Kenya Safari-Everything You Need To Know
A Kenya Safari is definitely something worth trying out for everyone. In a recent report released by Trip advisor, the capital city of Kenya Nairobi was ranked number 3 in the top destinations on the rise. It came only after Ishigaki in Japan and Kapaa in Hawaii.Click here to Read More
Trip advisor sets this perimeter based on a set of algorithms that are derived from ratings on hotels, restaurants, attractions plus also the number of destination bookings.
According to the renowned site, Nairobi’s success could mostly be attributed to the exciting nightlife and the presence of a National park.
“Nairobi is an energetic modern city that serves as a fascinating introduction to both wildlife and nightlife” stated Trip advisor.
And a Kenya Safari always has to start at Nairobi National Park. Established in 1946, the national park was Kenya’s first. It is located approximately 7 kilometers (4 mi) south of the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, with an electric fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis. Nairobi’s skyscrapers can be seen from the park. Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.
It is also home to other attractions like Nairobi Safari walk and the animal orphanage. It consists of wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers coupled up with scattered acacia bush which plays a host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife.
Basically, there are over 400 species of animals in the park with a myriad of other activities to do with visitors having the privilege to enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
The entrance fee to the park is 43USD for adults and 22 USD for kids while you can get to enjoy the above amenities for your convenience. Now the good thing about Nairobi National Park is that you can do more than just sample the wildlife.
You can, for example, become a partner or a donor where you can support the various activities that affect the park or you can participate in the various conservation efforts housed by the various departments inhabiting the park. There is, for example, species conservation management division, community enterprises, community conservation efforts and much more that you can participate in. Sample one of our packages for this thrilling experience here.
A Kenya Safari is also not a safari without sampling with meritorious Maasai Mara. It is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration and which makes a Maasai Mara Safari so exceptional.
Other game reserves to sample in Kenya include Amboseli National Park. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.
Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
There is also Tsavo National Park which is divided into two, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa.
Tsavo is nearly 22,000km2, being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The park was split into two due to the railway going from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya.
Accommodation: There are plenty of places to stay in the two parks. These range greatly and most of them have a water hole close to the property making game viewing easier.
The parks can be accessed through several gates. Tsavo East can be accessed through Manyani Gate, Voi Gate, Buchuma Gate and Sala Gate.
Tsavo West can be accessed through Mtito Gate, Man Eaters Gate, Chyulu Gate and one other near Maktau.
The best Kenya Safari however has to be experienced at the Kenyan coastline. Mombasa for example is a new age cosmopolitan port city but with great facets of history engraved in it. It’s an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries and it overlooks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.
The port surely has the story to tell with many great people having set sail on it. It’s also County Number 1 in Kenya currently under the stewardship of Hassan Ali Joho.
If I was sit down and narrate the rich history, then this excerpt will never be over. What I want to highlight are the main reasons why Mombasa holidays are the epitome of vacaying;
Every year, droves upon droves of holiday makers throng the Kenyan coast line for a piece of the pristine white sandy beaches. Synonymous with great weather, breathtaking views, endless palm trees and cool breezes, it’s the perfect destination for those looking to relax and get away.
With a range of activities to savour from like Swimming, beach sports, diving, snorkeling as well as boat rides with transparent glasses at the bottom that allow you to see the rich marine life below are common; the experience is out of this world.
And the Kenyan coastline is really stretchy with quite a wide array of beaches to make your stay unforgettable. They include;
Bamburi Beach which is only 10KM from the City Centre with several beachfront hotels, apartments, and villas. The famous public Pirates Beach is located on this stretch and so is the Mombasa Marine Park which is a great attraction to marine life lovers.
Bamburi beach is always a beehive of activities with various parties and events always underway and also fun activities like water skiing, beach volleyball and what not. You can enjoy all this with friends while swimming or taking madafu, a popular drink on the Kenyan Coast. The place can be accessed using public transport like matatus or tuk tuk a popular mode of transport at the coast.
Right next to Bamburi Beach is the exquisite and relaxing Shanzu Beach. Now when you are done playing at Bamburi Beach, you want to head on here to enjoy a drink or engage in some seafood in the various establishments located on its stretch.
Accessibility to the beach is through Serena road which is adjacent to Shanzu Teachers College and can be accessed through all manner of public transport like tuk tuk’s, matatus and even uber’s which have since made their way to the coastal town.
And who said Mombasa holidays are only about relaxation and chilling? There is also a little something for the adrenaline lovers as well. Like Nyali beach is specifically suited for the surfers. First of all, it has a lot of privacy and has the right atmosphere for some adventure. Other activities to engage in at the beach are sunbathing, swimming and building sand castles.
There is also Watamu Beach, the Italian haven which is about 15KM South of Malindi. The beach is known for its local reefs, clear water, soft white sands and of course Italians led by Formula One guru Flavio Briatore. He occasionally flies down there to one of his properties, Lion in the Sun to vacay and entertain his equally rich friends. Fun activities to engage in Watamu Beach include; swimming, sun bathing and many more.
Lastly there is Diani Beach which is the most popular of them all. Located 30KM South of Mombasa, Diani is renowned for its coral-reefs, underwater sandbars, and widespread palm vegetation. The hotels here are also top notch and offer the best relaxation and comfort. The best thing about Diani is the fact that it has a little something for everyone. For the nature lovers who like taking long walks on the beach, then Diani’s tranquility and calmness will blow you away. The pristine beach also really sits well with families as it’s the best getaway to come together and connect. The young guys who pride themselves in being the life of the party are also not left behind when it comes to Diani. I can’t bring myself to count all the events that go down in Diani especially during December holidays and the many bars which are always roaring with life.
Like we highlighted in the beginning, Mombasa is very rich in history and there is a lot to learn and experience from the coastal town. It’s a mix of Arab, Portuguese, Oman and British culture all coming together and creating something spectacular.
And the best place to start it all is Fort Jesus located on Old Town. Constructed by the Portuguese during 1593-1596 and designed by an Italian architect, Cairati, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although now partly ruined, Fort Jesus is a fine display of 16th-century Portuguese military architecture. Enjoy the exhibition of the wide collection of ceramics and pottery reflecting the various cultures that traded along the coast. Within the compound are many fascinating battlements and derelict buildings including the Omani house, a building with Omani jewelry and displays on Swahili life
There is also Gedi ruins in the confines of Watamu in Kilifi district. Gedi is one of many medieval Swahili-Arab coastal settlements that stretch from Mogadishu, Somalia to the Zambezi River in Mozambique. There are 116 known Swahili sites stretching from southern Somalia to Vumba Kuu at the Kenya-Tanzania border. All of the standing buildings at Gedi, which include mosques, a palace, and numerous houses, are made from stone, are one-story, and are distributed unevenly in the town. There are also large open areas in the settlement which contained earth and thatch houses. Stone “pillar tombs” are a distinctive type of Swahili Coast architecture found at Gedi as well.
For a budget Kenya safari or a self-drive weekend getaway, then Naivasha and its environs will give you just that. With time, Lake Naivasha is slowly overtaking Mombasa as the ultimate tourist destination in Kenya. With over 63 properties to sample from and a wide array of wildlife to sample. It includes over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos. There is also fish which has greatly reduced over time due to climate change and pollution.
Some of the properties include lodges, holiday homes, and hotels.
And there are a myriad of things to do in Lake Naivasha if you are the exploring kind. I specifically enjoy bike riding in the wild while in the confines of Hells Gate and do a bit of rock climbing while at it as my way of relaxing during weekends.
However, there is so much more to do. You can, for example, go bird watching, relax and unwind in one of the many lodges, go site seeing, play golf, go mountain climbing at Longonot and so much more.