KENYA SAFARI PARKS AND SITES
Kenya is an enchanting country with the overwhelming appeal of the wildlife sanctuaries, glorious beaches, breathtaking scenery in a vast and unspoiled land and an almost perfect climate.
Kenya contains almost every known land form from true glacial ice to arid desert, mountain massifs to rich savannahs, large lakes and dense forest: Mount Kenya (5,199 m.) with its breathless snow capped peaks stands sentinel above rolling grassland plains and the fascinating semi deserts which are much further to the North; Lake Victoria, the first lake to be discovered and largest in Africa; Lake Turkana now known as the “Cradle of Mankind”; the Indian Ocean coast, a place of white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and archaeological antiquities.
Kenya’s wildlife sanctuaries are devoted to the absolute protection of the indigenous flora and fauna; the National Reserves, where wildlife coexist from time immemorial in perfect harmony with the pastoral nomadic tribes. These wild and lovely places vary in the abundance and variety of their animals, in scenery, in climate and altitude; from the famous savannah of Massai Mara to the ornithological paradise of Lake Nakuru.
Lake Naivasha is home to an array of birdlife which includes fish eagles, ospreys and lily-trotters, as well as larger grazers such as zebra, impala, giraffe and hippos. The lake is ideally situated for some relaxation at the start or end of your holiday.
The waters of Lake Nakuru are most famous for its millions of pink flamingos and other water birds. The eco system provides for about 56 different species of mammals include the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds of up to 450 species.
The Masai Mara covers an area of 1,800 square kilometres and is probably one of the most famous reserves in Africa. It is named after the Maasai people the traditional inhabitants of the area and their description of the area. The most famous act played out annually is the Great Migration, which sees up to two million wildebeest undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres from the Serengeti every year from July to October.
The Meru National Park covers an area of 1,813 square kilometres to the north east of Kenya. Meru is not a reserve to come and tick off the big five, but rather it’s a wilderness experience. It is perhaps best known for Elsa the lioness, who was released here and made famous by Joy Adamson’s books.
Amboseli covers an area of 3,810 square kilometres in southern Kenya and is dominated by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. It is justly famous for its big game – elephant, lion and cheetah are the main attractions – and for its great scenic beauty.
Stretching over a vast area from the foothills of Mount Kenya to the shores of Lake Baringo, the Laikipia Plateau is one of Kenya’s lesser-known wildlife areas. It’s far from the beaten track and the place to relax in total wilderness.
Lamu is a place like no other, a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at its own relaxed rhythm, but a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of its medieval stone town. The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters.