Maasai Mara National Reserve

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One of the most ancient and revered game reserves on a Kenyan safari. Bordering Tanzania, the Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti forming a wildlife corridor between the two countries. It’s named after the statuesque, red-cloaked Maasai people. They live in the park and graze their animals as they have been doing for over centuries. In the language of the ‘Maasai’ Mara means “mottled,” perhaps a reference to the play of light and shadow from the acacia trees and cloud-studded skies on the vast grasslands. It is a home to magnificent wildlife and also the eighth wonder of the world. More than 1.5 million wildbeests and zebras migrate from the south to the north and back every year

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Amboseli National Park

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, signifying Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve remains as Kenya’s most popular tourist parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust,” an apt description for the park’s parched conditions. Ever wanted to view large elephants up close? This reserve provides you with the chance to view herds. There exists other wildlife specifies in big cats like lion and cheetah. Giraffes are common too. Impala, eland, waterbuck, gazelle, and more than 600 species of birds dwell here. This is paradise for nature lovers who can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with Sulfur springs, savannah, and woodlands. Meet the local Maasai people who live in the area around the park.

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Tsavo National Parks

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The spectacular park is sliced into two; Tsavo West and Tsavo East. What’s more fascinating is the park comprising 4% or the country’s total area. It encompasses rivers, waterfalls, Savannah, and volcanic hills. It represents a massive lava-rock plateau and an impressive diversity of wildlife. While Tsavo East is a photographers’ delight with large elephant herds rolling and bathing in red dust, Tsavo West is wetter and topographically more varied with some of the most beautiful scenery in the northern reaches of the park. Don’t miss out on clicking some wild shots. The excitement seizes to stop with the palm-fringed Galana River twists through the park providing excellent game viewing and a lush counterpoint to the arid plains.

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The Tsavo landscape

 
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The Northern Circuit

North of Kenya houses the beautiful Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves in an arid region.

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The Legend

Legend notes, Shaba National Reserve is one of two areas where George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, produced famously in the movie “Born Free.” The wildlife in all three reserves depends on the waters of the river to survive, and many species are specially adapted to the parched conditions. Don’t miss out on the prime attraction in Samburu National Reserve being the Sarara Singing Wells, where warriors sing traditional songs while watering their cattle to drink.


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Discover and learn

Go beyond the safari on your next trip to Kenya. The country is blessed with a rich heritage of history and places to marvel even when the trip is long done.

 
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Archaeology

Known as the “Cradle of Humankind”, Kenya is recognized by paleontologists globally as a hotbed of archaeological discoveries contributing to the story of human evolution. Kenyan history dates to the time when Homo erectus, Homo Habilis, and other species of early mankind roamed the area. Kenya has produced fossil evidence that narrates almost the entire story of human evolution. The National Museum of Kenya is home to around 350,000 fossils and in this collection 700 belong to prehistoric humans.

 
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Olpejeta Conservancy 

A Big Five conservancy in the foothills of Mt Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is known for its conservation initiatives. It was where the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died in 2018; the last females of the sub-species still live at Ol Pejeta, protected around the clock. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is in the Laikipia conservancy, too, providing a home for chimps rescued from the black market. One of the most interesting places to visit in Kenya, Ol Pejeta is a great destination to learn about the relationship between people and wildlife and the challenges faced in the conservation industry. Come for the day or enjoy a longer stay for lion tracking, bush walks and night drives.

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