National Parks and Reserves of Kenya
Each of Tanzania’s sixteen national parks offers up a unique experience, meaning that no two days on safari are ever the same.
Tanzania has dedicated 20% of its land area to national parks and is fully committed to conservation. Here is a brief introduction to each and every National Park, Conservation Area and Game Reserve that Tanzania has plus a small selection of VentureCo’s favourite lodges. It’s impossible to see it all in one visit so to help you choose where to go here is a summary of the parks, divided into three regions: Northern Sector, Southern Sector and Western Sector.
This variety of landscapes really does let you design a safari experience that is perfect for you. While many prefer the comfort and ease of a classic safari across the Serengeti or through dusty Tarangire, others might prefer to stretch their legs with a guided walking safari or get really adventurous with some climbing and canoeing.
Wildlife of Kenya
Kenya is blessed with an abundance of wildlife ranging from the iconic ‘Big 5’ mammals to brilliantly coloured bird life, vast herds of migratory herbivores, and everything in between.
Kenya is one of the world’s premier safari spots for a reason, and its wealth of national parks makes it a must visit place for safari enthusiasts old and new.
Of particular interest to wildlife enthusiasts looking for a different experience will be Lake Nakuru, where each year up to a million flamingos gather each year to feed on the algae that gives them their distinct pink colouration. It’s a sight that must be seen to be believed.
The last of the world’s northern white rhinoceros population can be found in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, while the Samburu Game Reserve has such unique wildlife that it has its own ‘Samburu Big Five’ that includes such unique creatures as the Somali ostrich, the reticulated giraffe, and the beisa oryx.
The world famous Great Wildebeest Migration draws people from all over the world to witness the movement of more than a million wildebeest as well as the 400,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelle that accompany them.
Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park plays host to this amazing spectacle each year from September until November, with the massive number of herbivores descending upon the park and its surrounding conservancies.
While the most dramatic parts of the Great Wildebeest Migration take place largely in the neighbouring Serengeti, the Masai Mara game viewing experience during the September to November period offers the chance to see a massive number of animals and the predators who follow them everywhere they go.
Mount Kenya is not just a single peak, it is a massive monolith consisting of a multitide of spires, cliffs, complex ridges, and peaks.
The weathered remains of an extinct volcano that was last active several million years ago, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain and the roof of Kenya. Despite straddling the equator, the mountain draws significant snowfall each year and supports a number of impressive glaciers.
Climbing Mount Kenya requires rock climbing for the most part, although some peaks (such as Point Lenana) can be reached without having to climb.
Outstanding Tanzania Safari specializes in helping climbers reach their goal of summiting Mount Kenya.
Safaris in Kenya
Kenya offers a broad variety of adventures to its visitors. For those wanting to take their first safari, Kenya isn’t called the world’s safari capital for nothing.
The world famous Masai Mara National Park is located a short drive from Nairobi, one of east Africa’s most cosmopolitan and fascinating cities. There are national parks to explore by car or on foot, mountains to climb, and pristine beaches just begging to be explored.
The Kenya Coast
A glorious ribbon of silver & sapphire, the Kenya Coast is a tropical playground of white sand, brightly coloured coral, and blessedly warm, clear waters just begging to be played in.
A fusion of cultures, most prominently Swahili, makes the coast a uniquely intriguing place of myth, heritage, and magic not found elsewhere on earth. Colonial era buildings, white walled mosques, fleets of dhow, waving palms, and five star resorts all come together in a heady combination that needs to be seen to be believed.