Safari Parks Kenya
KENYAN PARKS AND GAME RESERVES.
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MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE.
Known worldwide for its annual migration of wildebeest "The seveth wonders of the world" where approximately 1 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras cross from Serengeti to Masai mara, closely followed by predators such as lions, hyenas and jackals. In October, the migration changes and proceed back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. A sight to behold! During the migration the animals cross the Mara river. The big cat follow the migration closely and it can only be compared to a walking buffet for the big cats!!!!
On the vast plains of the Masai Mara you will see great prides of lion, but also herds of zebras, antelopes, gazelles, elephants, leopards and buffalos. You may also see the endangered black rhino. In the Masai Mara the semi-nomadic Maasai people live an authentic life. Spread over the reserve they live in their typical environement, a wooden fence shields livestock and residents of wildlife. The Masai Mara park is the only wildlife park that allows the tourists to go off-road when on safari in a 4x4.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK KENYA.
Amboseli National Park is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and consists of savannah plains, wetlands, acacia forests and scrub. It is only 392 km ² and is located about 200 km from Nairobi. For over 40 years, it is a protected area that is famous for its serene beauty, wildlife animals, and big heards of elephants that easy to approach. The mashy landscape, with Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on the horizon. Unlike other areas, the elephant population of Amboseli did not suffer from poachers. The result is an impressive 600 pieces depicting elephant population, who are frequent and prolonged studied. In addition to this impressive flock there also are buffalos, gazelles, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, lions and cheetahs.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK.
Lake Nakuru: It is a very colorful sight: the sometimes countless numbers of dwarf flamingos at the shores of the soda lake in Lake Nakuru National Park are completely pink. The size of the lake depends on the season and many pelicans stay here. The park was declared a Rhino Sanctuary. The area of less than 19,000 acres, offers the endangered rhino good protection against poachers. In this park, you can create impressive game drives, where you will look for these rhinos. During your safari you will see leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, pigs, baboons and hyenas .
The only chimpanzee population in Kenya can be found at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary , part of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy . This reserve founded in 1993 is naturally split in two by the river Ewaso Nyiro .On both sides of the river these highly intelligent primates live into two separate groups . The chimpanzee is able to communicate through body language , which makes an encounter with this unique ape amazing. Please note that the chimpanzees are housed behind fences . Ol Pejeta Conservancy was once one of the largest cattle ranches in Kenya, but is now a 90,000-acre, privately owned wildlife reserve. It markets itself as the closest place to Nairobi where you can see the BIg Five and possesses a full palette of African plains wildlife, including a healthy population of rhinos. It's the rhinos that form the centrepiece of what they do here - their (at last count) 102 black rhinos is the largest population in East Africa. A reminder of the challenges they face came when one of their rhinos was poached in March 2014, with another killed four months later. And it's not just about rhinos - Ol Pejeta's role in the wider Laikipia ecosystem extends beyond its boundaries thanks to its parnter agreements and wildlife corridors that link it to other Laikipia ranches.
Aberdare National Park
In the northern part of the Aberdare National Park lays the high Ol Donyo Lesatima mountain. The top of this mountain reaches a height of 3,999 meters . The mountains are beautiful V - shaped valleys with rivers and waterfalls occur where the mountaintops stab high above the land . The park is very popular with nature lovers . The flora is rich and varied , partly becouse of the periodical fogs and colds, and there also live many species. In addition to buffalo, elephants and giant wild boars , you will see lions , baboons , colobus monkeys and beautiful bongo antelope . The rare rhinoceros and golden cat show themselves unfortunately verry rarely.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Samburu National Reserve . The landscape of this park consists of baked , reddish-brown clay , an open plain with briars and rough -clad hills that has a lovely green color in the rainy season. Samburu is the transition area between the fertile land around Mount Kenya and the dry , desolate north . The Ewaso Nyiro river forms a natural border between the park and the adjacent Buffalo Springs National Reserve and is an important lifeline for wildlife in this area. On the banks of the river is a forest, consisting of acacias , tamarinds and palms . Crocodiles are found at ease from the heath. Also Lions , cheetahs and leopards are found , because of the sparse vegetation that offers little coverage for their prey here. This is also the home of the gerenuk , Beisa oryx and Grevy zebra , that are rare elsewhere in Kenia. It is the mix of woodland, grassland and marsh , it makes a good habitat for many species . " In the unspoilt Meru National Park you can stay hours without seeing anyone " One of the most pristine and least visited parks in Kenya is Meru National Park .
The park covers approximately 90,000 hectares and is located literally on the equator , southeast of Samburu . Meru is much greener than other parks due to the large amount of rain annually . Besides jungles you will find wetlands and fields with tall grasses . The latter is home to large herds of lions , netgiraffen , gerenuk and the rare Grevy's zebra . The jungles and wetlands offer you a chance to encounter with leopards , vervet monkeys and a large variety of birds . The park is designated as a protected habitat for the white and black rhino , making it one of the last areas where you can see them in the wild .You can spend hours in this rugged park without meeting anyone . This will make your visit extra special.
SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL RESERVE
In order to protect the last herds of sable antelope in Kenya the Shimba Hills National Reserve was created. This park has an area of 192 km ². In this park you will find elephants, African buffaloes and some leopards. In addition, the reserve is rich in birds, including the rare Fischer's Turaco and palm vulture. The hills give you wonderful views to the ocean and the Usambara and Pare Mountains in Tanzania.It is one of the last areas of coastal rain forrest in Eastern Africa
TSAVO EAST AND WEST NATIONAL PARK KENYA.
The largest game park in Kenya, Tsavo National Park, is bisected by the road from Nairobi to Mombasa. This is the area where the famous adventurer Denys Finch Hatton preferably spend his days. You probably know his name from the movie 'Out of Africa'
Red Elephants of Tsavo
At the open plains of Tsavo East you can see elephants, rhinos, lions, water buck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and hartebeest. The landscape of marshes, grasslands and baobab trees is worth the trip. From Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau you will be treated to breathtaking scenery. Because of its location close to the coast of Mombasa, this is also an ideal base for a short safari during your beach vacation. "Combining Beach and safari? From the coast Tsavo is very well accessible in Tsavo east you find the red elephants, their color is due to the red soil in this area. Also, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, kudu, leopards and lions are at home here.At the Left hand side from Mombasa on Mombasa Nairobi road lies Tsavo West. In tsavo west you find the Mzima springs, which is the freshwater source for Mombasa city. At Mzima Springs you have great chance to see hippos and rocodiles.For Better visibility there is a special underwater viewing chamber.
In Tsavo West you find wide open plains, grassland, Savannah and mountain ridges alternate with in the north the Ngulia Hills, steep cliffs with high peaks that dominate the landscape. If you come in the rainy season, then this park is a green oasis. This park has beautiful hilly landscape, though Tsavo East generally provides better chances of seeing wildlife.
Lake Bogoria is a located in the northern Kenyan Rift Valley. The lake is famous for the pink flamingoes which are found in large numbers. Geothermal activity in the form of hot springs and geysers are located on the western shore. Lake Bogoria has the largest number of geysers in Africa.
Meru National Park is not as popular as it once was, but is making a recovery. It was made famous through the book and Movie Born Free, by George and Joy Adamson. You can visit her grave site which is also where Joy Adamson's ashes were scattered.
The Meru National Park was made famous through the book and film Born Free based on George and Joy Adamson's work releasing hand raised Lions back into the wild. The park is small by Kenyan standards but is home to a diverse array of wildlife.
After Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Africa . The volcano is no longer active at. The volcano has at the base a diameter of almost 100 kilometers and is millions of years old . The landscape is very green and fertile with dense forests and snowfields , glaciers , mountain lakes and waterfalls . Particularly for African standards ! In the forests of the bog area you will find plenty of mammals , including elephants, rhinos , buffalos , leopards , goats , pigs and vervet monkeys . The park has a tropical rainforest.
South and north of the port city of Mombasa, you will find quiet, beautiful sandy beaches and wonderful hotels. You can have a very pleasant break from all the impressions you have gained, while enjoying fresh seafood dishes and exotic cocktails. During your stay you can go diving, golf or pamper yourself with a massage. A stay on the coast of Kenya can be combined with safaris to Tsavo, the exotic Wasini Island or the lovely Shimba Hills National Reserve fine.
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Tanzania truly is a travel destination unmatched in terms of stunning landscapes and prolific wildlife. The statistics speak for themselves – an unparalleled one quarter of its land surface has been set aside for conservation purposes, with the world renowned Serengeti National Park and the vast Selous Game Reserve heading a rich mosaic of protected area that collectively harbour an estimated 20 percent of Africa’s large mammal population. Tanzania is a travel enthusiast’s dream, as it is also home to Mount Kilimajaro and Mount Meru, the highest and fifth highest peaks on the African continent. There are lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa, the three largest freshwater bodies in Africa.
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, 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 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
List of all Kenya and Tanzania Safari Parks
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