The mere mention of Kenya automatically brings to mind vivid pictures of wildlife. Hordes of elephants, lions, deer and other wild animals is what we think of whenever we are imagining something related to this African nation. And if you wish to enjoy the myriad hues of this lovely country, embark on a Kenyan safari.
The safari tours are organized by several tour operators and depending on your time and convenience, you can either choose one or more destinations. But, irrespective of the places you choose, the Kenyan safari is bound to be etched in your mind for years to come. Let’s take a look at some of the best safaris in Kenya.
Masai Mara Safari
When you are planning a Kenyan safari, the Masai Mara safari must feature on the top of your list. It is one place that you must visit and should never give a miss. With such an abundance of wildlife, Masai Mara would enthral your senses with its unique blend of natural beauty and stunning collection of animals. One look at the sprawling savannah and the grasslands of Masai Mara and you would surely take it as a scene from a movie. Located at an altitude of 5000 ft, be prepared to be welcomed by a landscape that is teeming with wildlife.
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It can be considered to be a sanctuary for all animal lovers and if you happen to catch a glimpse of the wildebeest migration between August and September, you should definitely consider yourself to be lucky. As animals from the Serengeti cross over to the Masai Mara in search of food and water, hordes of wildebeest can be spotted here and tourists love to plan their Masai Mara safari during this time of the year. However, Masai Mara has so much of wildlife that you’ll never be bored of it and a trip at any time of the year can be equally fulfilling. So, when you do plan the Masai Mara safari, be prepared to encounter wild animals like the leopards, lions, jackals, hyenas and zebras from very close quarters.
Great Rift Valley Safari
From Masai Mara, you must head to the Great Rift Valley, considered to be one of the natural wonders in the world. This deep trench has amazed and stunned people from all over the world and its animal reserve has captured the imagination of millions. When you are setting out on a safari of the Great Rift Valley, you are likely to visit Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. At Lake Nakuru, you’ll be mesmerized with awesome views of the pink flamingos. It is a favourite spot for these birds and seeing flocks of flamingos in front of your eyes would certainly mesmerize your senses.
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The freshwater lake of Naivasha, on the other hand, would let you witness the beauty of huge hippopotamuses and buffaloes. Even giraffes and zebras roam around the banks of this freshwater lake. Different species of birds ranging from herons, ospreys, lily-trotters, fish eagles and black crakes can be found here. Hence, if you are planning a safari along the Great Rift Valley, you can be rest assured about the kind of experience you are going to have and it is more than likely that you’ll enjoy the company of a large number of wild animals and birds.
Amboseli is easily accessible and many tourists prefer to visit the Amboseli National Park because of its light vegetation cover. Unlike Masai Mara, here you would not find the huge grasses that hide animals. Rather, the vegetation cover is such that it aids in spotting various animal species easily. Moreover, it offers magnificent views of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. Thus, if you are visiting Amboseli, don’t be surprised to catch a lion in action.
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If you are thinking that it is only possible to witness such a scene on television, you are certainly mistaken. Here, you can easily watch the lion chase down its prey, just as you would see it happen in your favourite wildlife channel. In a similar way, enjoy the view of lazy hippos and buffaloes spending a leisurely afternoon by the swamps and water bodies at the park. Apart from these, this Kenyan safari would also entitle great views of the giraffe, zebra, gazelle and huge elephants.
Mount Kenya Safari
For those who love to live life on the edge and experience the thrill and adventure of an exciting vacation, Mount Kenya safari can be a great idea and is one of the best safaris in Kenya. It will not only take you to the snow capped peaks of Africa’s second highest mountain, it would also take you closer to wildlife.
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The range is known to be the home of several species of birds and if you love to see colourful birds in every hue, this is definitely the place to be. And those of you who are looking for adventure in the form of hiking, trekking or rock climbing can certainly embark on a journey of Mount Kenya. Various species of Sykes monkey, bushbuck, buffalo leopard, giant forest hogs, elephants and rhinoceroses can also be spotted during this safari.
After covering all the above mentioned areas, your Kenyan safari is likely to remain incomplete if you do not visit Samburu. Located in the dry, northern part of Kenya, Samburu is not exactly like the other animal reserves. The dry landscape is not dotted with green Savannah or tall grasses. Rather, it would appear to be quite barren and arid.
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However, this should not disappoint you because it is only during the Samburu safari that you will be able to see some exquisite varieties of wildlife that has its habitat in the northern region. The banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River have a rich supply of wildlife and you’ll be lucky enough to spot leopards, lions, giraffes and zebras at will. The long necked Gerenuk is rare specie of gazelle and can only be found in the forests of Samburu. Therefore, the Samburu safari would offer the opportunity of coming face to face with some rare species as well.