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Best Safari - Regions at a glance

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Nairobi

 

Nairobi it is the capital. An ever-expanding skyline immersed in a web of badly-tarmacked streets that are bustling with motor vehicles, bicycles, lorries, carts and pedestrians at all hours of the night and day. An ever-growing metropolis, a multi-coloured receptacle - dynamic and noisy. Nairobi is not a prime tourist destination but safari pitstops are almost inevitable.

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Safari in Nairobi

Is there a way to observe the savannah from above, to come across every single animal without choking on red dust or camping in tents? Yes. read more

Maasai Market

A visit to the Maasai Market is a must. A sea of crafts is exhibited on red blankets spread out over the ground; the atmosphere one of wild excitement. read more

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The Carnivore Restaurant

The restaurant offers a variety of meat: ostrich, crocodile, camel roasted on a spectacular charcoal pit at the entrance of the restaurant.

Nairobi night life

The real nightlife is located in Westlands, 15 minutes from the city center: you can walk from one night club to the other without being in danger. read more

  

Rift Valley & Masai Mara

 

The charming areas of the Rift Valley and Masai Mara are the most classic safari in Kenya.

 

The Rift Valley is a linear shaped lowland between highlands and mountain ranges created by the action of a geologic rift and fault. In this section of the Rift Valley there are eight lakes (Turkana, Bogoria, Baringo, Elementaita, Naivasha, Nakuru, Vittoria, Magadi)

 

The attraction of the lakes is the most spectacular view in the avian world thanks to the seasonal presence of nearly two million pelicans and pink flamingos.

 

This is the land of the Masai Mara Reservewidely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve notably due to its number of felidae (wild cats and big cats). The Maasai Mara represents the cherry on the cake of a trip to Kenya, and is often the primary reason for visiting the country. It is the only park in Kenya where an encounter with the Big Five is a certainty.

 

 

♦ When to go

 

The best period to visit the park is between July and August, during a great wildebeest migration.

 

What are the Big Five animals? Elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo.

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Nakuru Nat. Park

It is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya thanks to the presence of nearly two million pelicans and pink flamingos, an immense pink carpet. read more

Lake Bogoria

It's a place ofthermal springs and geysers spray boiling water up from the depths of the earth where flamingos and hippos have made the lake their habitat. read more

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Lake Naivasha

It's a freshwater lake, part of the Rift Valley. With its cool climate, has become a retreat for Nairobi residents and pit stop for tourists on the way to Masai Mara read more

Hell's Gate Nat.Park

The volcanic atmosphere have given this protected area the name of Hell's Gate. Walking is permitted making it ideal for hiking, biking and rock climbing. read more

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Mount Longonot

It's a dormant volcano and a perfect place for those who are in good physical shape. The hike is a bit long and very steep but reaching the summit is a great achievement. read more

Masai Mara Nat. Park

The Maasai Mara is often the primary reason for visiting the country. It is the only park in Kenya where an encounter with the Big Five is a certainty. read more

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The Great Migration

Following the rains wildebeest move from Serengeti in Tanzania to Marain search of pasture. This event is one of the most spectacular phenomena in nature. read more

Balloning Safari

Flying over the Savannah in a hot air balloonis like entering the bush on tip toes, or on the wing. After a while, the sensation of being at one with the landscape is unique. read more

 

Western Kenya 

 

Western Kenya (Swahili Magharibi) is an area of great geographic, cultural and natural diversity. Kenya's second highest mountain, Mount Elgon, is located in Bungoma County. The Kakamega Forest rainforest is part of the area. The highest point in the Western Region of Kenya is the peak of Mount Elgon, while the lowest point is the town of Busia on the water at Lake Victoria.

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Ruma National Park

The park alternates savannahs to low hills and clumps of trees. Is accessible only by jeep and is the refuge of the Rothschild Giraffe and the rare roan antelope.

Nandi Bears Club 

A spectacular golf course with its immense fairway high plateau where you can enjoy exceptional views over Nandi Hills, known for their tea plantations. read more  

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Lake Victoria

Most of the lake is shared with Uganda and Tanzania, and only a small portion is located in Kenya where its waters are dependent on many fishing communities.

Kakamega Forest

For those who love bird watching, this is a place to visit: over 400 species of butterflies and 300 species of birds. And the very old Mama Mtere tree. read more

 

Central Province

 

Central Province (SwahiliKati) is a very fertile land with hilly terrain and as a result, the region has stunning views of rolling hills carpeted with all manner of vegetation. Here is Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak - topping 17,057 ft - regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local kikuyu community.

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Mount Kenya

Its panorama solemn with jagged peaks and equatorial snows is 5,199m high but we climb up to 4,985m to the top of Point Lenana – the most accessible of the three peaks. read more

Aberdare National Park

Bamboo forests, waterfalls, trout-filled rivers and dams. And then buffalo, elephant and black rhino. Ideal for those who love hiking, fishing and horseback safaris. read more

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Running Safari Laikipia

There are no physical barriers separating the runners from the wildlife, making Lewa Wildlife Concervancy a unique experience in the running world. read more

Ol Donyo Sabuk Nat. Park

It's a tiny park and just one road leads to its summit which offers magnificent view over the snow-capped peaks of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. read more

 

Northern Province

 

SwahiliKaskazini MasharikiThis is a land of vast shattered lava deserts, camel herders walking their animals to hidden oases, fog-shrouded mountains populated by giant-tusked elephants, barren islands crawling and the jade waters of stunning Lake Turkana, one of the largest mirror lakes in the world.

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SAMBURU

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Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs National 

 

The three reserves form a large protected area of 440 kmq. Shot through with the Ewaso Ngiro River they have a beauty that is unsurpassed, as well as a population of creatures that occus in no other parks: the blue-legged Somali ostrich, super-stripy Grevi’s zebras and the gerenuk. Shaba, with it’s great rocky kopjes – isolated ills – natural springs and doum palms, is the most physically beautiful as well as the least visited while Buffalo Springs and Samburu virtually guarantee close encounters with elephants and all the others.

 

♦ Be careful FCO travel update 13th August 2014: the FCO advises against all but essential travel to within 60km of the Somali border (including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island)

 

 

Southern Province

 

The joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of Africa's largest wilderness reserves, the best place in Kenya to get close to free-ranging elephants. The park is 140 km from Mombasa and close to the other cities on the coast. It's quite easy to reach by those having holiday in Malindi/Watamu/Diani.

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Amboseli National Park

The park is famous for being the best place to get close to free-ranging elephants, to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. read more

Mzima Springs

Located at Tsavo West: arid savannah with a heart of fresh water, a transparent sphere built and set underwater allows to see the hippos from below, as they swim. read more

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Tsavo Est-Ovest

 

Perfect place for one day Safari for those staying on the coast, the park is only 4 hours from Malindi. The park is populated by elephants, zebras, giraffes and members of the Big Five. read more

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Site

The site is in a lake basin world renown as the "factory of stone tools" with hundreds of axes and stone tools thought to have been made about half a million years ago. read more

 

North Coast Province

 

The beaches of Watamu and Malindi offer beautiful settings that aren't unlike those of a tropical islands with a steady year long warm climate. Miles and miles of idyllic coastline stretch of palm-fringed beach and the Marine National Park with a vast number of fish and other weird and wonderful sea-creatures.

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Malindi & Watamu

Two villages overlooking miles of white sand beaches, fringing reefs and coral gardens  in the clear blue sea of the Indian Ocean, natural heritage with 1,500 fish species, dolphins and whale sharks. read more

Mafara Depression

Also known as Hell's Kitchen, it’s an eroded sandstone canyon that was once a great sandstone ridge worn by wind, rain, and floods into a series of jagged gorges. read more 

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Tana River Nat. Reserve

The Tana River is a 'pool/drop' river with plenty of opportunity to gain practice in the paddle skills required to run the lower part of the river. read more

Lamu

The archipelago consists of three large islands that have a deep tradition Swahili beaches and tropical destination, in recent times, a tourism, purely elite.

 

South Coast Province

 

The Kenyan Coastline is a paradise of palm fringed beaches and the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. Extensive coral reef systems with spectacular sea life make for world class diving and snorkelling. Mombasa, is the second largest city in Kenya where foreign invasions and commerce with Arabia and Asia have created a palpable and fascinating ethnic mix.

 

 

Who is swahili?

From the Arabic, sawahil, meaning edge or coast.

 

For many people from the coast, being Swahili is a characteristic that is identified by their attachment to religion.

 

The presence – real or assumed – of Arab or Persian blood makes the Swahili different from the Africans.

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Mombasa

It is an island city, connected to the mainland via a bridge. The afro-Islamic footprint dominates the city with its architecture and ornamentation and spicy cuisine. read more

Diani Beach

It is the location of the coast where tourism is less massive than the other coastal resorts and walks on the coral sand up to the reef are always peaceful and relaxing. read more

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Wasini Island & Shimoni

The villages Shimoni and Wasini island, dominated by caves, coral gardens and mangroves, are a favorite destination for snorkeling and boat trips.

Shimba Hills Nat. Reserve

The reserve, 15km inland from Diani Beach, is quite small but 700 elephants, the highest density of elephants in Kenya, live here very happilyread more

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Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary

The sanctuary was established to create a corridor along an elephant migration route in order to access important areas of their range at different times of the year.  read more

Colobus Trust

 

It is a centre for sick or orphaned colobus based in Diani Beach. They usually stay there until they settle and in the meantime it's possible to meet them through guided tours. read more

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