KENYA

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.

SAFARIS & TOURS

A superb introduction to the splendors of Kenya, visiting three national parks and game reserves. Enjoy majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro with game drives in Amboseli National Park. Continue your adventure through the Rift Valley lakes of Elmentaita and Nakuru which offer a large variety of wildlife and birdlife. End your safari in Masai Mara.

This safari of luxury and distinction visits Kenya’s finest game reserves in “Hemingway” style tented accommodations.The luxury-tented camps will bring you close to the diversity that Kenya has to offer. The safari features Sweetwater Private Game Reserve located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the panoramic semi-desert of Samburu, and the Masai Mara plains.

This unique safari offers you the chance to experience the great wonders of East Africa – the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the grasslands of the Serengeti Plains, the Great Rift Valley and the famous Masai Mara. Enjoy viewing a variety of animals during game drives that bring you an unforgettable wildlife experience.

The Kenya Migration Safari focuses on one of nature's most amazing events: the annual great wildebeest migration in East Africa. Witness and document thousands of wildebeest and zebra as they cross the famous Masai Mara plains. The Great Migration is an experience that you will always remember and has no parallel!

The Kenya Migration Safari includes 5 nights in the Masai Mara National Park, so you can witness this amazing event, and see the full array of wildlife that reside in the Mara.

KENYA PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

Amboseli National Park is located at the foothills of the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. Although the park covers an area of roughly 250 square miles, Amboseli is considered a photographer’s dream, with magnificent views of a snow-capped Kilimanjaro looming near as a backdrop for vast herds of elephant. It is here that some of Kenya’s largest elephants and buffalo roam freely through lush swamp lands fed by the mountain's melting snows. Herds of zebra, wildebeest, and gazelle graze on the grassy plains and transverse dry, dusty lake beds in search of water. Wooded areas of acacia forest offer great possibilities to photograph abundant species of bird and animal life. Amboseli is also home to many of the Masai people, the proud nomadic warriors famous for acts of bravery and heroism. A visit to a Masai Boma affords one the opportunity to photograph these beautiful people in their home.

Masai Mara is probably 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. Elephants, hippos, zebra, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, topi, hartebeest, buffalo, jackal, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, cheetah, crocodile, baboons and monkeys are all permanent residents in the park. The chances of spotting many of them on a game drive are excellent. The Mara covers an area of approximately 1050 sq miles and is home to a wide variety of bird life also. Ostrich, crowned cranes, hawks, eagles, marabou storks, vultures, 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!

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.

Roughly 250 miles north of Nairobi, the Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty. The Ewaso Nyiro river flows through the park, supporting a diversity of wildlife. Samburu is a place where one can experience a deep red sunset silhouetting the palms along the river while they watch a leopard hunt, bringing the perfect end to a day on safari. The river sustains and nurtures a wide variety of game.Lions, cheetah, buffalo, and elephant can all be found at Samburu, in addition to less common animals such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and the long-necked Gerenuk.

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!

Paul Renner – Photographer
Paul Renner – Photographer "We have reached a milestone: It has been 11 years and I've guided more than 50 African Photographic Safari groups through Africa. Each trip has been tremendous! I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to my good friends, Prem Sharma, Gaby ...
Rita, S – WA "We found this safari to be an outstanding value. We just loved it!"
Donna D. – CA "If you were to ask me what was my favorite experience, it would be Every Single Moment of Everyday! I can't hardly wait to go back to Africa!  I made so many new friends and danced with the Masai."

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