Visitors who go on safari in Kenya usually hope to see the "big five", and while the likelihood to spot lions are really good, rhinos can be a problem at times. Not, however, when you choose to visit Lake Nakuru natiional park which has about the highest density of black and white rhino in Kenya. Especially in the wetlands at the southern end of the lake you will not find it difficult to spot these impressive, tank-like animals. Of course, the lake is also well known for its waterbirds, especially flamingos and pelicans
early woke up, breakfast, and go.....................right in the middle of the ocean we start seeing dolphins...........Ali whistled and soon they were all near the boat.
I decided not to fish anymore after I could touch one of these delicious dolphin.
and spent the rest of the day laying under the sun. Even if you do not like fishing or snorkeling, it's nice to have a boattrip. You will discover many small beaches, otherwise impossible to reach. Ask to have lobster fishes and grilled ; usually rice comes with and you will have a delicious meal. Stunning Mangrovia also worth the trip.
A Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park (see my Lake Nakuru Pages for more pics and info) is definately a must. Based around the soda lake of Lake Nakuru it is home to those thousands of Pink flamingos and many bird life as well as a large variety of other animals including Rhino, Giraffe, Impala, Lion and much more. The park itself is absolutely georgeous, and there is an amazing view point at the top of Baboon cliff over looking the park and Lake Nakuru.
See my Lake Nakuru page for more photos.
One of the most well known tribes in all of Africa, the Maasai are famous for upholding their traditions and though don't like to be photographed in general, they allow visitors to come and see the way they live and take photos in special displays of their dance, song and sell their very well renowned jewellery.
The Maasai make up 1.5 percent of the population in Kenya and live a nomadic lifestyle. Their most important wealth are their cattle. Maasai families live in an Enkang (a form of enclosure or stockade) formed by a thick round 'fence' of sharp thorn bushes; this protects the tribe and their cattle, especially at night, from rival tribes and other predators.
What I found really amazing is their sense of pride in their identity. Still living in these style of villages which they move to and from today and still wearing their traditional blankets and clothing and jewellery, they are a very proud group of people who I found facinating to meet.
See my Masai Mara page for more photos.
This would have to be one of the best experiences I had in Kenya. Drifting like on a cloud above a herd of 24 elephants on a day where if in a vehicle doing a game drive instead would no doubt have been bogged, followed by one of the most amazing breakfasts you could possibly had, on tables literally set up in the middle of nowhere in the Mara with waiters dressed up like it is a 5 star restaurant to serve you. See my Masai Mara pages for more, but simply this was the best way to see any of Africa you could imagine.
See my Masai Mara page for more photos.
It's a must to go on a "Safari" when you are in africa. In swahili "Safari" means journey or expedition.
When you are in Kenya i think Tsavo is a "must" to visit, it's the biggest nathionalpark in Kenya - It's where Finch Hatton crashed with his airplane (Karen Blixen's lover)
And it's where the Man-Eating lions terrefied the workers of the Mombasa-Nairobi railway when it was buildt in 1898
My pictures is taken in November 2002 after "the short rains" which makes the scenary green and beautiful.
I can recommend BUSHWORKERS TOURS Located in Ukunda. Daniel Mwai is the man to contact. He may arrange your trip, reasonable in price , and with experienced safari-drivers from a reliable company (Janoland tours)
Take a look at the website below.
I always like to relax a few days at the coast,before i go on a Safari trip -And Daniel is the man to get in touch with , to arrange it!
It is the farmhouse where Karen Blixen lived from 1914 till 1931. The museum is open daily between 09:30 am and 06:00 pm. Entry costs will be around Ksh. 200.
Try to see the film "Out of Africa " before you go.
Museum Curator: Mary Sefu
P.O. Box 40658
Just 30 mins from the city centre the National Park is the closest you will get to see lions if you visit Nairobi.
Best thing to do is hire a taxi and agree the day rate before hand. You don't really need a 4WD vehicle although it adds to the Safari experience. I can get a mate to take you, just email me.
If you can, take a packed lunch LOTS of water and a blanket (in case you get stuck in the mud in the rainy season and have to spend the night there) and for the fastidious, always remember the loo roll. Binoculars and camera please, also sunscreen and hats. Spend the day here, you can't get lost, visit Hippo Pools, The Observtion Point, The Ivory Burning Site and the various picnic sites, be aware that baboons often visit the picnickers in the hope of stealing food, don't argue with them, just go hungry and avoid getting bitten at all costs.
I spent lots of time in there with guests and on my own, perfectly safe if you don't get out of the car near rhino or lion and only at designated sites, but do keep a sharp eye out, the animals don't know it is a picnic site. Don't walk around with food in your hand, monkeys will nick it off you and bite you if you don't give it up easily. Bird watching is the finest activity there, lots of species, costs around $27 for non residents, 500Ksh with a safari smart card for residents. Good restaurant, Rangers, for fairly decent food before you start the safari, also good loos (remember your own paper.)
I last visited January 2011. The best thing to do pricewise is to hire a taxi to take you there. Some rip off tour companies would charge you $70 per person. Residents pay about 300/- (£3) and non residents about 700Ksh (£7) to get in. It's all gone up in price, although the handful of cattle cake they give you to feed the giraffes is free. If you are resident, you need to bring your ID card along.
The only place you can get REALLY close to giraffe and feed them. The art of feeding a giraffe is to throw the cattle cake pellets into the open mouths, don't try to feed them in the same way you feed a horse, you'll get covered in giraffe spit. A basin and somewhat questionable soap is provided for the unwary to clean themselves up. The water comes out in a dribble so be patient.
This is an education centre with a banda for the school children to exhibit their paintings and learn about wildlife conservation. You can buy the paintings to help raise money for the Centre.
Also has a small cafe with snacks and tea. You can eat in the shade and watch the giraffes close up.
The obligatory fairly pricey souvenir shop is available.
You can also spot Warthog as they hoover up the bits of cattle cake that the giraffe drop as the visitors get their eye in throwing it into the giraffe's mouths from a safe distance.
If you really want a cheap visit, email me and I'll give you a contact.
if you are looking for a place that is - not yet - overtaken by many tourists I´d advise you to go to the Shaba Hills in the semi arid north of Kenya. The National reserve is the smallest of the three in that area, but it has probably the most scenic landscape and there are only two lodges in the park which means it is less crowded. it is set in a migration corridor of elephants wandering between Mt meru and Shaba, so the size of elephant herds might depend on the season. you will still see enough other animals for sure, though.
the roads are good up to Isiolo, they can be quite a challege once you leave the main road. as there is a lot of volcanic rock, punctured tyres are quite common (as you can usually tell when you find a tyre service sign on the parking lot of the lodge)
Take part in one of the guided tours through Kangemi, one of the slums in Nairobi. You’ll experience that the people of kangemi will certainly make you feel welcome. The tour guides, Daniel and Simon are born and living in Kangemi, they show you in four hours different places of Kangemi and the way people try to improve their lifes and work towards a better tomorrow.
You could visit a typical Kangemi house, learn more about the daily life in kangemi, you could have a look at the local "Jua kali industry", have a short walk over the local Market, visit an orphanage and much more. You would never see things like that through a usual sightseeing.
Find more information under http://kangemi-slum-tours.freehostia.com
Solio Game Reserve:
Solio Ranch, is a fenced, protected area geared toward Rhino conservation. The private 17,500-acre Solio Game Reserve, 22km north of Nyeri, plays a major part in preserving and breeding black rhinos in Kenya. Most of the hook-lipped horned beasts wandering national parks were actually born here. Its current population of rhinos would make some sub-Saharan countries blush!
The Ranch also supports a very diverse population of raptors. The ranch still lies within a greater area of indigenous woodland that buffers the effect of man a perfect place for conservation efforts.
At Solio the contrast in topography and wildlife in this 18,000 acre reserve is stunning. Huge stands of yellow acacia compliment the higher rolling plains whilst a bountiful marsh, Solio's lifeline, bisects the sanctuary. Over 120 black and white rhinos live here. Most of the plains species can be seen here, the predators, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, as well as two northern species, the reticulated giraffe and the beisa oryx.
Mount Kenya National Park is for the more enduring visitors than the passengers of safari minibusses - at least if they decide to climb Kenya´s highest mountain, second only to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. There are several routes to the summit, one of them only for experiences mountaineers and the others more challegning as the Kili route. Those who have to return without making it to the summit often tried too much (altitude) in too short time - give yourself time to get used to the altitude when trying to climb the mountain.
Of course, you can just as well hike along the lower slopes, enjoying a nature very much different from the savannah of Masai Mara or the Tsavos, or enjoy the panorama from the terrace of hotels in Nanyuki or Naro Moru
on the boat trip you can see dolphins, enjoy snorkelling swimming in glass clear water
and have a very delicious seafood lunch at charlie claws restaurant on the peaceful island of wasini in the very south beach of kenya, near to tanzanian border
I like to tell you about our experience with your African Memorable Safaris. With my wife daughter and son we made the 3-day Tsavo-West+East last October 2009.
And really Geofry, our guide, host and friend made this tour a success. We had a lot of fun, saw the big five (including the black reno) and many, many more, enjoined Geofry's knowledge about Kenia, its population, its way of life, its animals and remarkable knowledge about birds.
We will recommend your company and of course your guide Geofry to all our friends in The Netherlands.
We will never forget this experience.
Dolf, Tineke, Jorg and Dafne van den Berg
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