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National Parks & Reserves | Kenya Wildlife
Amboseli National Park
Tsavo National Par
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Samburu Game Reserve
Private Nature Reserves
Mount Kenya
Aberdare National Park
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Nairobi:

 

Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa today; a hub for business, culture and a safari capital of East Africa. Nairobi National Park is seven kilometers from downtown and the only Game Park situated with the city in the world. Most attractions in Nairobi which are preserved for many years ago are the home-turned-museum of Karen Blixen, who through her writings left us a picture of Kenya in the 20th century – a colonial world of romance, daring, struggle and triumph, the Giraffe Centre which was established to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffes, The David Sheldrick also was established to protect and care for the orphaned baby elephants and historical sites among them the National Archives, National museum, Railway museums and the many market places for bargaining authentic arts and crafts.

 


Amboseli National Park:

Amboseli National Park sits in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the most photographed icons in Africa. With more than 420 species, including 47 species of raptors, the park proves to be one of the best areas to visit in Kenya. Famously known for its highest population of elephants, it also attracts buffalo; impala, Thompson’s gazelle, lion and cheetah are never far off.  Observation hill offers guests opportunity to view the plains of Amboseli.

 


Tsavo National Park:

Tsavo National Park forms one of the Largest National Parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Divided into two National Parks namely Tsavo West and Tsavo East national parks by the Nairobi- Mombasa Highways, it has some unique features like the Shetani Lava formed as a result of volcanic eruption, the Mzima Springs which holds a very rare experience whereby you view the hippos from the under water as well as rich flora and Fauna. Regular migratory birds from Northern Europe and Siberian to South African continent among the resident birds are a spectacle experience.

 


Shimba Hills National Reserve:

Floating a misty cool 400m above the palm fringed reaches of Kenya’s glittering coast line, Shimba Hills National Reserve offers a unique blend of wood – cloaked downs, wandering elephants, breeze fanned hills, plunging water falls and the primeval stillness of one of the last remaining coastal rainforests on earth. It is famous for the habitat of rare sable antelope.


Masai Mara Game Reserve:

Masai Mara Game Reserve is Kenya's most irreplaceable wildlife sanctuary and is renowned for the ancient pageantry of the annual wildebeest migration every year.  As the bronze grasslands of the Mara begin to turn green, countless wildebeest, zebra, antelope and others begin to search for new grazing lands.  They cross raging rivers and defy waiting predators.  Intersected by dark green veins of rich acacia woodland, Masai Mara is where some of "Out of Africa" was filmed.  Herds of buffalo, hartebeest, impala and gazelle graze the savannas.  Giraffe and elephant gather along the riverbanks of the Mara River, while pods of hippos congregate in the water below.  The Masai Mara has the country's largest predator population, with lion prides taking the lead.  Apart from game viewing, other activities include the visits to the Maasai Village and learn of their lifestyle or fly over the Masai Mara with a Hot Air Balloon.

 


Samburu Game Reserve:

Samburu Game Reserve is located in the low semi-arid plains of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District.  The Ewaso Nyiro River is the main river that divides Samburu Game reserve and Buffalo Springs Reserve. Several species here are seldom found elsewhere, such as the Gravy’s zebra with its narrow stripes; the shy long-necked gerenuk, which stands on its hind legs to feed on the tender leaves of the high tree branches; reticulated giraffe and the blue-necked Somali ostrich. Towering red termite mounds, palm-fringed river forests and the dramatic Ololokwe Mountain add to the movie-set quality of the landscape.

 


Private Nature Reserves:

There are several private game reserves and conservancies that play a vital role in maintaining and conserving wildlife habitat.  The owners of these have created an important conservation area through collaborations.  Ranches have developed ecotourism facilities and conservation projects both within their boundaries and alongside the local communities.  The Local tribes participate in and share revenues generated by tourism, which help with community-orientated health, education and enterprise programs that work to alleviate poverty and create win-win situations for both residents and wildlife.  Each reserve offers their own activities, many of which cannot be done in national parks such as bush walks, night game drives and horse or camel trekking.  Some also have mountain biking and river rafting. Some conservancies allow guests to meet local villagers and learn their way of lifestyles and activities.

 


Mount Kenya:

Mt. Kenya, an extinct volcano stands in the Eastern part of the Rift Valley.  It is the highest mountain in Kenya and second tallest in Africa, after Mt. Kilimanjaro, it has permanent glaciers; and its highest peak, Batian, sits at 17,060 feet. The mountain is surrounded by Mount Kenya National Park, established in 1949.  The mountain slopes are in forest, bamboo, scrub, and alpine moorland, with rock, ice and snow at the highest elevations. The park is also a Biosphere Reserve.

 


Aberdare National Park:

The Aberdare National Park is located in the cool Aberdare Mountains of central highlands and forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley.  Altitudes range from 7,000 to 14,000 feet.  The unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls make it an area of great physical beauty.  The heart of the park is a fairyland forest with wildlife coming to the edge of a floodlit waterhole and a natural salt lick.  The area is also the homeland of the Kikuyu people, who make up the largest tribal group in Kenya.  Their traditions are depicted at the Kabaru Cultural Center.

 


Lake Victoria:

Lake Victoria is the second largest tropical lakes in the world and 26,560 square miles, with a 2,138-mile shoreline.  It is bounded by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and has over 3,000 islands whereby many of them are inhabited.  The lake sits between the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys at about 3,720 feet.

 


Mombasa:

Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, lazily stretches out along the coast facing the Indian Ocean and boasts the largest port in East Africa and is characterized by flat topography and has a tropical climate.  The Old Town retains much of the historical flavor of the Portuguese who ruled here for 200 years.  The Arabic influence is seen in the architecture, culture and language.  The Fort Jesus, one of the historical sites in Mombasa proves the eras when slaves filled its cells.  Artifacts from that time can be seen in the fort’s museum.  There are many beaches both at North and South of Mombasa with hotel and Resorts along the beachfront feature allows many activities like swimming, jet skis, scuba diving, windsurfing and kayaking.  Glass-bottomed boats offer glimpses of the stunning coral and marine life below.  The city’s cultures make it a fascinating destination.

 


Lamu Archipelago:

Lamu, Manda and Paté are the three largest islands of the archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean close to the northern coast of Kenya.  Lamu Island is linked by ferry to the mainland and to Manda Island.  Lamu Town, Kenya's oldest living town is one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It was settled by Arab traders in the 14th century.  The people of the island do not use motorized vehicles hence transportation and heavy work is done using donkeys.  The island has a donkey sanctuary that provides free treatment to the animals.  Manda Island is known for its 9th-century ports of Takwa and Manda town, both abandoned in the 19th century, probably for lack of water.  In the 1960s, two concrete catchments were built to capture rain water on the island.  Today, Lamu is served by an airport and ferry service to Lamu.  By the 1600s, Paté Island was colonized by Arabic traders.  Like Manda, it has no motorized transport.

 
 
 
 

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