Think of a safari in Africa and what do you imagine? Chances are it’s a picture of Kenya – its golden savannahs, iconic acacia trees, snow-capped mountains lying on the equator or, perhaps, densely wooded jungle, where excitement awaits. Kenya has captured the world’s imagination for safari adventures amongst lion, elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra. Our musings about Kenya enchant us as we think of its wildlife mixed with images of spectacular landforms and the adventure of it all.
The heart of Kenya’s safari experience lies in its well-developed series of national parks. From limitless plains to rugged desert to high altitude lakes and snow-capped mountains, these parks offer visitors the chance to view hundreds of species of animal and birdlife. Witness the greatest animal migration on the planet at the Masai Mara, where millions of wildebeest and zebra stream over the Mara River in a timeless cycle of survival.
But not all species are limitless and there are special measures to protect the endangered ones in Kenya’s animal sanctuaries. The black rhino, chimpanzees, and others are saved and nourished to repopulate their numbers.
Adding to the mystique of this ancient land are the country’s indigenous tribes like the Maasai and Samburu. Historically, cattle herders, these nomadic people have struggled to keep their traditions and lifestyle alive in a world that is pushing at them from all sides. While on your safari, you can visit, meet and learn from these locals about their history, lifestyle, and culture.
But Kenya is more than endless grasslands, rugged terrain, and the bush country. There’s a long pristine coast here with resorts offering relaxation from safari adventures. And nearby marine parks support a kaleidoscope of colorful fish, coral reefs and dolphins.
Whether your safari is in a 4 x 4, hot air balloon, walking, bicycling or sailing, Kenya will share an adventure of endless delight and special memories of the land, the people and the arc of wildlife that is surely the glory of Africa.