KENYA ~ Home to 'The Big Five'...
Kenya - Home to ‘THE BIG FIVE’...it is what anyone envisions Africa to be… It is the land of elephants, lions, leopards, the great Cape Buffalo & Rhinos all around & so much more…
For first time visitors, Kenya is a place on Earth made for adventure, instinct, survival & romance as the sheer & wild diversity of it all dazzles its way into your soul!
Witness & feel the ground vibrate as thousands of wildebeest 'thunder powerfully' across the sacred savanna during the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara…
Population: Approximatly 45 million
581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi)
Currency: Kenyan shilling
Official languages: Swahili, English
WITNESS 'THE BIG FIVE'
KENYA - TOP 6 MUST SEE PLACES
The most popular destination in East Africa & home to 'The Big Five'...It is here you will witness & experience the thrill of millions of wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration in Maasai Mara...Kenya is known for its safaris, diversity, expansive wildlife reserves & national parks…
It borders the coastline on the Indian Ocean & encompasses the African Savanna grasslands, lakelands, mountainous highlands & the dramatic Great Rift Valley.
It's also home to diverse wildlife like lions, elephants, cape buffalo, leopards & rhinos.
The climate is tropical, warm & humid on its Indian Ocean coastline. Around the capital city (Nairobi) & the savannah grasslands, the climate is cooler. Mount Kenya is permanently covered with snowy peaks.
In the Nyanza region (further inland), it is hot and dry which becomes humid around Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh-water lake in the world while the north-eastern regions along the border are desert-like landscapes.
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara is one of the world's most spectacular game reserves which borders Tanzania. It is the northern extension of the Serengeti which forms a canopy of extreme wildlife between the two safari countries.
The Mara is world famous for the Great Migration between July through to October when thousands of wildebeests vibrate the ground in sheer numbers. Gazelle’s & zebras make their way to and from the Serengeti. Herds of hippos and crocodiles loom in the Maya River & large populations of predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards can be sighted & crossed off from your ‘bucket list’…
AMBOSELI NATIONAL RESERVE
Amboseli National Reserve
Jeweled by the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya's most popular tourist parks & is one of the best places in Africa to see large herds of elephants up close and personal. Nature lovers can explore wildlife such as lions and cheetahs, giraffes, gazelles and several hundred bird species.
TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
Tsavo National Park
The Tsavo National Park is made up of two separate regions, Tsavo East National Park & Tsavo West National Park...It is located between Nairobi City and Mombasa & is the largest national park in Kenya.
Tsavo East is mostly flat, with dry plains, the palm-fringed Galana River twists & flows through the park offering up great sightings of the wildlife. It also features the Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow, Mudanda Rock and Lugard Falls where the crocodiles fill the pools of water. The East side is also famous for photo-opportunities of large herds of elephant rolling and bathing in the famous red dust.
Tsavo West is mountainous, wetter & more diverse with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs filled with large populations of hippos and crocodiles with some of the most beautiful scenery in the northern parts. It is known for its abundant bird life and for its larger mammal’s such as the black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion.The Chaimu Crater is a great spot for viewing birds of prey and the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. Because of the dense foliage of Tsavo West, Wildlife is not as easy to see, however, the beautiful scenery more than makes up for it.
Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa next to Mount Kilimanjaro rising 5199 meters to its highest peak (17,057 ft) which has been covered by an ice cap for thousands of years causing erosion to its slopes and valleys that is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife…
The lower slopes of Mount Kenya with greater vegetation live various species of monkeys, antelopes, porcupines, tree hyrax, buffalo, elephant & predators such as the hyena, lion & leopard…The higher alpine peaks have fewer mammals including hyrax & duiker, rat species & leopard however, there have been occasional sightings of monkeys & elephant…Several bird species also live on & around its snowy peaks…
Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, about 150 kilometres north-east of the capital Nairobi.
Lake Nakuru lies in the rift valley of Kenya about 156km north-west of Nairobi. It is famous for its thousands upon thousands (even millions) of pink flamingos nesting along its shores, marshes & grasslands.
It is the highest quantity of blue-green algae dependant on seasonal rains that attract the pink spectacle as well as hundreds of various bird species. A mix of other wildlife can be spotted such as many water loving animals like hippo, waterbuck, warthog & baboon & more…
The park has been expanded to protect against poacher’s giraffe, white & black rhino (one of the largest populations in the country) Predators include lions, cheetahs & leopards…Another common sighting are of large pythons dangling from trees or slithering across roads.
The best months to visit are June to September and January to March…
Mombasa is an east coast city of Kenya & the second-largest after the capital Nairobi offering an exotic piece of palm fringed sandy shorelines jeweled by dazzling turquoise waters & shimmering coral reefs…Offering the perfect ocean-side tropical getaway for water-sports, snorkeling, dolphin spotting & deep sea fishing while also tasting its cultural delights & ancient buildings & just beyond await wildlife parks to explore…
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