The country of Kenya is one of the equatorial countries in Africa, and also has a portion of coastline in the east of the country that helps to give it some of the most diverse and naturally beautiful terrain in Africa. From one of the highest mountains in Africa through to the wide open plains that are a true haven for wildlife, Kenya is an absolutely enchanting place to visit for nature lovers.
Take A Safari In The Masai Mara
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most remarkable natural sites in the world, and is home to some of the most beautiful and rare animals. A safari in the Masai Mara is one of the activities that all visitors to Kenya will want to do, with the opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ wild animals in the park, namely the Black Rhinoceros, Lion, African Elephant, Leopard and African Buffalo.
For those who are fortunate enough to visit the Masai Mara during the migration period of the wildebeest, topi, zebras and gazelles can witness one of the most majestic sights in the natural world. These giant herds migrate north into the Masai Mara from the Serengeti, and their numbers can often turn the landscape into a ‘dotted’ landscape with thousands of animals visible.
Lake Nakuru National Park
This national park is to be found at the relatively high altitude of 1754 meters above sea level, and the lake itself is a ‘soda lake’ which is alkaline in content, providing a different ecosystem to many other lakes in the country. The most distinctive memory that most people will have after a visit to Lake Nakuru is the sight of hundreds of flamingos standing on the shores of the lake in a very long line. As well as the flamingo, there are also Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros and giraffes to be found in the park, which is a small but beautiful location just over a hundred miles north of Nairobi.
Mount Kenya is a collection of volcanic peaks that are surrounded by several other high mountains and glaciers in central Kenya, which is a great demonstration of the variety of terrain to be found in the country. The mountains rise up to a significant height from the plain, and the various forests change as the altitude increases, including several endemic species such as the giant lobelias that are to be found in the alpine forests. While the glaciers of Mount Kenya are retreating, the snow capped mountains are becoming easier to climb with less of the ascent taking place on the glacier.
Aberdare National Park
Located quite close to the Mount Kenya region, Aberdare National Park is one of the most attractive parts of the central highlands of Kenya, and is well known for the wide range of animal species living there. The fairly wet climate and lush undergrowth make the park a haven for herbivores, and because of these animals such as elephants and buffaloes, there are also populations of predators such as lions and leopards to be found here. For those who enjoy fishing, the rivers in the park are teeming with brown and rainbow trout which make it a popular place among anglers visiting the country.