Kenya is definitely one of the top destinations in Africa for tourism and safaris. There are very many reasons why you should be planning for your safari in Kenya. Year in, year out guests from across the globe visit Kenya to witness various attractions in a country that is rich in both wildlife and culture.
From the white sandy coastal beaches to the rich highlands and semi arid plains, there is no question about the amount of adventure you are set to have in Kenya. Each part of the country is unique with its features and attractions that would interest different sets of visitors.
Kenya is one of the best places to visit for your holiday. It offers the ideal break from your day to day routines with a lot of holiday activities and destinations to choose from within the country. Below are some of the reasons why Kenya should feature in your holiday bucket list.
Kenya is unique in itself and within Kenya there are 42 tribes with unique culture and practices. Most of the tribes in Kenya maintain their culture despite the encroachment of the western culture and civilization.
Kenya has a very diverse ecosystem. This makes it a perfect holiday destination with so much to choose from. The coastal area is ideal for visitors who prefer beach holidays. From swimming with the dolphins in the South Coast to culturally rich Lamu in the north, the coast simply offers so much for beach lovers. Further inwards, the ecosystem changes from flat plain to high mountains. The weather and temperature also vary extensively, but generally, the weather is normally favorable for the holidays.
The Kenyan government has done its best to ensure that there is preservation of culture, wildlife and natural resources. When you visit Kenya for safaris, you will have a unique experience that you cannot easily compare with other African countries. You will get the chance of seeing animals in their natural habitats and depending on your luck, you can experience occurrence such as hunting or animal birth. Safaris in Kenya give you the chance to experience occurrence you only see in National Geographic, first hand.
Below are some of the best locations that you need to consider when you are planning for your safari in Kenya.
Masai Mara is known across the world as one of the best destinations for safari experience in Africa. The Masai Mara game reserve is home to the big 5 and very many other wildlife. It is located in the rift valley region and extends to about 1,501 square kilometers.
The Masai Mara is well known across the world because it is home to the 7th World Wonder, the great wildebeest migration. Each year, guests visit Masai Mara to be part of this phenomenon. Around 2 million wild animals are involved in this migration that starts from the Serengeti in Tanzania, through the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara.
The majority of the animals involved in this migration is normally wildebeests. However, other animals also take part in this migration, including zebras, gazelles and antelopes. The height of this spectacle is when the animals attempt to cross the Mara River with hungry crocodiles waiting.
The Masai Mara National reserve is also famous for birdwatching and nature walks. The terrain is simply heavenly and guests get the chance to get up close with some of the wild animals and smaller species that cannot be seen on a normal Safari.
Masai Mara is definitely a beauty and you should never miss this when you visit Kenya for safaris.
The Tsavo National park is divided into two parks separated by the Mombasa Nairobi highway. Both parks are located in the coastal region and this is the largest park in the country covering about 22000 square kilometers.
Of the 2 parks, Tsavo East National park is slightly larger than Tsavo West. Tsavo East is characterized by a flat terrain while the West is more mountainous and green. Tsavo West also has a number of swamps, rivers and springs. The Mzima Spring is located in Tsavo West and guests get the chance to watch hippos from under water at this location.
The big 5 can be found in Tsavo National Park and also other animals like the zebras, gazelles, water bucks and many more. Tsavo is also a great location for bird watching.
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and the highest in Kenya with its highest peak at 5199 meters. This one of the iconic landmarks in Kenya and the country actually derives its name from the mountain which is located in the central region.
The Mount Kenya National Park is located around the mountain and the area was initially a forest reserve that was later declared to be a national park by the government. The park is famous for elephants and other animals and it covers an area of around 715 square kilometers. It is also a good location for bird watching with over 130 species of birds recorded.
The vegetation in the area is visibly diverse, mainly because of the difference in temperature. Mountain climbing is also one of the activities that greatly attract visitors to this safari destination in Kenya. There are various peaks that you can climb to and the experience is simply heavenly.
The Amboseli National Park was initially known as the Masai Amboseli Game Reserve. It is situated close to Mount Kilimanjaro and safaris in Amboseli give you the perfect view of the highest mountain in Africa which has part of its foot in Kenya.
The park extends to about 392 square kilometers and its ecosystem extends into the neighboring Tanzania. The park has a flat topography and is classified as semi arid. The park is mostly famous for the free ranging elephants that can be found in the park and guests on safari get the chance to get up close with the elephants.
There are also very many other animals, including the lion and zebras. The area is home to the Masai tribe of Kenya and you can get the rare chance of learning their rich cultural practices like hunting.
Lake Nakuru National Park is set on the shores of Lake Nakuru, a lake found in the Rift Valley.
The park is famous for the beautiful flamingos that are often seen to carpet regions of the lake. They have, however reduced over time and a good number migrated to the nearby Lake Baringo. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to various mammals and you can get the chance to see black and white rhinos when you visit the park.
The park is conveniently close to Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. It is about 2 hours drive to the park and therefore visitors need not stay in the area to enjoy this beauty. You can visit the park for a one day safari and comfortably return to Nairobi by nightfall.
These are some of the best locations for safaris in Kenya. Others safari locations in Kenya worth mentioning are:
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