Kenya is known as the land of safari mainly due to the fact that the country has it all when it comes to safari holidays.
Anyone visiting the country is definitely going to be impressed with the variety of safari experiences on offer in Kenya
For example, if you want to watch over 1000 bird species, you will be able to do it in Kenya while the annual migration
also happens in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. If your interest is climbing a mountain, then you head to Mount Kenya while Amboseli, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Samburu game reserve all offer exceptional game viewing opportunities. If you are interested in relaxing on the beach, you will need to head to the coast where pristine beaches wait for you. Moreover, you can also get to enjoy different activities when in the Kenyan coasts that among other includes snorkeling, wind surfing, diving in coral reefs that are rich in fish, and visiting Mombasa town where you get to experience the Swahili culture.
In short, Kenya is a great choice for a safari or even just an ordinary beach holiday. When you have decided that you are
going to go on holiday in Kenya, you have numerous destinations from which you are going to chose from. Here are some of the best Kenya destinations for you to consider. Safari Fellows offers custom designed safaris to all the destinations.
Masai Mara National Reserve
This is one of the best game reserves in the world. It neighbors Serengeti national park in Tanzania and creates a
great wildlife corridor between Kenya and Tanzania. The name Masai has been borrowed from the local Maasai tribes while Mara means spotted thus referring to the rolling plains and spotted acacia trees that are preset in the game reserve. Masai Mara renown for the great migration that involves more than 1.5 million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebras migrating from Serengeti to Masai Mara in search of greener pastures between July to October. Apart from the migration, Masai Mara is also home to a variety of mammals thus providing visitors with great game viewing opportunities. Some of the game to be spotted in Masai Mara comprises of; lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, cheetah, crocodile, hippo, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, and over 450 birdlife species. Contact Safari Fellows for tailor made custom Masai Mara safaris.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a popular tourist destination in Kenya. The park is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa. The sight of watching different game and snowcapped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro on the background is always a sight to behold and the perfect safari picture moment. The name Amboseli is a Masai name (Amboseli is located in Masailand) and it means salty dust which is literally what you get by visiting Amboseli and it is common to sight herds of elephants bathing with the red soil in this park. Sighting herds of elephants is guaranteed in this park while the park is known to have over 550 bird species. The park has five different habitat that consists of the Wetlands that have sulfur springs, woodlands, the dry bed of Lake Amboseli, and the grasslands. You can also arrange for a visit to a local Masai village when on your safari to Amboseli. There are different classes of accommodation (lodges and tented camps) inside the park which offers you a variety of choice to choose from. In addition to the herds of elephants, other game that you will see in Amboseli are; lion, cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, waterbuck, eland, hippo, and hyena among others.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo was divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West due to the fact that it was just too big. When combined together, both Tsavo East and Tsavo west make cover an area that is about 4% of the entire Kenya area. The parks have rivers, savannah, volcanic hills, long lave rock plateau, waterfalls, and spectacular range of wildlife that call the park their home.
In Tsavo East, some of the interesting sightings includes, herds of elephants that frequently bathe with the red dust in the park Galana rive that is palm-fringed and meanders through the park offering great opportunity to sight animals as they frequent the river to quench their thirst, the Yatta Plateau that has the longest lava flow in the world, and Lugard falls.
In Tsavo West, the climate is a little bit wetter while the topography is more diverse. The main attraction in this park are, Mzima springs which comprise of a number of natural springs that hosts high numbers of crocodiles and hippos, a rhino sanctuary, and Chaimu crater that offers great bird viewing experience. Moreover, by visiting the Mzima springs, you are going to see different games that come to the springs to satisfy their water needs. There are different accommodation tastes for you in this park.
Northern Kenya Reserves – Samburu reserve, Shamba reserve, and Buffalo Springs reserve
The Northern part of Kenya is usually arid meaning that the area gets minimal amounts of rain. However, there is a river known as Ewaso Nyiro whose banks meanders across the reserves located in this region. If you are familiar with the popular film titled Born Free, the lioness in this film was brought up in Shamba reserve. The water made available by River Ewaso Nyiro provides life to the animals residing in the reserves in this region. In Samburu, you need to make sure that you visit the Sarara singing Wells that comprises of water holes for the Samburu’s and a visit to the waterholes will accustom you to the Samburu culture as you watch the Samburu warriors sing different traditional songs as they give their goats and cattle water. Zebras, Somali ostrich, antelope, the big cats are just some of the game that you are going to spot.
Lake Nakuru National Park
This park is located in the floor of the Great Rift Valley. On your way to the park, you are going to see scenic views of the
Great Rift Valley escarpments from the view points. In Lake Nakuru, huge flocks of flamingos are guaranteed as well as over birdlife species. Other sightings in this park comprises of Makalia falls, lions, leopards, warthogs, rhino, pythons, waterbucks, giraffe, hyena, antelopes, and buffalos among others.
This is the one of the best Kenya destinations for birdwatchers. Lake Naivasha is one of the Great Rift Valley lakes. The lake provides water to a variety of wildlife that reside in the water as well as the wildlife residing in the shores of the lake. In order to have game viewing experience, it is ideal to have a boat ride in the lake. In lake Naivasha, you are going to see over 400 species of birds, hippos, zebra, buffalo, giraffes, and Columbus monkey among others.
Adjacent to Lake Naivasha is Crescent Island and Hell’s Gate National Park. At Crescent Island, there is a chance for a guided walking safari where you come close to the game found in this park which is usually herbivorous. On the other hand, in Hell’s Gate, you gate to explore the gorges and caves found in this park. Moreover, you can also hire a bike and ride in the park as you view different wildlife.
Nairobi National Park
The park is one of a kind in the world since it is the only park in the entire world that is located in the capital city. Specifically, within a fifteen minutes drive from Nairobi Central Business District, you find yourself inside a national park that offers great game viewing opportunities. The sights of animals going on with their life as they were in the wilderness and the Nairobi skyscrapers on the background is a sight to behold and the perfect safari photo moment. Some of the game that you are likely to sight in this national park that is at the heart of Nairobi comprises of zebra, lion, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, cheetah, and gazelle among others. If time is on your side, you can also visit the rhino sanctuary that is adjacent to the national park as well as go for the Nairobi Safari Walk where you are going to see different wildlife on foot and more than 400 bird species that reside in the park.
Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya which is the second largest mountain in Africa is located in Central Kenya. For those who have an interest in hiking, the mountain has three peaks namely; Batian at 5,199 meters, Nelion at 5,188 , and Point Lenana 4,985 meters. The mountain was created from volcanic eruptions and has been a popular choice for hikers. Even though Mount Kilimanjaro is higher than Mount Kenya, climbing mount Kenya has always been considered to be a better option since the climbing and descending experience provides with unrivalled scenes that vary from glaciers, alpine forests, bamboo forests, lakes, and even mineral springs among others. Moreover, there are chances to spot different wildlife such as both black and white Columbus monkeys, buffalo, tree hyrax, leopard, hyena, and
elephants. If you would like to climb Mount Kenya, Safari Fellows will be more than happy to organize the mountain climbing safari for you. Apart from Mount Kenya, the country also offers other options for mountain climbing as there are other different mountains and hills in the country.
The list of Kenya destinations cannot be exhausted since this country offers diverse selection of destinations. If there is a destination that you are interested in visiting, contact Safari Fellows travel experts and they are going to arrange for you a good safari tour. We have been designing safari packages for different guests for many years. We are the best company to take you on a safari to any destination that you prefer to visit.