Masai Mara National Park
Masai Mara National Park is a Kenya’s premier wildlife park. It was also established in 1961 to protect wildlife from hunters. Masai Mara is in the southwestern Kenya on the border with Tanzania. The reserve is also situated in the rift valley with Tanzania’s Serengeti plains along its southern end. The Mara River runs through the reserve hosting plenty of hippos and crocodiles and making the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and many of the zebras.
Most of the Masai Mara National Park is made up of hilly grassland which is fed by plentiful rain, especially during the wet months between November and June. The areas bordering the Mara River are forested and are also home to many bird species.
The Park is Kenya’s most popular game park because it’s relatively small yet it hosts concentration of wildlife. There are also the big five including; the lions, leopards, cheetah, hyenas, giraffes, impala, wildebeest, topi, baboons, warthogs, Buffalos, Zebras, elephants, hippos, and the crocodiles. There are many things to do in the park and some of these include; Game drives, walking safaris, cultural tours with the Masai, Hot air Ballooning etc.
This Park is situated 168 miles from the capital city of Nairobi. The trip takes at least 6 hours by car. This is because the roads are quite poor and should not be attempted unless you are using a 4WD vehicle.
Many tourists choose to fly into Masai Mara Reserve because of the poor quality roads. However, flying makes the safari more expensive and also missing out on some of the adventure of traveling in one of Africa’s more remote areas.
Lake Nakuru National park. Nakuru is most renowned among Kenya’s rift valley lakes and one of the best Known African parks in the entire world; with its alkaline waters fringed at times by more than one million flamingos.
This is also the greatest bird spectacle on earth. The park was gazetted in 1968 but since 1961, there was a bird sanctuary at the Lake’s south sector. However with the support of the World wildlife Fund, Kenta’s Government launched a scheme to Purchase the adjacent grounds. This was intended to widen the protected Area.
The park also covers the lake and a land strip around the northern, eastern and western shores. The southwards the grounds also extend farther to Makalia falls, which also define the south limit. The shores are also surrounded by swamps that during the driest seasons disappear to give rise to huge white salt crusts. There are also many animals including the lion hill, baboon cliff and many more. The park is also home to large mammals including carnivores like the lions, leopards etc.