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Why a Kenya safari should be your next holiday

The magic of going on a safari is the dream of many; the smell of the rain when going out on a safari trip will be edged into your mind. But seeing the animals in their natural settings: just awe-inspiring. And Kenya is one of the best places to view game, including the Big 5, which makes it a great place to go to for a safari.

11 August 2017, 10:32am
The types of animals you can view in Kenya include antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, hippos, warthogs and many other herbivores • Photo: Alienadv.com
The types of animals you can view in Kenya include antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, hippos, warthogs and many other herbivores • Photo: Alienadv.com
If you want to explore the beauty of an Africa safari, then there is one place that stands out from the rest – Kenya. Located in East Africa, this piece of Africa has one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Great Migration. Here you can view the Big 5. More so, you can experience the tension between life and death as herbivores and predators meet. Thinking of picking up an authoritative guide before leaving? You could visit this site to read the online guide for Kenya Safaris.

From sustainable tourism and globally recognized models of wildlife management, Kenya offers tourists the chance to experience pristine wilderness and internationally significant habitats.

The most impressive, and the best known of Kenya’s national parks happens to be the Maasai Mara National Park. This national park is located in the Narok County of Kenya, bordering Tanzania. Stretching over 1510 square kilometres, this region is full of breath-taking vistas, endless plains and an abundance of wildlife. The reserve has been named after the ancestral inhabitants of the area, the Maasai people, as well as their description of the area as seen from afar. The word Mara, or Maa in the Maasai language means spotted as referring to the trees, grasslands and cloud shadows that mark the area.  This land has also become world well-known for its Maasai lions, the Tanzanian cheetahs, African leopards and the great migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle from the Serengeti each year. It is for this that tourists flock to the area and why the Maasai Mara has become to be known as the pride of Kenya.

During the months July towards October, over two million wildebeest with their grey-black fur, white beards and tails and short manes thunder across the plains from the Tanzanian side of the Serengeti eco-system to the Kenyan side. This chaotic mix of hoofs are followed by the distinct black and white of the zebras, and not forgetting the thousands of Thompson’s gazelle. 

The herds head toward Kenya to graze and breed. They do this on instinct annually.

There is a peaceful charm looking at the massive amount of herds grazing in the glass lands.  At times your guide will point out the presence of one of the lions of the Maasia Mara. If you are lucky you might see one of the most known lion packs, the Marsh Pride, a family of lions that can be found along the Mara River.

The heart-stopping tension of an epic life-and-death saga plays out as the herds try to cross the Mara River. This river is filled with vicious crocodiles trolling the water, awaiting the onrush of their prey.

The wildebeest will stand restless on the edge of the Mara River. Then, without any warning, they will storm down the ledge, and then jump into the muddy water of the Mara River. Even from a far you can see and feel their fear. Then more, thousands wildebeest and their calves, will follow the first group of wildebeest. After that pure chaos will break out. Splashing water, calves that are drowning, and crocodiles and hippos attacking the herds as they try to cross the Mara River. Some of the herds will die of exhaustion as they try to cross the river and battle of predators. Gigantic vultures will then begin to feed on the carcases of the mammals that lay scattered at the banks of the river. Those that have made the crossing will more on to the rich grass lands of Kenya.

The Maaisai Mara National Park isn’t the only reserve in Kenya, as this country is one of the world’s magnificent wildlife destinations. It have some of the highest and best bio-diverse populace of wildlife in the world. From the stretched out glass lands to the swamplands of Amboseli National Park, where you can view elephants grazing in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The types of animals you can view in Kenya include antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, hippos, warthogs and many other herbivores. And besides the Maasia Mara lions, you will see leopards and cheetahs, and the rest of the Big 5: elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos.

Safari holidays in Kenya are not about mass market package holidays. Many of the safari lodges aren’t permanent, therefore their impact on the land are at a minimum. But many camps are co-owned by the local tribes, which means that the money goes directly back to the local communities. 

The magic of going on a safari is the dream of many. The smell of the rain when going out on a safari trip will be edged into your mind. But seeing the animals in their natural settings, just awe-inspiring. And Kenya is one of the best places to view game, including the Big 5, which makes it a great place to go to for a safari. Travelling from Malta to Kenya is relatively easy, particularly with Emirates, but also with British Airways: you could even check out the neighbouring Tanzania whilst visiting the region.

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