Kenya and Tanzania main Attractions: Safaris and Game drives in Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Kenya Beach Holidays in Mombasa, Day excursions in Nairobi and Mombasa, Also Safaris in Tanzania's great attractions such as Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Virtually everyone who visits Kenya goes to this 320-sq. km. of open grassland dotted with flat-topped acacia trees. A visit to Mara is truly a staggering one, and which is likely to have a profound effect on your own feeling of insignificance. This is the Kenyan section of the Serengeti and animals are in abundant. All year round, the Masai Mara, a living tapestry of grassy savanna, spreading thorn trees, rounded hills and tall gallery forests with its abundant wild life draw hundreds of thousands of photographers and visitors from all over the world. The Mara is home to millions of wild game such as wildebeest and gazelle among others and are continuously tracked by Africa's great predators. The annual migration of these animals is one of the most inspiring sights on earth, and this is the dramatic life and death struggle that tourists come to see. Other animals seen are lion, elephant, cheeter, leopard, zebra, antelope, impala, Thomson gazelle, topi, giraffe, baboon, jackal, warthog, rhino and hyena.


LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (THE PINK LAKE)

This is 200-sq. km shallow Soda Lake lying in the volcanic strewn Rift Valley and is one of a chain of lakes stretching the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. It is world's greatest bird spectacle with millions of pink flamingos and pelicans,birds of prey like vulture, eagle and such animals as waterbuck and black rhino, buffalo, Reedbuck, gazelle, leopard, hyrax, hippos, velvet-monkey, Rothschild giraffe and baboon. This is an ideal place for ornithologists and photographers.


LAKE BARINGO

This is a fresh water lake in the Rift Valley, covering an area of 170 square kilometer, with a depth of 12 meters. KAMPI YA SAMAKI is the center of exploration in lake Baringo. This is a spectacular and mellow place to visit particularly with the Boating trips to the islands such as the 'Devil's island' and also with the bird walk, together with the various water sports available to tourists.

LAKE BOGORIA NATIONAL PARK
This is a shallow lake found in the Rift Valley, covering an area of 30 square kilometer, with a depth of 9 meters and home to flamingos. Other attractions are the HOT SPRINGS and GEYSERS (with the Hot Springs boiling hot), gazelles, greater kudu, and impala. The sheer face of the northeastern ends of the Aberdare Ranges dominates the eastern side of the lake.

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
The main attraction centers in this park are the Kilaguni and Ngulia lodges. Animals seen here are; elephant, lion, waterbuck, ostrich, oryx, marabou stork, mongoose, zebra, baboon, rock hyrax, impala, hyena, Ostrich and other variety of birds. Mzima springs, situated near Kilaguni lodge are a popular spot for Hippos, crocodile and fish. The underwater viewing chamber gives you a spectacular view of the hippos' submarine activities. Another attraction is the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, at the base of Ngulia hills .It is a 70 sq. kilometer surrounded by a meter-high electric fence and is home to 30 black rhino. In addition, the black lava flow outside the chyulu gate and climbing the chaimu crater makes an experience at Tsavo west a memorable one.

TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
These rolling scrub-covered hills are home to large herds of elephants, usually covered with dust. The Kanderi swamp within the park is home to a variety of wildlife. The same thing with the Aruba Dam, built across the Voi River
This is one of the country's main attractions, with its natural beauty, endless sand and coral reefs, which are incomparable with anywhere else in the world. It offers a combination of historical sites, trading ports with a strong Arab - Muslim influence, impressive beaches, diving opportunities, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and a variety of wild game and bird species.


SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK

All these are found along the Ewaso Ngiro River and cover an area of 300sq.kilometre.This permanent river support a variety of wild game such as elephant, buffalo, cheeter, leopard, lion, dik-dik, warthog, Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, giraffe, Somali ostrich and crocodiles

 

 

 

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

This is a 392 sq. km park with a spectacular background of Africa's highest peak; Mt. Kilimanjaro which broods on the southern end of the park. Game are easy to spot in this park and you stand the best chance of seeing the black rhino.Amboseli also has a large concentration of elephant and such other game as lion, buffalo, gazelle, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena, jackal, monkey, Masai giraffe, zebra and baboon. Game are seen on much of the route to the park, which crosses archer plains where Masai tend their cattle in an age-old tradition. For an aerial view of the mountain and the plains, take a microlight flight.

NAIROBI CITY ATTRACTIONS

Nairobi City
Nairobi City is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. This is a very cosmopolitan place, lively, interesting, pleasantly landscaped and a good place to get essential business and bureaucratic matters sewn up. Nairobi has very good places of entertainment such as films on big screens, bookshops, discos, restaurants, cafes and bars full of travelers from all over the world, offices where you can have things done quickly and efficient post services. The city is also the first destination for travelers going to northern Tanzania.

National Museum

This exhibit cultures of the different peoples of Kenya and its prominent personalities. It also has excellent display of fossils and a stunning recreation of a prehistoric rock site. There is also an extraordinary cast on the floor, which clearly records the footprints of Man's direct ancestor (Homo Erectus) dating 4 million years ago. It also has more than 900 stuffed and mounted bird species.

Snake Park
This is a living example of most of the snake species found in East Africa. Some of them are in glass cages others in open pits. There are also tortoise and crocodiles.
National Archives
Seen here are photographs, exhibitions of handicrafts, paintings and journals of Kenya's history.
Railway Museum
Displays of old steam engines and rolling stock. It gives an idea of Kenya's history since the colonial period. There is also a scale model of the venerable MV LUMBU, which plies between Mpulungu (Zambia) and Bujumbura (Burundi).Other sites are -Kenyatta International Conference Center, the parliament building, contemporary galleries, a Masai curio market, the colorful city market and many of Nairobi's historical buildings.
Nairobi National park and Bomas of Kenya
This is the most accessible of all Kenya's game parks, being only a few kilometers from the city center. Here you will be able to see a variety of wild animals such as gazelle, oryx, lion, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, cheetah Leopard, and black rhino. A Bomas is a homestead and the Bomas of Kenya provides a recreation of Kenya's traditional life and cultures of its people. The greatest excitement at the Bomas is the display of traditional dancing, music and songs performed in a splendid area.
The Ostrich Park
This is a good place for family excursion where you can feed ostriches, see artisans at work making handicrafts and there's also a good kid's playground.

Karen Blixen Museum/Giraffe Center
This is the home of the famous Karen Blixen of the 'OUT OF AFRICA' film and visitors are able to go through historical life of this fantastic woman. At the giraffe manor, you come face to face, admire and feed the majestic rare Rothschild Giraffe.

 

 

 

MOMBASA CITY AND COAST ATTRACTIONS

FORT JESUS

This fortress was built in 1593 by the Portuguese and is today a museum. The most interesting features in the fort are the Omani house, The audience hall, and the passage of the Arches, exhibits of carvings and many others.
Other attractions in Mombasa City are the famous elephant tusks in Moi Avenue and the Akamba wood carvers' center.


THE OLD TOWN

This is an interesting area to walk around. The old town consists of old houses dating to 100 years, with a variety of architectural structures based on Swahili, Indian and British cultures. The main attractions with these houses are the carved doors and doorframes and palms thatched or tile roofing.

SOUTH OF MOMBASA
The beaches are the main attractions here. These are white coral sand and are protected by a coral reef; thus, the danger of Shark attack when swimming is completely eliminated. Some examples of these beaches are; Shelly, Tiwi, and Diani. At Tiwi, snorkeling and diving expeditions are available. At Shimoni and Wasini Island, there are Muslim ruins, coral gardens, and the Kisite Marine National Park that also offers snorkeling, diving and dhow trip. Situated south of Mombasa is the magnificent Shimba HillsReserve, with superb views over the Indian Ocean to the east and bush country to the west. Among these cool and rolling hills with tropical forest streams and waterfalls, live buffalo, leopard, elephant and the rare Sable antelope as well as a colorful variety of bird species.

NORTH OF MOMBASA
This is where we have the Mamba Village, which is a crocodile farm set among streams, waterfalls and wooden bridges. There is also the Bamburi Nature Trail, which was created on reclaimed and reforested areas damaged by cement production activities. It is a mini replica of a wildlife park with such animals as oryx, waterbuck, buffalo and a variety of birds. The complex also includes a fish farm, crocodile farm, a reptile pit and a plant nursery.

KILIFI

MNARANI

This was one of the strings of Swahili city-states dotting the East African coast, to the end of the 14th century. The main ruins here include; theGreat mosque, Tombs, and a small mosque dating the 16-century, parts of the town wall and a deepwell.
WATAMU
This is a beach resort development with its own Marine National Reserve and has the most impressive coral reef, with clear underground visibility.
GEDI RUINS
This is one of the famous tourist attraction at the coast because of the extensive ruins of this Arab- Swahili town, built of coral lime and earth. Other main ruins found here are - the Great Mosque, the Palace, Houses and a host of butterfly species in the Butterfly Farm. There are also a number of deep wells.
MALINDI
Malindi town dates back to 14th century and was an important Swahili settlement .The main attractions here are: the Vasco da Gama pillar, the cross he erected as a navigational aid and the Portuguese church. There is also Malindi Marine National Park where you take a glass-bottomed boat to the coral reef, Snorkeling, and its beautiful beach. There is also a snake park and The Kenya Falconry, which has a large number of caged birds of prey, tortoises, and chimps. Other activities in Malindi are Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and wind surfing.

LAMU
This is Kenya's oldest town, dating back to 14th century and has been nicknamed the Kathmandu of Africa. It is a place of fantasy and other worldliness wrapped in a cloak of medieval romance. It is a remote, unique and has fascinating, self - contained societies with unique culture. The Shela beach is one of the most relaxing and pleasurable places you will ever have the pleasure to visit. The main attraction sites are the town buildings (with narrow streets, traditional houses of coral -rag blocks, wooden floors, makuti roofs and intricately calved shatters for windows). Others are the Lamu museum, Lamu fort, the Donkey sanctuary, Matondoni and Kipongani villages, dhow trips, beaches and the Islands around Lamu such as Manda, and Pate where you have snorkeling and surfing activities.

MT.KENYA
Mount Kenya national park stretches across the equator, 193 km North-East of Nairobi and 480 km from the Kenya coast and covers an area of 580Sq. Kms. Altitude: 1,600 - 5,199m At 5199m high, it is Africa's second highest mountain, with Mt. Kenya Peakgleaming and eroded snow-capped peaks, which can be seen for miles. It is a broad, large symmetrical volcano cone whose diameter at the base is about 12 km, dating between 2 to 3 million years ago. There are three peaks; Mbatian, 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana. Most visitors are able to reach the more accessible Point Lenana at 4,985 m and many visitors enjoy simple high altitude walks. Points Mbatian and Nelion requires are only climbed by technical climbers only. Accomodation while trekking is in huts, and Tents (campsites).
Wildlife below the Park boundary include elephant, buffalo, antelope, and the rare bongo, also found in the nearby Aberdares national park. Mount Kenya can be climbed anytime of the year though the best times for visiting Mount Kenya and the National Park are December to February and July, August through to late October, when there are no rains. The magnificent views over the surrounding country from point Lenana and other high points around the main peaks and trekking on this mountain is a priority among tourists. The forest surrounding the mountain support a large variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, monkey, antelope, lion, zebra, eland, rock hyrax, giant forest hogs, leopard, mole-rat, and various species of birds such as eagle, vulture, and sunbird among others.

TANZANIA

NGORONGORO
One of the world's largest craters containing prolific wildlife. It is a 20-km wide volcanic crater with 600m walls, packed with just about every species of wildlife to be found in East Africa. The crater floor has been compared to Noah's Ark and the Garden of Eden. Animals seen are: lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Thomson gazelle, Zebra, Reedbuck and Flamingos in Lake Magadi - the Soda Lake on the floor of the crater. This is a favored spot for wildlife and the local Masai tribespeople because there is permanent water and grassland on the crater floor. You can visit Ngorongoro crater any time of the year, though the months of April and May are extremely wet.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This is Tanzania's most famous Game Park, covering 14763 sq. km, where wildebeest migrate across vast plains and landscape in search of precious grassland. Nowhere else on earth will you see wildebeest, zebra, and antelope in such enormous and mind boggling numbers. The gently rolling Savannah (flat grassland), with bushes and trees only in cluster along riverbanks makes spotting wildlife easy. Other animals seen are lion, hyena, Thomson's gazelle, impala, buffalo, topi, eland, giraffe, elephants, cheeter, rhino, and crocodiles on riverbanks. The hoofed animals are constantly on the move in search of grassland, and are watched and pursued by the predators, which feed off them. This is one of the most incredible sights you will see and the numbers are simply overwhelming. Also seen are the Masai tribespeople grazing cattle in their age-old tradition. Serengeti National Park is also the only Tanzanian Park where you can take HOT AIR BALOON flight similar to those available in Masai Mara in Kenya.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK.
Lake Manyara is a fresh Water Lake in the Rift valley part of Tanzania. This park is generally visited as the first stop of safari, which covers among this park, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Animals seen are hippos, elephant, and birds such as the greater and lesser flamingos, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon, and the famous tree-climbing lions. A village market also exist selling mainly fabrics and crafts.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK.
This is a large park south east of Lake Manyara along the course of the Tarangire River and the swamplands and floodplains which field it from the east. The park fills with herds of zebra, Lions, wildebeest, kongoni, eland, lesser kudu, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, elephant, leopard and rhino.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK.
Arusha National Park is one of the most beautiful and spectacular parks in Tanzania and one of the few you're allowed to walk in (accompanied by a ranger). It has all the features of Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro and supports a wide range of flora and fauna. Main features are;Ngurdoto crater (inhabited by herds of zebra). The Mamelo lakes- shallow and alkaline inhabited by a variety of wader birds; particularly flamingos. Mt. Meru, is 4556m, snow capped and rivals Kilimanjaro. It is a mixture of lush forest and bare rocks and has a spectacular crater. On its eastern side is a sheer cliff face, which rises over 1500m and is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. Animals seen are zebra, waterbuck, Reedbuck, buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, rhinos, hyena, mangoose, dik-dik, warthog, baboon, velvet colobus monkey and leopard.

MT. KILIMANJARO
This is Africa's highest mountain and the most awesome sight. Snowcapped and not yet extinct, at (5895m ), it is surrounded by rain forest and is home to many animals such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, Leopards, and Monkeys. Mt. KilimanjaroMonkeys and Elands are the only animals that can be seen at the summits of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. The snow-capped peak, the dream of scaling the summit, watching dawn break and gazing out over the vast African wildlife, plains and bushland is an experience not to be missed. Kilimanjaro can be trekked at any time of the year, however, there is usually a lot of rain during April, May and November which makes trekking even more challenging.

 

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