Ever present is the remarkable view of Kilimanjaro, under which the park boasts one of Kenya’s best displays of Wildlife. Hemingway wrote of it as the essence of Africa. Elephants rummage in the lower forests, Leopards prowl the salt flats, Antelope graze. All against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro majestic peak. The classic image of Africa.
The classic Safari. From July to September, the Mara provides one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebras, teeming from the south to cross the Mara River into Masai Mara National Reserve. The stunning savannah stretches on forever. In this vast landscape you can see cheetah, the fastest animal in the world, chasing Antelope and Gazelle. In the Mara River Hippos bathe and on its banks Crocodiles sun themselves. One of the world’s very special places.
Mt Kenya & The Aberdares
Snow-capped Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, a stunning and challenging destination for climbers and trekkers. Below the mountain’s alpine meadows roam Mountain Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape buffalo and Antelope. On its lower slopes is Ol Pejeta, a private ranch and Rhino sanctuary and nearby is the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club founded by William Holden. The Aberdares sport high alpine moorland and primeval aloe forest. Here you can visit Treetops where Leopard can regularly be seen refreshing themselves.
Samburu & Buffalo Springs
The semi-arid country of northern Kenya, framed by volcanic mountain ranges and dotted with lakes, each unique. Throughout the region, rare animals abound; the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, and long-necked Gerenuk. Adjacent to this area is the beautiful Meru National Park home of Elsa the Lioness befriended by Joy and George Adamson and featured in Joy’s Book and the film, Born Free.
Tsavo East & West
Possibly the world’s biggest game sanctuary. On the east side roam ‘red’ Elephants, named from the colour of rich earth of the area they throw over themselves. On the west are the Mzima springs where Hippo and Crocodile bathe. A model national park in geographic, animal and plant diversity, situated halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa – making it ideal for those wanting to include both safari and coast on their itinerary. In the evening ‘Tsavo Sunsets” span the sky filling the horizon with incredible colour.
Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru, are a perfect day trip from Nairobi and the stopping off point for hundreds and thousands of Flamingoes. Lake Bogoria features hot springs, the sight of fishermen in papyrus boats and the rare Greater Kudu. Nakuru boasts the rare Rothschild Giraffe and an extraordinary Rhino sanctuary. While Naivasha is best seen by boat. Further west is Lake Victoria, source of the Nile, and the Afro-Alpine flora of Mt.Elgon National Park, both reached through immense pre-historic landscape of the Rift Valley.