National parks of Kenya
Kenya is a country known for its wilderness. Mention Kenya and the first thing thjat comes to the mind is a scene from National Geographic or Discovery Channel of a lion chasing an antelope. Kenya’s national parks have been immortalized in one’s mind. In fact the word Safari has been directly taken from the Kenyan language (Kiswahili) and means voyage. There are several designated parks and reserves in Kenya.
Chief among them include:
1. Maasai Mara National Reserve: Immortalized by the nature channels on TV. The main attraction of the mara is the annual migration of wildebeest (a gawdy animal belonging to the ruminant family.) Every year millions of these animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in neighboring Tanzania into the Mara in search of greener pastures. They have to negotiate the wild mara river loaded with crocodiles and then negotiate the wild animals of the mara and this spectacle is breathtaking. This happens every year between July and September.
2. Tsavo West and East National Parks: Two beautiful areas of wilderness in the eastern part of the country. Tsavo East is bigger than Wales in area!! Tsavo West is notorious for its rogue elephants which hold up all traffic!
3. Amboseli National Park: Situated at the foothills of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s tallest peak) this park is a paradise for elephant lovers. The picture of an elephant against the Kilimanjaro as a backdrop is an unforgettable picture of Kenya.
4. Samburu, Mt. Meru, Hells Gate are among the other parks in Kenya.
One gets the chance to see the BIG 5 in Kenya. The BIG 5 include The Lion, the Leopard, the wild buffalo, the Rhino and the Giraffe. If you get a chance do not miss Kenya and its parks.