Kenya

The national parks and reserves of Kenya rank among the best in the world and there is an incredible variety of birds and mammals to be seen

 

Kenya

The national parks and reserves of Kenya rank among the best in the world and there is an incredible variety of birds and mammals to be seen

Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and one of the busiest and liveliest in the whole of East Africa. A population of about 4.5 million makes the city a bustling one, which only adds to its busy, lively and eclectic feel. The city is full of modern shopping malls, restaurants and a lively nightlife. Nairobi is also one of the only cities in the world to have a National Park just a short drive from the City Centre. Attractions include the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where orphaned elephants are raised and then if possible, released back into the wild and the Giraffe centre where visitors can hand feed the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

Amboseli

Amboseli lies at an altitude of between 1,200m – 1400m above sea level, immediately North West of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania. It is Kenya’s international biosphere reserve which covers an area of 392km sq, forming part of the larger 3000 Amboseli ecosystem. In the Maasai language, Amboseli means ‘place of water’ because the park has an endless supply of water which is filtered through thousands of meters of volcanic rock from Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the dry season, a captivating feature is the simmering dry lake bed where false mirages of populated horizon, interspersed with herds of zebras and gnus hover in front of visitors. Vast herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, impalas, cheetahs and lions are the main attractions. This park is also famous with the film’ the snows of Kilimanjaro’.

Tsavo National Park, Chulu Hills

Tsavo National Park comprises of Tsavo East & Tsavo West National Parks. With over 21, 00 km sq of bushy grassland, open plains and semi-arid acacia shrubs, it is the largest game sanctuary in the world. This park is located between Mombasa and Nairoi and proximity to the Kenya’s coast makes the park popular for combining a beach holiday and a safari.
Apart from wildlife, one attraction here is the marvel of Mzima springs, replenished with about two hundred and twenty million litres of crystal-clear water every day from the underground streams stemming from the lava massif know as the Chulu hills, which is about 40-50 kilometers away. It is ideal for photography on account of its unlimited sunlight and the expanse of the Yatta plateau - the world’s largest lava flow. Another outstanding features is its huge population of 'red' elephants which derive their red coloring from the rich red earth of the park. Tsavo occupies its place in the world from the marauding lions of Tsavo which have been immortalized in a book entitled ‘man eaters of Tsavo’ written by Colonel J.J Patterson.

The Great Rift Valley Lakes

Along the Great Rift vaflley floor are a number of beautiful lakes , which are all interesting to visit as they attract a wide variety of animals and birdlife. Some of the lakes like Lake Naivasha, Lake Elmenteita and Lake Nakuru are within easy reach from Nairobi.
In Naivasha you can take a boat ride on th Lake and a walk on Crescent Island, among giraffe and other game. Lake Nakuru National park is set in a picturesque landscape of both, surrounding woodland and grassland. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest on the eastern perimeter.The park was gazetted to protect the migrating flamingoes as well as provide sanctuary for various animals inluding endangered species like the white Rhino and the Rothschild giraffe. Lake Nakuru, which is a shallow alkaline lake and the world’s famous home of millions of flamingoes. The number of flamingoes depends on the water level which determines the quantity of algae on which the birds feed on.