Category: Kenya National Parks

Aberdare National Park

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Thick rain forest, mind-blowing waterfalls, cool mountain breezes, and wild moorlands, Aberdare National park is trekking, fishing, and wildlife paradise. The rich vegetables of the lichen and mossy forests here present a comparison with the sandy yellows and browns of maximum different parks.

And the cool weather, pervading mists, bloodless lakes, and streams are a global away from the sunbaked hills and savannahs of the extra well-known reserves.

Aberdares’ Chania River Waterfall

About Aberdare National Park

Location:

The park is located 150 km (93 mi) east of Nairobi and 87 km (54 mi) from Naivasha, in central highlands of Kenya. It is part of the Aberdare Range, volcanic mountains that comprise the eastern wall of the Rift Valley.

It is famously known for its 300m-high waterfalls, mountainous terrain, misty tropical forests, and wealthy hiking as for its wealth of natural world. Cross for a mountain hike and you’ll be transported from rainforest to bamboo groves to high alpine flowers.

Alongside your course, you can see buffalo, antelope, baboon, monkey, and elephant emerging from the dense forest. The park is domestic to over 2,000 elephants and a few very uncommon species such as the bongo – a large antelope that lives in the bamboo woodland. Also determined here is the very uncommon African golden cat.

Aberdare is home to the second biggest herd of black rhino in Kenya. And sightings are not unusual of spotted hyenas, bush pigs, waterbuck, jackal, eland, and on occasions the elusive black leopard. The lion is present right here too but now not often spotted.

The park’s cool, misty surroundings appear to favor an array of birdlife warbling thru its forests – over 290 species, along with the endangered Aberdare cisticola. In those cool glades, you can see raptors consisting of buzzards, hawks, and the African crown eagle.

Butterflies are especially considered in the main environments of the park – the forests and the moorlands.

Forests and Moorlands

Aberdare park is divided into eco-systems. The salient is the surroundings of rainforest and hills bedecked with excessive waterfalls. The mountains right here range in elevation from 2,000 m (6,600 feet) to 4,000 m (13,000 ft).

The Lodges (Safari Hotels)

The accommodations in Aberdare are as unique as the park. They may be both positioned close to regularly visited watering holes and are exceptional vantage points to view the locals as they come to drink.

Treetops Lodge

As the name implies, this is a treehouse in which you could live and look at the natural world. The lodge was recognized by the world when Princess Elizabeth stayed right here and found out that she had emerged as the queen of England upon the death of her father.

The Ark Lodge

As its name signifies, the lodge has been designed in the shape of Noah’s ark. It has enchanting views of the park’s wildlife as they come to close-by watering holes and a salt lick.

Best time to visit:

The reserve is open all year-round but the best times to visit are January and February and June through September. During the rainy season from March through May, the roads are not passable.

Accommodations:

At the Aberdares, you will find different campsites as well as the two lodges – Treetops and The Ark. Both lodges offer excellent nighttime game viewing.

Things to do and see

Hiking

You can do hiking at the Aberdares as the park has a beautiful forest and moorlands, cool climate, amazing streams, and abundant wildlife. At Aberdares, you can do easy walks or serious walks and this can be done in the company of a ranger. Opportunities for getting close to wild animals and land here are limitless

The Waterfalls

The park hosts Gura waterfall plunge 300 m (984 ft) – the steepest fall in Kenya. Other mind-blowing falls are Karura, Chania, and Maraqua Falls.

Safari Packages

Some of the safari packages passing through the Aberdares National Park include:

We can also customize your safari packages, feel free to contact us in case of any queries or further safari bookings so as to make the best reservations for your safari.

Tsavo West National Park

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“Land of Lava, Springs, Man-Eaters & Magical Sunsets”

The Tsavo West park is 9,065 square kilometres and is one of Kenya’s largest national parks. Everything about Tsavo West parkland is extreme and placing.

Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park, Home of the Man-eater lions and Shetani Lava

The contours and style of its land, the deep colours of desert, sky, and springs, and also the surprise of wildlife coming from the scrub.

The park is the sits on a large panorama of Savannah with dark volcanic lava beds. With the remarkable views, ancient baobab trees, and luxurious oases fed by underground springs.

Africa’s “big five” can be found here within the dense foliage searching for game and sustenance as they have for millions of years.

The celebrated Tsavo lions and herds of red dirt elephants are unique to Tsavo West.

Tsavo hosts one of Kenya’s largest elephant population alongside the Amboseli National Park. Keep your eyes open for giraffes as they feast on the treetops, not surprisingly the buffalo, leopard, and rhino particularly reside at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, around eighty of those vulnerable creatures live protected here.

Of course, as you tour the park along with your professional guide, you’re certain to spot a number of the park’s smaller treasures bushbaby, hartebeest, dik-dik, lesser kudu, antelope, and generuk.

There are a lot of monkeys in Tsavo West. The many acacia trees in the park are used by the baboons and vervet monkeys as a playground. They are always ready to entertain visitors with their antics. This park is full of surprises and the arid grassland gives way to the paradise of Mzima Springs. You can drive to spectacular viewpoints at Chyulu Hills such as Poachers lookout where you will see the most unforgettable vistas and also the view of the amazing snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in a distance. There is no other park in Kenya that offers such good opportunities for rock climbing. Scale Kichwa Tembo, the Great Tsavo Chimney, or the Ivory Tower on Elephant Rock and be rewarded with incredible vistas of the savannah below.

Location:

The park is in southeast Kenya between Nairobi and Mombasa. It’s very close to the beaches of the Kenya Coast When to go: The park is an all-year-round and easily accessible. Best time to visit: It depends.

If you like your scenery greener (as opposed to browner), you desire the best views of Kilimanjaro and the finest bird viewing, then choose the wet season (October to May). But if larger wildlife watching is your thing the best time to visit is in the drier months. The animals are easier to spot as they venture to the rivers and watering holes.

Things to do and see

  1. Shetani lava Flow

This hardened lava flow is only a few hundred years old. Shetani is the Kiswahili word for ‘devil’. When villagers saw the flaming lava erupting from the earth, they imagined it was the coming of the devil into their world.

  • Bird watching

Over 600 types of birds have been spotted in the park. The area is a feast of migratory birds such as African skimmers, goshawks, and palm nut vultures. Some more familiar species such as ostriches, buzzards, kingfishers, hornbills, and herons are also plentiful here.

Other treats like the Golden-breasted starling and orange-bellied parrot can be spotted as well. Roaring Rocks Named for the persistent whistling of the wind and the constant buzz of nearby cicadas, this outcropping is an easy climb and a wonderful place to spot eagles and other birds of prey cruising nearby.

  • Mzima Springs

Perhaps the most special locale in the park, this lush spring is fed by over 200 million litres of clear water daily. Mzima means “life” in Swahili and this life-sustaining oasis attracts a rich assortment of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, and other wildlife to its raffia palm.

Safari Packages.

We at Asili Adventures Safaris & Travel Ltd. have a compilation of ideal safari packages that take you past the Tsavo West National Park.

Some of the Tour packages include:

Asili Adventure Safaris & Travel Ltd. is also willing to customize your safari to suit your requirements. Feel free to contact us for any further inquires or safari customization.

Lake Nakuru National Park

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a scenic wildlife haven

Lake Nakuru National park is a spectacular wildlife haven. Situated approximately 300 km from Nairobi and elevated at 5,755 ft above sea level. The Lake Nakuru sits on the basin of the Great Rift Valley and is home to the aquatic life and water supply to birds and wildlife in the Game Park.

The lake’s algae attract a large number of flamingoes alongside other rift valley lakes, hence giving the lake-shores a pink shade, it is truly a bird sanctuary in Kenya.

Lake Nakuru National Park Flamingos
pink flamingos in the horizons of the lake Nakuru

Wildlife & Birds

The Lake Nakuru National park has very favourable weather conditions throughout the year, and with constant water supply from the lake, it is needless to say that the wildlife ecosystem is thriving.

Some of the wildlife living here include; lions, cheetahs, water bucks, baboons, warthogs, African leopards, Rothschild giraffes. In the woodlands, there are the African pythons dangling in the forest tree branches.

The Park is also a rhino sanctuary, with the only few remaining black rhinos and the endangered white rhinos. on

The inside roads are well-maintained and simple to follow

Choosing to travel with Asili Adventure Safaris ensures that you travel to the Lake Nakuru National Park along with other scenic wildlife game parks in Kenya. Below are some of the safari packages that are ideal for your travels through the Lake Nakuru National Park:

You can also opt to customize your safari, contact us so as to make your African adventure safari memorable.

Best time to visit:

This is an all-year-round park. During wet season game viewing can be put on hold but that’s not necessarily the case at Lake Nakuru. The roads are well maintained and since the park is fenced the animals can’t disperse. The most popular time for quality game viewing is on the dry season from July to December

Things to do and see

Flamingos

Famous for its millions of fuchsia pink flamingos blanketing the shoreline. The birds are of two varieties – the greater and lesser flamingo. The lesser is the more numerous with their red bills and pink plumage. The greater variety is smaller in numbers with a distinctive black bill.

View-Points

The views of the park, the rift valley on the far side, and therefore the life below are all richly enjoyed from the summit vantages of Lion Hill, Out of Africa Lookout, or Baboon cliff. Simply be careful with the baboons who are forever trying to find food scraps.

Makalia Falls

A fantastic waterfall at the south end of the park. This is a good spot for a picnic and hiking.

Amboseli National Park

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Home of the African Elephants

Amboseli National Game Park is located along the south Eastern region in Kenya, bordering the Kenya and Tanzania. It is roughly 220 km from Nairobi city. The park sits on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, hence has excellent views of the highest mountain in Africa. The Park spans over 300 Sq. Kilometres in the area and a larger ecosystem of about 3200 Sq. Kilometres.

The area is inhabited by the Masai community, hence boasts of the Rich Maasai culture. Visiting the Amboseli, you will find the masai pastoralists with their large herds of cows and sheep, patrolling the savanna in search of water and pasture for their cattle.

Wildlife in Amboseli

The Park is famed for its large elephant population. Moreover, it is renown for having the best close-up views of the African elephants. The Government has implemented various policies so as to stop the levels of poaching hence Amboseli has become an elephant conservation area.

Thanks to the conservation efforts with the help of the government of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service, there has been a increase in the African elephant population.

Other than the herds of elephants, the ecosystem includes wildlife like lions, African leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, Masai giraffes, buffalo and impala just to name a few. The bird species in the park include, the African Jacana, Goliath Heron, Hartlaub’s bastard, Grey crane and many more.

The scenery in the Amboseli National Park is breathtaking. With stunning views of the Mount Kilimanjaro contrasting the beautiful forest and wildlife, it is truly an ideal location for a photography safari.

What activities are in the Amboseli National Park?

While in the Amboseli, you can participate in activities like; visiting the Masai Villages for a cultural tour. While in the Masai villages, you will get to participate in the Masai dances, drink their traditional bovine drinks and also visit the Masai Manyatta home that are made of cow dung and clay soil.

This is an ideal activity so as to learn more on the Kenyan Masai culture.

How Can I Access the Amboseli ?

You can access the Amboseli National Park in two major ways, via road or by air to the Amboseli Airstrip. We offer both Air and Road trip safaris to the Amboseli National Park ?

Kindly find some of the Air and Ground Safari Packages below:

Our Safari Packages are best suited to ensure you get to witness true African Adventure in the Amboseli at the best time of the year.

We at Asili Adventure Safaris are also open to customize your safari, Feel free to contact us so as to make your ideal African adventure Safari Memorable.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

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Overview

Where is the Masai Mara Located ?

Masai Mara is located in southern Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and borders Tanzania’s Serengeti plains. The Mara is just a few degrees south of the Equator 1°29′24″S 35°8′38″E and covers an area of 1,510 km2 (580 sq miles).

Masai Mara National reserve
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is located on the south western region in Kenya

The Game Reserve Highlights:

The Masai Mara is home to diverse wildlife and a thriving ecosystem thanks to its favourable climate and strict wildlife conservation policies. Some of the highlights while in the Masai Mara include:

  1. Big 5 Wildlife (Lions, Buffalo, Leopards, elephants etc)
  2. Flourishing flora and fauna ecosystem.
  3. Annual Wildebeest Migration Phenomenon (July to October)
  4. Amazing bird-life species
  5. Masai Culture
  6. The Scenic hot Air balloon safari.
  7. Airstrips (Keekorok Airstrip, Kichwa Tembo)

The Game Reserve

Established in 1961, the Masai Mara game reserve is one of Kenya’s most celebrated and probably strongest nature sanctuary in Africa.

The Reserve is dominated by open grassland, with a great distribution of rocky hills, thorny acacia forests, and savannah woodland as urged by the Nilotic name Mara, which means noticed.

The classic African savannah forms the middle of common safaris in Kenya. One will divide the Mara Reserve into 3 distinct parts.

  • The eastern sector runs from the Mara River and Talek Rivers southeast to the Ngama Hills.
  • The central sector lies north of their confluence between the 2 rivers.
  • The western sector is bound by the picturesque Oloololo escarpment and the Mara watercourse.

The Mara River is the only permanent rivers that flow through the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The river is dotted by hippos, fish, crocodile and a host of bird species.

Whereas among some of the trees, you might catch a glimpse of Leopard’s, Vervet monkey, alongside some birds’ species like the secretary bird, Eagles, vultures etc.

Wildebeest Migration

the great wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Game park
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the annual wildebeest migration

When is the Wildebeest Migration?
The wildebeest migration occurs between July and September of every year. During this period, the wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara Game Reserve via the Mara River.

The wildebeests gather on the Mara River banks in their thousands. Finally, when one of the wildebeests plunges into the river, the other herds of wildebeest break into a stampede. With hundreds of crocodiles in the river waiting to pounce on their next meal, it is truly a sight to behold!

Approximately 5000 wildebeest, gazelles and zebras migrate annually from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. During the migration, the wildebeest population declines due to hunting by preys like lions, crocodile and cheetahs.

However, the population increases during the calving season (January – March). We have a compiled a safari package that takes you on an 11 days Wildebeest calving adventure in Kenya and Tanzania.

When is the Best time to visit the Masai Mara?

Masai Mara Game Reserve is an all-year-round destination. You can visit the park at any time of the year, this is due to its reliable and stable climate that enables wildlife and vegetation to flourish.

Rainfall Patterns:

  1. During the months of December through January is the period of short rainfall in the Masai Mara. Whereas, during the periods
  2. As for the period of January to February is of little to no rains.
  3. While between April – June is when short rains occur.

Accommodations in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara game reserve offers a wide range of selection when it comes to accommodation. There is a range of accommodation types from luxury lodges/camps to budget tented camps.

Here are some of the accommodation types and tented camps located within/around the Masai Mara conservancy:

  • Luxury hotels/tented camps: like Entim, Mara Serena, Sarova Mara, Ashnil, Tipilikwani
  • Mid-range hotels/tented camps: Enkorok Mara Camp, Mara Simba, Ilkeliani, Sekenani Camp, Azure Mara Haven.

What Activities are available in the Masai Mara?

  1. Game Drives

The park is one of Africa’s best Game Reserves. Game Drives in a Masai Mara are rich and full of wildlife.

The chances are very high that you are going to spot all the famous big 5 wildlife in the Masai Mara during the game drives. You can take advantage and book your spot in the 7 Days Samburu / Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara Safari that promises the best of Kenyan wildlife.

Whereas for the ultimate safari in Kenya & Tanzania, we highly recommend the 13 Days Kenya/Tanzania Scenic safari package that traverses the best of Kenya and Tanzania parks. With this safari, you will visit the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks.

2. Hot Air Balloon Safari

Explore the early morning sunshine views and beauty of the Masai Mara Game Reserve from an aerial point of view. The hot-air balloon safari is a memorable adventure that can be reserved for only USD $450 extra while on your safari.

3. Masai Village visit/cultural visits

Visit these indigenous cultures, meet, and learn about their history. Witness how the Masai build their bomas and participate in the famous Masai cultural dances

Our Recommended Safari Packages :

We recommend the safari packages that promise you the best of Masai Mara Game Reserve and the ultimate safari experience.

View Some of the vacation packages below

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