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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Oct 2010
Kenya’s reputation as the quintessential wildlife safari destination is well deserved. Kenya is a region of dramatic contrasts with pristine landscapes of great beauty, unique geographical features and amazing species of wildlife on display.
The word safari originated from this region and in Kiswahili means “journey”. Kenya’s 59 national parks and game reserves feature some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle such as the annual Masai Mara wildebeest migration. Apart from Masai Mara, Kenya is home to renowned safari tourist destinations such as Amboseli, Laikipia, Samburu, Tsavo and Meru.
Indulge in nature’s beauty:
Experience the thrill of encountering the “big five” animals, as these are popularly known here, elephants, rhinos, wild buffalo, lions and leopards up close. Drink in the view of the swamps, snows of Kilimanjaro and the savannas.
Places to visit:
The Amboseli National Reserve is famous for housing 1000 elephants which graze around the lush green plains while the snow capped Kilimanjaro Mountains forms a majestic backdrop
Laikipia has altitude varying from about 1500 to 1950m; the environment includes open grasslands, acacia bushland, basalt hills, cedar forests and kopjes. Due to the diverse range of habitats, Laikipia hosts an abundance of wildlife which is second only to the Masai Mara. It is also home to diverse tribal communities including Maasai, Kikuyu, Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, Meru and Europeans.
The combined area of Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks makes Tsavo one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries, larger than Wales in Great Britain or Jamaica in the Caribbean. Tsavo East is larger and more arid than Tsavo West and is less frequented. Encounter the expected game like lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and the unexpected ones like Impala, Eland, and Kudu. You can also capture the birds such as weavers, hornbills, rollers and raptors in the habitat.
Masai Mara is home to 450 species of animals which includes 57 species of birds. The Mzima Springs has special observatories to allow visitors to watch the giant hippos sail through the water creating a kind of underwater Safari experience. The Mzima Springs also play host to a peculiarly spectacular species of water birds.
Only a few places in the world provide this extraordinary opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. It is hard to rival the choices that Kenya provides in terms of safari tours.
And once you decide, don’t forget your travel insurance so that you are ready for any challenge that your safari adventure throws at you.
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