Kenya is the most revered safari destinations in East Africa. Furthermore, apart from its fine sand beach, it is also famous for its abundant wildlife and the Great Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara.
Africa’s most sort-after wildlife and the pristine white sand beaches of the Kenyan coast attract tourists in droves. Kenya has many attractions for the typical tourist with a variety of options to choose from. These include fifty-two national parks and game reserves.
At Keron Safaris, we believe that every holiday must be personalized and tailored to your dreams
- Capital City: Nairobi
- Language Spoken: English and Swahili
- There are over 20 mountains and hills in Kenya that encompasses the Kenyan highlands. Most common include; Mount Kenya (highest 5199 meters), Elgon (4321 meters), Kipipiri(3349 meters) and Longonot (2776 meters)
- The most common savannah regions include the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo
- The Great Rift valley offers an abundance of water and birdlife, especially flamingos, pelicans, and fish eagles. Common lake regions include Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Baringo.
- The East African Coast touches the Indian Ocean, thus ensuring year-round warm waters and pristine beaches. Famous beach destinations in Kenya include; Mombasa, Diani (South Coast), Malindi, Lamu, Watamu
THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Customized Safaris for INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, and GROUPS
- Honeymoon, Baby-moon & Anniversaries
- Educational Group Safaris
- Agro Tours
- Kenya Golf Specials
- Cultural Safaris
- Corporate Travel
- Mountain Climbs
- Deep Sea Diving
- Scenic helicopter Safaris
- Hot Air Balloon Safaris
- Anything else that you can imagine…
DESTINATIONS OF INTEREST
The Masai Mara National Reserve lies about 300 km from Nairobi and it is a five-hour drive. You could also fly to Masai Mara in any of the scheduled flights. The reserve is a 40 – 45 minutes flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The Masai Mara National Reserve is spread out over 1,510 sq km.
Masai Mara National Reserve offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The gentle rolling hills and plains make spotting wildlife very easy. The park is also home to a large variety of birds. Over 450 varieties of birds have been recorded out of which as many as 57 are birds of prey! The rivers Mara and Telek intersect the reserve and they are full of hippos and crocodiles. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest that gradually makes way for bush and grassland.
The Masai Mara is actually contiguous to the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park and has the largest collection of wild animals in the whole of Africa.
There is a particularly dramatic “spectacle” from July to October – the annual migration of huge herds of gnus and zebras. Predators such as hyenas, jackals, leopards and lions of course, closely follow these herds. During the migration season, you can see a live display of the drama called “the survival of the fittest.” Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes and gazelles all of which can be observed in their natural habitat. This is one of the definitive experiences of your East African sojourn and is not to be missed.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park lies north west of Mount Kilimanjaro and is along the border of Tanzania. “Home of the African Elephant” Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
Tsavo National Park
The Tsavo East and West form one of the world’s largest game reserves- 13,000 sq. km. Nearly all of Kenya’s wildlife is represented in the two Tsavo parks. The park has a large number of elephant herds.Tsavo West National Park is situated 200 kms south-east of Nairobi. Tsavo East is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest national parks and accounts for 40% of the total land area devoted to game parks in the whole of Kenya!
The northern part of Tsavo East is now the focus of the Kenya Wildlife Services who are investing in appropriate infrastructure to allow tourist visitation. Nevertheless, the Tsavo National Park, founded in 1947, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kenya.
In spite of its arid countryside and savannah vegetation, about 60 species of mammals and 400 different species of birds are to be found here.
The Tsavo is particularly famous because of the “red elephants” which owe their colour to the dust prevalent in this area.
The park is home to lions and cheetahs. There are many antelopes (oryx, kudus, and Grant’s gazelles and giraffe gazelles), Burchell’s zebras, Masai giraffes, baboons and vervet monkeys. Of the birds, the most impressive is the Masai ostrich. In areas such as Mzima springs, crocodiles and hippos can be seen wallowing in the waters.
Samburu and Shaba Reserves
The Shaba Reserve is actually part of three national reserves located on opposite banks of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River. The other two reserves are the Buffalo Springs and the Samburu Reserve. It is 340 kms to the north- north-east of Nairobi.
Samburu-Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve include in their boundaries all the flora and fauna to be found in the north of Kenya. The dry grasslands interspersed with acacias are interrupted from time to time by rich green vegetation, wherever enough water is present, e.g. the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River (with its huge Nile crocodiles) or in marsh regions. This countryside is dotted with volcanic peaks, and offers sanctuary to a wide variety of animals.
Animals to be viewed here include the baboon, reticulated giraffes, elephants, waterbucks, gerenuks and Grevy’s zebras. Lions and cheetahs are not so common, but plenty of leopards can be sighted.
Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare is an isolated volcanic range in the eastern portion of the Rift Valley. It stretches nearly 100 kms in the north-south direction between the city of Nairobi and the Thomson’s falls. This land has rich reddish, fertile volcanic soil.
The foothills of the Aberdare National Park are covered with huge trees, which thin out and give way to bamboo forests as you climb higher.
From about 3,000 metres upwards the landscape consists primarily of alpine moorland.
Still higher is an area of grassland with, from time to time, giant lobelias presenting an attractive contrast. The park is blessed with crystal clear streams, waterfalls and lakes teeming with fish. This is an ideal habitat for a wide variety of mammals and birds. The wildlife in this territory is still very shy, and the lodges often have to put out salt-licks to attract the animals.
As a Tourist Destination, Laikpia’s offers something for everyone
The Laikipika plateau is situated in Central Kenya and it is one of the seventy-one districts of Kenya. The district has large privately owned ranches that cover many types of terrain and is rich in wildlife.
The Laikipia Plateau is often called the last stronghold of romantic East Africa. It features vast open ranches, with the snow-capped Mount Kenya in the background. The district houses ethnically diverse communities including the Mukogodo Masai and Samburu. These indigenous tribal people have partnered with the settlers and ranchers to create a two million acres (800,000 hectares) wild savannah conservation and wildlife haven.
The land of Laikipia is fed by the Ewaso Nyiro and Ewaso Narok rivers, Laikipia’s abundant plains have long nurtured exceptional diversity. Even today traditional resources remain the mainstay of the community- The main occupations being wheat farming and livestock ranching to wildlife conservation and now tourism.
As a tourist destination, Laikipia’s offers something for everyone. You can choose between a wildlife conservation activity holidays, to simply taking a break from your routine life.
The more active tourist or visitor can participate in the annual Lewa Downs Cross-Country Marathon. This is one of the most spectacular runs at an altitude of around 3000 metres. It is considered one amongst the most grueling challenges for runners from all over the world.
The district is an ideal location for catching the “Big Five” in their natural habitat. (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo). Laikipia is also home to the largest number of endangered mammals in Kenya.
The conservancy protects half of Kenya’s black rhino population in the Solio, Lewa, Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta and Ol Ari Nyiro Sanctuaries. Kenya’s second largest herds of elephant (over 3,200 at last count) outside the Tsavo National Park reside here and this is the last refuge of the endangered Jackson’s Hartebeest.
Other animals in the conservancy include the Wild dog, leopard, lion, cheetah and other predators that hunt the plentiful plains game viz., impala, gazelle, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and gerenuk.
Laikipia offers diverse scenery from the peaks of Mount Kenya to the boundaries of the Great Rift Valley. The views comprise of dusty plains and green grasslands, interspersed with rocky hills, rivers, and waterholes.
The Laikipia ecosystem is an experiment in ecotourism. Here the local residents and the administration demonstrate the viability and sustainability of wildlife tourism as an economic resource.
The conservancy is home to world class community owned tourism projects such as IL Ngwesi, Tassia, Koija, Loisaba amongst others.
Sweetwaters and Ol Pejeta Sanctuary
The Pejeta Sanctuary is a 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya. It boasts an astounding variety of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzees and the big 5 (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion). The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
The Pejeta Sanctuary works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and community development.
It is home to over 40 chimpanzees, 73 endangered black rhino, 5 endangered white rhinos, elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo, and grevy zebra, giraffe, cheetah, Thomson’s gazelle, black-back jackals, ostrich, Grant’s gazelle, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, eland and several hundred bird species.
At Pejeta, one has the option of three different choices of accommodation, Sweetwater tented camp or the Ol Pejeta House, and for those looking for “rustic luxury”, the Porini Rhino camp would be your best choice!
Sweetwater tented camp offers fine quality tented accommodation overlooking a large watering hole backed by a spectacular view of Mount Kenya, a lovely swimming pool and a game viewing bar. Ol Pejeta house offers large luxurious rooms, a stunning garden with watering hole, and two swimming pools. At Sweetwater, one has the opportunity to meet and greet Morani the tame black rhino and to go and see chimpanzees living naturally within their dedicated sanctuary. Sweetwater Tented Camp also offers a true safari experience with night drives, bush walks and breakfast in the wild.
At Porini Rhino camp, along with a more intimate experience, as you will be no more than 12 persons at a given time, you will enjoy guided walks, day and night game drives, bush breakfast or lunch, sundowners, as well as interactive visits with the locals.
Lamu is a historical Swahili town located on the East African Coast. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 with its origin dating back to the 18 century.
It is an archipelago of Islands on the Kenyan Northern Coast. It consists of the three islands of Lamu, Manda, and Pate, together with some smaller islands such as Ndau and Kiwayuu. This Archipelago’s history bears the influence of age-old cultures carried by the Indian Ocean trade winds to the east African coast for centuries. Nowadays tourist likes to come to Lamu for some relaxation after their Safari.
Old Town Lamu is made up of a labyrinth of narrow little alleys that are said to resemble old Delhi or Marrakech Souks. There are very few cars in here, and everyone else gets around on donkeys. Although there are a number of fiberglass boats, Dhows are an integral part of life and are still being used to carry passages and cargo to and from the mainland.
On the Island, the most important settlements to see are the town of Lamu and the village of Shella. On Pate Island, the largest settlements are Pate, Siyu, and Faza. As for Manda Island, at the beginning of the 19th century, it was uninhabited. Growth in tourism has now seen several deluxe resorts come up on the island giving a livelihood to the small population on the island.
Lamu is the most important islands in the archipelago. It has an excellent natural harbor and mangrove forests flank its west, north and north-east sides. On the south of the island, there is a sandy beach that rises to a height of about twenty meters at the estuary of Lamu Bay. The village of Shela is located here. The village site is probably over five hundred years old and reached its zenith in the middle of the last century. The village is a maze of winding, sandy lanes, traditional Swahili houses, mosques and a couple of hotels. On the other side of the Island is Lamu Sea Front and the small village of Kipungani from which a navigable channel runs parallel to the shore up to the fishing village of Matondoni and continues in a southerly direction towards Lamu town about two miles north of the open sea.
Kilifi, Gedi, Watamu & Malindi
Up north from Mombasa lie several creeks, where resorts have developed over the years offering the discerning travel a more laid-back environment.
Creek, an idyllic little town is the closest to Mombassa.
Gedi Ruins, a lost city, seemingly abandoned overnight, lies at the entrance of yet another beautiful private beach, Watamu.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, the last of the great indigenous coastal forests and one of the most important nature conservation sites in East Africa is accessible from Watamu.
Another 25 kms north takes us to Malindi a fishing village and the first landing spot of Vasco da Gama in 1498.
Although now an important tourist area, Malindi still retains the atmosphere of a Swahili fishing village. Near to Malindi, on the road north is a spectacular gorge of eroded rock known as “Hell’s Kitchen”.
Divers and snorkelers will enjoy the Watamu and Malindi Marine National Parks and the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. Big-game fishing is a popular sport at Watamu with season being from October to April.
Meru National Park
The Meru National Park is located 348 kms away from Nairobi, in the Meru district of the Eastern province. The Meru National Park became famous because it was here that Joy Adamson set her lioness Elsa free and because it is in this park that the last white rhinos in Kenya lived until 1988. The park has now fully re-opened to visitors since early 2000 and offers unique luxury accommodation. This area is a transition point from central Kenyan to northern Kenyan wildlife, and you can see here Burchell’s zebras, Grevy’s zebras, Masai and reticulated giraffes, Grant’s gazelles and gerenuks. The park is criss-crossed by numerous streams and by the Tana River, the longest in Kenya, all of which attract an interesting variety of animals. The waters are populated by crocodiles, hippos and water-fowl as well as herons.
Mt Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park is located 470 kms away from Nairobi on the western border of Kenya with Uganda.
Mount Elgon is Kenya’s second highest mountain. It is an ancient eroded volcano that erupted over 24 million years ago. On its summit is a huge flat-topped basalt column called Koitobos.
The park is home to a variety of plants and wildlife, and it is endowed with a breathtaking panorama of cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, mesas, calderas, hot springs, and the mountain peaks.
The most popular areas to visit are the four vast caves, which are frequented by night-visitors such as elephants and buffaloes. These animals come to lick the natural salt found on the cave walls.
The Kitum cave, with overhanging crystalline walls, enters 200 metres into the side of Mount Elgon. The breathtaking natural beauty of the park can be best appreciated from the Endebbe’s Bluff where one gets a panoramic view of the area’s escarpments, gorges, mesas, and rivers. The highest peak of Mount Elgon on the Kenyan side, Koitoboss, measures 13,852 feet (4,155 metres), and is easily reached by hikers in about two hours from the road’s end.
Perhaps the last remaining Equatorial Rainforests in Tropical Africa. The Kakamega Forest is located 380 kms away from Nairobi in the western province of Kenya. The forest is considered to be the easternmost remnant of the low land Congolean rainforest in central Africa. It is the only example of a mid-altitude rain-forest in Kenya.
The Kakamega Forest contains specimen of both the Low land and highland species. Its West African affinities are unique in Kenya and the forest contains many species found nowhere else in the country. Wildlife that can be found here are the aardvark; the olive baboon; the bushbuck; the African Palm civet, the black and white colobus monkeys; the blue duiker, the common duiker, the red duiker; the large-spotted genet; the African hare; the East African hedgehog; the hippopotamus; the hyena and so on.