Kenya Safari Guide

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Kenya has long been recognised as “Big Game” country, with huge numbers of animals in over 40 National Parks and Reserves. Kenya has a history of protecting its wildlife, which gives the visitor a wonderful range of experiences in all sorts of different terrain. It awakens images of beauty and romance, which it well deserves.

Kenya has had its fair share of publicity too, from adventurous hunters like Teddy Roosevelt and Earnest Hemingway to popular movies like 'Out of Africa' and 'The Lion King'. Kenya has a reputation for being almost too popular, with lots of minibuses and large safari lodges. It is true that Kenya copes very well with package tourists, but the recent trend is towards personalised 'Boutique' lodges, with limited number of guests in an exclusive remote setting.

This means that Kenya offers something for every market and once you have been there you will know why so many safari-addicts return again and again.

It is not just outstanding wildlife that you come to Kenya for, it is also the rich culture of Kenya's tribes, of whom the Maasai are instantly recognisable. Their long thin muscular physique, clad in bright red robes is extremely distinctive and their lifestyle is a fascinating contrast to western culture. This mix of great wildlife experiences and eye-opening cultural encounters makes Kenya a very desirable safari destination.

In addition, the Kenyan coast is simply one of the best places in Africa to spend time at the beach. The sand is soft, the sea is warm and the sun is shining. There are hundreds of beach resorts most offering a multitude of water sports and swimming pools. Several of Kenya's wildlife parks are within a reasonable drive from the coast including, Tsavo, Taita Hills and Shimba Hills.

Kenya's Wildlife Parks & Reserves:

  • Amboseli
    Famous for Elephants in front of a classic picture of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Aberdares
    Famous for its dense wooded hills, monkeys and treetop lodge 'The Ark'
  • Laikipia Plateau
    Famous for Kuki Gallman's 'I Dreamed of Africa' remote lodges
  • Lewa Downs
    Famous for preserving black and white Rhino and owner-run lodges
  • Kenyan Coast
    Famous for beach resorts, water sports and scuba diving
  • Lake Victoria
    Famous for fishing, bird colonies, Crocodiles and restful island lodges
  • Lamu
    Famous 'time warp' island with no vehicles and ancient Swahili Muslim culture
  • Masai Mara
    Famous for wildebeest migration, animals galore and hot air ballooning
  • Meru
    Famous for Born Free 'Elsa' the Lion cub and few visitors
  • Mt Elgon
    Famous for cave dwelling Elephants
  • Mt. Kenya
    Famous for its snow-capped peak next to the equator
  • Nairobi
    Famous for its historic hotels like The Stanley and The Norfolk
  • Samburu & Shaba
    Famous for Camel treks, strange animals and riverside lodges
  • Shimba Hills
    Famous for tranquillity and being close to Mombasa
  • Taita Hills
    Famous for it's treetop Salt Lick Lodge
  • The Rift Valley Lakes
    Famous for pink Flamingoes and Rift Valley scenery
  • Tsavo & Chyulu Hills
    Famous for remote lodges and 'Man eaters of Tsavo'
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