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From vast savannahs, rugged volcanic landscapes and endless rainforests - Kenya offers you the African panorama of your dreams. Of course, the landscapes of this East African country are known for their abundant wildlife as well. Numerous national parks and nature reserves are found here and they are well-known for their excellent opportunities for up-close wildlife observation. The highest mountain in the country - and also the second highest in Africa - transfixes visitors with its snow-capped peak, creating a fascinating contrast to the tropical lowlands around it. The Maasai people can also be be experienced during a vist to many of the parks here. Kenya thrills all visitors with its vibrant cultures, spectacular landscapes and thrilling wildlife - all combine to bring you an unforgettable adventure!
Kenya is a very popular safari destination and is in fact often considered the birthplace of the safari. With parks such as the Masai Mara Game Reserve (home to the Great Migration of wildebeests) and the Amboseli National Park (with its huge herds of elephants), you can easily see why. In Kenya, you’ll enjoy seeing the Big 5 of Africa’s wildlife - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinocerous - and so much more. You'll can also experience some of Africa’s rarest and most endangered animals, such as some of the last remaining white rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is the number one safari attraction in Kenya and is famous for both the amount and diversity of wildlife here. Undoubtedly, the Great Migration is key to the reserve’s popularity, as millions of animals migrate from Tanzania into Kenya and back again each year - an awe-inspiring sight to behold. The game reserve is also notable for other wildlife, including the Big 5, as well as numerous other species, such as cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles and much more.
Africa’s second highest mountain certainly draws in its share of admirers. Sitting at just over 17,000 feet, and permanently snow-capped, it dominates the region around it. Sitting in the National Park that bears its name, one can also view game, camp and explore the mountain's caves during a visit.
Situated in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Amboseli National Park is best known as the home of the African elephant and the best location in Africa to view free-roaming herds. The landscape features both swamps and dry lake beds, making for a unique contrast to the dry scrubland and savannah in other parks. A few of the many animals to be found here include cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and over 600 species of birds!
Tsavo East National Park forms the largest national park in Kenya at more than 5,000 square miles. The two main geographic features of the park are the Galana river, which helps support an extremely diverse amount of wildlife, and the Yatta Plateau (an ancient lava flow). Wildlife viewing here is superb and the park is perhaps best known for the dust-red elephant on top of the Big 5 as well as hundreds of bird species.
Located on the earth’s equator, Kenya offers visitors warm to hot temperatures year-round. There is a pronounced dry season in January and February and from roughly July to October all great times time for safaris - July to October also offers the tremendously exciting great migration of wildebeests and other animals.
For those looking to augment their visit with cultural events and festivals have several opportunities throughout the year. In November, The Mombasa Carnival, perhaps Kenya’s biggest festival, takes place in the multicultural port city of Mombasa and offers exciting street parades and shows off the country’s and city’s numerous cultural communities.
Those who find themselves in northern Kenya in June should visit Lake Turkana and enjoy the annual cultural festival. Here the eight communities that live in the region come together to celebrate their cultural richness over several days.
For a rather unique event, visitors should definitely check out the Maralal Camel Derby, held every August in the small central Kenyan town of Maralal. You’ll be sure to get caught up in the frenzy as the raucous crowds cheer on their favourite camels - this race draws in an international crowd of racers and spectators and is a unique spectacle.
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