Kenyan Safari, Luxury Safari Vacations & Wildlife Experiences
There is no doubt that when considering a Kenya vacation, most people will head there for the wildlife. It is one of the foremost destinations to experience first-hand, wild animals in their natural habitat in wildlife reserves and national parks. Kenya offers amazing wildlife experiences and has an abundance of game reserves to choose from. Depending on your style and budget you can stay in upscale lodges as well as less expensive accommodation. Kenyan safaris are usually taken in vehicles with around 8 passengers and an experienced game tracker/guide who is also the driver.
Kenya's National Parks and Conservation Areas
Masai Mara is not the largest conservation area in Kenya but it is certainly the most famous. This is due to the annual Great Migration which is one of the most impressive happenings in the world. Each July approximately over a million wildebeest and gazelles plus zebras and other animals migrate north from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to Masai Mara in search of fresh pasture. These animals then return to the Serengeti in October. Nowhere on earth is there a sight to rival the spectacle of hoofed animals on the march.
Amboseli is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Masai Mara. Located 240 kilometres/150 miles south of Nairobi, it lies directly on the Kenya/Tanzania border directly across from the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A system of swamps makes Amboseli one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. It is renowned for the large herds of free-ranging African elephants that are easy to see and photograph due to the flat and naked terrain. Amboseli's elephants, which are said to be among the biggest in the country, are fond of the swamps. Other animals on view are Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, black rhino, spotted hyena, jackal, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. Bird watchers have 400 species of birds to watch for.
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to up to 2 million flamingos. Because of the lake's abundance of algae, it attracts this vast quantity of flamingos that line the shores of Lake Nakuru as they feed on the algae. They feed on the abundant algae here which thrives in the warm waters of the lake. It is the only fully fenced park in Kenya, to keep poachers out. Lake Nakuru is perfect for bird watching, hiking and above all, game drives. It has one of the largest concentrations of black rhinos in Kenya. There are also around 50 rare tree-climbing lions in the park.
The Mount Kenya National Park is home to Africa’s second highest mountain, Mount Kenya. It is also an amazing place indulge in excellent animal and bird viewing. The park has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mount Kenya is a forest reserve in which a number of animal species reside. There are at least 160 bird species that exist with 53 of Kenya's 67 African biome bird species including the rare and threatened Abbott's Starling. The park is also home to several species of eagles that sometimes soar high above.
Samburu National Park is the wildlife reserve made famous by Joy Adamson, the naturalist, artist and author of the book, “Born Free” which describes her experiences raising a lion cub. It is also one of the 56 protected areas in Kenya which came into being, due in part to the generous assistance given by several individuals and foundations. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life to be viewed. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here including the gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe. All three big cats, Masai lion, Tanzanian cheetah and leopard, can also be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. Samburu is a paradise for bird lovers with over 350 species of birds recorded.
Kenya Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Kenya.
Learn about the history and culture of Kenya, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Kenya's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Kenya for yourself. Start exploring… book your Kenyan safari today!
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