6 BEST KENYAN SAFARIS
Kenya’s spectacular wildlife and vast landscapes are, quite simply, iconic. There is no place like Kenya for a classic African Wildlife Safari. It offers unlimited acres of wilderness with wildlife roaming around freely in their natural habitat. From the glimmering beaches of Mombasa through to its animated cities, and out into the untouched bush, Kenya has something distinct to offer anyone looking for a Safari. Here are some of the most amazing experiences that define a Kenyan safari whether it’s your first time or 20th time.
- Masai Mara — It is difficult to imagine a Kenyan safari without mentioning Masai Mara first. It is the most popular national park in Kenya. If you have been keen on wildlife documentaries there are quite a number out there that cover the wildebeest migration. The Masai Mara is where it all happens. It starts from July and runs up to October. It is a pure magical experience seeing the massive movement of wildlife as crocodiles prey on wildebeest crossing the Mara River and lions in the vicinity pounce on unsuspecting wildebeest. Driving for hours through this endless, savannah landscape as the sky changes dramatically above you is truly one of the great African experiences.
- Amboseli National Park — It’s the second most popular national park in Kenya after the Masai Mara. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain in the backdrop of the country’s largest elephant herds roaming freely makes up a legendary landscape. The park is a photographer’s haven with photo opportunities at every corner. The big five are easy to spot here.
- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy — If you have had enough of the classic African safari in customized 4x4 vehicles with open roofs and need to try out a different kind of safari Lewa is what you are looking for. Walking and horseback safaris are popular here. Lewa is also home to the largest black Rhino population in Kenya. Lion’s and leopards are often seeing pouncing on the diverse prey that lewa has to offer them. Camel and horseback safaris are will take you as close as possible to non-threatening game such as rhino, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras by the thousand, impala and so much more.
- Nairobi National Park- Sprawling over the swara plains Nairobi National park is a prolific getaway from the busy city life. It is less than a 30 minutes’ drive from the city Centre. Tourists visiting the park are privy to some of the most remarkable wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer. If you are looking for a quick but exciting safari Nairobi national park is perfect. The lions of the park have of late been successful in escaping into the city. Unfortunately one of the oldest (Mohawk) had to be shot down after escaping into the city.
- Mombasa — North coast, South coast, Diani, Bamburi, Watamu, Malindi, Lamu each is unique in its own way. So many places to visit, so many activities on offer you just can’t go wrong on this one. Diani is often voted amongst the top beaches in the world, Watamu has a marine national park, skydiving in diani is amazing, swimming in the ocean, snorkeling, boating, diving, jet skiing, camel riding, dolphin swimming are just a few of the incredible things on offer.
- The Great Lakes — The Great Rift Valley is just a magnificent site. Running all the way from Egypt up to Mozambique and passing through Kenya as well, it is full of lakes, mountains, valleys and national parks. Each lake in the Rift Valley has its own unique feature. Lake Naivasha is famous for its large number of hippos and beautiful scenery. Lake Nakuru offers splendid views of pink flamingos spread across the lake. Lake Baringo is a natural hot water lake. Lake Victoria is spread over 3 countries. Lake Elementeita a soda lake. Not forgetting Lake Magadi that is an astonishingly unique and quiet destination for nature fans, bird watchers and camping enthusiasts.