Caressing the continent’s eastern coastline, Kenya is undoubtedly one of the most exhilaratingly beautiful countries in Africa. Known for its natural parks bursting with incredible wildlife, its indigenous tribes, lakes, rivers and picturesque mountains, Kenya offers something for all avid travellers.
Nature Reserves and Safaris
There are few countries in the world with such abundant wildlife as Kenya, and tourists can get to witness nature in all her glory in the numerous nature reserves here. Embarking upon safaris to spot the ‘Big Five’ game animals; lion, leopard, rhinoceroses, elephant and Cape Buffalo are indelible aspects of the Kenya experience.
The Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Mount Kenya, Lake Elgon and Nairobi national parks are the most popular among first-time visitors as well as seasoned travellers. The Amboseli National Park spans a massive 8,000 sq km, and spreads over the borders of Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania. The highlight of this park are herds and herds of massive elephants and an unbridled view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Apart from elephant, sightings of wildebeest and zebra are guaranteed and one may also spot hyenas and lions.
In the savannah grasslands of the Maasai Mara National Park, one can spot hippos, hyenas, cheetahs, lions and elephants. The plains of this park are frequented by large hordes of wildebeest as well, during their annual migration.
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The Nairobi National Park was Kenya’s maiden natural reserve, established in 1946. It is a brief drive away from national capital Nairobi. One can see the Nairobi skyline from inside the park, as it is separated from the metropolis by only an electric fence. It is home to Cape Buffaloes, elands, Impala, waterbucks, Coke’s hartebeest and lions, among other animals.
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Even though the Maasai tribe is the most famous of all Kenyan tribes, they comprise barely over 1% of the population. The Kikuyu tribe is the largest, consisting of 22% of the populace. Other prominent tribes are the Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin and Kamba. The Maasai Mara tribe is the best known as they have a very colourful culture and hold on to their age-old traditions and way of life with great fervour. The tribe mostly inhabits central and southern Kenya. Tourists can visit Masai villages for a small fee and interact with the locals who are quite welcoming and pleasant. Their villages are formed of huts in a circle. You can indulge in activities like taking the cattle out for pasture, milking the cows, assisting at the local schools, lighting fires, et al.
It is not at all difficult to find numerous opportunities to get an adrenaline rush in Kenya. The country’s trekking terrain is replete with diverse natural beauty and has options to cater to both novice and experienced hikers. A multiple-day hike takes you to the majestic Point Lenana of Mt. Kenya, at a dizzying 4,985 meters. Mount Elgon, far gentler and easily accessible, is home to elephants, antelopes and several hundred bird species. For those inclined to venture beyond the beaten track, the hidden waterfalls of Aberdare National Park beckon.
For mountain biking and rock climbing enthusiasts, the Hell’s Gate National Park is a destination not to be missed. A literal hotbed of geothermal activity, one can ride over paths of red earth and gaze at buffaloes, zebra, elands, Thomson’s gazelle, and even raptors in some places. Tourists can also camp in the park or indulge in lighter activities like birdwatching and horse riding.
Hot Air Ballooning
Arguably the most thrilling experience to be had in the country, hot air ballooning is a supremely popular activity in the Masai Mara National Park. One can float right up to the clouds while enjoying splendid views of the park as well as the great variety of wildlife. An unforgettable experience by all means.