Kenya is one of the big names when it comes to African safaris.
There are many national parks in Kenya and when you go on safari in Kenya, you will spend much of your time there. Each park is uniquely different but they all provide visitors with exciting opportunities and adventures.
The park attractions feature comfortable and even luxurious accommodations, native foods, wildlife tours, interactions with native tribesmen and the chance to really experience the African life.
The Kakamega Forest is a Kenyan preserve with a diverse ecosystem of its own. BIOTA East has been involved in preserving and documenting this rain forest park for nearly a decade.
This rainforest has stunning beauty and the tree canopy is incredibly dense in many areas. This means less growth of flora at the ground level but there are hundreds of different birds and small mammals that make their home in the Kagamega Forest. This area is where you will also find more dangerous creatures such as the Black Mamba and Kakamega Forest Cobra.
The Masai Mara National Park and Game Reserve is part of the beautiful Serengeti plains. This region is known for its amazing amount of native wildlife. People come here from all over the world just to get a close up view of leopards, lions, cheetahs or wildebeest.
This is the place where you can float over the Serengeti courtesy of a hot air balloon, or position yourself for perfect viewing of the yearly wildebeest migration.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is a national park in Kenya shared with Tanzania, and is just slightly to the northwest of towering Mount Kilimanjaro. A tour of the park can be done in as little as one weekend, but it would take much longer to experience all that it has to offer.
This is a lovely Kenyan attraction that has been designated as a National Park for 41 years. The lake itself is very shallow and it is surrounded by marshes, grasslands, acacia filled woodlands and a series of hills and cliffs.
There are 3 wildlife viewing locations that are superb. If you want to find a prime place to go and look for wildlife you must try “Out of Africa”, “Baboon Cliff” and spectacular “Lion Hill”. Bird enthusiastists will love this region because Lake Nakuru was first established as an avian sanctuary and today it is home to nearly 500 bird species.
Nairobi National Park
Of all the national parks in Kenya, this is the one that you can do in one day!
Aberdares National Park
This park set in the Aberdares mountain range and because of this, the climate is cooler and more comfortable than some of the other national parks in Kenya. Here is where you can venture into some of the most dense woodland forests in the country. There are antelopes and monkeys living in the forest. You will also enjoy viewing the trout streams and amazing waterfalls that are found in this region.
If you want to live “the wildlife experience” you can reserve your room accommodations in the Ark or the Treetops. These are referred to as the “treehouses” and they make hotel life a real adventure.
These buildings are near some salt licks and natural waterholes and you can view the native wildlife from your room window or door. If a lion, hyena or a beautiful leopard is spotted in the vicinity a bell is rung for the guests and this method ensures that you will not miss any truly great animal viewing opportunity.
Kenya Animals – See Them On Safari!
Kenya is unrivaled in its incredible wildlife. There are hundreds of Kenya animals to catch a glimpse of, from the zebra to the rhino, although some are much more common than others.
On a Kenyan safari the sighting of no animal is guaranteed, but if you are traveling with an expert safari guide you might be in luck to spot something a little more special than a zebra.
Lions are the largest big cat found in Africa. Very popular with safaris, the great predators generally live in prides of up to 3 males and a dozen females.
Most active at dawn and dusk, lions can often be found resting in the shade during the day. However, sightings are still considered rare and it is a special thing to see a pride of lions on safari.
Cheetahs and Leopards
The two other big cats found in Kenya are cheetahs and leopards. Both solitary, and hard to spot while on safari, these predators are again likely to be spotted near trees, resting in the shade.
Leopards are the only big cat to take their kill up into a tree to eat and are often left bait near lodges so that tourists can catch a glimpse of the magnificent creature.
While perhaps not as exciting as the big cats, there are often opportunities to see wildebeest, gazelle, kudu and buffalo.
Buffalo are in fact very aggressive and should be avoided by tourists walking on foot. Even in a vehicle it is inadvisable to get too close, especially when buffalo calves are in the herd.
Buffalo kill more people each year than lions; don’t let their docile appearance fool you!
Giraffes and Elephants
Other Kenya animals that are favorites with tourists are giraffes and elephants. The National Park at Amboseli is home to herds of both animal and is one of the best places for sightings.
It is possible to get quite close to the animals in some situations, a truly incredible experience as both giraffes and elephants are huge!
The African Elephant is the largest mammal that lives on the land. Although they can cause trouble when they wander into human colonies or cultivated land, elephants are generally peaceful animals.
Giraffes are the tallest animal on Earth and are quite a sight in the flesh, reaching up to 5.5m high when fully grown.
The two species of rhino found in Kenya are also two of the rarest wildlife sightings while on safari. The black rhino is especially rare, so if you spot one you’re very lucky indeed!
They might look formidable with their two horns, but rhinos are vegetarian and live alone or in pairs. The chances of you coming into contact with them are rare enough, let alone being chased.
Other wildlife found in Kenya includes the hippopotamus, warthogs, crocodiles, baboons, vervets and many different specifies of birds.
Remember that even the best safari guide can’t guarantee you will see any of these Kenya animals.
However, this should mean that you make the most of every second you are experiencing Kenya, it’s culture and wildlife. As if you need any encouragement!