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Kenya is a country of dramatic contrasts. Covering an area of almost 225,000 square miles, it stretches from five degrees north to five degrees south of the Equator. Altitudes range from sea level to the peak of Mount Kenya, at 17,058 feet Africa’s second highest mountain.

 

It possesses an extraordinary variety of natural habitats and terrain, from coral reefs to open grasslands and tropical forest; snow-capped volcanoes to arid desert.

 

Its population of some 35 million includes over 40 ethnic groups, yet its cultural influences derive from all over Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe

Its national parks and game reserves, among the best in Africa, host the most abundant and varied wildlife in the world. In so many ways, Kenya is almost the entire African continent in microcosm

 

 

Population - 34,707,817 (July 2006 est.)- Area - 224,961 SQ. Miles- Languages Spoken- English, Kiswahili

 

 

  •   Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park located at the foot hills of the famous Mount  Kilimanjaro. Although the park covers an area of just over 250 Sq miles. Amboseli National Park is a photographer’s dream with magnificent views of snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro looming near as a backdrop for vast herds of elephant. It is here that some of Kenya’s largest bull elephants and buffalo roam freely through lush swamplands fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro.  Herds of Zebra, wildebeest and gazelle graze on the grassy plains and transverse dry, dusty lakebeds in search of water. Wooded areas of acacia forests offer great possibilities to photograph abundant species of bird and animal life sustained by and living among these beautiful trees. Amboseli is home to many of the Masai people, the proud, tall nomadic warriors, famous for their acts of bravery and heroism as they protect their herds of cattle from predators and other dangers, ever present in the African brush. A visit to a Masai Boma affords one the opportunity to photograph these beautiful people in their home as they have lived for hundreds of years

  •   Masai Mara National Park

    Masai Mara National Park is possibly the greatest wildlife theater on earth! The most spectacular time to visit is traditionally July through October when nearly two million wildebeest, together with thousands of zebra and gazelle follow their migratory route through the Masai Mara headed toward Tanzania’s Serengeti plains. Elephant, hippos, zebra, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, jackal, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, cheetah, crocodile, baboons and monkeys are permanent residents in the park. Chances are excellent of spotting many of them on any game drive. Masai Mara covers an area of approximately 1050 sq miles and is home to a wide variety of bird life. Ostrich, secretary birds, crowned cranes, hawks, eagles, marabou storks, vultures, guinea fowl and francolins are just a fraction of the nearly 400 species of birds found in  the park. In the Mara stunning photographic possibilities are endless!

  •   Mount Kenya & the Aberdares

    Aqua fresh mountain air, the glorious views, peace and tranquility. This, the country’s highest mountain sits astride the Equator. This National Park skirts the 10,500 feet contour and encompasses three principal zones upwards. First, bamboo jungle and thick mountain forests dress the vast gentleslpoes; then the alpines zone with its giant vegetation, including the Giant Groundsei, towering some 18 feet in height. Finally the rock peaks perpetually clad in glaciers and snowfields. Game is best spotted below the park boundary in and around the forest from the Mountain Lodge.

    Sweetwaters Private Game Reserve enjoys magnificent views across the plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, and has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation. Sweetwaters Game Reserve and Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to the “Big 5″ game – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. The sanctuary was a project initiated by the Jane Goodall Institute to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions.

  •   Samburu & Shaba Game Parks

    Located about 250 miles north of Nairobi, the entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty. The Ewaso Nyiro river flows through the park supports a diversity of wild life. A place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari. The river is permanent and supports a wide variety of game including elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion, as well as game rarely seen elsewhere such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and the long-necked Gerenuk.

  •   Lake Nakuru National Park

    Lake Nakuru National Park is world famous for it’s flamingos. At times millions of flamingos line the shore of the lake. They move among the soda lakes throughout the Rift Valley feeding on algae that forms on the lakebeds. Thousands of birds in flight offer stunning images for photographers. There should be many great photo opportunities for Yellow Billed Stork, African White Pelican, Martial Eagle and a variety of other birds. Lake Nakuru is famous not only for it’s birds, but also as a wildlife sanctuary. The park is teeming with game.  It is one of the best places in Kenya to see Leopards, and several prides of Lions. Rare Black and White Rhino can be seen here along with large herds of Waterbuck, Buffalo, Zebra and endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. Fantastic Photo opportunities abound!

 

 

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