Top four places to visit during a Kenyan safari

03 March 2017
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Kenya is the ideal destination to get an authentic safari experience. Blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna - this East African country is also a luxurious beach destination for those looking to have some fun in the sun.

If you dream about going on an African holiday, here are the top four places to visit during a Kenyan safari.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya's most famous national reserve, the Masai Mara is a place where Maasai warriors share the plains with the Big Five, big cats and the annual wildebeest migration.

The Masai Mara covers an area of 1510 square kilometres and is a five - six hours drive from Nairobi - the capital city of Kenya.

The reserve is well known around the world for its abundance of cats - which has been documented in numerous wildlife shows broadcasted all over the globe.

Every year from July to October, the Mara is home to nature’s greatest show - the wildebeest migration. 1.3 million wildebeest and other migratory animals such as zebra, topi and Thomson’s gazelles will make the move from the Serengeti National Park and cross the Nile crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River - crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania - in search of better grass and water resources.

Amboseli National Park


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The Amboseli National Park is much smaller than the Masai Mara National Reserve, covering only 392 square kilometres. However, for what it lacks in size, it makes up in it’s abundance of large herds of free-ranging African elephants.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s estimated that there are over 900 elephants in Amboseli, including massive herds of wildebeest and many other animals such as lion, zebra, hyena and giraffe.

Mount Kenya National Park

With the backdrop of Africa’s second highest peak - the Mount Kenya National Park provides a very different landscape than the other national parks in Kenya.

You’ll still find animals such as elephants, monkeys and an abundance of bird species (in fact, over Over 130 bird species have been recorded here), but this national park is characterised by the three peaks of Mount Kenya - it’s highest towering at 5199m above sea level.

For interested climbers, only Point Lenana can be climbed by amateurs on a mountain climbing safari. Expert mountaineering skills and high quality equipment is needed for the other two peaks.

Lake Nakuru National Park


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Known as a ‘Birdwatchers Paradise’, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds as well as hippos and waterbucks.

Lake Nakuru National Park was also one of the first national Rhino sanctuaries and is home to some of the world’s highest concentrations of Black rhinoceros.

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