Despite a difficult start to the year, Kenya gradually recovering its pulse. Here comes the era of the Great Migration, a unique opportunity to discover the country.
A quintessential safari destination, Kenya is the land of the large predators and Masai village still retains its traditional lifestyle.
The wildlife has become famous in the country from the lakes of the Rift Valley to the plains of Tsavo. Nairobi, the capital is for many the starting point of a journey to the heart of wildlife reserves.
Mombasa has a special charm of its colonial influences. The coastal beaches north and south have the advantage of benefiting from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The parks and reserves:
Lions and elephants in large numbers, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, buffalo, antelope, birds and primates, Kenya has understood very early that the preservation of wildlife and the fight against poaching would allow him to enjoy the economic benefits that represents the tourism. Kenya is without doubt one of the best African wildlife preserve. It has 51 national parks and reserves.
The Reserve of Masai Mara
Natural extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania’s Masai Mara is one of the most famous in this part of Africa, particularly due to its large population of cats. Masai Mara is also the scene of great migrations, 2 times a year, during which some 1.5 million wildebeest, gazelles 500 000 and 200 000 zebras move in large herds through the two parks. Unlike other parks in Kenya, off-track driving is permitted in the Mara, you can see the whole park wildlife, including the famous Big Five: elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles but also, abundant in the Mara River. During your stay you can enter an i-manyat to discover the life of the Masai warriors.
Tsavo National Park
Southeast of Nairobi, is the largest with 21 000 square kilometers. Relatively near Mombasa, is home to many tourists staying in resort on the coast. It has about fifty species of mammals, 400 bird species and a varied landscape (including Chyulu Hills, the youngest volcanic chain in the world) are its main strengths.
With a large lake in the north and west, the reserve of Nakuru is home to a large wildlife in nearly 46 square miles, Rothschild giraffe, leopards, lions, black rhino … But what makes this park is famous for the millions of Lesser Flamingos who regularly attend the lagoon. This exceptional care of birds is unique in East Africa and gives the status of bird sanctuary.
Reservations Meru, Samburu and Mount Kenya National Park
Reserves of Samburu and Meru are famous for hosting the rare Grevy’s zebra that rebolotea with giraffes and some members of the Big Five. In the Southeast, located on Mount Kenya, Africa’s highest mountain, just after its prestigious neighbor Tanzania: Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya National Park is an ideal spot for trekking enthusiasts. Some require a very high level (such as those run by Nelion and Batian peak), others are reachable by hiking from a level (Lenana peak, 3 days).
To admire the Kilimanjaro, one must visit the Amboseli National Park, can only now offer the classic image of a herd of elephants in front of the imposing mass of Mount Kilimanjaro. Grandiose spectacle, the highest peak in Africa is often covered by clouds, but overall is revealed in its entirety in the early morning or at dusk. Amboseli Wildlife is abundant, though somewhat difficult to watch for vehicles that do not have permission to depart from the tracks.
Located in the north, Marsabit National Reserve is noted for its volcanic lunar landscape in the midst of which is Mount Marsabit (1 702 m), the green island with many craters filled with water, which attract a large population of animals (among which is the largest African elephants).
Nairobi National Park
The animal park was first opened in Kenya. It is only 20 minutes drive from downtown. Included among other zebras, rhin, giraffes, lions … Apart from the walk in the park, the reserve also contains an orphanage where many animals were collected as warthogs, lions and ostriches … like a zoo.
Haller ParkFor those who have not had the opportunity to make a turn in a game reserve before landing in Mombasa, you know you can meet some money in Haller Park. The site was once home to a Lafarge cement plant. Following the closure of the factory in 1971, Rene Haller began reforestation site in order to reintroduce the species and to clear the way for nature on 75 acres. There are different species of birds and giraffes, hippos or elk. A large number of monkeys, including wistitis in full freedom in the park.
Meru National Park
The Meru region is located 350 km northwest of Nairobi. First victim of intense poaching, the Kenyan government decided to renew the park with the help of the French Development Agency. Its ecological sanctuary was founded in 1999. Extended over an area of 870 square kilometers, the area is characterized by different species of animals like the Grevy zebra, gerenuk, crocodiles and reticulated giraffes. It is located south of the Tana River Park. It has made a film, Live Free.