Kenya is renowned for her extraordinary wildlife. Alongside Tanzania, making up a region known as East Africa, these countries offer the greatest concentrations of wildlife and even more so with the wildebeest migration which takes places in the Masai Mara in Kenya from July through to October and continues through the same eco system in the Serengeti in Tanzania, from December through to March.
Reserves north of the equator include Samburu, Meru and Laikipia. Samburu and Meru are particularly known for their concentration of elephant and the more arid, desert vegetation which attracts certain wildlife to this region such as gerenuk antelope, the Grevy's zebra, the Somali ostrich and the Beisa's oryx. Meru is unspoilt, with few tourists and is incredibly pretty, quite aside from having wonderful wildlife, including rhino. This was home to Joy and George Adamson and their lioness Elsa, made famous in Born Free. It has magnificent views over Mount Kenya and has interesting and mixed vegetation with dense riverine forests of Doum and Raffia palm along the Tana River.
South of the equator lies Amboseli and the Masai Mara and Tsavo. The Mara is considered without doubt, probably the finest game viewing game reserve in Africa, justifiably so with its huge populations of predators, including lion, cheetah and leopard as well as hyaena. Amboseli is also wonderful, dominated by the presence of the breathtaking Mount Kilimanjaro and providing excellent game viewing, especially for large elephant herds, easily visible walking through the savannah grasslands. Tsavo East is another of our favourite parks, which offers excellent wildlife, in particular, excellent elephant (normally coloured red from the dust) and good lion and buffalo numbers. There is also superb walking in the park.
But of course, in order to perfect your safari to Kenya, you need the very best guides and vehicles. To this end, we regularly test the guides on their knowledge at each camp we visit, to ensure that our high standards are maintained and that you will be getting the finest information possible. We only recommend camps where we know the guiding is of the finest quality in equal measure - be it animals, bird life, plants, trees, grasses and insects.
There is such a wide range of truly wonderful camps and lodges for you to stay at too; from a luxury, private, tented mobile that is erected just for you, complete with your own private guide and crew, where you can maximise your game viewing and have complete flexibility and freedom, to staying at a handful of wonderful tented camps and lodges and we would always recommend a private vehicle to get the best out of your safari.
With 25 years of creating the finest, bespoke safaris to Africa, we are perfectly placed to assist you. Contact us now to being planning your safari of a lifetime.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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