relax on beautiful beaches. It’s truly a land of contrasts.
Kenya is the birthplace of the safari but offers a myriad of other experiences from climbing Mt. Kenya to exploring the cultures of the Masai and other tribal groups inhabiting the region. Experiencing the game parks of Africa is every travelers' dream and Kenya is guaranteed to deliver, but for those simply wishing to relax, the exotic Indian Ocean coast offers serene beach towns that are steeped in history.
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Masai MaraPopularly known as "The Jewel of Africa", Masai Mara is arguably the most renowned game reserve in East Africa This destination is a wildlife photographer's haven, as you will never miss out on a dramatic moment. It is famous for its annual migration of the Wildebeest from the Serengeti in Tanzania, crossing the Mara River and into the Masai Mara. Each year, during the migration approximately 1.5 million Wildebeest accompanied by 200,000 Zebra do the "Great Trek" from Ngorongoro to Serengeti, right down to the Masai Mara. Giraffes, Warthogs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Impalas and numerous species of birds are also available. All the Big 5-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino will be found in the Mara.
Mt. KenyaStanding at 5,199m above sea level, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak. It’s located in central Kenya and straddles the equator. It is fascinating to find a mountain with snowcaps standing right on the equator! The two highest peaks can only be conquered through technical climbing, while Point Lenana, the 3rd highest peak can be reached by any fit hiker. The mountain is a circular volcanic massif and its base is at an altitude of 1,500m with a diameter of 70 km and a circumference of 200 km. Its upper landscape is typical of glacial terrain, with peaks, cirques, tarns and U – shaped valleys. Its twin summit peaks, Batian [5199m] and Nelion [5188m] are remnants of the neck of the original volcano.
Lake NakuruA small but beautiful park renowned for the lesser flamingoes which literally paint the lake pink in color. It’s a famous bird watcher’s paradise with over 400 species of birds recorded here. It’s also a rhino sanctuary and one can see the horned beasts grazing around the Lakeshore or hiding in the thickets. Four of the Big Five can be seen in this park: Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Other wildlife include Water Bucks, Impalas, Zebras, Lions, Giraffes, Colobus monkeys, Hippos and Baboons. The lake occupies close to 60% of the National park.
Tsavo National ParkTsavo consists of millions of acres of pure wilderness. It’s the place to be for the visitor who wants to really get away from the crowds and explore the wild in total solitude. Tsavo is home to large herds of elephants, buffaloes, elands, giraffes, impala, Kudu, rhino and lions among others. Also found here are several species of birds such as rollers, sunbirds, eagles, weavers, hornbills etc. A very popular attraction in the park is the Mzima springs. These natural springs produce millions of litres of sparkling fresh water that supports barbell fish, hippos and birds. There’s an underwater observatory that gives you an incredible view of the underwater world.
Kakamega ForestThe only remnant in Kenya of the original Guineo-Congolian rain forest that once stretched from west to east Africa. The reserve has immense natural beauty that includes indigenous trees, birds, primates and butterflies. It is a popular attraction for birdwatchers- home to over 300 species of birds and 400 species of butterflies. Primates include the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey, vervet monkey and the Potto (the world's slowest mammal on earth). Other wild animals include duikers and dik diks.
- Amboseli National Park popularly known as “The courtyard of Kilimanjaro” due to the excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro from any part of the park. It is particularly famous for its elephants, and one can get pretty close to the elephant herds. It is a land of fantastic contrasts between arid and dry surroundings and the oasis like swamps, with plenty of game everywhere.
- Sandwiched between the Aberdare mountain ranges and Mt Kenya, lies Solio Game Reserve. The best place to watch rhinos and leopards in Africa! Solio has for many years been involved in breeding of endangered species which are later translocated to other national parks. Most of the rhinos in other parks have actually been born here.
- At Samburu National Reserve you'll find semi-arid bush country with stunning landscapes and endemic wildlife such as Oryx, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk and Reticulated Giraffe. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).
- Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a private wildlife sanctuary with large herds of the Big Five and plains game roaming the plains against a stunning backdrop of Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak. The reserve also has the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya.
- A renowned bird watcher’s paradise,Lake Baringo lies in the heart of the Great Rift Valley north of Nairobi and occupies approximately 168 square kilometers and at an altitude of 970m. Over 458 species of birds have been recorded around the lake.
- In spite of its scary name, Hell’s Gate National Park attracts hordes of tourists all the year round. The major attraction here is the deep gorge that the park derives its name from. Hell’s Gate National Park is a very popular destination with cyclists. There are roads and tracks through the park, giving the visitor opportunity to cycle through herds of wild game.
- Lake Victoria the source of Africa’s mightiest river, the Nile, which flows northwards, carrying the waters of East. Africa to Egypt and into the Mediterranean sea. This great lake lies on Kenya’s western frontier and straddles the three east African countries-Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
- Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has become popular for its exotic beaches, diverse marine life, and friendly people.
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