Kenya is endowed with a variety of attractions from forests, mountains, national parks and game reserves. It is also famously known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts and hotels along the coastal line and not to forget variety of breathtaking landscapes.
A Kenya safari is such unforgettable adventure from beautiful zebras, wildebeests, elephants, to leopards and lions. The famous Masai Mara that homes the Big five animals and stunning pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru has long made Kenya one of the most famous tourism destinations in East Africa and Africa generally.
Kenya is also one of the world’s top wildlife destinations. It is a country where the Swahili word “Safaris” came from. Interesting culture of Kenyan tribes, wide range of habitats including lush vegetation, riverine forests, semi deserts that lead to a variety of wildlife in Kenya and making it a must – see on every tourist’s list.
This is Kenya’s most famous national park and a big 5 park that harbors elephants, buffaloes, Rhinos, leopards and lions.
From July to October, this park provides the basic route for the great migration of millions of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras traveling to enjoy the lush vegetation of Kenya from Serengeti in Tanzania. The migration crosses Mara River where the Nile crocodiles lie on its riverbanks looking to prey on unsuspecting herds.
The Masai Mara is also home to the world’s large population of lions and over 470 bird species including migratory and birds of prey. A number of passionate travelers undertake the beautiful hot air balloon ride to feel a sense of great adventure and find the reason why the Masai people named this vast land Mara, a spotted land.
From its affectionate semi-arid landscapes to its large elephant herds, Tsavo National Park located in the southwest of Kenya is one of the country’s oldest and historical parks. When combined with Tsavo west, it becomes Kenya’s biggest conservation area. The Tsavo ecosystem is made up of two famous National parks Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park.
These two parks were split when the railway line from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya was constructed. The two parks have different terrains with East Tsavo with mostly flat plains and Tsavo West is much swampy, mountainous and wetter than its counterpart.
The name Amboseli is derived from the Maasai dialect which means “salty dust”. This region also inhabits the Maasai People and most of the travelers prefer to support the community by visiting and staying in some surrounding villages like the Selenkay Village which is totally occupied by the Maasai people.
Flamingos are now common in Amboseli though commonly used to be at Lake Nakuru and Naivasha. Amboseli Lake is often dry when it’s not a rainy season.
World’s only National Park located in the City and Kenya’s first National Park. A few varieties of game can be sighted from the International Airport heading to this park but more fascinating wildlife is within the Nairobi National Park including buffaloes, lions, leopards, and endangered black rhinos.
Inside the park is also the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a sanctuary for rhinos and elephants that has links with Tsavo National Park.
Flying in a hot air balloon is a lifetime experience in Kenya especially in the Masai Mara reserve. As early as 5:30am in the morning and the travelers should kick off their preparations to begin the adventure. When the hot air balloon ride kicks off, one can stunningly spot a variety of wildlife and landscapes below.
The balloon flight goes for about one hour and ends with a champagne bush breakfast as a tradition in the wilderness. One balloon can carry a maximum of 16 passengers or less. Hot air balloon permits in Kenya go for about $350-$450 per person.
Just after Kilimanjaro Mountain, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa and one of the popular attractions in Kenya. It has 3 peaks including Batian, Nelion and point Lenana. Hiking Mount Kenya to Lenana takes about 4-6 days depending on the season, fitness level of travelers and the routes used.
Hiking Mountain Kenya is a life time experience, quite challenging but an interesting adventure. There are so many steep sections, landscape and summit routes are also disturbing and high altitudes can also make the hiking uneasy.
There are several routes that can be used to hike Mountain Kenya including Naro Moru which is the shortest and most direct one and best suited for descent, lonely Burguret good for solitude and spending some time alone but also quite challenging as it’s rarely used with lush vegetation and Sirimon.
The hiking prices for Mount Kenya range from about $800 to $1500 per person and those aged 15 years or below are restricted from hiking.
One of the most recognized tribes in Africa and the world at large. Maasai is also one of the oldest tribes living a midst the Tanzania and Kenyan plains. The homeland of the Maasai in Kenya is Ngong Hills.
The Maasai in Kenya are almost detached from the “modern world” and an adventure to Kenya would be an incomplete one without meeting the interesting Maasai.
One would blend in the interesting ancestry of the noble people of Masaai. Their village huts “Manyatta” made of cow dung and clay and traditional boma are also most of the visitor’s favorite experience.
Since long time ago, the fierce Maasai warriors have long been known for their movements in search of pasture for their herds, the Masaai feed off their cattle, goats and sheep.
The Maasai live on the diet of milk, blood and meat.
January, February and June to October is the best time to visit Kenya. This is because it is always a dry season during this time and day time temperatures are not too hot with almost no rain. These are also the best wildlife viewing months. This time also coincides with the great migration of wildebeest and Zebras.
December is also a good month to see the newly born animals and migratory species of birds. This is because the rains are short in this period compared to March, April and May that are absolutely wet.
Explore and stay at some of the luxurious camps in Kenya
For all the visitors trying to avoid big crowds and prefer beautiful wildlife sightings, this is the right spot to be. It is a six-tent camp well positioned to the river crossing points used by the great migration wildebeest hers located in the heart of the Maasai Mara National Park.
This is one of the best placed and most luxurious camps in the Maasai mara dangling over the River of Ntiakitiak while enjoying beatiful views across the savannah.
This brings modern comfort to the Masai Mara with its luxurious beauty. The owner of this Safari camp is Richard Bransons. The camp also has well positioned binoculars for visitors to view the Maasai beautiful wildlife.
This magnificent manor is famously known for its herds of Rothschild giraffes sticking their long necks through the windows to be fed and its friendly neighborhood