Parks & Reserves

Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the world

The Mara is the home of the ancient African warriors, the Maasai. With the adjoining Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the south, they make the home to a huge population of elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, gazelle and impala. Predators are plentiful especially the cheetah, crocodile, leopard and lion.

The wildebeest migration is one of the most awe inspiring wildlife spectacles in the world

Bird life is abundant with 450 species having been recorded. A grand spectacle to be seen at least once in a lifetime is the annual migration of the wildebeest. More than 1/2 a million wildebeest march to Maasai Mara from the Serengeti in July, forming a single column extending tens of kilometres, where they remain till October when they begin to trek southbound, back to the Serengeti. Among the wildlife sanctuaries of the world Maasai Mara is considered by many a visitor to be the most picturesque. Balloon safaris are one of the unique features of the Mara giving the traveller an everlasting memory of this great country.

Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its flamingos

This is unquestionably the "greatest ornithological spectacle on earth" with a congregation of an estimated 2 million flamingos and over 400 other bird species. There is also a variety of wildlife including the water buck, reedbuck, zebra, impala, gazelle, lion, leopard, buffalo and the white and black rhino.

Amboseli National Park located Southeast of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park lies against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro (5896m), the highest mountain in Africa. Some 55 species of animals roam this land including the lion, cheetah, leopard, impala, buffalo and black rhino. It has one of the largest populations of elephant in the region with average herds of 50 to 100 animals.

Samburu Game Reserve, home to rare and exotic animals and birds

These game sanctuary lie in a semi-arid area where river Ewaso Nyoro maintains the life cycle. This river attracts rare species exclusive to the region - the long-necked gerenuk, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx. Also found in the area are elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, cheetah, hyena and more than 350 species of bird life, including the Somali ostrich. Shaba is famous as the former home of Joy and George Adamson who reared lions and returned them to the wild (the subject of 'Born Free', a book and film). Samburu offers unique vistas of rounded, rugged hills and undulating plains. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp is home to a wide variety of animal and bird life.

Hippos head an all star cast in the Tsavo National Parks

This is the largest National Park in Kenya at 21,000 sq km. It lies in the southern part of the country and is bisected by the Nairobi-Mombasa rail and road link, making it easily accessible. The East, comprising of vast plains of scrubland bordering Tanzania, is the most unspoilt due to its general inaccessibility. The Aruba Dam and Mudanda Rocks are just some of the scenic attractions of this area. Tsavo West has good access roads and its environment is well-watered with volcanic soil supporting a vast quantity and diversity of plant and animal life. Here, the main attraction is the Mzima Springs, a favourite haunt for hippo and crocodile, with an under-water viewing chamber. Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, black rhino, elephant, giraffe, lesser kudu, waterbuck, eland, gerenuk, impala, zebra, lion, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and porcupine. There is an abundance of bird life and there is always something new to see. One of the most conspicuous birds is the white-headed buffalo weaver, brownish-black and white with a vivid red rump when it flies. Starlings are numerous including the rare but duller Fischer's starling, hornbills are also prevalent. Birds of prey include, bustards, sunbirds and weaver-birds are well represented. Hole nesting birds include parrots, barbets and rollers. It is an excellent park for visitors who enjoy walking, offering a number of nature trails and the opportunity to explore the Chaimu volcanic crater and guides are available.

Biodiversity

Tsavo East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks: covering about 40 per cent of the total area of all Kenya's National Parks. Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world's leading biodiversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where the river banks give raise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. A number of leading tour guides offer private safaris across this area, camel safaris are a feature. Tsavo East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow. Lugard Fall on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game includes: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk and zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest can be seen with its lyre-shaped horns. Home to some of the largest herds in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo East during their long flight south.

Lake Bogoria is said by many to be the most beautiful sight in Africa

At the beginning of Kenya's great Northern Wilderness lies Lake Bogoria. The lake is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the dramatic walls of the Siracho Range. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink. Spectacular congregations of near threatened lesser flamingos estimated at up to 2 million birds occur at times, and several hundred thousand birds are often present. The lake serves as a feeding refugee for these species during extreme conditions in other flamingo lakes. A total of 373 bird species have been recorded. In the recent past to date it has become the most stable home of the lesser flamingos. This is to an addition of over 310 resident and about 50 migratory species of birds.

Hot springs & geysers

The 32 sq km lake is still volcanically active, and the Western shore is lined with spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. Hot water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife.

Wildlife is abundant around this oasis in an arid landscape

Bogoria National Reserve is the home of Africa’s most magnificent antelope the greater kudu and a host of other savannah wildlife: zebra, impala, Grant’s gazelle, klipspringer, buffalo, dikdik and Patas monkey among others. Predators include leopard, cheetah, hyenas, mongoose, jackal and occasional sightings of karakul. About 30 mammal species abound in the reserve.

The jewel of the Great Rift Valley

Lake Bogoria has been described in the past as the Jewel of the Great Rift Valley and by the words of Bishop Hannington on his first sight, 'The most beautiful view in Africa'. With the back-drop of the Eastern Wall of the Great Rift valley, it’s a stunning beauty that has always enchanted its visitors. The contrast in colours from the grasslands into the Lake and the sky above can only describe the place as Natures’ studio

Caution: The hot spring water is extremely hot, the water gushing out is at boiling point and all our esteemed visitors are forewarned to be extra careful while in this part of the park

Aberdare National Park offers magnificent scenery & unusual wildlife

Situated in the magnificent Aberdare Mountain ranges, the Aberdare National Park is a fascinating region of Kenya. The vegetation here is mountain rain forest, moorlands, thick bamboo forest and sub alpine plants. It is only 10km from Nyeri town, the burial place of the Boy Scout movement's founder Lord Baden-Powell. The soaring peaks of the range give birth to numerous streams and rivers that cascade into spectacular waterfalls, making it a fantastic palce for trout fishing in the ice-cold waters. Wildlife comprises buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, serval cat, leopard, eland, giant forest hog, red duiker, bushbuck, colobus and sykes monkey. The beautiful landscape of Aberdare make it ideal for hiking along the many nature trails.

A wonderful land for camping & hiking

The high moorland, reminiscent of European highlands, is home to eland and serval cats, some of which are melanistic. Flora include giant alpine varieties of lobelia, groundsel and heather. Amongst the birds to be seen in the high moorland are the scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, Augur buzzard, montane francolin and white-naped raven. Decending the slopes the moorland gives way to a belt of bamboo, a favourite haunt of the Bongo, a rare and elusive forest antelope. Below this are forested slopes in which the rivers have carved deep ravines. In the forest are red duiker, suni, bushbuck - some of the old males are nearly black - elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, leopard- all black examples have been recorded - and colobus monkey.

Mount Kenya National Park - extreme sports and breathtaking landscapes

Mt Kenya Mount Kenya National Park - extreme sports and breathtaking landscapes If you are seeking active outdoor pursuits in magnificent surroundings then Mt Kenya National Park is certainly the place for you. The three peaks of East Africa's second-highest mountain are a challenge to experienced climbers and the area's abundant rivers offer unrivalled whitewater rafting. Sits a stride from the equator and Mt Kenya. The Mountain is a challenge to climbers. It’s summit reaches 5199m above the sea level comprises of afro- alpine moorlands. It's three peaks well covered with glacier. The peaks are Lenana (4986 m), Nelion (5188m) and Batian (5199m). Point Lenana can be reached during the dry seasons Dec-Mar and Jul-Sep, weather holding and precautions taken to avoid mountain sickness. Experienced climbers could attempt the rest of the peaks.

Rich rewards for the less active too

Below all this the moorland supports plenty of wildlife including the elephant, buffalo, rhino, bongo, duiker, suni, giant forest hog and warthog. The mountain is also the source to numerous rivers making it a great fishing and a white water rafting area.

World Heritage site

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second-highest in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro). The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5 199 m), Nelion (5 188 m) and Lenana (4 985 m).

The mountain is an extinct volcano standing alone, which last erupted between 2.6 and 3.1 million years ago. Its slopes include several different biomes; the lowest parts are dry upland forest, changing to montane forest of juniper and podocarpus at about 2 000 m, with a belt of bamboo at 2 500 m that changes to an upper forest of smaller trees covered with moss and "goat's beard" lichen. Twelve small (and rapidly shrinking) glaciers may be found scattered among the complex of seven summits. The area around the mountain is protected in the Mount Kenya National Park.

The Kĩkũyũ people believe that their supreme being, Ngai, lives on Mount Kenya. In traditional prayers and sacrifices, Ngai is addressed by the Kĩkũyũ as Mwene Nyaga, Possessor of Brightness. The name comes from Kere Nyaga (Kirinyaga) the Kĩkũyũ name for Mt. Kenya, which means Mountain of Brightness.

Part of the mountain's fascination is the variation in flora (including giant groundsel and lobelia) and fauna as the altitude changes. The lower slopes are covered with dry upland forest, the true montane (mountain) forest begins at 2,000m is mainly cedar and podo. At 2,500m begins a dense belt of bamboo forest which merges into the upper forest of smaller trees, interspersed with glades. In this area the trees are festooned with high-altitude lichen.

These forest belts are host to many different animals and plants with at least 11 unique species. Game to view includes: Black and White Colobus and Sykes's Monkeys, bushbuck, rock Hyrax, greater galago, white tailed, buffalo, elephant. Lower down you can see olive baboon, waterbuck, black rhino, black fronted duikers, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, bush pig and hyena. More elusive is the bongo, a rare type of forest antelope.

A number of other rarer species can be found here: Suni Antelope, Mt. Kenya Mole Rat, skinks (lizard), Montane Viper and a variety of owls. Occasional sightings have been recorded of albino zebra.

Birds are not abundant in the forest, but you can find crowned hawk eagle and the Jackson's francolin. Rarely you can find the Abyssinian long-eared owl. Birds seen form the lodge include; green ibis, African black duck, Ayres' hawk eagle, rufous-breasted and great sparrow hawks, scaly francolin, silvery-cheeked hornbill, Hartlaub's turaco, red headed parrot, bronze-naped pigeon, Mackinder's eagle owl, Rupell's robin chat.

There are two species of giant lobelias; the narrow, featherly-leafed lobelia telekii and the broad-leafed lobelia keniensis which are a favourite of sunbirds for their half hidden blossoms or the thin shelled snails that make their home there. Plants also include crocus-like flower; Romuela keniensis, two terrestrial orchids - a Disa and a Habenaria, and an orange flowered gladiolus,Gladiolus Watsonioides.

The high altitude heath at the top (3,000 – 3,5000m) is generally open, dotted with shrubs: African sage, protea and helichrysum. The peak (above 3,500m) is moorland, with little game other than high altitude zebra and eland, common in the northern moorland.

Lake Baringo National Park - the peaceful jewel of the Great Rift Valley

Lying in the Great Rift Valley, with a semi arid climate, this place is a haven of peace in harsh and rugged but scenic surroundings. Hippos and crocodiles are plentiful. Crocodile is considered harmless by the local people who fish standing in the water whilst the crocodiles on the same mission swim by!. This area has abundant bird life with over 400 spices having been reported. Bird watching can be done on foot or by boat. Other leisure activities are water sports,fishing, visiting the local people’s village. This place is reputed to have one of the most beautiful views in Africa.

Lake Naivasha National Park

Located about 100 km from Nairobi the lake is a recreation centre for the Nairobi City dwellers. Activities include boating, water sports and fishing. The lakeside is used for growing high quality flowers and other horticultural products for the export market. This lake is a bird watchers paradise and has over 300 species which have been sighted. The bird life is more generous from October to March but the African fish Eagle, whose hunting skills remain as an attraction for the lake visitors, takes pride of place. A visit to the nearby Hell's Gate National Park where dramatic rock formations provide spectacular scenery on which to photograph animals such as the giraffe, zebra, gazelle, and water-buck, is recommended. For the rock climbers, the rock formations provide a formidable challenge

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