Kenya is the birthplace of safari, and remains one of Africa's most sought after travel destinations, for good reason. The country is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, a diversity of habitats and dramatic landscape features, a fascinating cultural dimension, and a beautiful, tropical coastline.
Kenya also rivals South Africa for the most accessible travel destination in "safari Africa", with multiple international flights in and out of the capital, Nairobi. Most of the country's top safari areas are at altitudes above 4,000' resulting in a surprisingly moderate and comfortable climate (and a relative paucity of biting insects) for a country that straddles the equator. Hotels and safari lodges boast levels of comfort and sophistication that are second only to South Africa.
The jewel in Kenya's safari crown is the Maasai Mara Reserve, which is essentially the northern end of the vast Serengeti ecosystem. The Mara is home to a volume and diversity of wildlife that can be matched by very few Parks in Africa, and also hosts the "Great Migration" of wildebeest annually from June through October.
With a well-developed travel infrastructure, the Mara is easily combined with Kenya's other top safari destinations - Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, remote Meru National Park (setting for the book and film "Born Free"), the Samburu Reserve (semi-arid home to the proud Samburu pastoralists), or the beautiful Laikipia Plateau surrounding Mount Kenya. A real strength in many of these ecosystems is the close proximity between wildlife and traditional cultural groups like the Maasai, Samburu, and Pokot, providing opportunities for wildlife-viewing and cultural interaction in the same location.
For travelers wanting to end their safari with some relaxing beach time, Kenya's wildlife destinations are easily combined with the country's own Indian Ocean coastline, or with the island of Zanzibar. It is also relatively easy to combine Kenya with destinations in neighboring Tanzania, as well as Rwanda.Let us help you plan your dream safari. call toll-free: 888.227.8311 or today
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