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Kenya is regarded by many as the ‘jewel of East Africa’, and has some of the continent’s finest beaches, most magnificent wildlife and scenery, and an incredibly sophisticated tourism infrastructure. For those in search of some adventure, this can be an ideal holiday destination.

Here are some beautiful sites you may want to visit.

Massai Mara national park

 

Maasai Mara National Reserve opened in 1974 is the most popular game park in Kenya. Managed by the Maasai tribe, the area is named after this group of people who first migrated to South Kenya from the Nile Valley in the mid-17th century. The Maasai herdsmen are nomadic people who do not believe in the concept of land ownership and choose instead to live in harmony with the wildlife grazing in the area. The reserve, which occupies a 320-square-kilometre (124-square-mile) chunk of the famous Serengeti plains, is inhabited by many of Africa’s most popular wild animals, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, leopards, black rhinos and hippos. There are also over 500 resident birds in the park including ostrich, lark, sunbird and 57 species of birds of prey. The area is famous for rolling grassland and for the Mara River, which runs through the reserve from north to south. It is also the place for one of nature’s best spectacles – the annual migration from the dry plains of Tanzania of thousands of wildebeest crossing crocodile-infested waters in order to reach more fertile grazing.

 

Amboseli national park

 

Amboseli National Park extends across 392 sq kilometres (151 sq miles) of grassland and swamps at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. It was designated a national park in 1948 and, despite suffering floods in 1993 which caused many of the animals to retreat, it remains one of Africa’s best known game spotting locations. Park residents include baboons, lions, cheetah, black rhino, wildebeest, hippos, gazelles and large herds of elephant. As well as game-viewing, hiking and camping, bird-watching and camel safaris are also popular and visitors can learn about the culture and way of life of the indigenous Maasai population through homestead visits and lectures. More adventurous travellers can arrange to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a local guide.
Mount Kenya

 

Mount Kenya which is an extinct volcano sitting on the Equator, is Africa’s second highest mountain and stands at a height of 5199m (17,058ft). Opened as the Mount Kenya National Park in 1949, the mountain has been revered by local inhabitants for generations and is the official home of ‘Ngai’, the Kikuyu tribe’s Supreme Being. The snowy peak of the volcano was first sighted by an outsider in 1849 – the missionary Johann Ludwig Krapf – although the idea that there could be snow on the Equator was not believed until the British geographer Halford John Mackinder reached the summit in 1899. The park itself, which covers an area of 600 sq km (232 sq miles), offers exotic mountain scenery, starting with upland forest near the bottom and progressing to mountain forest, bamboo forests and glacier peaks. A wide variety of wildlife inhabits the park, some unique to it, including Sykes and Colobus monkeys, buffalo, elephants, black rhinos, leopards, the elusive Bongo antelopes and giant forest hogs. It is also home to many species of birds such as the giant kingfisher, olive pigeons and red-fronted parrots.

 

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  1. simi May 16, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    Hello wakanow.com my wedding is oct and my husband and i want 2go to Kenya for our Honeymoon we r looking forward to visiting Beautiful parks and beaches pls help me organise d trip pls thank Ʊ

    • wakanowtravels May 16, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

      Hello Simi, we would love to help you plan the perfect honeymoon! Please send us an email to holidays@wakanow.com with your desired destination, name of passengers and dates and we will get back to you with the best affordable package for your honeymoon.

      Thank you!

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