Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro). The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), Nelion (5,188 m – 17,022 ft) and Lenana (4,985 m – 16,355 ft). It is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 km (95 miles) north-northeast of Nairobi. The area around the mountain is protected in the Mount Kenya National Park, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains
What You Will See
The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River (Brown river in the local language) in Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi. Samburu is distinctive for its arid plains and herds of animals drawn to the river and water holes. Photographers love this park for its stark lighting and contrasts. In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The river draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, providing high quality game viewing.
The Maasai Mara is one of the greatest wonders of the world today as it continues to breathe life into the eco-system every day! It is not a dormant icon of yesteryear but alive w/ motion and emotion daily! It is a grand display of Creation as intentionally designed. Masses of animals wander the savannah from the smallest antelope, the Suni to the largest animal, the Elephant. The illusive leopard and “kingly” lion rule the plains, sharing the spoils with the fastest creature on earth, the Cheetah! Twice a year, the great herds of migrating Wildebeest and Zebra, leave the grasses of the Mara to find better grazing on the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania. This amazing sight is something to behold as the fight for life and death face them in the crossing of the crocodile infested waters! (Read More…)
Baringo is the home to the Njemps fisherman who go about their traditional work in their amazing and unsinkable reed boats. Lake Bogoria itself occupies most of the reserve, which is really a spectacular sight, reflecting searing blue skies and the rose pink of Flamingo. It has significant ornithological interest with over 135 species of birds. Like Nakuru, the alkaline lake waters grow blue-green algae, which seasonally attract hundreds of thousands of Flamingo. (Read More…)
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Hippos and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced. (Read More…)
The privately owned 24,000 acre Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and enjoys magnificent views across the bush to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. It boast all of the “Big 5″ game – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Only 250 kilometres north of Nairobi, or two-and-a-half hours’ drive on a good highway, the reserve is easily accessible and has the highest density of wildlife per square kilometre of any game park or reserve in Kenya. (Read More…)
Amboseli National Park is 260 km (160 mi) south of Nairobi, on the Kenya and Tanzania border. It is most famous for its spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. A system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Noted in particular for its large elephant herds, Amboseli is the third most visited game area in Kenya after Masai Mara and Nakuru. (Read More…)
The park is located on south eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. Major wildlife attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 11,747 square kilometers. Opened in April of 1948, it is located near the village of Voi in the Taita District of Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. Tsavo is perfectly situated on the way to Mombasa, and is a great complement to Amboseli. However, the sheer size of the park can make game viewing a drawn out affair.