Kenya safari holiday at a glance

Top Kenya Safari Destinations

The safari in Kenya is a unique combination of enchantiment and thrall with its exceptional game viewing and vibrant mix of colourful cultures with over 42 different tribes.

Kenya offers an amazing range of activities - from walking, biking, camel or horse riding safari to snorkelling and diving in the Indian Ocean, climbing Mount Kenya, white water rafting, fishing or playing golf in beautiful locations.

The country is home to some of the best national parks and game reserves in Africa with diverse ecosystems, from snowcapped mountains, semi-arid desert regions and rainforests, to acacia-studded savannahs, flamingo lakes, white palm-fringed ocean beaches and coral reefs. Sample this diversity in the following destinations: -

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MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for the incredible wildebeest migration which takes place between July and September. This time the grasslands of the Masai Mara are covered by a mass of moving wildebeest as far as the eye can see.

This migration only happens in East Africa and is one of the most impressive displays of wildlife around the world. It is estimated that over two million animals migrate in a year round pattern within Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain and greener pastures.

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Amboseli National Park

Image of some of the wildlife found at Amboseli National park, in the background is Mount Kilimanjaro

Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds provides a backdrop to a spectacular display of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and more wildlife game.

The nearby Chyulu Hills are a chain of volcanic hills ideal for activities such as hiking, walking, cycling and horse riding safaris.

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Tsavo National Park

Tsavo East and West National Park is one of the world's largest game sanctuaries. Tsavo East, once a great elephant and rhino domain, remains a unique wilderness destination – a land of harsh arid desert, housing a diversity of life.

In these wild ambience, game viewing is far more challenging but also often far more rewarding. The park’s undisputed showpiece is the crystal clear Mzima Springs with its oasis of raffia palms and fig trees. An underwater observation post here offers a novel close encounter with the large crocodiles and pods of hippo.

Image of some of the crocodiles found at the crystal clear Mzima Springs at Tsavo National Park

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Lake Turkana National Park

Image of Lake Turkana The area is an important stopping point for migratory birds, a breeding ground for the Nile crocodile and hippopotamus, and also contains unique fossils.

Lake Turkana National Park is home to fascinating nomadic tribes and exceptional archaeological sites. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Lake Turkana National Parks comprises three parks: Sibiloi and two islands (Central Island and Southern Island) on Lake Turkana and is home to the Australopithecus fossil remains.

The lake itself is the world's largest permanent desert lake, the world's largest alkaline lake and the world's fourth largest salt lake.

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Samburu National Park

Samburu National Park is set against a backdrop of the mighty mountain Ol Olokwe. Its a harsh, savagely beautiful wilderness that depends on the steady flow of the Uaso Nyiro River for its existence. Since the area is semi-arid, animals are often concentrated near the Uaso Nyiro River, providing fabulous game viewing.

Some of the game attraction includes: the majestic Beisa oryx, the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy’s zebra and the gerenuk antelope.

Image of some of the grevy zebra found at Samburu National Park

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Meru National Reserve

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Meru National Reserve has plenty of wildlife and amazing habitat variation with forest, swamp and savannah pierced by a seemingly endless series of streams which branch out from the Tana River bringing life to the area.

Meru's thick forests, tall grass and beautiful Doum palms are surrounded by rolling hills and stark kopjes. The park is famous as home to Elsa, the lioness of Joy Adamson's Born Free

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The Great Rift Valley Lakes

Your Safari to the Great Rift Valley includes Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus. Hell’s Gate National Park lies beside the lake and the park gets its name from the massive red tinged cliffs framing a geothermically active interior of steam vents and bubbling springs.

Further down you find Lake Elementaita, a small soda lake nestled in the eastern sweep of the Great Rift Valley. Renowned for its thousands of pink flamingos, Lake Nakuru also boasts frequent leopard and rhino sightings.

Lake Bogoria is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see. The soda waters of Lake Baringo attract massive flocks of flamingos while the western shore is lined with spouting geysers - the spurting steam, bubbling geothermal pools and fresh water springs attract an abundance of birds and wildlife.

Image of lake Nakuru National Park one of the lakes of the great rift valley

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Mount Kenya and the Laikipia Area

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The Laikipia region is a broad swathe of game-rich grasslands and hills that stretch from the slopes of snow capped Mount Kenya to one side and the wild deserts of the north to the other. Vast ranches have been transformed into private game reserves and several ranches are run by local communities to form a huge protected wildlife haven.

The Lewa conservancy is dedicated to conservation and is now one of East Africa's great success stories with over sixty rhinoceros, both black and white, on their property.

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Excursions in Nairobi and Its environs

Nairobi city is Kenya's Capital and the starting point for most tours and safaris in Kenya. Attractions in Nairobi include the Nairobi National Park which is just 10 kilometres from the heart of the city centre and the Karen Blixen Museum which was once part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate and made famous by the film ‘Out of Africa’.

Other options include the Giraffe Centre, a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Daphne Sheldrick's animal orphanage and the the newly refurbished National Museum or visits to the open air Maasai markets.

City of Nairobi

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Excursions in Mombasa and the Coast region

Mombasa and coast Excursions

Kenya's coastal area has a rich, colourful history and some of the highlights are the 16th century Fort Jesus, old town and dhow harbour. Protective reefs have created ideal beaches with calm, inviting waters. The reef walls offer world class diving with spectacular coral gardens. Activities like water skiing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing are available.

The Kenyan coast is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sand beaches, where the waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs.

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