The Masai Mara is one of Kenya’s most popular wildlife sanctuaries, where every year a fascinating animal spectacle is taking place. Millions of wildebeest and antelopes are stomping through the grass savannah, clockwise from the south to the western corridor of the Tanzanian Serengeti to the north, and finally to southwestern Kenya, into the lush green savannah of the Masai Mara National Park. This epic spectacle happens every year, driven by the search for fresh new grazing grounds. Not only for predators this Great Migration is a celebration, it also offers spectacular hunting scenes to safari tourists .
Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is located in south of Nairobi, offering a spectacular wildlife scenery to safari photographers. In the lights of the impressive background of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro peaks, huge herds of elephants are roaming through the vast steppe of Amboseli. There is hardly any other spot in East Africa with such a high density of wild animal life. Massai giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, eland antelopes and Thomson’s gazelles are wandering through the dry savannahs and form the food base for hunting animals such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals and spotted hyenas.
Tsavo East and West National Park
Especially its location quite close to the Indian Ocean with its beautiful white-sandy beach makes Tsavo National Park so attractive for the Kenyan tourism. From Kenya’s coast you get very quickly right into the middle of the East African wildlife with its famous “red elephants”. Both Tsavo National Parks – East and West – combine two completely different types of landscapes. On the one hand, you will do game drives through dry steppe and semi desert landscape with wide views and a gnarled, red moonscape in Tsavo East. On the other hand, there’s the green Tsavo West part with its acacia trees, gallery forests, volcanic cones and black lava fields.
Aberdare National Park
Thundering waterfalls, green mountain forest thickets, bamboo forest, lichen-hung jungle forest and alpine moorland – the Aberdare National Park is a hikers’ paradise for tourists who do not just want to sit inside the safari vehicle but prefer to experience Kenya’s fascinating natural landscapes and tropical wildlife with all their senses. At lower altitudes you’ll meet the so-called “Big Five” animals. Further up the mountains, it is even said that the Black Panther lives there. In addition to fishing in clear mountain streams, travelers especially come in order to do endemic birdwatching as well as “Moorland Camping” or explore the forest on horseback.
Samburu National Park
The Samburu Reserve is a gem for nature lovers and photographers. Here in the north of Kenya we encounter animals that can not be found in any other park: the graceful giraffe antelope, also called Gerenuk, stands on its hind legs to reach – like a giraffe – the fresh offspring of the bush savannah. The grevy zebra is larger and finer striped than the plains zebra and the net giraffe, which is characterized by a particularly high-contrast coloring. Rocky hills, dry savanna and the palm-fringed Ewaso Ng’iro River – the landscape of the park is uniquely varied. Also leopards, cheetahs and lions are native in this dreamlike scenery.
The Solio Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. In addition to the world’s largest population of white rhinos, almost one hundred black rhinos are living here. In the middle of the reserve an extensive acacia forest runs along a river that partially turns into a swamp. This bioptop is a paradise for birds: crowned cranes, European rollers, flycatchers and birds of prey such as vultures, eagle owls, long-crested eagles and buzzards. A paradize for birders! Since the reserve has been privately owned for generations, it is barely known and thus one is often alone in the midst of overwhelming nature.
Bogoria Lake Reserve
The Bogoria Lake Reserve covers 107 km² and is located in the eastern arm of the East African Rift Valley. Being a part of the “Kenyan lake system in the Great Rift Valley”, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. The strongly alkaline soda lake sometimes has a temperature of up to 70 ° C. This forms thermal springs and geysers, sources where the water shoots as fountains from the ground. The lake is home to numerous flamingos, African fish eagles and pelicans.
Meru National Park
The park is located north-east of Mt. Kenya. It borders the Nyambeni Mountains and offers a variety of landscapes from wide grasslands, over wetlands to dense jungle. In the south, the park is adjacent to the Tana River, Kenya’s largest river that rises from Mt Kenya. Elephants, lions, buffalos, Somali ostriches, dikdiks, antelopes, hippos and countless bird species are here at home. And you can marvel at only in Kenya’s north occurring net giraffes and the Grevy Zebra. The park also includes a rhino sanctuary.
Ol Pejeta Reserve
Ol Pejeta covers 360 km 2 and is a non-profit reserve. It is located on the equator in central Kenya. It has a very extensive rhino sanctuary, until recently the last northern white rhinoceros bull Sudan lived here. It is also the only place in Kenya where chimpanzees can be seen: The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a sanctuary for orphaned, abandoned and rescued chimpanzees. On game drive you can discover all the “Big Five”. The reserve also runs many education, water and infrastructure projects that benefit the surrounding population. Ol Pejeta is a very versatile and rewarding safari destination.
Lake Baringo is located north of Lake Bogoria in the eastern arm of the Rift Valley. It is – together with Lake Naivasha – the only freshwater lake in the area. All other lakes in the eastern arm of the Rift Valley are alkaline. Thus, it provides habitat for many species of fish, which in turn serve as food for a large number of birds. It is particularly exciting to watch the African fish eagle hunting. Other inhabitants are storks, ibises and kingfishers. The lake is home to numerous crocodiles and hippos.
Safaris of a different kind! Kenya’s coast has much more to offer than the beautiful white beaches: sea turtles, colorful coral reefs, stunning sea creatures like rays, whale sharks and humpback whales. In the months of November to April it is possible to dive with whale sharks on Kenya’s southern coast. Humpback whales can be seen in the period from July to September. While snorkeling or diving you can admire and explore the colorful coral reefs – also called “rainforests of the sea”. If you are lucky, you can watch hundreds of turtle babies hatch and finding their way into the open sea – directly at the hotel’s own coconut beach lodge beach.
Elizabeth Kendi Kinge-Wirth, Director Apasio Safari
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