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Kenya is East Africa's premier safari destination and often regarded as the 'Jewel of East Africa'. There are a million different reasons to come here and picking just one is impossible. Kenya seems to have it all including incredible wildlife, beautiful mountains, deserts, cities, nightlife, traditional cultures and modern arts. With one-tenth of all land in Kenya designated as national parks and reserves, Kenya truly is a place for devoted safari guests.
Over 50 parks and reserves cover habitats from mountain forest to desert, and there are six marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Although the Masai Mara is Kenya's most famous attraction, Kenya also boasts outstanding wildlife, villages and beaches.
Kenya has an abundance of excellent safari camps and lodges to meet everyone's needs. Recommending a few camps in Kenya does not do justice to the fact that Kenya caters for all budgets - from backpackers to exclusive safari camps in remote areas.
We thought we would give you a sample of some interesting camps that our guest have enjoyed.
Mara Intrepids Camp offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, situated close to the Talek River.
Kicheche Mara Camp is a traditional safari camp situated in a remote corner of the northern Mara plains.
Naibor Camp is a luxurious safari camp situated in the heart of the Masai Mara overlooking the Talek River
Tortilis Camp offers unsurpassed views of Kilimanjaro and the park is renowned for its elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the parks eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. The tents are luxurious and spacious and offer spectacular views.
Amboseli Porini Camp is located within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy in the Amboseli eco-system. The camp is small, intimate and luxurious and offers a traditional safari experience and activities include game drives, night drives and bush walks with expert guides.
Samburu Intrepids overlooks the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River where herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra come daily to drink.
Saruni Samburu Lodge offers a spectacular location on top of the Kalama Mountains with breathtaking views of Northern Kenya and the snow-covered Mount Kenya.
Every year thousands of devoted safari guests visit Kenya to witness the world's greatest wildlife spectacle - the Great Annual Migration where guests can see millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate across the borders between countries. The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills.
The Masai Mara is said to have the largest population of lion in Kenya. Other wildlife includes hippo, crocodile, warthog and giraffe which are easily spotted on game drives. These and many more species of plains game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators, lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness; whether it is the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Samburu National Reserve or any of the other national parks or conservation areas in Kenya you will be visiting, the wildlife experience is bound to be incredible.
Sun Safaris can arrange your scheduled flights into Kenya from most major airports around the world, as there are many flights flying to Nairobi each week with most of them landing at Jomo Kenyatta International airport (NBO). Once you arrive in Nairobi Sun Safaris will arrange the necessary domestic scheduled flights for you as well as any additional road transfers you might need.
Most of Kenya's domestic flights depart from Wilson Airport situated just outside the city and this is also where most safaris depart from. Moi Mombasa International Airport (MBA) is about 10km northwest of Mombasa and is Kenya's gateway to Mombasa and the Kenyan coast.
Kenya is a year round destination and offers a favourable weather pattern with a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, with a mild inland climate and very dry in the north and north-eastern parts of the country. January, February and December are the hottest months while July and August are the coolest months.
There are two rainy season in Kenya. The long rains occur from March to June and the short rains in November and December. The migration is closely linked to rainfall patterns; hence the exact timing varies each year. Maximum temperatures along the coast averages around 30°C, about 25°C in Nairobi and around 34°C in the North Plain-lands.
Meru National Park is one of Kenya's lesser known parks. It forms part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River; including the Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves, Kora National Park and Rahole National Reserve.
Tsavo East is generally flat with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau, Lugards Falls, Mudanda Rock and Aruba Dam. The reserve is popular for short safaris from the Kenya coast, like Mombasa.
Laikipia Plateau National Park stretches from the Great Rift Valley to the magnificent escarpments which descend into the Northern Frontier District. Laikipia has evolved from heavily ranched area to one of Kenyas most select and original destinations.
The Rift Valley lakes are a group of lakes that include some of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world. Because of the volcanic action of this area the Rift Valley lakes vary from soda to alkaline to freshwater, bringing with them a unique ecosystem and a huge diversity of wildlife. Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha are two of the most well-known lakes in this area.
The Masai Mara forms part of a huge eco-system incorporating the Serengeti and a number of smaller reserves. The Masai Mara is Kenya's most well known National Park. It is famed for its good wildlife, rich culture and most of all, the annual wildebeest migration from July to October.
Shaba National Reserve along with Samburu and Buffalo Springs are three small adjoining savannah national reserves that lie on either side of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River. It has a unique and varied landscape combining lava rock and riverine forests.
This is the second most visited game reserve in Kenya. Visitors to Samburu National Reserve can enjoy the opportunity to see some rare wildlife species, such as The Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryz and the blue-necked Somali Ostrich. Located on the southern bank of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River, Samburu is home to a large population of Nile crocodiles.
Amboseli National Park has one of the most spectacular backdrops of any reserve in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Although Mt. Kilimanjaro is on the Tanzanian side of the border, Amboseli is the best reserve to view the mountain. Game viewing is also excellent, with good populations of elephant.
Combined with Tsavo East, this park forms the world's largest game sanctuary. Tsavo West covers a huge variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanic cones to rolling plains and sharp reddish outcrops.
Lamu Island is beautiful island paradise that embraces a laid back and slower pace of life. There are no cars or roads, the main mode of transport being donkeys and old dhow boats. Its population boasts an enchanting cultural mix of African, Arab and Indian. Access to Lamu Island is usually by flying from Nairobi to Manda Island and a ten minute ferry across to Lamu. It is the ultimate place to relax and the atmosphere here affords nothing else.
Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has become popular for its exotic beaches, diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly people. The City traces many of its cultural traditions to former Portuguese, Arab and British settlers, all of which have left a lasting influence on the City’s food, architecture, and people.
Lake Baringo is one of a number of lakes part of the East African Rift system. The Tugen Hills, an uplifted fault of volcanic and metamorphic rocks, lies west of the lake, while the Laikipia Escarpment lies to the east. It is one of the two fresh-water lakes in the Rift Valley in Kenya; the other being Lake Naivasha. Very little of the tourist traffic from Naivasha and Nakuru makes it as far as Baringo, keeping the experience peaceful. Time spent boating and walking around the lake is heavenly, whilst the hot springs and flamingoes of Lake Bogoria are only a short drive away.
At Kenya’s far northern frontier lies one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Turkana is a massive inland sea; the largest desert lake in the world. This single body of water is over 250 kilometres long, which is longer than the Kenyan coast in its entirety. It is widely known as the Jade Sea because of the remarkable, almost incandescent, colour of its waters appearing amid a desert.
Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region south of Lake Baringo, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria, like Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmenteita in Kenya's great Rift Valley, is home, at times, to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos. Backed by the green flanks of the Siracho Escarpment the lake's barren shores make for a dramatic scene, whilst the small reserve that surrounds the lake is a really quiet backwater with some excellent birding in particular.