THE ORIGIN OF SAFARI
The very place where safari travel originated! Kenya is the setting of the most well-known safari vacations for any avid traveller. These feature the likes of beautiful, vast, rolling grasslands and the best of big game viewing. It is a country of natural splendour and great diversity, with some of the most welcoming people. It is this, among other things, that make it Africa’s greatest safari destination.
The country is bisected by the equator and lies on the east coast of Africa on the Indian Ocean. The climate varies, however, due to the undulating geography. This means that one can experience high humidity and rainfall in one region and distinctly cooler climates in another.
The East African Rift Valley runs north to south through the country. The land is dotted with volcanoes and a series of lakes with the most northern being Lake Turkana, the source of the Nile River.
Undoubtedly, the biggest attraction to the country is the great migration in the legendary Masai Mara. Millions of animals, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle partake in an annual migration between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, following rainfall throughout the year. Combined with luxury beach resorts off of the Kenyan coast, Kenya provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all.
As a country of diversity and contrast, it also has an array of National Parks. These include Tsavo National Park, the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Laikipia Plateau and Lake Nakuru.
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Arid earth extending as far as the eye can see and vibrant oases of swamps teeming with life form the 40,000ha Amboseli National Park. In the distance, Mount Kilimanjaro’s expansive base culminates in its snow-covered peaks seen rising from the earth across the border. The dry months’ bare vegetation offers the perfect environment for relatively unobstructed views of the park’s inhabitants.
After the Maasai Mara National Park, Amboseli National Park is the second most-frequented in Kenya. It offers some of the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro just across the border, and of the free-ranging African elephants that are subject to the longest ongoing elephant study in the wild. Visitors are warned that malaria is found in the area and the necessary precautions should be taken before visiting.