Best remembered as the setting where Elsa, Joy Adamson’s lioness, was returned to the wild. Meru provides a stunning combination of diverse habitats. On the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, it remains an unspoilt wilderness. Dense riverine forests attract Leopards, and a full complement of ‘the big five’ including Black Rhino, in a dramatic setting adorned with doum palms. Over 300 species of birdlife have also been recorded. Wooded thornbush and grasslands in volcanic rock, give way to open red soil grasslands over in the east. Highlights include Mulika Swamp, and the noisy Adamson’s Fall where the Rojweru and Tana rivers converge.
Meru is untamed expanse,for many years the kept secret amongst travelers passionate about beauty, peace, and true wilderness. Landing there you feel part of the landscape, vibrating with hidden sights and unfamiliar sounds. You become aware of underground dwellers…. amazing insect life with sophisticated rites and rituals. You will follow the fresh tracks of animals….then suddenly your standing stark still, watching a lesser kudu watching you or giraffe testing the air only yards away from you and your guide.
Here you will encounter many species than in any other park in East Africa. Meru is famous for its birdlife with forest and riverine as well as the arid species. Regular sightings include elephant, white rhino, eland, Beisa, Oryx, Gerenuk, grevy’s Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, grants gazelle and their predators lion, leopard, cheetah and the hyena.
Guided nature walks, exploring the park on foot, bush breakfasts on the plains, sundowners at the hippo pools, line fishing, swimming in the horizontal pool cleft in the rocks.
The Nairobi / Mombasa Road divides Tsavo from north to south into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. In the most part of Tsavo West the game live in an almost undisturbed existence and in quiet seclusion- herein lays the challenge today. At the Tsavo West you also have the Chulu hills, which is home to many bird species.
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
This part of the park is dry, and rugged with rolling hilly scrubs. It is remote and laid back and very private. It is the place to experience the real African Savannah grasslands where you can listen to the winds blowing some African tune and talk to your inner self. The river Galana pass through this park on its long journey to the Indian Ocean. This park is only 100km from Malindi giving one the easy access of combining a beach safari at Malindi and catching up with the animals. All in one location.
The views at Tsavo East are out of this world….that of the Yatta plateau, the world’s largest lava flow stretching for miles and miles. These beautiful rocks have given rich to a waterfall the Lugard falls on the river Galana.
At Tsavo one will see red elephants; this is the only place one can see the few remaining hirola antelope.
This park has had encroachment problems by the local people competing with the animals for sustainance and existence.
This park set up sanctuary to protect the rhino from being decimated by poachers.
The elephant has not been spared either but this war is all most over with community involvement to protect the Eco system for sustainable development that is beneficial to all made possible by ploughing some of the benefits back to the surrounding communities.
LOCATION: This game reserve is situated in the Northern Province of Kenya. It is rugged and a semi- desert. To get here you will cross the equator at Nanyuki and go to the northern hemisphere by passing the snow capped Mt Kenya lying astrand the equator line and huge blue mountains serve as a back drop to this game reserve. The environment is enchanting. The river Uaso Nyiro is the lifeline and the nerve center of this Reserve and is bustling with a huge population of crocodiles. The game reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals that can only be found in this park, like –the long necked gerenuk, gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and the Beisa onyx. The leopard is a frequent visitor in this park and most evenings it pays a courtesy call to the lodge’s guests as it feeds on some bite on a tree across the river. The Samburu park has an abundant species of birds and can turn even the most reluctant guest in to an avid bird watcher. It is considered by Ornithologists a paradise for bird viewing. In the evenings, you can watch gigantic crocodiles fight over big chunks of meat as they are fed by the lodge staff at the riverbanks or as they get out of the river to relax. This is a great photo session opportunity as you sip cocktails and watch the African sunset in orange flame sky.
CULTURE AND THE PEOPLE
The Samburu people occupy this area and they are pastorists and nomads. They have resisted the tide and test of time and a rugged environment by clinging to their culture, very colourful with beads and hair dyed with ocre plus the whole body to be beautiful. Interesting ceremonies to a like initiation in adulthood.
This game reserve is accessible by Air and there are daily flights from Nairobi, which take approximately 45minutes.
LOCATION: 300 km from the capital city of Nairobi.
This is the jewel of Kenya’s game parks – Masai Mara located in the northern section of the great Serengeti plains. This is where a million wildebeests and zebra make their perilous annual migration of crossing from Serengeti, Tanzania to Masai Mara Kenya.
They can actually be seen as they cross the Mara River every July and august and this is one of the greatest spectacle, and the biggest wildlife show on earth. The animal’s transverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and to give birth to their young. This Game reserve is home to the “Big Five”– elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, as well as many other species including the cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, impala, gazelle. And numerous other wildlife including hundreds of species of birds.
In the morning, you will be awakened before dawn by birds singing, hyenas laughing. The Mara is magical in the morning: the birds are singing, the morning air smells fresh and cool, and the wildlife are just waking up to greet the day. Zebra’s frolic and greet each other, a pair of jackals prance through the grass in search of mice or a rabbit, baboons chatter noisily while curious giraffe watch you as they nibble on their breakfast of acacia leaves. You may even come upon a family of Lions feeding together on last night’s kill, or a leopard snoozing in a tree in search for the “Big Five”. Don’t forget to look for the “little five” – Thompson’s gazelle, jackal, African hare’, monkeys, and banded mongoose. These little animals can be just as exciting and more fun to watch than the more popular larger animals.
Take an early morning hot air balloon ride to watch sunrise and game from the clouds up. And arrive from the air to a champagne breakfast in the bush.
Western part of Kenya has many attractions; the countryside is beautiful with rolling hills, green bushes of vast tea plantations.
In the far west is lake Victoria with the city of Kisumu on its shores with tempting possibilities of many activities. To the south are the islands of Rusinga and Mfangano, and a short distance gets to the North lies the Kakamega Forest with is lush vegetation and abundant wild life. Close to the regional town of Kitale are the National parks of Mt Elgon and Saiwa swamp, and further north are the Cherangani hills, which drop dramatically to the Kerio Valley.
Busia and Malaba are the gateways to Uganda and Isebania sits on the Tanzanian Border. This makes this place ideal for combining trips to our neighbouring countries.
Kenya safari highlights
Exploring the tiny island of rusinga and mfangano on lake Victoria
Staying at rodo treat and exploring thr birdlife, flora and fauna.
Trekking through the cherangani hills and down kerio valley.
Discovering the caves at mount Elgon.
Camping in Ruma National Park.
The city of Kisumu is accessible many flights landing and taking off to and from Nairobi. This new city has an easy town life with plenty of vibrate entertainment life. The lake is a big link for the 3 East African countries; a small harbor and one get ferry services to Uganda and Tanzania. A tour of the city will give show you what a typical African life can be.
Ndere Island National Park
Ruma National Park
Here you will see the last of Kenya’s Roan antelope, go for trekking, climbing, safaris and fishing. Camping sites available.