One of the few things that most of us agree on is that Disney’s The Lion King is one of the greatest animation movies of all time. The story being told and the way it is told is nothing short of great. My favourite story in the film is the circle of life; When Mufasa explains to Simba the Circle of life. How each animal is connected in the Eco-system and how they must rely on each other. But there are few places on earth where one can get to experience first-hand this circle of life and one of those places is the National parks in the Kenyan Savannah.
Let me introduce you to this heavenly Savannah. From the moment you touch down at the JKIA you are greeted by a cool climate.
The infamous Nairobi traffic greets you but a stop at one of the five star hotels or a stay at the giraffe Centre in the Capital gives that unique blend of urban living and the jungle that you can only experience in Nairobi.
But to truly experience the magic of Kenya one has to leave the capital and venture into the great Savannah. But where to? How can one be sure that their travel agent/companion is actually organizing a wholesome, unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience? Let us take a look at some of the most breath taking sceneries in Kenya.
Samburu Game reserve
The Samburu is located on the south Eastern corner of the Samburu district, in the Rift Valley. The game reserve boasts of a unique weather pattern with relatively warm days and cool nights.
This temperature plays perfect host to a varying number of animals with the Samburu Reserve being one of the few places you can easily spot the big five without a long drive into the wild.
The reserve is surrounded by beautiful hills and characterized by brown Savannah grass and rare acacia and baobab trees. The nature-scape of the Samburu is nothing short of a photographers dream.
Visitors can easily spot other animals such as the Zebra, the Somali ostrich, giraffes, Gerenuk, and the East African Oryx.
Lest we forget the Samburu is home to over nine hundred elephants making the visit to the Samburu a visual experience that is far from forgettable
The Maasai Mara
The Mara is probably the tourist destination that is most synonymous with Kenya and a trip to East Africa.
Over the months of June through to October the Mara becomes a tourist hot-spot. This is the best time to see migration from the Serengeti into the Mara.
But other animals can be spotted through breath taking experiences such as the hot air balloon that gives one an aerial view of the land that is definitely unforgettable.
The Mara encompasses several thousand square miles of land. This makes it one of the easiest places to spot the big five.
One can also spot an array of over 95 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. The Mara is nothing short of a beautiful collage of animals and landscape and a must see destination for anyone on a safari.
The Tsavo National park.
Tsavo is one of the oldest and one of the largest national parks in the region. The eastern and western parts separated by the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
The Tsavo national park boasts of beautiful landscapes with amazing natural waterfalls, volcanoes and natural springs. These springs attract a host of animals from buffalos, elephants, hippos and zebras to lions.
Tsavo’s unique landscape makes it ideal for camping and hiking. The landscape also gives an array of unique safari activities such as underwater hippo and fish watching and cave exploration. The Tsavo is indeed a must stop safari destination for nature lovers.
Aberdare National park
The Aberdare National park is nothing short of unique when it comes to national parks in Kenya.
The Aberdare is not located along the great rift but rather in the centre of the country and is overlooked by the towering Mount Kenya.
The reserve is greener and plusher in comparison to other national parks and reserves, this makes it an ideal host for the black rhino which is an endangered species. The park is also home to thousands of other mammals and birds.
The National park is relatively quiet and secluded making it an ideal spot for a “workation”. Breathe in country side fresh air, experience the wild and get some work done all at the same time.
Amboseli National park.
The Amboseli National park has a unique backdrop with the amazing landscapes crowned by the peak of the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Though the peak of the Kilimanjaro is covered by clouds the peak is revealed during the morning or late evening giving the visitors a beautiful sun kissed scenery.
Talk about an unforgettable photographic experience! The landscape is characterized by a guaranteed elephant sighting as the park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in the country.
The Amboseli national park is also home to numerous Zebras, Hyenas and over 370 species of birds. But the park is also graced by Lions and Cheetahs
All in all, the Kenyan Savannah is littered with National parks but the above five will give its visitors an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.
There is a reason why Kenya is such a hot-spot tourist destination beyond the animals and the breath-taking Savannah. The people welcome you to the country with open arms and uncharacteristic hospitality.
The country is also a collage of different cultures giving the visitors a learning experience like no other.
Visiting Kenya gives visitors an experience that can only be found on the eastern African country. Visitors get a sense of distant familiarity and home comfort the place just gives you the true meaning of Magical Kenya.