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6 must visit places in Kenya

The concept of the safari was born in Kenya where in Kiswahili the word safari means "journey”. East Africa has the reputation as the quintessential safari destination for good reason. The region’s dramatic contrasts and endless array of ecosystems showcases a vareity of wildlife, making this one of the top destinations for African safari vacationers.

These are Lion World Travel's 6 must visit locations every traveler should visit on their next Kenyan adventure.


Masai Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Kenya’s most beloved safari destinations with an incredible amount of biodiversity in its almost 600 square miles of land mass.

Masai Mara National Reserve is a photographer’s paradise, with an abundant amount of viewing opportunities of animals including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah.

The show stopping performance of the wildebeest migration and the unique culture of the Maasai people, ensures that "The Mara" is a must on every travelers bucket list.

The Wildebeest Migration

The "Great Wildebeest Migration" is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement of over 2 million wildebeest, zebras and Grant’s gazelle. From the months of July to September the Mara welcomes the greatest show on earth as travelers will able to witness the Migration Season. This is one of the most unforgettable adventures that every traveler in Kenya must see.

People and Culture

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in Africa of semi-nomadic people settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinct traditions, customs and their residence near the many national game parks in the Eastern parts of Africa, the Masai are known internationally because of their links to various national parks and reserves.

The Maasai warriors coming of age ceremony is known as eunoto and it can involve more than ten days of singing, dancing and ritualistic dance which includes the competitive jumping for which the Maasai are perhaps best known. For a more indepth experience of this culture Me to WE adventure allows for travelers to have direct contact and contribution to the well being of the Maasai Mara people.


Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

The reserve is near much of the wildlife and is famous for its abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Elephants and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). Large predators such as the Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, wild dogs and birdlife are a common attraction to this protected area.


Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 360 km wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. Situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises, which it then reinvests in the conservation park and nearby community development.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has over 10000 large mammals and it is the only park where the big 5 can be seen.


Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", this is one of the main reasons as to why it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five diverse ranging ecosystems here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.


Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita is set within the eastern portion of the Rift Valley, the lake was produced approximately 12 million years ago, and today much of the lake is part of the private Soysambu Conservancy. The area is much less visited than other natural attractions in the region, ensuring travelers are able to enjoy privacy and solitude in a wondrous volcanic landscape.

Although the lake region has fewer mammalian species than other areas in East Africa, more than 10,000 animals roam the conservancy property. You may see Rothschild giraffes amongst the acacia trees removing tender leaves from branches while adeptly avoiding the treacherous thorns. Lake Elementaita is also home to the tufted-eared caracal, golden and striped jackals and other smaller predators.


Tsavo National Park

Tsavo is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world.

Lion World Travel can assist you in taking a custom safari to Tsavo East, Tsavo West or both parts of the park. There are times that Tsavo West may be the more popular option, contact to one of our Africa specialists to help you decide, which park is the best option.

Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart with swamps including Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. The west side of the national park is known for it's variety in bird life and for its large mammal’s including the variety of black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and the Masai lion. Smaller animals can be spotted in the park as well such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.

These amazing locations should be on your next trip to Kenya.


What are people saying about our Kenya trips

"I chose Lion World Travel for my bucket list African safari vacation. It was my first time travelling to Africa and I wanted to see the last two Northern White Rhinos so going to Ol Pejeta was the number reason for booking the Luxury Kenya tour through Lion World.

My travel consultant was great, always answering any questions quickly and putting my worries at ease. Upon arrival in Kenya, the in country Lion World staff was incredible - they treated us like royalty and the tour was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more.

The accommodations were truly wonderful, our guides and drivers were fantastic - doing everything in their power to ensure we got to see as many of the animals we could and giving us the time we needed to take photos etc. I came home and immediately starting thinking about my next adventure - and have told a number of friends that are thinking of Africa that Lion World is the way to go!

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When to go

It's generally sunny, dry and not too hot for most of the year despite being situated on the Equator.

The main rainy seasons are from April to May (long rains) and November to December (short rains).

  • Summer (September to March)
  • Autumn (April to May)
  • Winter (June to August)

Weather

The Central Highlands and Nairobi enjoy a very nice climate for most of the year with temperatures ranging from a low of 50°F (10°C) in winter to 80°F (26 °C) in summer.

Northern Kenya is a fairly arid region with little rainfall and abundant sunshine year round. Average temperatures vary between 104 and 68°F (40 and 20 °C).

Western Kenya & Masaai Mara is generally hot and humid with abundant sunshine year round.


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