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The 10 Awesome Safari Destinations in Kenya

Uriel enjoys travelling to new places, experiencing new cultures and new adventures.

Lion

Lion

If you have thought of the perfect travel destination, Kenya is the place you want to be.
Kenya has the most breathtaking landscapes. Its beauty is unparalleled. From the Seventh Wonder of the World - The Masai Mara to the snow-capped Mt. Kenya, visitors are certain to be enchanted by these magical destinations

Here is a list of the top ten perfect getaways in Kenya.

Masai Mara

This has to be your first pit-stop in your journey of discovering the top ten safari destinations in Kenya. The Masai Mara has been called the Seventh Wonder of the World. A visit to the park illustrates the reason why this park has attracted millions of visitors from across the world. An aerial view of the park during the wildebeest migration is enchanting.

Around 1.5 million wildebeests participate in the annual migration from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Hundreds of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and crocodiles lie in wait for the free meat that is in abundance during the migration. A visit to the park is surely bound to be unforgettable.

If it is your first time in the Mara, you are in for the time of your life. There are more than four hundred and fifty species of birds in the Masai Mara. The reserve is teeming with buffaloes, impala, the grant and Thompson gazelles, hyenas, warthogs, wildebeest, lions, cheetahs, and even the elusive leopard.

The Masai people live on the periphery of the reserve. The Masai are a tribe of fierce warriors. They are nomadic pastoralists who keep large herds of cattle
They have managed to uphold their culture to date. Their culture is rich and exciting. Visitors will be captivated by their amazing culture.

Wildebeest migration from Masai Mara to Serengeti

Wildebeest migration from Masai Mara to Serengeti

The Masai Mara is about two hundred and seventy kilometres from the capital, Nairobi. To get to the Mara, one needs to book a flight from Wilson Airport.
The flight takes around forty-five minutes. One then travels to Narok Town by matatu(minibus). You can hire a four-wheeled drive car for a game drive

Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve in Samburu District lies on the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro. It is covered with grass, a riverine forest, and acacia trees. The reserve is home to the Grevy zebra, the beisa oryx, elephant, lions, impala, cheetah, waterbuck, and the Somali ostrich. Around three hundred and fifty species of birds can be found here. These include the tawny eagle, the guinea fowl, batheleur, the kingfisher, and the marabou stork.

The Buffalo Springs National Reserve is adjacent to the Samburu Natioanl Reserve. They are only separated by the river. The river in the reserve is one of the main attractions. Buffalo Springs National Reserve has a less hilly landscape. Here, you will find the Grevy zebra and the common zebra. The common zebra never heads to the north of the river.

The Somali ostrich and the kori bustard are also found here. These birds are fearless. The Shaba National Reserve is associated with the Samburu National Reserve. It is on the east of the Isiolo-Marsabit road and its landscape is dotted with minute hills and volcanic rocks.

Lion cub

Lion cub

The Tsavo

Tsavo is one of Africa's largest game parks. It is famous for the historical man-eating lions that became a nightmare to the Kenya-Uganda Railway constructors.
The Tsavo is a bird watcher's paradise, with numerous species of the weaver bird, the horn-bill and the sunbird.

Many kinds of animals can be found in the Tsavo, they include elephants, lions, buffaloes, impala, giraffes, kudu and rhinoceroses.
Vegetation is of the Savannah ranges.

Fifty million gallons of fresh water are produced by the volcanic Mzima Springs every day.
Water gushes out of rock formations on the Lugard Falls forming several oases which sustain water birds. The resulting wetland has large raphia palms. The long drives in the park are relaxing and refreshing.

Zebras and wildebeests

Zebras and wildebeests

Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria

Lake Baringo is the foremost birding destination, with a local record of about three hundred species of birds observed in one hour. The lake is teeming with eagles, cormorants and pelicans.Ol Kokwe Island is smack in the middle of the lake.
Its conditions are favourable to hippopotamuses, crocodiles, tortoises, monitor lizards, and birds. The community museum is home to snakes such as the puff adder, the cobra, the black mamba, the boom-slang, and the spitting cobra.

Lake Bogoria is known for its bubbling geothermal pools and the freshwater springs that draw birds and other wild animals. A pink blanket is formed over the lake by the thousands of flamingos wading on it. The shores are lined up with zebras, baboons, and gazelles. Fish eagles prey on the flamingos. The land around the lake is volcanically active, and the western shore has spouting geysers.

Crocodile

Crocodile

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Naivasha

Lake Naivasha derives its name from the afternoon winds that cause high waves.
The Maasai call them nai'posha, meaning rough water. The British corrupted nai'posha to Naivasha. Fertile soils surround the lake. Yellow fever trees(xanthophlea) grow around the lake.

A wide range of bird species has made their nests in the forest, making Naivasha a leading birding destination. The shallow freshwater lake is bordered by thick papyrus.Colo-bus monkeys inhabit the tree tops; the buffaloes amble around the lake, and the hippopotamuses swim in the waters.

The Hell's Gate National Park is the most renowned tourist attraction in Naivasha.
Hell's gate is a pair of massive rocks that form a cliff where a bubbling spring and steam vent lie. Several activities can be enjoyed in the park.
These include rock climbing, hiking, camping and biking

Flamingos

Flamingos

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is world-famous for its flamingos. The park was at first designated as a bird sanctuary. It is home to flamingos and other terrestrial birds.
The landscape has a stretch of acacia, rocky hillsides, and a captivating euphorbia forest on the eastern side. Around five hundred and fifty plant species can be found in the park.

Three main rivers, Njoro, Makadia and Enderit drain into the lake.
Waterfalls and the Lion Hill Ridge beautify the landscape.
There are viewpoints at the Lion Hill Ridge and the Baboon Cliff.

The Aberdares

The Aberdares is renowned for its forest, mountain grasslands, and moorland.
The most common birds in the park are the golden-winged sun-bird, the silvery-cheeked horn-bill, and the white-eyed slaty flycatcher. The park also provides a habitat for endangered species such as the African grass owl, the crowned eagle, and the African green ibis.

The pleasant Aberdare mountains have forest reserves that act as water catchment areas.Mukurweini valley, Kikuyu escarpment forest, and the Kinangop grasslands are the main birding areas.

Eagle

Eagle

Mt. Kenya National Park

The second-highest mountain in Africa is the snow-capped Mt.Kenya, which lies on the Equator. Thousands of visitors are attracted to its towering view. Many expert and amateur mountaineers are always tempted to test its height. In the 1980s, an elderly man scaled the mountain. Rescuers found him near the summit with only a blanket thrown over his shoulders, a walking staff, and sandals. He explained to them that he was climbing the mountain to talk to God.

The mountain is a critical catchment area. It is one of the few snow-capped mountains lying on the Equator. The mountain has a rainforest, scrub, moor-land, bamboo, and open woodland. It is believed that this is the only place in Africa where an American spotted sandpiper has ever been seen.

The Kenyan Coast

The Kenyan coast is not only famous for its pristine white sandy beaches, but also for the historic old towns that give a glimpse into the incredible culture of the coastal people. The ruins of some ancient towns are still intact, making this place a unique historical place. The mysterious Gedi ruins in Watamu, Fort Jesus in Mombasa and the Vasco Da Gama pillar in Malindi are some of the most popular tourist attraction sites.

Kenyan Coast

Kenyan Coast

Lamu Island is one of Kenya's oldest towns. Visitors can enjoy donkey rides and even participate in the annual donkey races. The Indian Ocean is rich in marine life and amazing coral reefs that stretch to four hundred and eighty kilometres. The national marine reserves include Mombasa Marine National Park, Watamu National Park, Malindi Marine National Reserve, and the Kiunga Marine National Reserve.

Some of the activities that can be enjoyed at the coast include swimming in the Indian Ocean, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, skydiving, and zip lining.
Hotels and restaurants at the coast provide first-class service and accommodation.
Visitors can enjoy the finest cuisines from around the world. The night comes alive at the coast. Revellers can enjoy themselves at numerous nightclubs.

If you have never visited Kenya before, you are in for a treat. The Kenyan Coast, the Masai Mara, Mount Kenya, the Tsavo, and Lake Naivasha are some of the most popular tourist destinations. Millions of tourists from countries such as America, Japan, China, Germany, and Britain visit Kenya every year. They are always delighted by the sights, places, and people. Many of them have made the country their second home.


Some have even married and relocated to Kenya. Kenya has diverse cultures that visitors always find intriguing.

Many multinational companies have a presence in the country, making it a favourite for many a tourist. The list is not exhaustive, however, there are many more places for the discerning visitor to discover. The people are kind and welcoming. You will definitely enjoy your visit to Kenya.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Uriel Kushiel

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