Home to the fastest land animal, Have a close encounter with the Big Five.
Kenya is also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Kenya is the home of safari, the Big Five, and one of the world’s top holiday destinations. The country is blessed with excellent all year climate and features well-established tourist facilities.
Kenya offers a world of attractions, much more than any other destination. It has stunning landscapes, cultural diversity, adventure sports, beautiful unique beaches and unparalleled wildlife.
Game Safaris and wildlife tours are Kenya’s biggest attractions, drawing many visitors to the country each year. Kenya boasts more than 20 national parks and game reserves, where visitors can view some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife, including the members from the “Big Five” family. In fact, the “Big Five” are the central focus of the majority of safari tours and wildlife expeditions offered within the parks. Kenya’s most popular game park is the Masai Mara, which borders the Serengeti plains in Tanzania.
Between July and September, visitors can witness the remarkable annual Wildebeest Migration whereby wildebeests by their millions and thousands of zebra march to cross the highly crocodile infested waters of the Mara river. This is where the real magic unfolds and therefore, regarded as the climax of this extraordinary occurence.
Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city having risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities.
Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, 113 sq kms of plains, cliffs and forest. The park is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe and more. Rhino, Cheetah, and a large number of Lions are all found here, living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town.
Things to do in Nairobi
1. Visit Nairobi National Park
Situated within the borders of Nairobi, and renown as the only national park in a city, this park covers 117sq, km. It has a diversity of fauna and flora, stretches of bush country and deep rocky valleys and gorges with long grass. The animals that could be found in this park are black and white rhinoceroses, diverse birdlife, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and hippos.
2. Visit Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Center was established as a breeding ground for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Information about the Giraffe is provided at the centre and an elevated feeding platform was installed to give visitors the opportunity to hand feed the giraffes. Visitors can also indulge in nature trails and other activities while there.
3. Visit Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) cares for elephant calves orphaned by poachers or natural occurrences from all over the country. These orphaned elephants receive extremely specialized treatment and personalized care from highly dedicated staff. The orphanage is open to the public during the calves feeding times where they can interact with calves and watch them being fed while they are informed how each of the elephant calves came to be at the orphanage.
There is also an option for visitors to choose to adopt an elephant where they will be in charge of the elephants care at the orphanage.
4. Visit Nairobi National Museum
National Museum of Kenya is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. A visitor here will find an exclusive exhibition for the Birds of East Africa. The museum’s main aim is to display to the public the common species encountered most regularly as well as some of the rare, endangered and migratory ones.