228 Square miles: 6,600 to 13, 000ft above sea level.
The park lies in the forests and moors of the Aberdare Mountains. It is crossed by numerous streams, many of which fall in 100 ft cascade to the bamboo forest in the foot hills.
Much of the wildlife consists of shy forests species. The area is almost unique in the tropics for its rich alpine and sub-alpine flora.
Reached from Nairobi via Nyeri. Accommodation at the famous Treetops Hotel, a hide built in the branches of cape chestnut trees over looking a well frequented water hole where elephant, rhino, bongo (rare) and other animals come nightly to drink and scratch for salt. The base for treetops is the Outspan, a delightful old-world hotel at Nyeri.
Another attractive lodge is the Ark which stands on the Equator 7,600 ft up ink the mountains by a natural clearing and water hole frequented by bongo, bush bock, giant forest hog, elephant, buffalo, warthog etc.
The game reserve of Amboseli National Park covers an area of 3.810 sq/km and is flat as a board.
But the park has one special attraction. Mount Kilimanjaro, which is still the best background for dream like animal photography. The legendry mountain is a huge dead volcanic cone and has the highest snow covered peak in Africa (5.895m).
To have a clear view of this phenomenon, it is best viewed in the early hours of the morning or late afternoon. It is said that Ernest Hemingway was inspired by the Amboseli area to write his famous novel "The snows of Kilimanjaro". Sand storms and whirl winds often sweep over the open savannah of Amboseli National Park creating "Mirages" at times.
On your game drive through papyrus swamps and the savannah with a bit of luck you should be able to see the "Big Five", lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant, but of sure you will see vast herds of wildebeest, zebras and other plain animals.
Just to name a few of the colourful birds pelicans, saddle bill storks, marabus, francolins, plovers, superb starlings, hornbills etc. Amboseli has one of the most beautiful herds of elephants in Kenya.
Accommodation at Amboseli Lodge or Amboseli Serena.
In the south western corner of Kenya is the Maasai Mara game reserve (1.820 sq/km) that is a continuation of the Serengeti plains of Tanzania. For years and until his death, the German Prof Dr. Grzimek has worked for the conservation of the Serengeti.
In Maasai Mara the famous annual migration takes place. Vast herds of wildebeest intermingle with zebras cross the human international boundaries that are not applicable to them. This phenomenon begins and ends in the southern part of Serengeti, passing through the Masai Mara and occurs sometimes between the months of July and October.
They bring with them natures predators. Lions, cheetah, leopard, hyenas, wild dogs and jackals. Already awaiting this migration as they cross the rivers Mara and Talek, the lifelines of the park, are the ever hungry crocodiles.
This is time where nature shows its most beautiful, wildest and bloodiest face. This migration has been going on as long as man can remember. Only with a lot of patience will one manage to photograph the painting hippos when they short up from the brown water.
Accommodation can be in a lodge/tented camp.
This National Park is the largest in Kenya with 20.800 sq/km. The Mombasa/Nairobi road divided it into a western half and a larger eastern half . The scenery mainly consists of areas with trees and shrubs and depending on the season, dry or snappy green grass.
About 50 years ago an ecological change took place in Tsavo. There were years of extreme aridity numerous bush fires and the destruction by elephants of their habitat so that the originally dense acacia forest has changed more or less into an open bush and grassland.
Quite often one can see the "Red Elephant". To protect themselves against the intense equatorial sun and parasites the elephants of Tsavo throw the red laterite soil over themselves.
The lions of Tsavo were notorious in former times because of their ferocity. J.H. Patterson describes in his book "The man eaters of Tsavo" how the construction of the railway was hindered by the eating habits of these man eaters, who found human flesh a much easier prey.
Today you need a bit of safari luck to see a lion or any other big cat. However the savannah is still populated with various antelopes such as impalas, zebras, giraffes, kongonis, buffalos, eland, oryx, warthog and the miniature dik dik.
In the western part of park is Mzima Springs. A spring which is said to start at Chyulu Hills, the lava massif 40-50 km away and which today is the water life line of Mombasa where crocodiles and hippos bustle about with a bit of luck you can watch them from an under water room.
Accommodation can be in a lodge/tented camp.
The two beautiful lakes of Baringo and Bogoria on the floor of the Great Rift Valley have only recently become easily accessible to visitors, and are acclaimed as ornithological paradise. 402 species of birds have been catalogued in the Baringo area, ranging in size from the great white pelican and goliath heron down to the diminutive malachite and pygmy kingfishers and beautiful sunbirds.
Lake Baringo also supports numbers of hippo and crocodile launch trips on the lake and visits to Pokot and Njemps villages can be arranged. Lake Bogoria is home to the rare lesser kudu and sometimes thousands of flamingos. Hot springs are also there and added attraction.
Perhaps the most beautiful of Kenya's fresh water lake situated in the Rift Valley approx. 50 miles from Nairobi. It is not only a famous beauty sport, but also a paradise for fresh water birds of which more than 350 species have been recorded.
Launch trips can be arranged to visit crescent island wildlife sanctuary where you may walk among animals including water duck, dik dik, African hares and Thomson gazelles.
18 sq/miles, 5.830 ft. above sea level.
The Park was created in 1960 mainly as a sanctuary for the vast population of flamingos that inhabit it. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded on and around the lake that is considered by leading ornithologists to be the finest bird lake in the world.
Water buck, impala, gazelles, hippopotamus, rhinos, leopard, lion and other predators can be found in the parklands.
40 sq/miles, IsioIo reserve 75 sq/miles, 2, 785 ft. above sea level.
The two reserves are connected by a causeway across the Uaso-Nyiro River. This small but attractive game reserve has an abundance of wildlife. Main attractions are the unusual reticulated giraffe, grevy zebra and the long necked gerenuk, but elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and cheetah are also to be found here.
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