Destinations > Kenya
‘One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Kenya is a country of color; from the brightly colored Masai & Kikuyu people, to the pastel pinks of the flamingos in the Rift Valley Lakes. The famed wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara and the breathtaking backdrop of Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park – Kenya is, without doubt, the place where the African Safari dream was first realized! The filming of ‘Born Free’ really put Kenya on the map.
In recent years mass human population growth throughout all of Africa, has put a strain on the National Parks and their wildlife. Tourism pressure at times in Kenya is also high. A quiet, private, and intimate experience is still possible in Kenya – Let us show you how. All the tours we design for you contain many value- added features. We cater to clients looking for an authentic Kenya experience! Not mini-bus madness.
See our Highlights below for Kenya’s magic places
Solio Ranch or Solio Game Conservancy is a privately owned wildlife conservancy located in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The ranch is privately-owned and works towards rhino conservation, playing a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. Solio Ranch is recognised as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves. The animals live in harmony with other wildlife, including the buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plains game such as eland, oryx, impala, waterbuck, Thompson’s gazelle and warthog. By 2009, 635 black rhinos and 353 white rhinos have been introduced into various conservation areas around the country from Solio. Jackson’s African Safaris suggest Solio as a great destination.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense that it is called the Great Migration. Wildlife is not held within the reserve, many private reserves surround the game reserve offering very private and first class safari experiences. The river crossings of the Mara River happen during August each year. Location is important, as the number of actual crossing areas is small. Driving large distances to reach these areas is not good planning, talk to an expert.
Lake Nakuru National Park – Rift Valley Lakes
The Rift Valley Lakes (located in the great rift valley) comprise of ‘Salty’ water. The best known is Lake Nakuru, famous for the large numbers of flamingos that eat the crustacians that live in it’s harsh conditions and the very reason it was chosen for protection. Lake Elementaita; a smaller and less visited lake, and the least visited Lake Bogoria, offer a more private and intimate experience. The Soysambu conservancy that borders Lake Elementaita offers opportunites to walk around part of the lake shore in a very private setting. Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake, offers alot of opportunity for walking, boating, and enjoying Kenya life. A great retreat for anyone wishing to escape Nairobi for a few days and a great way to start a safari.
The Highlands of Kenya
The highlands of Kenya are divided by the Great Rift Valley; a fertile plateau lies in the east and this is what is considered the ‘Kenyan Highlands’, which without doubt is one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. In this region you find Mt Kenya, Samburu Game Reserve, and the Abadares. All first class safari destinations, also found here are some of Kenya’s first safari lodge attractions like Treetops and The Ark.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is famous for the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, that sits in neighboring Tanzania, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The easily photographed elephants in this park with the back drop of Mt Kilmanjaro make Amboseli is a great place to start any safari.
Laikipia is diverse in culture, the Kikuyu form about 60% of the population, with the balance composed of Laikipia Maasai, Samburu, Meru, Borana, Kalenjin, Somali, European, Asian, and Turkana people. Conservation and tourism are very active, including locations such as Kuki Gallmans’s Ol Ari Nyiro; Kuki wrote the booked that was later made into the well known film ‘I dreamed of Africa’. Laikipia offers very high standard accommodation on big five private game conservancies created from many of the old early white settler farms. The area is primarily still owned and managed by these families.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Shimba Hills national reserve holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa. The reserve is rich in flora and fauna hosting the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew and the bushy tailed mongoose. The forest is an important bird area. Horse back safaris are a popular activity. Camps of the finest quality are found here.
Mt Meru National Park
Meru National Park is one of the most famous known parks of Kenya. Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy’s ashes were scattered on her gravesite. Joy Adamson released Pippa the cheetah in this park.
Tsavo East and West National Parks
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya often known for the film made of the Tsavo Man-Eating lions, they were a pair of notorious man-eating lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway, from March through December 1898. Tsavo is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife. Tsavo West is a more popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, the rich wildlife, good road system, the rhino reserve, rock climbing and guided walks along the Tsavo River.
Nairobi offers a great diversity of activities for guests, from eating out at the famous Carnivore Resturant, staying at the Giraffe Manor, to taking time to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Educational center – Nairobi offers a great way of relaxing before heading off on safari.
Explore Kenya’s Coast starting with visiting the Tana River National Reserve for a coastal wildlife experience, next heading to the towns of Lamu and Malindi for a historic and cultural experience. Access is easy via the port of Mombasa and flights are available daily between Nairobi and Mombasa. Contact us for more information.
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