Reasons why you should visit Kenya for safari – 2021 – 2022 Kenya safari holidays
Great Adventure Safaris brings you some of the reasons why you should visit Kenya for a safari with its astounding wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and a welcoming melting pot of culture. There are many reasons why Kenya should top your travel bucket list. Here are some inspiring reasons why Kenya should be your next African safari holiday destination.
You will find Kenya very loving
Kenya has a humbling effect on those who travel there. For your trip to this African country, a mere holiday is to underestimate its effect on you. Visit ‘the cradle of civilization’, as it is sometimes called and you will experience a lasting, spiritual connection. For some, it is love at first sight. From the Rift Valley and the shores of Lake Naivasha to the cosmopolitan bustle of Nairobi and the white sand beaches that melt into the crystal Indian Ocean, Kenya is a world traveler’s dream destination.
The Masai Mara National Reserve
Top reasons why you should visit Kenya for safari – With Kenya’s many National Parks and game reserves of incredible geological and bio-diversity, Kenya has one of the finest conservation programs on the planet including one of the most famous wildlife reserves known as the Masai Mara National Reserve. A luxury tented Camp pitched here will, at certain times of the year, witness the thundering hooves of over two million wildebeests mixed with zebras and other animals as they embark on the Great Annual Migration. If you haven’t beheld this spectacle of the animal kingdom you need to place the Masai Mara National Reserve at the top of your travel bucket list.
Wild Safaris and the beautiful beaches
After your game safaris to see Lions, Antelope and Elephants, visiting Masai villages, or enjoy a hot air balloon across the savannah plains, spend time gazing across the sweeping beauty and sharp, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Kenya has so much more to offer than wildlife encounters. It has stunning shorelines, crystal seas for marine adventures, and laidback beach resorts, such as the beautiful beaches of Kenya’s most popular coastal destinations.
Bird Watching at Kenya’s Great Rift Valley Lakes
Kenya’s wetlands and lakes of the Great Rift Valley are vital ecosystems that support some of the most beautiful and diverse avifauna species on earth. Stand along the shores of the famous alkaline Lake Nakuru where millions of flamingos gather to devour over 250,000 kilograms of the algae that lend to their brilliant pink plumage. These lesser and greater rosy-colored feathered creatures mingle amongst one of the highest concentrations of long-crested eagles, as well as cormorants, goliath herons, African fish eagles, pink-backed pelicans, and other speckled birds, all accounting for only a small sample of the more than 450 recorded species. Lake Bogoria is another of the Great Rift Valley lakes, is one of the richest of Kenya’ Important Bird Areas with over 373 recorded bird species.
The lake attracts millions of lesser and greater flamingos, but the raptors steal the show in freshwater lakes like Baringo. Soaring high above you, powerful winged hunters scan the water for fish and other edible delights. In a flash, a tawny, steppe, or fish eagle swoops down and grabs a twitching prey with its immense talons. Yet another cornucopia of avifauna is yours to explore at Lake Naivasha a freshwater lake that is situated at an elevation of 1890 meters. Set amidst a volcanic landscape, the lake attracts many of the most-desired bird species – black herons, great white egrets, black-lored babblers, kingfishers, and many others of the over 450 bird species that have been recorded at the lake.
The Kenya National Parks
Kenya offers some of the finest scenery in East Africa, including Samburu National Park, the spectacular setting for the film Born Free; Amboseli National Park, 160 miles from Nairobi, offering iconic safaris and cultural encounters with local Masai tribespeople, in a region teeming with elephants, zebra, giraffe, plus pelicans, flamingoes and ostrich; you could spend days exploring the birdlife paradise of Meru National Park, or the mountain peaks and extinct volcanoes of Tsavo National Park. Then there is Malindi Marine National Park and Reserve, its lagoons, reefs, and coral gardens inviting you to aquatic adventures to see turtles and dolphins.
If there’s one thing all visitors agree on, it’s that the Kenyans themselves are one of its greatest assets. There are over 40 different types of tribal people here, including the Kikuyu, Kamba, Somali, Meru, Mijikenda, and Masai people to name but a few. English is widely spoken throughout Kenya, but the phrase you’ll hear constantly is ‘Hakuna matata’ meaning ‘no worries.’ Swahili, by the way, means ‘coast’ and is a mix of Arabic and African Bantu. Bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan, the culture of Kenya is rarely referenced and yet it’s a memorable feature of any holiday here.
Kenya’s Underwater World
Kenya is home to the world’s second-longest coral reef the Kenyan Barrier Reef. With more than 140 miles of reef stretching from Shimoni in the south to Malindi in the north, there are plenty of places for the quintessential marine exploration trip in equatorial Africa. Almost endless selection of supreme dive and snorkel sites to choose from, we have the expertise you need to find the unsurpassed coral wildernesses from the rejuvenating Kisite Marine Park of Mako Koke to the deep wall at Nyuli. Kenya is a destination for every level of a scuba diver from beginners to advanced diving with manta rays and white-tip reef sharks in an oceanic canyon one day, and an easier dive in coral gardens the next.
If you wish to float on the surface, both Mombasa Marine Park and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park are the places to see snapper, zebrafish, scorpionfish, and other aquatic species that flutter in and out of the colorful and eerie shapes of the coral gardens. As a world-class destination for anglers, Kenya offers the ultimate deep sea fishing experience. Dorado, yellowfin tuna, trevally, and lightning-fast wahoo keep amateurs and intermediate anglers entertained. But for more advanced fishing, Kenya offers the chance to catch your massive billfish of all three marlins (black, striped, and blue), sailfish, swordfish, and others.
The Ancient Artefacts from the Oldest Humans on the Planet
Archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, and paleontologists from almost every part of the world come to Kenya to discover the earliest artifacts of humanity. You can visit the same internationally-recognized sites, and perhaps uncover your clue to ancient human history. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Turkana is recognized for its significant contributions to archaeology, earning the reputation of being the “Cradle of Mankind.” One site alone, the Kobi Fora section, has advanced the science of paleontology more than any other place in Africa, with some relics being more than 3,000,000 years old.
Another well-known archaeological site is on Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria. The delicate light inside Mawanga Cave reveals rock art paintings that date back thousands of years. Another superb example of early rock art is in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The paintings are some of the oldest in Kenya, dating back to 1,000 to 3,000 years ago. You will be fascinated by the geometric pattern of circles and lines on the rose-hued stone. The paleoanthropologists fans at African Mecca recommend these and many other spots to enhance your wilderness trip in Kenya.
Touring Kenya Holidays
This is a another reasons why you should visit Kenya for safari – Touring holidays in Kenya offers a world of spectacular wildlife experiences. Tracking the Rhinos in Samburu National Reserve and then having the opportunity to sip Champagne on a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara National Reserve, before gazing in wonder as a herd of elephants stride past your luxury camp on a fly-in safari adventure. It’s quite mind-blowing how many life-changing experiences a person can have on one touring holiday. Read more about budget safaris to Mara
Luxury Safari Lodges
Never underestimate the enchantment of a luxury Safari Camp after the thrill and excitement of a dusty, hot game drive. Equipped with all the creature comforts awaiting you like a scene from a Hollywood movie, you’ll dine out under the wide night sky with the campfire crackling and be transfixed by the sounds of the wildlife that surround you. Nestled on the banks of the Mara River, Governors Camp offers exceptional accommodation in a prime position for game viewing and witnessing the magnificent wildebeest migration. Read more about luxury holidays to Mara
Did you know..?
Kenya is named after Africa’s second highest peak, Mount Kenya – meaning God’s Resting Place
Tea, coffee, and flowers are important agricultural resources. Kenyan’s much prefer to drink (chai) tea rather than coffee one of their greatest exports
Lake Naivasha is a large but mostly shallow freshwater lake
Nairobi National Park is the only one to border a city where you can witness lions and cheetahs hunting in the morning, then go shopping in the afternoon approximately seven kilometers from the city center
Kenya’s population is approximately 44 million and the official languages are English and Swahili
Like the UK, Kenyans drive on the left-hand side of the road
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