An African Safari holiday and more specifically a safari in Kenya can take you to various parts of the country with absolutely many scenic, delightful and wonderful National Parks and Reserves and coastal beaches. The parks receive thousands and thousands of excited visitors who have the opportunity to see the magical experience that Kenya offers.
The Great Rift Valley is really one of the amazing wonders of the world. It cuts across from as far as the Middle East, and goes down through Africa as far as Mozambique, a distance of around 5400 miles in length. In East Africa, it separates into 2 arms, the Western Great Rift that goes through Uganda and the Eastern Rift that cuts through Kenya down to Tanzania and Malawi.
The Great Rift Valley boasts of several Parks and reserves in Kenya. From the North we have the L. Turkana where we get the Sibiloi National reserve. This is an oasis in this northern desert. Running down south is the Samburu National Reserve known for the beisa Oryx and the Grevy’s Zebra. Running further south, you come to the highest point in the country, the Mt. Kenya. The second highest mountain in Africa Mt. Kenya is a haven for mountain climbers and outdoor adventurers.
The Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo are also on the floor of the Rift Valley. L. Bogoria is famous for the geysers and various bird species. Further south and you are at the Aberdare Ranges. Aberdares National Park is hone to the elephants and other animals. It is a place where you will enjoy night game viewing at the comfort of your balcony. A 225 km from Aberdares takes you to the home of the flamingoes, The Lake Nakuru National Park. Approximately 180sqkm, L. Nakuru also boasts of the white and black rhinos, leopard, cheetahs, lions, baboons, buffaloes among others. Conspicuously missing here are the elephants.
70km to the east you will find L. Naivasha. This is the only fresh water lake in the Great Rift Valley. Nearby is the Hell’s Gate National Park. The only park in Kenya where you can walk. Driving further south is the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Known for the 7th wonder of the modern world wildebeest migration and the big five, Masai Mara is the most famous safari destination in Kenya. The park is 1510sqkm and is surrounded by the Masai people who still stick to their tradition. This is thus a wonderful cultural and wildlife safari destination.
Driving 225km away is to the North East is the capital city Nairobi. Boasting of the a national Museum and the Bomas of Kenya – the hotpot where you get to see the various culture of Kenyan people show cased. In the Central Business district is the National Archives and the Railways museum where you are able to follow the history of the country and the East African Railway line. A few miles away is the Nairobi National Park, the only park in the vicinity of a city. You are able to see lions, Zebra, giraffes among others. A 15 minutes drive takes you to the giraffes center where you are able to feed the long necked animals.
A home to many animals and a great menu to the eye, the great Rift Valley is also a cradle of mankind. What great place would you be than to be at the Great Valley? A safari to Kenya is not complete without the Rift Valley.