The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is believed to be one of the greatest wildlife reserves in the whole of Africa. With 200 square miles of woodlands, plains, rivers, and forests, the reserve simply known as the Mara serves as home to a diverse and extensive animal community.
The Mara is host to the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every July to October, roughly 1.3 million wildebeest migrate from the nearby Serengeti plains to the Mara, as one thundering, massive herd.
The Mara is also known as the Kingdom of Lions. The lions dominate the grasslands of Mara, as powerful hunters that have earned them the moniker “the Kings of the Animal Kingdom.”
Of all the parks and reserves in Kenya, the Mara provides the best service to tourists. Accommodations are available for any budget, and the reserve is an ideal site for safaris.
Wildlife move in and out of the Mara freely, showing the importance that the reserve puts in the natural life of these animals.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West
Tsavo East and Tsavo West are twin national parks that, when put together, are bigger than the whole of Jamaica.
Between the two national parks, the land area is estimated at 10 million acres of wilderness that includes savannahs, hills, forests, and rivers. This wide area holds numerous wonderful sites for tourists to explore.
Tsavo is a paradise for birdwatchers. There are numerous kinds of hornbills, weavers, rollers, sunbirds, and raptors – all of which can be seen living in their natural habitat.
Tsavo is also home to amazing geographical formations. One of these is the Lugard Falls, wherein raging white water crashes through massive rock formations.
The volcanic Mzima Springs is another attraction in Tsavo, producing 50 million gallons of sparkling fresh water each day.
These natural springs serve as home to hippopotamuses, which you can observe through an underwater observatory.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West shows you just how grand and majestic nature can be if left to flourish on their own.
Malindi and Watamu
The town of Malindi and the village of Watamu are near each other, and both offer a tranquil break to tourists.
Malindi is right in the middle of a strip of tropical beaches. Watamu, likewise, is the site of wide beaches with white sand.
In the two locales, you can find several beach resorts and rental guest houses lining the shore for your accommodations.
A marine national park has been put up at Watamu. It is a favorite destination for divers and snorkelers.
Northwest of Malindi is the Marafa Depression – an otherworldly landscape of gorges made from sandstone and gullies. The locals call it Nyari; the rest of the world calls it Hell’s Kitchen.
The nearby Arabuko Sokoke Forest hides a secret: the lost town of Gedi, which was a Swahili trading town. It is now just a collection of twisting passages and eroding walls, all telling a tale of the town’s past.
Lamu is an idyllic tropical island in Kenya. While you are in this island, you will feel that time goes slowly, as everyone lives their lives in a relaxed and peaceful rhythm.
The island is beautiful on its own, with rolling dunes everywhere and endless beaches stretched along the coast. Tiny villages are all around, some nestled among plantations of coconuts and mangoes and some etched into the coastlines.
The real attraction of the island of Lamu, however, is its Old Town.
Established in the 14th century, the narrow streets of the Old Town of Lamu remain unchanged from then until now. The squares and markets of the Old Town let you take a look back in time, when there were no vehicles available, just donkeys and dhows – small boats with sails.
Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa.
Characterized by its ragged peaks and rare equatorial snow, the mountain is as awe-inspiring as any mountain can be.
Additionally, the mountain is surrounded on all sides by a dense forest that is teeming with animal and plant life.
In local folklore, this peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai – the god of the Kikuyu people of Kenya.
In their tradition, the Kikuyu all built their homes facing Mount Kenya. Their name for it is Kirinyaga, or “Place of Light.”
The true summit of the mountain, at a staggering 5,199 meters, is very difficult to climb for most mountain climbers. However, Point Lenana, the lesser peak at 4,985 meters, is much easier to climb. Any fit hiker can reach its summit.
For tourists who don’t want to climb to the summit – an activity that takes 3 to 5 days – the forests surrounding Mount Kenya are also an ideal trip location for their game viewing and fishing spots.