The park is reputed to have the highest concentration of elephants in the world, something on the order of 3,000 or so. Within a few hours of driving along the park’s rugged, dusty roads, you’re likely to come across many hundreds.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River.
Best time to visit
The game viewing from June though to October. Most of the animals migrate out of the park during the wet season and wildlife viewing is considerably less good.
Most safaris to this circuit start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) near Dar es Salaam and book a domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK).
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in the Crater Highlands region of Tanzania, bordering the southeast Serengeti National Park, approx. 25 minutes’ flight or four hours’ drive from Arusha.
The main feature of this popular UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Ngorongoro Crater – a large caldera with sides 600m high, formed by the collapse of a volcano over two million years ago. Its grasslands, forests, swamps and soda lake are home to around 30,000 animals; the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa.
The rich and fertile landscape provides habitat for black rhino, hippo, Thomson’s gazelle, flamingo, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, zebra, cheetah and a large lion population – but no giraffe, due to the lack of tall acacia trees and the steep crater walls. Towards the west side of the crater, the soda lake of Lake Magadi often sees flamingos line its shores.
Best time to visit
The best times to visit Serengeti National Park are from June to September since animals are more easily seen, although you should plan your trip around the movement of the Migration.
Best time to go: June to September for general wildlife viewing
High Season: Most of the year – July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds)
Low Season: April and May (The only time when the crater has few crowds)
Best Weather: June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
Getting to Ngorongoro
Arusha is the gateway to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The town can be reached easily by scheduled or charter flights directly to Arusha or connecting through Dar es Salaam. It is also accessible by road.
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Lake Naivasha is among one of the famous lakes in Africa. It is a habitat of more than 1500 hippos and 400 different species of bird! Its well knew for photo session, video shooting and film-making.
The lake has a surface area of 139 km² and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square km, but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. Apart from transient streams, the lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers. There is no visible outlet, but since the lake water is relatively fresh it is assumed to have an underground outflow.
The Lake is also famed for its hippo population, and there are more than 400 hippos. Lake Naivasha boat trips can be taken from many lakeside lodges and campsites, providing an ideal opportunity to see large pods of Hippo lying half submerged in the water. At night, they emerge to graze on the Lakeshore.
Hippos, giraffes, buffaloes and zebras are just a few of the animal species that thrive at the lake and its surrounding swamps and grasslands. Lake Naivasha is a birdwatchers dream come true. Some areas of Lake shore have recorded over 400 species The acacia forests teem with Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Rollers, Shrikes, Hawks, cuckoos and much more. Boat riding, with surrounding scenery and plenty of channels to explore.
When to visit
All year round
How to arrive at Lake Naivasha
Drive approximately one hour from the capital city of Nairobi via the Nairobi- Nakuru Highway. Alternatively, charter flights are applicable to Naivasha air strip.
Activities at Lake Naivasha
There are various activities available in Naivasha including a visit to Crescent Island where you can walk among wild animals, a visit to Lake Elementaita, a visit to the geothermal Project in Hells Gate National Park, a visit to the Elsamere Conservation centre, boat rides on Lake Naivasha and climbing Mount Longonot.
Lake Nakuru is alkaline lakes that sit on 62km² of land. The lake is surrounded by woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest.
The Nakuru National park is one of the famous tourist destinations in Africa, well known to be the home of flamingos that flocks in its shores. It has been considered as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The lake is one of the best breeding grounds for the bird species.
The population of the flamingos fluctuates based on the availability of water and food conditions. To enjoy the view Baboon cliff gives one of the best lookout towers. Also, the 188kms area around the lake which is safe guarded for the Rothchild giraffe, black rhino, and white rhino makes it the unforgettable experience.
Best time to visit
All year round
Major attractions in Lake Nakuru
• Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds adding up to about 450 species in total.
• Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.
• Participate in the cycle with rhino event every September yearly • Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos,waterbuck etc.
• Waterfalls: Makalia. • Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa,
• View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
• Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
Getting to Lake Nakuru
By road: The Lake Nakuru National Park is situated in central Kenya about 150km (87 miles) by road. The main gate is 4km from Nakuru Town Centre.
By Air: Via the 12 km long ‘Naishi’ airstrip located in the southern part of the park
Amboseli National Park lies on Northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania. Due to its densely populated flora and fauna it has been designated as an International Bio- Sphere reserve. The park covers 400 km2 of plains redeemed by the stunning spectacle of Kilimanjaro towering over it. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli.
Over 53 species of herbivores and carnivores can be viewed with ease, the troops of over one thousand elephants who range the plain and wallows make it the most conspicuous spectacle. Amboseli national park is a home to many animals including, gerenuks, impalas, gazelles, hyenas, baboons, buffalo, rhino and over 425 different bird species.
The wildlife viewing is great all year round.The Amboseli area includes the Amboseli and Chyulu Hills National Parks, as well as large Maasai communities and wildlife sanctuaries. This is a very busy park because of its proximity to Nairobi and ease of reaching the many lodges/hotels built in and around the park.
The snows of Kilimanjaro, white and crystalline, form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains’ game, creating Kenya’s most sought after photographer’s paradise.
Amboseli is not a large park, but it offers you the best opportunity of seeing endangered black rhino,
Best time to visit
All year round.
Getting to Amboseli
By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmaced up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).
The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmaced up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
By Air: The Park has an airstrip at Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.
The Maasai Mara is situated in the south-west of Kenya, a habitat of a million fauna and flora. The Mara is considered Kenya’s best park and Africa’s popular safaris destination. A pride of lions can be spotted ready to run for a kill, cheetah and its cub taking a nap on the rocks, a pair of ostriches walking and gazelle. The reserve sits on 1510 kilometres (583 square miles) of land. The quintessential Maasai safari delivers many attractions and is a home of excellent all year concentration of games over two million animal.
The Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. The Maasai Mara was made famous by the book Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, which was presently made into a movie starring by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
The migration of over two million wildebeest that start from Serengeti national park in Tanzania crossing river Mara which is inhabited by crocodiles to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National reserve in Kenya during the month of July to October makes Mara the ”seventy wonder” of the world
Maasai Mara Attractions
Over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and more than bird species have been recorded recently. Over 1.5 million Wildebeest migration.
When to visit
The great migration usually takes off between July all the way to sometime in October, which kicks off from Serengeti national park to Maasai Mara, however visiting any another time of the year can as well be worth-while and breathe taking.
Getting to Masai Mara
Mara is 224km from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya and all roads to the park are all weather. It takes 45 minutes by air to the three airstrips:- Keekorok, Olkiombo, and Musiara, all of them murramed.
Maasai Mara has the assortment of accommodation a perfect fit for all budgets, tastes and interests. The Luxurious safari lodges ranging from 3 starts to 5 start hotels, comfortable tented camps with fully furnished tents, classified camps for your private use, basic campsites where you can build a canvas tent and extra.
Nairobi national park is the only world national park found in the city, the park is strategically located, only 7km from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The savanna ecosystem supports a number of wildlife and vegetation. Acacia bushes and open glass are the predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest permanent river with riverine in the south. A number of man-made feature like the dam have also contributed for further habitat conducive for some species of bird and animal.
When to visit
How to get to Nairobi National park
- Major wildlife attraction is the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalos, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and over 400 bird species recorded.
- Man-made dams within the park
- Ivory burning site monument
- Nairobi safari walk
- The orphanage and walking trails at Hippo pools