Kenya – Africa in One Country
Saying that Kenya has a lot to offer would be an understatement. The range of landscapes, wildlife, people and cultures leaves little to ask for. Kenya boasts a range of attractions that includes:
- The Big 5
- The wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara
- Tropical beaches
- Coral reefs
- Mount Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain
- Flocks of flamingo on Lake Nakuru
- A rich history of Arabian trade and British colonialism
- The fascinating Maasai people
- The rainforests of Kakamega
- Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake
If you think this list is impressive, consider that Kenya also lies on the equator, borders Lake Victoria and features National Parks such as Tsavo and Hell’s Gate, postcard views of Kilimanjaro, the dreamy islands of the Lamu Archipelago and bustling cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa.
The vast grasslands of the Masai Mara are Kenya’s major wildlife attraction. The annual great migration of wildebeest is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Around July millions of ungulates migrate north from the Serengeti in Tanzania is search of new pasture and make their way back south in October. The vast herds attract Africa’s most feared predators such as lions, cheetahs and hyenas. The rivers of these areas are invested with crocodiles and cause scenes of raw brutality as the large herds cross these obstacles in desperation.
The Masai Mara is also home to Africa’s Big Five. Lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceroses where formerly the most dangerous and prestigious targets for big game hunters. Now they are the most popular objects for professional and amateur wildlife photographers.
A conventional game drive is still a great way to view and photograph Africa’s amazing wildlife, but the magnitude of the great migration is best witnesses with a bird’s eye view. A balloon safari in the Masai Mara will allow you to truly appreciate the scope and drama of the wildebeest migration.
Even though the wildlife is the major draw card for Kenya’s tourism industry, there is so much more to explore – it will take you months to see it all. Whether you like sunny beaches, high mountains, busy cities or beautiful people – Kenya has it all.