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All About Kenya

Situated on the eastern coast of Africa, Kenya lies astride the equator. Its total area, including 11,230 sq km (4,336 sq mi) of water, is 582,650 sq km (224,962 sq mi), with a maximum length of 1,131 km (703 mi) SSE – NNW and a maximum width of 1,025 km (637 mi) ENE – WSW . Comparatively, the area occupied by Kenya is slightly more than twice the size of the state of Nevada. Kenya is bounded on the North by Sudan and Southern Sudan ( the newest state in The world) and Ethiopia, on the East by Somalia, on the South East by the Indian Ocean, on the South by Tanzania, and on the West by Lake Victoria ( which is the biggest Fresh water Lakes in Africa) and Uganda, with a total land boundary length of 3,477 km (2,161 mi) and a coastline of 536 km (333 mi).

Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is located in the southcentral part of the country.

Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains and deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs, and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. In fact, to say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. There are a million different reasons to come here, and picking just one is nigh impossible. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with The Rift Valley, home to Hell’s Gate National Park, cleaving a massive gash through it all.

Wildlife safaris have been the mainstay of Kenya’s tourism for decades, and several Kenyan parks, like Tsavo National Park, are among the best places in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and the famous wildebeest migration in Masai Mara national reserve. Kenya rates as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world; other activities for outdoor enthusiasts include trekking the glacial ridges of Mt Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara, snorkelling at the Marine National Park in Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast, and much more besides. Kenya’s biggest city, Nairobi, with the baddest of reputations, is sidestepped by many visitors, but, in fairness, has an interesting urban appeal with its cafes and nightlife.

Also Kenya Boasts as the country of President Barrack Obama’s Origin and the home of Laureate Wangari Maathai, who became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental conservation work in her native Kenya

Amboseli National Park

One of the highlights of Africa Safari is the Amboseli National Park safari in Kenya. The Amboseli Safari offers a good view of the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro not to mention the elephant herds grazing the meadow plains. The Amboseli safari also includes bird watching. Watching the pelicans, cranes and the assorted species of raptors is indeed an experience to relish. It is for these reasons that the Amboseli National Park is an archetypal safari destination legendary not only in Kenya but also in Africa.

The Amboseli National Park is approximately 240 km southeast of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The park covers an area of 392km2. The richly cultured Maasai people are the local inhabitants of the Amboseli and therefore raises the mood for the safari. The protected area of the Amboseli National Park is inhabited by diverse wildlife including: cape buffalos, lions, impala, cheetah, hyena, the Maasai giraffe, zebra, African bush elephants, assorted species of birds as well as the blue wildebeests. The presence of all this wildlife should make Amboseli a top holiday destination. The roads are navigable during the dry season but vacationers must beware of inaccessible roads in some of the areas of the park during the wet seasons, consult with the safari service providers beforehand

For day-trippers seeking convenient accommodation facilities, the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is a recommended location to book. The facility is but a continuation to your safari as the legendary big five game wander around the lodge. The maasai-themed lodge offers a feel of the local experience. Incredibly so, the rooms are positioned in a manner that all of them have a clear view of the park. Another accommodation facility to consider is the Amboseli Sopa Lodge. The lodge, which is an easy distance from the park, is exceptionally seated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The most popular Safari package in most of the Amboseli safari service providers is the 3 days 2 nights’ travel plan. The first day is the arrival day with a few hours saved for safari. The second day is a full day game drive and the third day has some time set for safari before departure. Charges may differ according to service providers but most of the packages include meals and accommodation.

Amboseli Safari from Nairobi Safari pick-ups are usually from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or a preferred hotel within the city. The departure time will be so such that you can arrive at the park in time for lunch, preparation and familiarization to the safari rules and responsibilities as well as dinner later in the day. As vacationers plan the perfect getaway in the Amboseli, it is important protecting the environment and the wildlife more importantly. There are rules to guide and to protect vacationers in pursuit of the perfect holiday safari experience.

Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is a rare gem. The poeticism associated with it reveals an esoteric wild that is eerily untapped. Despite the title of this excerpt, there is a soft spot in the Samburu wild as the national reserve is home to the reputable lioness, Kamunyak, that adopted Oryx calves.

Samburu National Reserve is located in Kenya along River Ewaso Ng’iro. It is in the Samburu County and is approximately 350km from Nairobi city. Its area is approximately 165km2. The river Ewaso Ng’iro has been important in attracting several wild animals and also for the growth of the palm and riverine plantations.

The gates to the Samburu wild are opened at the Buffalo Springs gate and Ngare Mare introducing one to the unexpectedly relaxed wild air of the Wild Kenyan North. Riverine plantations and the acacia woodlands certainly raise the hype of the Samburu.

The park has an assortment of wildlife and bird life. The big cats; East African lion, leopard and the Tanzanian cheetah are all present. More big game includes the cape buffalo, the elephant and the hippo. Other wild animals present include; the zebra, Oryx, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and the olive baboon. Unfortunately, though, the rhino population in the Samburu has died down as a result of poaching.

The Samburu wild would not offer the full bundle if there were no birds but this region boasts more than 300 species of birds. Some of these include; the Guinea fowl, hornbill, vultures, starling, secretary bird and the marabou stork among others

The Samburu people, like their Maasai cousins have learned to live with wild animals. The natives of Samburu are the Samburu, a subtribe of the Maasai. They speak Samburu which is a dialect of Maasai. Their population is slightly over 160,000. Their culture is just as rich and deep-rooted as the Maasai. The Samburu people decorate their bodies with bracelets, anklets and necklaces.

The remoteness of the Wild Kenyan North – Samburu has attracted travelers looking for more tranquil expeditions. Travel plans to Samburu are available on request. Most of these packages however include transport cost, food, accommodation and tour guide fee.

Since the Samburu National Reserve is over 300km from the capital, Nairobi, plans are made in advance by the service providers so as to allow adequate time for arrival and the actual expedition in the Samburu wild.

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