Safaris in East Africa were made famous a century ago by big game hunters such as Frederick Selous, Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt. Times have changed and the emphasis on hunting is now considerably reduced, but Kenya continues to be rated very highly as a photographic wildlife safari destination and offers a kaleidoscope of experiences and encounters for a unique and memorable African adventure. With the immense Lake Victoria straddling its western border, and the Indian Ocean washing its eastern shores, Kenya is truly a land of great contrasts. Roughly the size of Texas, Kenya has the Equator running almost exactly half way across the country. From the snow covered peaks of Mount Kenya to the great beaches, the scenery includes deserts, mountains, forests, lakes and savannas all of which offer the traveler a staggering diversity of wildlife. Cutting through the country in a north-south direction is the Great Rift Valley. It is here you will find a string of lakes and a number of dormant volcanoes. In the central area, on the eastern side of the Rift, Mount Kenya (Kenya’s highest mountain) and the Aberdare mountain range rise up to form the Highlands region. The Mara River rises in the Mau forest and flows west through the Masai Mara National Reserve and into neighbouring Tanzania’s Serengeti, flowing from there into Lake Victoria. Kenya enjoys a beautiful climate with warm days and cool nights. The coast can get hot and humid but breezes off the Indian Ocean provide welcome respite. For most of the country the main rains usually occur during March to May, followed by a short rainy season from the end of October to December. Rainfall varies across the country. Some of the best wildlife viewing areas are Amboseli National Park (dominated by the snow covered Mt Kilimanjaro) and the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, renowned for its abundance of big game and many predators, particularly during the annual great wildebeest migration. But there is so much more to Kenya that just these areas … Three national reserves in the north east are Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba. These reserves are noteworthy for good sightings of the Grevy’s zebra (an endangered species), herds of beisa oryx and the long necked gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks lie to the south and east of the country and Lake Nakuru is noted for its huge flocks of flamingoes. Kenya has 1075 bird species and is attracting increasing numbers of ornithologists and bird-watchers. Kenya is actively doing its part to conserve its incredible natural and wildlife reserves. Wildlife conservation has been introduced into the public school curriculum. Kenya has an established record of cooperation with international conservation organizations. The impressive Maasai people have become an icon for Kenya their bright scarlet shukas and firm attachment to their traditional life have drawn many tourists to Kenya. The peoples of Kenya are many and varied. Travelers will meet, for example, Kikuyu and Samburu peoples and in the north, the Turkana.
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