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Where in the world can you find “The Big Five”: Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, and Hippos? In Kenya ofcourse! Forget zoos, this is the real deal. All these animals, in their natural habitat…running free yet viewable to humans. Pretty cool, huh? It’s an entirely different experience; thrilling yet scary. The knowledge that you are “in” the cage, so to speak, instead of just looking in heightens the sense of danger a hundred fold.

Kenya is the birthplace of that animal observation activity, the Safari. For more than a hundred years, visitors have come to Kenya expressly to experience one of these tours. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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One of the most popular places to visit in the world, Kenya is located in East Africa. Though it is best known for its safaris, this country has more to offer visitors. The attraction of this country is mostly its wild, untamed resources. Nowhere else in the world will you see wild animals such as giraffes, lions, antelopes and other beasts running free.

Kenya’s landscape is spectacular and breathtaking. Its topography is varied from high mountain ranges, to dense forests, deep lakes, sandy beaches, and vast, open deserts. Its climate is tropical. The coast is hot and humid, the inland parts are temperate and very dry, especially in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. Generally, Kenya enjoys sunshine all year round and locals dress in summer clothes, though it can get chilly at night and early in the morning.

The country has several national parks and reserves, untouched and as wild as possible. Aberdare National Park is well-known for its spectacular views, beautiful waterfalls, mountainous vegetation, and its rare species of antelope called the Bongo.

The Amboseli National Park is known for its spectacular scenery which is dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro. The park also boasts herds of elephants and other species of animals.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve, though not as popular as the other two parks, features over one million birds, thermal springs, and several geysers. Surrounded by deserts, wildlife is limited in the area in terms of species.

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Chyulu Hills National Park had volcanic episodes five centuries ago which left it its beautiful scenic ridge and mountains great for trekking and exploring. The park boasts of a large variety of species and being the home of the world’s longest lava tube.

Mount Elgon National Park is located on the slopes of Mt. Elgon and has a wide variety of big game hunting with untouched forests as its backdrop. More than 200 species of birds are found here and is considered a bird watcher’s paradise.
Hells Gate National Park is one of only three of Kenya’s national parks that allows visitors to walk around. It is also home to more than three hundred species of birds, along with other animals, even leopards, so a walking tour around the area would be really exciting.

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most breathtaking parks in the whole of East Africa. With over 400 species of birds, indigenous forests, and savannahs, this park is famous for over one million pink flamingos that live here.
Malindi and Watamu Marine National Parks is home to hundreds of marine life and was declared one of the four biospheres in the country. To fully appreciate the tour, glass bottomed boats are recommended so as to see the areas of the reef.

Marsabit National Park is home to Ahmed and Mohammed, two famous tuskers. Forests here are dense and there are two scenic crater lakes. This park is for the adventurous.

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Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably the most well-known wild life reserve in the country. The herds of wildebeest here are spectacular and it is the best area to witness wild game such as the Big Cats.

Meru National Park is located in a remote part of the country and is not a well-known as the other parks. The advantage to this park is its very remoteness which allows one to take in the beauty of one’s surroundings without the usual crowd of tourists found at more popular parks.

Other parks in the country are the Nairobi National Park, the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, the Saiwa Swamp National Park, the Samburu National Reserve, the Shaba National Reserve, the Shimba Hills National Reserve, the Sibiloi National Park, and the Tsavo East and West National Park.

There are many places to see in Kenya. If wild, untamed adventure is your thing, then Kenya is for you.








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