kenya is the best safari destination in the world
Kenya has such a diverse culture, and landscape that anywhere and everywhere you go you will feel like you are in a different country. It has the 2nd highest (Mt. Kenya) and 3rd highest (mt. Elgon) mountains, the largest lake (L. Victoria), Largest soda lake (Bogoria), The Largest National Park (Tsavo East), It has rivers, the big 5, the Largest animal migration (masai mara), it has the Indian ocean, it has islands, and forests, and deserts, and desert lakes,...there is nothing this country doesn't have. Whatever you fancy let us know and we will advise on where and what you can do. Here are some descriptions of places in the area and the most popular tours.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small National Reserve about 25km from Kenyaways. You can do a day trip and hike to the Sheldrick falls, a beautiful waterfall in the midst of the forest. and then have a champagne sundowners on the viewpoint.
The reserve is an area of coastal rainforest,woodland and grassland. It is an important area for plantbiodiversity – over 50% of the 159 rare plants in Kenya are found in the Shimba Hills, including some endangered species of cycad and orchids. It is also a nationally important site for birds and butterflies.
There are estimated to be approximately 700 elephants in the reserve. This population is unsustainable – it causes significant damage to vegetation, threatening the endangered plant life. North of the Reserve, the Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary has been established to provide a route for elephants to leave the park. The remainder of the park boundary is fenced to prevent the elephants from invading farmland.
Shimba Hills contains Kenya's only population of Sable Antelope. There are about 100 in the park.
You can stay the night at the newly renovated Shimba Hills Lodge which we highly recommend as a one night excursion. The lodge is nestled in the forest on stilts and has a huge waterhole in front where you can view all the animals coming for a drink from the Lodge.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East is only a 3.5 hour drive from Kenyaways is one of the biggest National parks in the world. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya. It is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the main road from Nairobi and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of large wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of masai lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The park is also home to a great variety of bird life such as crowned crane, Tanganika lovebird and the sacred ibis. Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls.
Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park is a bit further away than Tsavo East. The Nairobi-Mombasa road and the famous railway divides it from the adjoining Tsavo East National Park. Tsavo West is a more popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River. The park is operated by Kenya Wildlife Service. Tsavo West National Park has a variety of wildlife, such as black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bushbaby, hippo, hartebeast, lesser kudu and masai giraffe.
Tsavo West is unique for rock climbing. The setting for climbers is superb with elephant roaming the plains below the cliffs and eagles, vultures and falcons circling on thermals around the crags with Kilimanjaro frequently visible on a clear day. The rock-climbing is some of the best in Kenya, solid gneiss walls are often covered in holds and free of vegetation. Cracks and corners abound, but tend to be more vegetated. The most impressive piece of rock, the 300m high east face of Kichwa Tembo, attracted the first explorers and resulted in the ascent of Great Tsavo Chimney. A more recent route, Ivory Tower on Elephant Rocks, ranks with the best and hardest bush climb in Kenya. Generally pegs need not be carried. Unless climbing in the shade, an early start is advisable as it often gets very hot on clear days. A permit is necessary to climb here, and to camp by the Tsavo river, is a special privilege and every effort must be made not to jeopardise this situation by careless actions. Climbers should initially contact the MCK if wishing to climb here.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park, is a bit further than Tsavo West and takes about 6 hours to drive from Kenyaways. It is a small park but with stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The local people are mainly Maasai, and it is one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The Maasai Mara is named in honour of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area). The Masai are traditional nomads roaming the land in search of water for their cattle. The mara is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. You can fly direct into the Masai mara from Diani Beach which is a great convenience for a 2 night stay. The Masai mara Conservancies are a popular alternative to the Reserve as they are neighbouring sections of the greater mara ecosystem which are managed privately by conservationists such as Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancy.
for Non-Residents per day, valid since April 2016 (adults, children in brackets):
Masai Mara 70 USD (40) differs for masai mara conservancies.
Amboseli 70 USD (40)
Tsavo West/East 60 USD (40)
Shimba Hills 25 USD (15)
Kisite Marine Park 20USD(15)