NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK.

The oldest and the only park in the world located within the city centre. The big five are found in the Park except elephants. The Animal Orphanage is also found at the main gate of the park. Other attractions include, National Museum of Kenya, Karen Blixen Museum, Bomas of Kenya, the Giraffe Centre and the city tour. It is particularly popular with visitors who want to get an idea of what a Kenyan safari is all about and hopefully see some interesting animal interaction within reach.

MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve remains one of Kenya’s best loved reserve. 1, 672 sq.kms/1039 miles of wide savannah, rolling and riverine forest with huge grazing herds, bountiful birdlife and Africa’s largest population of lions. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles from the Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and Mara River to reach Maasai Mara grazing fields from June. The dramatic crossing of the river and the preying by the migrant’s predators can be viewed from early July to August. Hot air balloon safaris are readily available in the park.

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

The park is famous for both its game and scenic beauty. The land cape is dominated everywhere by the majestic snow  capped   Mt.  Kilimanjaro  which  is  Africa’s  tallest  mountain.  Vast  herds  of  Elephants,  Zebras, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Impala and Leopards are main attraction. Birdlife includes Pelican, Bee eaters, king fisher, African fish eagle, Martial eagle, and Pygmy falcon. The Park is one of the most popular and it offers excellent accommodation facilities. There are five lodges and two campsites inside the park. Kilimanjaro forms the backdrop of this game sanctuary and it is a sight to see and marvel at. The nomadic, richly decorated Maasai warriors who are deeply steeped in traditional culture entertain visitors with enchanting dances of ageless Africa.

LAKE NAKURU

Also known as The Pink Lake or the one million flamingo lake, due to the huge numbers of flamingos feeding in the lake shallows, the White Rhino, the Lion, the Impala, Thompson Gazelle and the Waterbuck as well as other antelopes. It is one of the best chances to see the leopards as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

LAKE NAIVASHA

Lake Naivasha is a bird-lover’s paradise, the fresh waters attracting over 400 recorded species. This large (114 sq.km) lake is edged by banks of papyrus and thick forest of beautiful yellow Acacia Xanthophyllous thorn trees, with herds of Giraffe, Zebras and Buffalo.

LAKE VICTORIA

Lake Victoria is home to one of the world’s best known trophy, the mighty Nile Perch, renowned for its fighting tenacity. The lake has excellent island fishing camps, with fully stocked and equipped boats.

LAKE TURKANA

Lake Turkana is another vast island in the north of the country. Considered the cradle of human kind, Turkana is the ultimate adventure destination, brimming with Africa’s largest population of Nile crocodiles and the home of tribal cultures, largely untouched by outside world.

TSAVO EAST AND WEST NATIONAL PARKS

Tsavo National Park is divided into two, the East and the West and is located southeast of Nairobi. Here Rhinos, Elephants, Warthogs, Baboons, and Hyenas roam freely.

SAMBURU, BUFFALO SPRINGS AND SHABA NATIONAL RESERVES

The highlights of these national reserves are the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have rich and colourful cultural heritage. The animals here include Leopards, Hippos, Elephants, Lions, Reticulated Giraffes, Gerenuk, Grevy Zebras, Bongos, Waterbuck, Cheetah, and Crocodiles in the Engare Uaso Nyiro River.

The Shaba National Reserve is home to the monument of Joy Adamson who, together with her husband George, contributed greatly to Kenya’s wildlife as an author, conservationist and artist.

MERU NATIONAL PARK

Famous for being the park where Joy and George Adamson released their lioness, Elsa and more recently, sadly, for the last white rhino that lived there under 24hr armed guard but were still nevertheless poached in 1988; the park is the transition point for fauna between that of central and that of northern Kenya, there are numerous rivers, the Tana being the longest in Kenya, and between them they support a good selection of wildlife.

ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

Famous for being the park where Joy and George Adamson released their lioness, Elsa and more recently, sadly, for the last white rhino that lived there under 24hr armed guard but were still nevertheless poached in 1988; the park is the transition point for fauna between that of central and that of northern Kenya, there are numerous rivers, the Tana being the longest in Kenya, and between them they support a good selection of wildlife.

HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK

This small park close to Lake Naivasha has dramatic rocky outcrops and gorges and is a great place for cyclists and walkers.

LAKES BARINGO AND BOGORIA NATIONAL PARK

These are popular destinations for cycling safaris, with game viewing trips under pedal power. Baringo is also perfect for exploration by boat, bird and hippo watching, or visiting Njemps fishing villages. Water skiing can also be arranged on the lake, as can be fishing trips.

MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

The trek to the summit of Africa’s second highest mountain (5199m) is a magnet for trekkers, particularly from mid-Jan – late Feb and is particularly interesting for its unique montane vegetation and stunning views.

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