Kenya - Set Off On A Classic Exploration

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Kenya - A Classic Exploration

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Kenya National Parks

Natural home of African Wildlife

Image - Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve
vincent:The Park is located in the southern end of Kenya, bordering Kenya and Tanzania. The reserve was recently crowned as the new seventh wonder of the world; thanks to the annual migration of wildebeests between the reserve and the neighboring Serengeti in Tanzania between June to August. This park is home to the big five, though sadly few rhinos remain. It also has hundreds of bird species and much other plain game blended with the rich Masaai culture from the famous Masaai people. Masai Mara is 260 km from Nairobi and takes 5 ½ hour’s drive by road and 40 minutes by air.
Image - Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park
vincent:It is famed for its unrivalled views of the tallest snow caped mountain in Africa; Mount Kilimanjaro and numerous herds of Elephant and much other plain game like herds of bathing buffaloes in the scattered Swamps and Marshlands in the park. The park is also famous for its often but harmless whirlwinds. Within its base is the Lake Amboseli which floods during years of heavy rainfall.
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Lake Nakuru
vincent:Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned for its millions of flamingos and it is famously known as bird watchers paradise with over 400 species especially the fuchsia pink flamingos and fish eating pelicans. We also have many other animals in the park including the black, white rhino, waterbuck, antelopes and the Columbus monkey. It is also one of the best places to see the leopard as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.
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Aberdare Range
vincent:It is best known for being the home of the famous Treetops Hotel where Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England in 1952. The park has numerous waterfalls among them being the Guara Water fall which is the most prestigious falls in Kenya. The Queen’s cave pavilion was the site for the 1959 royal picnic lunch for Queen Elizabeth II and her husband prince Philip. The high moorlands of the mountain range are ideal for wilderness trekking. Wildlife includes rhino, warthog, bush pig, waterbuck, duiker, suni, dik dik, reedbuck and the rare bongo. Visitors can see elephants at a very close range at the suspended Ark Lodge as they come to lick salt on the basement.
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Samburu County
vincent:The park is beautifully located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of samburu National Reserve and covers 165 km². the park overlooks out over riverbanks where herds of elephants, buffalo and zebra come daily to drink. The park is set on rugged landscape with a stunning backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous wildlife unique to the region. It is also the place of semi-nomadic samburu people. A rare species of wildlife is found here this include Gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx and long-necked gerenuk antelope. Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya and covers 165 km². It is located in Samburu District of the Rift Valley Province. It is one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the bestselling book and award winning movie Born Free. It is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.
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Tsavo East National Park
vincent:This park has numerous wildlife and many herds of elephant including other attractions such as the Mzima Springs which is as a result of water that has filtered underground from chuyulu hills gushes from below a lava ridge into series of clear pools. Among the most picturesque views in the park are the red elephants, which appear red as a result of bathing and wallowing with the red sand found in the park. This is the home to the famous man-eating lions which prayed on linesmen building the Uganda railway at the turn of the century. It is also the location of the shooting of the movie The Ghost and the Darkness starring Micheal Douglas and Val Kilmer from the non-fiction book The Man Eaters of Tsavo by Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson.
Image - Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya
vincent:The Park is dominated by Kenya’s tallest mountain (Mount Kenya) standing at 5200 m above sea level and the second highest in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is an extinct volcanic mountain. The mountain has two peaks Batian 5200 m and Nelion 5188 m. The major activities in the park are mountain climbing and game viewing. The best months for climbing are January, February, august and September. The climate, flora and fauna vary with altitude but the major vegetation includes forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland. Wildlife includes buffalo, lion, antelope and the rare bongo.
Image - Hell's Gate National Park
Hell's Gate National Park
vincent:Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell's Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa.
Image - Watamu Marine National Park
Watamu Marine National Park
vincent:Green turtles, unique coral gardens, the Gede Ruins – the Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve has it all. The park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles and dugongs. Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat tours.
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Africa’s wild creatures do not live in isolation; each species represents a strand in the web forming the community of plants and animals in which it has carved its niche. Even the briefest safari will traverse many such ecological communities and habitats. The eye soon discerns that the African world is not a singular entity in which animals occur at random, but an ordered realm where every creature has its appropriate place. Some species are extremely adaptive and survive in a wide spectrum of environments. Others are confined to specific niches or microhabitats. It would take volumes to describe all of Africa’s animals, not to mention their relationships and the habitats in which they live in. A small understanding of African ecology will go a long way toward enriching your safari experience, for the wonder of the animals is heightened by an appreciation and awareness of their total environment. Although the famous big game animals naturally command the most attentions, people who look only for lions, elephants and other large mammals tend to get bored after a few days. Those curious about African wildlife in all of its varied forms never have that problem, for it is impossible to run out of new and fascinating discoveries. The suggested itineraries provided in this safari manual are chosen from among the destination’s finest Independent Travel itineraries. You may book them as shown in the manual or revise them to meet your guests’ requirements. GAME DRIVES/GAME VIEWING – The game drive/ game viewing is the standard mode of wildlife viewing in the African national parks, concession, where both regulations and safety considerations restrict exploration on foot. Conditions are ideal for vehicular safaris; rising savanna fame country from the security and comfort of a car, you will encounter a large number and variety of animals simply by chance. Game drives in most of the parks are always invigorating: you may go from one species to the next – observing zebra here, giraffe there, a knot of impala on the right, a trio of elephant bulls ahead. However, there is really no guarantee on what you will see; the animals are free to move around as they please and may even pass beyond park boundaries. DRIVER GUIDES: Each safari group will be accompanied by the best driver-guides with expert knowledge in wildlife and other areas of tourist interest. The driver-guides are continually under training on subjects as varied as the maintenance of safari vehicles, client’s safety, the mating habits of various species, preservation and conservation, general knowledge and foreign languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese SAFARI COURIERS: May be provided (at an extra cost) upon prior arrangements. A safari courier is a seasoned professional and is highly experienced as a field naturalist. In addition to giving introductory briefings and lectures on the area visited, Couriers provide information on African history and folklore. ACCOMMODATION – Lodges come in many shapes and sizes. Many lodges are famous for their beauty as well as comfort. The general quality of comfort, cleanliness and service is high. Each facility has its own ambience. The newer safari lodges are modern hotels designed for harmony with the natural setting. Spacious verandas look out over fame viewing areas with stunning landscapes well visited by game. Some lodges are so well placed, usually by strategic water points, that the game can be seen at any time. MOBILE CAMPING: The concept of mobile camping is very attractive to the adventurer as it reminds one of the early explorers and hunters in the “Dark Continent” – Africa. The guest is presented with a product that is much closer to nature and therefore more thrilling. Standard Mobile tented camps: Standard camping always carries a unique characteristic; staying in a private and exclusive campsite. The camping crew and equipment travel separately on a support vehicle ahead of the guests. When guests arrive at the campsite everything is prepared and waiting – tents up, meals cooking, and hot water ready for a wash. The walk-in accommodation tents are provided with two safari beds, blankets, bed sheets and pillows. Wash room facilities are set inside the guests’ tents, and not outside. Budget mobile camping: Budget camping is the ideal way for those who like to “rough it” as we provide mostly bivouac pop-up tents for accommodation whereby mattresses are laid on the sewn-in ground sheet. The tents are spacious enough for two people and they have a mesh on each window to keep off insects. The guests’ safari vehicle pulls a Trailer carrying the camping equipment and a cook. All preparations at the camp are made on arrival at the campsite. Guests are often expected to help pitch the tents, but the cooking and cleaning is all left to the camping crew. We recommend visitors to bring their own sleeping bags. Public campsites provide basic washroom facilities of reasonable hygienic standard for budget camping safaris. Following is some information about the major sights covered in our suggested tours manual. The type and abundance of wildlife encountered on a given day depends on a variety of factors including the seasonal migration pattern and luck.

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  1. Maasai Mara National Reserve
  2. Amboseli National Park
  3. Lake Nakuru
  4. Aberdare Range
  5. Samburu County
  6. Tsavo East National Park
  7. Mount Kenya
  8. Hell's Gate National Park
  9. Watamu Marine National Park
  10. Chyulu

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