For the more adventurous at heart, you can ride with camels through landscapes of incredible beauty, raft down rivers past hippos and crocodiles or ride on the slopes of snow-capped Mount Kenya. At Lake, Turkana travelers can see the archaeological sites where man’s earliest ancestors used to live in an environment little changed since that time. Pastoralists still roam the scorching deserts in search of grazing and water in harmony with the myriad wildlife which thrives in this challenging.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
At the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved worldwide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
Nairobi has many parks and open spaces throughout the city. Much of the city has dense tree-cover and plenty of green spaces. The most famous park in Nairobi is Uhuru Park. The park borders the central business district and the neighborhood Upper Hill. Uhuru (Freedom in Swahili) Park is a center for outdoor speeches, services, and rallies. The park was to be built over by former President Daniel Arap Moi, who wanted the 62-story headquarters of his party, the Kenya African National Union, situated in the park. However, the park was saved following a campaign by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Central Park is adjacent to Uhuru Park and includes a memorial for Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya, and the Moi Monument, built in 1988 to commemorate the second president’s first decade in power. Other notable open spaces include Jeevanjee Gardens, City Park, 7 August Memorial Park, and Nairobi Arboretum. The colonial 1948 Master Plan for Nairobi still acts as the governing mechanism when it comes to making decisions related to urban planning. The Master Plan at the time, which was designed for 250,000 people, allocated 28% of Nairobi’s land to public space, but because of rapid population growth, much of the vitality of public spaces within the city are increasingly threatened. City Park, the only natural park in Nairobi, for example, was originally 150 acres but has since lost approximately 50 acres of land to private development through squatting and illegal alienation which began in the 1980s
For those with larger travel budgets who wish to cover plenty of ground on their safari, private air charters are available. Flying is a perfect way to access remote areas quickly and easily. Some of the ranches in Laikipia can arrange ‘heli-camping’ in which a helicopter is used to transport guests to remote destinations where a luxury camp awaits. This is also a thrilling way to see the local landscapes and wildlife.
The endangered rothschild giraffe breeding program started with the inception of the Giraffe Centre back then in 1979. The giraffes breed naturally in an approximate 120 Acer of land and the young calves born at the center are introduced back into the wild at the age of 2years. The giraffes at the center are closely observed and monitored by AFEW staff and when need be their natural diet is supplemented with Lucern Grass, salt blocks and carrots. Ever since the breeding started, the center has handled over 50 Rothschild Giraffes and most of them have been introduced back into the wild in selected Kenya’s protected areas.
Gorilla trekking is a wonderful experience, that allows you to get up close to these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat.
Horse back Safari
Have you ever dreamed that you could ride a horse through the mighty wildebeest migration and canter alongside giraffe? Well, yes you can in Magical Kenya. On horseback, you can discover and explore the most remote locations in Kenya, a country uniquely rich in magnificent wildlife. Using the same paths walked by the nomadic tribes since the dawn of civilization, horseback safaris allow for enjoyable, uninterrupted rides across open country with the freedom to move with the wildlife. From the Maasai Mara Plains to Laikipia, Lake Naivasha to Mount Kenya and Chyulu Hills, these are some of the prime wilderness areas in Kenya that are perfect for exploration on horseback. The very best safari is the one that takes you closest to nature, it starts with a Kenya Safari on horseback.
Hot Air Ballon Safari
For a truly unique perspective on this spectacular wilderness, Dawn balloon safaris are carried out daily from several lodges and can be booked through most safari companies. This incredible once in a lifetime experience offers the visitor a fantastic view of the great plains of the Mara, and the chance to drift unobtrusively over the great herds below.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish Engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it becomes the farmhouse for their 4500-acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming. Their marriage failed after eight years and in 1921 the Baron moved on and left the running of the farm to Karen. Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931. The house farm was bought by Remy Marin, who broke the land into 20-acre parcels for development. Subsequent development created the present suburb of Karen. Records indicate that a Lt. Col.G. Lloyd, an officer of the British Army bought the house in 1935 and lived there until his death in 1954 when it passed to his daughters, Mrs. G. Robersts and Lavender Llyod.
Mount Kenya Climb
For Climbers, there’s no experience quite like Mount Kenya. With towering spires, sheer-cliff faces, jagged ridges, and snow-capped peaks, Mount Kenya boasts the second highest peak on the African continent. The diverse range of terrains and conditions makes Mount Kenya a haven for climbers, hikers and trekkers alike. Batian and Nelion, Mount Kenya’s main summits, can only be reached through a rigorous technical climb over rock and ice. Point Lenana, the mountain’s third highest peak, is popular with trekkers who want the spectacular views without the rigors of a technical climb.
Nairobi National Park
Welcome to Kenya’s most accessible yet incongruous safari experience. Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park (at 117 sq km, it’s one of Africa’s smallest) has abundant wildlife which can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and airliners coming in to land – it’s the only national park on earth that borders a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by it all.
Safari in Kenya
East Africa has wondered at every point of the compass – the cradle of mankind in the North, the greatest wildlife show on earth in the South, the ancient coastal cultures in the East and the mysterious rain forest in the West. We combine the best of all four in itineraries to create an unforgettable vacation. East Africa is located on the equator with altitudes ranging from sea level to 22,000ft, you’ll find a wide variety of ecosystems and climates providing a vast array of sceneries, activities and holiday locations to discover.
The Great Rift Valley
Every safari day ends with a peaceful sundowner drink as the Africa night creeps in and guests move to the safety of their luxury tented camps and delicious cuisine. Lying in bed at night, you’ll hear the distant laugh of a hyena and the bark of a leopard seeking a mate and you’ll certainly never forget the roar of a lion as he announces his presences to any aspiring contenders.
A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists in Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safaris are often to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sightseeing, as well. In 1836 William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition’s members. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest then concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks and tobacco. The hunting aspect traditionally associated with the safari is said to have its origins in the early 1800s in the region of Évora, Alentejo, where villagers got together to hunt wild boar and reclaim land for farming.