How to experience an Exciting Wildlife Safari in East Africa

How to experience an Exciting Wildlife Safari in East Africa

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There is much to see in Kenya, and the Wildlife Safari offers visitors to the country a big and unique game not easily found in many parts of the world. Kenya and East Africa in general is a land of infinite potential for the flora and fauna enthusiast of many contrasts with beautiful mountains, forests, lakes, beaches, museums, a vast culture and cool climate. The safari has attracted visitors who seek adventure across the sphere which no other country in the region can boast of.

Visitors to the country get a natural experience a natural of a world unchanged by the passage of time.   The Kenyan wilderness is home to an endless array of ecosystems, the staging ground for natural cycles of life, death and regeneration as old as the planet itself. This great range of natural habitats means that there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter.

Exciting Wildlife Safari Tours in Kenya

There are many fascinating places to visit while on a safari in Kenya. You can visit national animal parks and game reserves, or go to the Kenyan coastal beaches, islands like Lamu as well as Lakes such as L. Victoria.

Some of the places  to visit while on a wildlife safari are the Nairobi National Park, Tsavo East and West National Parks, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National ParkLake Bogaria National ReserveOl Donyo Sabuk National Park, Mwea National Reserve, Mt Elgon National Park, Kakamega Forest National Reserve,Meru National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, South Turkana National Reserve, Mombasa National Park and Reserve , Malindi Marine Park and Reserve ,among many others.

 

The Maasai Mara is rated the most popular game reserve in the country, where one can see a variety of wildlife like cheeters, lions and also a place to see the great wildlife migration between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Park. This migration of almost two million wild beasts, zebras and other species is considered nature’s greatest spectacle on earth.

The annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between June and September and has attracted filmmakers across the world. Located adjacent to Nairobi National Park, the Sheldrick’s animal orphanage, founded by Daphne Sheldrick, is a park devoted to raising orphaned wild animals. Animals such as the rhino, elephant and zebra are raised here until they can be rehabilitated into the wild species.

Located north of Nairobi and the equator, the Samburu National Park is one other wildlife safari region with lots of wild animals especially along the Ewaso Nyiro River.In the Aberdare Mountains, the safari visitors can ditch their vehicles and explore on foot the rare plant and wild life endangered by climate change. Here, you will also find the Aberdare National Park with its thick woodland forests, waterfalls and ice cold streams filled with trout. One can also hire a guide and climb Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro.

When around Nairobi, a visit to the Langata giraffe Centre will prove quite rewarding. Here you can  observe and hand-feed giraffes . The park was established as a sanctuary for the Rothschild’s giraffe, which was considered an endangered species. The most popular visitors to the centre include both tourists and school children who are taught about the need for wildlife conservation

Hell’s Gate and Lake Naivasha can help one escape from the hustle of Nairobi city. The lake is a freshwater lake and is host to a wide variety of bird and animal life. One can also combine culture and a travel by exploring the native Maasai culture or the Rift Valley music festival amongst other and also explore the national museums or many Kenyan towns for a taste of the Kenyan culture.

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Means of Transport and Accommodation for a Wildlife Safari

The most conventional form of travel for wildlife safari visitors are the traditional tours and travel minibuses offered by private safari companies; usually covered in a single package. Because many roads to the parks are in bad shape, many tour companies are now offering aerial tours of popular national game packs like the Amboseli, Marsabit, |Maasai Mara and Aberdare National Parks in light aircrafts. These Domestic flights are generally cheap and often offer incentives and discounts to their customers.

Rift Valley Railways Corporation also runs a cheap fare rail service between Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu that fits well within the budget of most safari revelers. A  visitor to Kenya has a variety of accommodation options to choose from ranging from camping, rental homes, home stays, apartments & cottages amongst others. The choice of accommodation for Wildlife Safari visitors in Kenya should be dictated by your personal travel budget and personal interests.

But whether you’re looking to rough it up or relax in style, the country caters for every taste, budget and personal interest. Camping is very adventurers as sleeping beside an open campfire in a bush under a magnificent sky full of stars is unforgettable. The fascinating night noises of wild animals is very spectacular and also has greater value than many costly hotel or lodges. One should carry adequate fresh water, food, fuel and emergency supplies.

Kenya has a great variety of hotels and lodges with those in Nairobi and Mombasa cities offering a range of facilities up to international standards; and so does the cost. However, customers should not have trouble finding alternative accommodation within their budget range as throughout Kenya; hotels are grouped as lodges, vacation, town or country hotels. It’s often advisable to book in advance as hotels are likely to fill up during the peak season.

For those visitors and backpackers looking for cheap lodgings, the YMCA youth hostel in Nairobi  and the Nakuru Backpackers hostel is one such option. Most major towns have youth hostels and cottages under the regulation of the Kenya Youth Hostel Association which can be contacted for alternative accommodation.

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The Kenyan Climate and Wildlife Safari Health and Medical Insurance

The Kenya climate is generally tropical. Visitors to the coastal areas should be prepared for a hot and humid weather; with temperatures of about 30 Celsius degrees. The highlands and Nairobi regions have pleasant weather conditions and are warm even in winter but not as stiflingly hot as the lowland areas.

The Kenyan inland is temperate and while the north and northeastern parts are very dry. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.

Kenya is a very fascinating place for a wildlife tourists and many visitors to the parks often travel by air. It is advisable to take out travel insurance and also carry any subscribed medicines while going on you wildlife safari because the country’s  Medical facilities are limited to major parts of the country, except in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Most Insurance Service providers, among them the East African Flying Doctors allow their members to call for free air evacuation in case of emergencies during safaris.

Indeed a safari into the wilds of Kenya is a journey into nature at its purest. Everywhere you look there is a profusion of life. Kenya’s has a diverse culture of people, very friendly and more welcoming. Welcome to Kenya. Many Wildlife Safari visitors to Kenya attest to the fact that the country has an incredible range of landscapes, unique geographical features and species that offers its visitors a lot to explore.

 

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