Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Kenya
With an estimated 25,000 different species residing within her borders, spectacular scenery such as the Great African Rift Valley and an entire plethora of accessible National Parks comprising fulfilling four-wheel drive experiences, Kenya is a safari adventurers’ dream. Here are Kenya’s top 10 safari tourist attractions.
Kenya’s most famous reserve, the Masai Mara – heard the world over - spans 583 square miles of the country’s south-western savannah plains and is often visited in regards to Africa’s sought-after Big Five game that reside here spectacularly.
Mombasa Marine National Park
Safaris don’t simply take place inland with this park enabling travellers enjoying tailor-made Kenya holidays to snorkel and dive some of Mombasa’s fascinating coral reefs amidst a reserve area that at large, spans 2,500 acres.
Situated in Kenya’s heartland and beside the Ewaso Ng’iro River, Samburu achieved global fame when the Adamson family raised the eminent Elsa the Lioness, forging the back story to the 1966 movie release Born Free.
Nairobi National Park
With the proud necks of giraffe appearing gracefully with Nairobi’s high rise buildings even traceable in the background, this safari experience is ideal for travellers bound by time restrictions when arriving in Kenya. Kenya’s first National Park, the reserve resides a mere four miles from central Nairobi.
Kenya’s second most visited park after the Mara, Amboseli rewards tourists with fascinating panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania, not to mention uninterrupted views of hordes of elephants given minimal levels of vegetation here.
One of Kenya’s longest established parks, Tsavo East is located in Kenya’s semi-arid southeast, yielding a distinct set of wildlife including, but not limited to aardwolf, bat-eared fox, gazelle, impala, dwarf mongoose and Tsavo Lion, distinctive due to their mane-less exterior.
The more visited half of Tsavo, the west region of the reserve is popular with those encapsulated by water-based wildlife with Mzima Springs home to significant populations of hippopotamus and Nile breed of crocodile.
Conceived in 1961, this park surrounds the simply huge Lake Nakuru that resides within Kenya’s section of the breathtaking Great African Rift Valley. The park is famous for its large population of pink flamingos – one of 450 different species of birdlife traceable here.
Welcomed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, this forested park encompasses the foothills of Kenya’s famous peak, situated mostly above a height of 3,000 metres and thus featuring a distinct set of wildlife such as black-and-white colobi.
Hell’s Gate National Park
This rather ominously-named park doesn’t guard the gates to hell but rather the southern region of Lake Naivasha, an area famous for a stream that served the Great Rift Valley – where the first humans have been traced back to in the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’.
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