Kenya. For many people, Kenya is quite simply East Africa in a Microcosm. The region`s premier tourist destination really does seem to have it all; wildlife and nightlife, cities and beaches, Mountains and deserts, traditional cultures and modern arts, all couched in a range of landscapes as staggering in their diversity as they are stunning in their appearance. There are a million different reasons to come here, and picking just one is nigh on impossible.
The classic image of safari savanna is perhaps the single key selling point for Kenya`s tourism industry, and with all famous fauna, no keen animal-spotter should go home disappointed. However, clued-up visitors face an infinite choice of alternative settings and activities, from Mountain trekking the glacial ridges of Mount Kenya to kitesurfing of the white sands of the Indian Ocean coast, and much more besides.
This sheer diversity is something to be relished and is by no means limited to the natural surroundings.
The people, too, represent a wide cross-section of everything that is contemporary Africa, and everyday life brings together traditional tribes, and urban families, ancient customs, and modern sensibilities.
Finally, sooner or later on any trip here you`ll look up at the starry skies and feel Africa all around you. Living, breathing, and fueling a thousand dreams. Whatever your mental image of this region, and whatever you move on the afterward, Kenya will provide a crucial part of the picture, and its a microcosm not to be missed
Area: 583,000 sq. km
Famous: Masai Mara; Amboseli; Mount Kenya; Meat-eating; Marathon runners
Language: English, Swahili, and tribal languages
Money: Kenya Shillings (KSH)
Population: 50 million
Masai Mara National Reserve
Backed by the spectacular Esoit Oloololo Escapement, watered by the Mara River and littered with an astonishing amount of wildlife it is a world-renowned reserve. It is 1510 sq km of open rolling grasslands, the northern extension of the equal agglomeration of the Narok. (Managed by the county government of Narok county) and the trans-Mara National Reserve (managed by Mara Conservancy)
Although the concentration of wildlife is typically highest in the swampy area around the reserve`s western edge, superior roads draw most visitors to the eastern side. The big cats, lions are found in large pride everywhere and it is not uncommon to see them hunting. Cheetahs and leopards are less visible but still fairly common. Elephants, buffaloes, Zebras, and hippos also exist in large numbers.
About Antelopes, the black-striped Thomson`s gazelle and larger Grant`s gazelle are most prevalent, although the numbers of impalas, topis, Coke`s hartebeests, and wildebeests aren`t far behind. Other common animals include Masai Giraffes, baboons, warthogs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, and matriarchal clans of spotted hyenas. The few dozen of black rhinos are very shy to be spotted.
The ultimate attraction is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration in July, and August although sometimes the wildebeest migration might extend up to early October.
When millions of these ungainly beasts move north from the Serengeti seeking lusher grass before turning southern around October. While you`re more likely to see endless columns grazing or trudging along rather than dramatic TV-style river fordings, it is nonetheless a staggering experience.