The Samburu Reserve takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rock which dominates the region. Meet the colourful Samburu tribe or see unique game species only found in this area, or visit the crocodile rich Uaso Nyiro River. The neighbouring Shaba Game Reserve is situated on the arid semi deserts of north eastern Kenya is made famous by the late Joy Adamson and her lioness Elsa, is often referred as the “Born Free Country” is stunningly beautiful, as this is the home to an extra ordinary amount and diversity of wildlife. The scenery is full of surprises and through the heart of it runs the Ewaso Nyiro River supporting a string of lush oasis.
This is one of the few areas in Kenya visitors can see the uncommon Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx, the gerenuk and the blue legged Somali ostrich. Other than the unique wildlife some members of the big five can also be seen, the lion, African elephants, the leopard & the Cape buffalo. During the rainy season, the tracks are made passable only to four wheel drive vehicles; this makes the reserve an even more delightful getaway. This is the essence of Shaba, a place for the connoisseur, the quality of the experience exceeds the quantity of wildlife.
Mara is the Maasai word for “spotted”. From the air, the visual effect of the Mara thickets looks like spots, hence the name — Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is the only park in Kenya that contains all of the infamous “big five” – rightly named big five, not because of their size, but because they were among the most poached animals in the country – some for their horns believed to be aphrodisiacs, others for their skin. In spite of this, the Maasai Mara has continued to be a safe haven for these animals.
The Massai Mara boasts more than 450 species of birds, including raptors. The park is home to an astonishing number of animals, umbrella shaped trees, beautiful sunsets (always at the same time every day of the year), the winding Mara River and the rugged Ololoolo Escarpment. Here you have the option of enjoying another once in a lifetime experience – floating above the Mara River and the game rich African savannah in a hot air balloon.
Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park lays North West of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest Mountain. From Amboseli, it is possible to engage in a scenic flight to see the top of the mountain. The name Amboseli is a Maasai word which means “place of dust”. Herds of elephants can be spotted covering themselves in dust or wallowing in the swamp which is full of birdlife. Covered by savannah and acacia trees, the open flat plains are ideal places to search for wildebeest, buffalo, cheetah, lions, hyenas, zebras, hippos and other animals. Two permanent water springs come from underground seepage from the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – the Park’s majestic backdrop. Large wildlife concentration mostly occurs here during the dry season because of permanent swamps.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Sweetwaters Game Reserve, also known as Ol Pejeta Ranch, is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at the site. The Sanctuary does not encourage breeding, but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood. A walk around the Sanctuary will give you an opportunity to spot the orphaned chimps. It’s also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Apart from the chimps and the black rhinos, you have a chance to view an amazing variety of wildlife such as zebras, lions, leopards, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, oryx, elan, baboons, elephants and various species of birds.Book Now