However, the animal wildlife available to see in Kenya is what really makes this a special destination. Droves of travelers tour through the major wildlife reserves with the hope of seeing the wonderful animals and birds that each region is famous for.
The Masai Mara, in the East of Kenya, is described as ‘The Jewel of Africa’. It boasts the grandest animal migration in the world – over two million wildebeests spectacularly cross the Mara-Serengeti on their annual migration. In addition to this natural spectacle, Masai Mara has an enviable concentration of large game animals. Thought of as the true ‘Out of Africa’ experience, there is a high chance that you will be able to spot the ‘Big Five’ of lions, rhino, elephant, leopards and buffalo. The Masai lions are known for their famous black manes, and are abundant enough to easily spot. The Mara leopard is a little shyer, and spotting one hiding in the bush land is often the highlight of the trip.
Amboseli National Park is also a popular destination for safari tour operators, and there are fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro with its snow-covered peak. Big concentrations of game are attracted to this region due to its damp marshlands and grasses. Amboseli is the ultimate region to view elephants, with an estimated herd of six hundred and fifty – more than any other park in Kenya. Lions and cheetahs can be seen, and there are large concentrations of buffalo, giraffe, gazelles and zebras. It is sometimes possible to see hippos in the swamps, and over four hundred species of birds pass through the region.
For people especially interested in seeing the endangered black rhino, the Aberdares National Park provides one of the best opportunities. Situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya, the lower slopes are also home to the rare bongo antelope and Black Panther. Viewing spots are located beside a popular water hole, and night viewing sometimes allow you to watch a predator make a kill. Baboons and buffaloes are easy to spot, and elephants are often seen digging for salt in the soil by the side of the road.
No Kenyan safari would be complete without a visit to Lake Nakuru and its world-famous concentration of flamingos. As the major feeding ground for over a million of these amazing pink birds, Ornithologists flock to this region. There are also plenty of other animals to see here too, such as giraffe, lion, leopard and hippos. This region is also home to the white rhinos, and increasing numbers of the rare black rhino.