When anyone mentions an African Safari, most minds turn immediately to Kenya, and with good cause. Kenya and Wildlife simply go hand in hand and the country is widely acknowledged to be the home of the authentic African Safari experience. The movie “out of Africa” put Kenya firmly on the map and in the minds of the world, and a safari to this magical country is at the top of many a holiday wish list. In addition to the outstanding wildlife, Kenya is also home to some of the most sensational landscape in Africa; the Great Rift Valley features volcanoes, hot-water geysers, escarpments and several beautiful lakes which support thousands of breeding bird colonies. Towering Mount Kenya soars majestically above all this bounty. Escape to Kenya for a wildlife experience of a lifetime!
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There are over 40 National Parks and Wildlife Reserves which have been set aside for the express purpose of nature and wildlife conservation, which amounts to about 8% of the country’s total landmass. In addition to the terrestrial National Parks and protected areas, there are also 6 Marine National Parks along the extensive coastline.
The superb natural beauty of the African Rift Valley is the glorious setting for Kenya’s most famous National Park, the Masai Mara, (aka Maasai Mara) which is widely recognised as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. The Masai Mara, together with the adjoining Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is the core of the spectacular Masai Mara eco-system where Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual Wildebeest migration takes place.
Wonderful Tsavo National Park is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the world, covering a huge chunk (4%) of Kenya’s landmass. This extensive park is home to a very wide range of wildlife big and small, including 4 of the Big Five.
Amboseli National Park is the place to go to see Elephants – many Elephants! Because there is an almost constant water supply here, the park is known to be the best place in Kenya to see huge herds of free-roaming Elephant, set against the evocative distant back-drop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Not to be outdone, Kenya has her own magical mountain! Beautiful Mount Kenya is Africa’s second-highest mountain (after Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro) and the Mount Kenya National Park provides the perfect location for world-class trekking and hiking though an area of unique changing habitats. Many serious mountaineers come to trek Mount Kenya to acclimatise them-selves to the altitude before tackling as assent on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Off shore, there are even more gems to be discovered and Kenya’s coastal ecosystems range from mangroves and wetlands to beautiful inlets and lagoons fringed by extensive coral reefs where you can explore the underwater wonderland in one of the 6 Marine National Parks.
Come and discover it all for yourself – simply browse through our listing of National Park profiles to find which combination we can put together to tailor-make your own unique adventure in Kenya.