National Parks

Kenya

Amboseli

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.

Masai Mara

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.

Western Kenya

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.

National Parks

Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

This is a Tanzania‘s oldest and most popular national park. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thompson’s gazelles join the wildebeest trek for fresh grazing. Interestingly, even when the migration is quite, the Serengeti guarantees you views of great herd of buffalo smaller groups of elephant, giraffe and thousands of eland, topi, Kongoni, impala and grants gazelle. Located: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha.

Lake Manyara National Park

The compact game viewing circuit through Manyara is an amazing Tanzanian safari experience. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzanian bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded here and even a first timer to this park might reasonable expect to see a hundred of these in one day. Highlights include; thousands of pink hued flamingoes on their perpetual migration as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

Another key attraction in the Manyara are the tree climbing lions. This is the only national park where you will find the unique tree climbing lion species. Location: In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126 km / 80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road. The park is 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.

Tarangire National Park

Herds of 300 elephant scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland, crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The one place in Tanzania where country antelope such as the stately fringe eared Oryx and peculiar long necked gerenuk are regularly observed.


Location :118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha and 2,600 sq km(1,005 sq miles) in size.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden. Ngorongoro is among the 8th Natural wonders of the world’.

A visit to the crater is a main draw card for tourist coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction.

The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro conservation area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Besides vehicles safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions including hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are becoming increasingly popular option.

Size: cover approximately 8300 square kilometer.

The Great Wildbeest Mogration

The Wildebeest Migration in East Africa, also known as “The Great Migration” takes place between Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet.

Thouusands of wildebeest and zebra’s migrate between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, constantly driven by their search for fresh grazing .

The massive herds are closely followed by predators (lion, hyena and cheetah), making the most of every opportunity to catch their next meal. The precise timing of the annual wildebeest migration depends on the rains. It is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event, with calving season taking place in the Serengeti between January and mid-March. The wildebeest migration starts to head towards the Western Serengeti in May or June.

The best time to see the migration is generally between June and August when the wildebeest congregate and prepare to cross the famous Grumeti River. If you are in the Masai Mara you can expect the wildebeest to make their arrival as early as July but, they generally arrive between August & September and remain in the gradually begin their migration from the Masai Mara back towards Serengeti.