Probably the best known reserve in Kenya is the Maasai Mara National Park, which is accross the border from the Serengeti in Tanzania, and is effectively an extension of the same eco-system. The annual 'Great Migration' of Wildebeest and other grazing animals moves between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara and this incredible spectacle can be just as well viewed from the Maasai Mara.
But this annual event is by no means all that this wonderful park has to offer. It is particularly well known for magnificent prides of lion and the density of game overall. There are lots of great options for staying both inside the national park and on adjoining conservanices and exciting options such as hot air baloon safaris and horseback safaris.
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Also in the far south, and just accross the border from Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoying wonderful views of the mountain, is Amboseli. Known for its spectacularly beautiful scenery accross five different habitat types, and for its elephants, lion and cheetah, Amboseli National Park is combined with six community owned ranches into a 1150 square mile conservation area teeming with all types of game.
This area is particularly good for birding, with 47 different species of raptor, alone, listed here!
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Also in the south is the giant Tsavo National Park, divided into East and West by the road and railway from Nairobi to Mombasa. This huge park (8500 square miles) has a huge diversity of landscapes and habitats. It is a fantastic place for birding, and a great place for bush walks. Although it has a lower density of game than some of the other parks, it also has a far lower density of visitors, so it offers a great experience of the African bush at its wildest.
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Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha
Situated west of Nairobi, these two lakes each provide important habitats, especially for birds. Lake Nakuru is particularly known for its flamingoes. It is an important sanctuary also for Rhinos and endangered Rothschild's giraffes. Lake Naivasha, has a particularly rich growth of fever trees around it and its bird life is absolutely extraordinary.
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Much further north, to the north of Mount Kenya, is the Meru National Park. In the unlikely event that you are old enough to remember Joy Adamson's books about Elsa, the lioness, starting with Born Free, or the film made about it, this is the setting for that story. Like Tsavo, both game and tourists are less dense here than in many parks, so if you are interested in unusual animals such as gerinuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe or Besia Oryx, or in birds, and you prefer to be far from the madding crowd, and perhaps on foot, this is a great choice for you.
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Samburu and Shaba
Still further north, and in a landscape that is generally flat and parched, these reserves are in floodplains that host an extraordinary level of biodiversity with more than 50 species of mamal and 450 species of bird. Seldom visited, and more difficult to get to, these areas really reward those who are looking for a safari experience that is well and truly out of the ordinary.
If Samburu or Shaba sound great to you, contact us to talk abou including one or both of them in your safari!
The Laikipia Plateau
Straddeling the equator in the west of the country is the Laikipia Plateau, on which there are seven large conservancies, run mostly by or on behalf of community groups, and with somewhat different emphases in terms of what special experiences they provide. What they have in common is magnificent scenery and incredible biodiversity. They are covered with open grasslands, basalt hills, lonely kopjes and dense cedar forests, fed by the Ewaso Nyiro and Ewaso Narok rivers. This area has more endangered species than any equivalent area in Africa. If you are inclined to sleep on a specially constructed bed under the stars, go for a camel trek into the wilderness, or track elephants on foot, then this could well be the place for you. You are also likely to see lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs, as well as birds - lots and lots of birds!
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There are great beaches all along Kenya's lengthy coastline, but some of the best are south of Mombasa, and particularly at Diani Beach. Here there is a wide range of places to stay that offer all the benefits of an Indian Ocean beach holiday - soft sand, warm water, snorkelling, diving and wind surfing.
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Between Mombasa and Malindi is Watamu marine reserve, and part of that is Turtle Bay. With classic white beaches and all the usual Indian Ocean sea side activities, this is also an excellent option for a Kenyan beach holiday.
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