Aberdare National Park was created in 1950. This park is in the central highlands, The Park has a variety of flora and fauna and scenery that you will seldom find elsewhere. Elephants and buffaloes are the dominant animals, but rare species can be found including the black rhino, bongo, antelopes, black several and the elusive black leopard. Hundred of birds species can also be seen.
Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5,896 meters, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Chyulu Hills National Park is situated 190 km south-east of Nairobi. The park comprises the eastern flank of the Chyulu hills including about half of the forest area. The park boundary runs down the centre of the hills along the line of the peaks. The western half is part of the West Chyulu Game Conservation area, owned by several Maasai group ranches.
The Sanctuary, grassland and woodlands ecosystem is located about 3km from Kisumu city. The ecosystem hosts leopards, hyena, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. It also provides grazing lands for Hippos, habitat for numerous small mammals and supports a variety of reptiles and birds species.
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KENYA THROUGH THE SCOP
Kakamega Forest was established to protect Kenyas only mid-altitude tropical rainforest as the forest contains many species found nowhere else in the country. The forest lies in the Lake Victoria catchment, north of Kisumu and west of the Nandi Escarpment. It was first gazetted as a trust forest in 1933 and two small reserves, Yala and lsecheno were established within the forest in 1967. In 1985, nearly 4,400 hectares of the forest together with the adjacent Kisere Forest were gazetted as Kakamega Forest National Reserve. The forest is an important water catchment area with two rivers flowing through it.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park is located on the south coast off Shimoni and south of Wasini Island in Kwale District on the south Kenyan coast near the Tanzanian border. The complex covers a marine area with four small islands surrounded by coral reef. Kisite Island is a small waterless coral island, 8 km offshore in the Marine Park. Coral platforms around the raised central portion are exposed at low tide. The three other coral islets in the park (Mpunguti ya Juu, Mpunguti ya Chini and Liwe la Jahazi) lie closer to the larger Wasini Island, are scrub covered and support no significant wildlife or birds. The surrounding waters have well developed coral gardens and a large variety of fish.
When the East African Railway reached Kisumu early in the last century, the area must have been teeming with plains game. Over the passage of time hunting for food, ecosystem loss through human settlement and agriculture all reduced numbers vastly. By the early 1980s, what could be seen was a pitifully small herd of Impala that roamed the town and neighboring areas. The Sanctuary, a 0.4 square km of marsh, grassland and forest was created to provide a home for this herd of Impala. It then developed into a holding point for captured problematic animals. Today, it provides grazing for hippos and habitat for numerous small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and birds. It also hosts two leopards, one spotted hyena, two olive baboons and several vervet monkeys held in captivity. Sightings of the reclusive and acutely threatened sitatunga have also been made.
Kiunga Marine National Reserve incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago, running for some 60 km parallel to the coast in northern Kenya and adjacent to Dodori and Boni National Reserves. Composed of old, eroded coral, the islands lie around 2 km offshore and inshore of the fringing reef. They vary in size from a few hundred square metres to 100 hectares or more. Their walls rise sheer from the surrounding seabed and are usually deeply undercut on the landward side. The larger islands and the more sheltered inner islands are covered with low, tangled thorny vegetation including grass, aloes and creepers. The outer islands provide nest sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable coral reefs, sea grass meadows and mangrove forests, with their attendant biodiversity and is also a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.
Lake Bogoria is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the western wall of the Rift Valley. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink. The 32 sq km lake is still volcanically active.
Region: Rift Valley Region
Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline Rift Valley lakes and a fantastic bird sanctuary. Its shores populated at times by more than one million flamingos. The park covers the lake and a land strip around the northern, eastern and western shores, whereas southward the grounds extend farther to Makalia Falls, which define the south limit.
Malindi Marine Park and Reserve was the first marine protected area in Kenya, established in 1968 and designated as a Biosphere Reserve under the Man & Biosphere Reserve programme of UNESCO in 1979. The park is located south of Melinda town extending to Mida creek. It neighbours the Gede ruins and Arabuko Sokoke forest. The park is enveloped by a national reserve and a 100 ft strip of coastal land starting from Vasco-da-Gama pillar to Watamu. The reserve extends 3.5 nautical miles to seaward. The park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral, sea grass, mangroves, mudflats, high fish diversity, marine mammals, turtles and shorebirds. The fringing reef is close to shore and exposed during low tide, but drops gradually to a sea grass bed that descends precipitously to the deep Barracuda Channel. North Reef has developed offshore and is the main focus of tourism activity.
The park lies in northern Kenya and comprises of a densely forested mountain and three crater lakes that are the only permanent source of water in the region. The park is famous for its elephant named Ahmed that was provided with 24 hour security surveillance by presidential decree in the 70's, to demonstrate Kenya's commitment to wildlife conservation.
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Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary located in south-western Kenya, bordering Serengeti National Park. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight.
Ilkeliani, Masai Mara
Mara Intrepids Tented Camp
Mara Serena Lodge
Siana Springs Tented Camp
Fig Tree Camp
Kichwa Tembo & Bateleur Camp
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THE AFRICAN SKIES
BEACH AND BUSH
OUT OF AFRICA
THROUGH MASAI LAND
KENYA THROUGH THE SCOP
Region: South West Region
Both the park and reserve are the most highly utilized among marine protected areas. Their coastline is heavily developed with tourist facilities. There are various agents who offer boats for hire to get into the Marine Park. There are quite a good number of companies offering water sports facilities. These firms are spread along the beach. The place is ideal for diving. Diving gear is readily available from water sports desks. Wildlife in these parks include: crabs, corals, sea urchins, jellyfish, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Different varieties of coral species comprise of acropora, turbinaria and porites.
Mount Elgon is Kenyas second highest mountain. It lies 140 km north-east of Lake Victoria and is bisected by the Kenya-Uganda border. An ancient eroded volcano with a huge caldera, its summit has the spectacular flat-topped basalt column known as Koitobos. Another unique feature of the mountain is the lava tube caves, some over 60 meters wide and only caves in the world frequented by elephants (and other animals) digging for salts. Mount Elgon National Park was gazetted in 1968 and covers a narrow transect on its north-eastern slopes. The remaining forest and moorland is part of the Mount Elgon Forest Reserve.
Mount Kenya National Park is Africas second highest Mountain at 5199 m and is the only landmark that counts in this area. Circled by an excellent tarmac road, it looms over the entire region. The snow-covered peaks can be seen for miles in the morning. While its a separates massif from the Aberdare, it is still part of the central highland and like the Abadares is intensively cultivates on its lower slopes.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is the oldest animal orphanage in Kenya and set in Nairobi National Park with lush vegetation contrasting against the red dust and clay of the soil. Established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya. The unique facility records over 200,000 thousand visitors every year. Animals received at the facility undergo a thorough medical examination followed by treatment before entering into an appropriate feeding and rehabilitation program.
Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. The park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi and one of the most successful of Kenyas rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.
Nairobi Safari Walk is only 7 km south of Nairobi. This is one of the conservation based recreation facilities in the country. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education. With a combination of three simulated, forests, wetlands and savannahs, visitors have an opportunity to learn about these valuable resources and how they can contribute to its conservation. The Nairobi Safari Walk is an eye opener to Kenyas Parks and Reserves. It offers an opportunity to learn what to expect to see across the country. Introductory talks on Kenyas parks and reserves can be arranged by naturalists.
Ndere Island, a newly gazetted park, is an island just off the northern shore of Lake Victoria and was opened in November 1986. Ndere means meeting place in the language of the local Luo tribe. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi, mother of the tribe, rested up near Ndere after her long journey south down the Nile valley. She found the lush shorelines so pleasing that she and her people stayed.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a densely forested mountain known to the local Kikuyu as The Mountain of the Buffalo, and to the Masai as The Big Mountain. Just one road leads to its summit, which offers magnificent 360 panoramas over the Athi River, the pineapple fields of Thika and the snow-capped peaks of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. Within easy reach of Nairobi, the lush vegetation and cool air of this compact and scenic National Park make for an ideal day trip or camping week.
Ol Pajeta Game Sanctuary is 20,000 acres of privately owned wilderness in the heart of the Laikipia area of Kenya. The landscape is mainly open grassy plains, thorny thickets and acacia woodland
Ruma National Park was established mainly to protect the Roan antelope, common only to this park. The soils are largely black cotton clay. The surrounding area is settled, with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land. The wildlife found in this park include: Roan antelope which is not found anywhere else in Kenya, Oribi, mountain reedbuck, monkey, savannah grassland and woodland with extensive acacia thickets and more than 400 recorded species of birds.
Saiwa is the smallest park in Kenya, only 3 square km. It was established to protect the semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope and encloses the swamp fed by the Saiwa river together with its fringing belts of rain forest. The park is enclosed by subsistence farming settlements. Vegetation is a mixture of forest and swamp vegetation. The swamp is dominated by tall bullrushes and sedges. The swamp is bordered by a mixture of grassland, riverine forests and acacia.
Samburu National Reserve is 320 kms north of Nairobi. This is home to a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, the narrow stripped and large eared Grevys Zebras, the reticulated giraffe, the shy long necked gerenuk, the Beisa Oryx and the blue necked Somali ostrich.
Located in Northern Kenya, the reserve has dramatic scenery including river-side forests, scattered woodlands and dry grasslands dominated by the Shaba Hill volcano. The plentiful wildlife relies on waterholes and marshes scattered throughout the reserve. The spectacular landscape provides the perfect setup for filmmakers.
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Shimba Hills National Park were gazetted as a National Forest in 1903, grassland areas were incorporated in 1924 and several subsequent extensions took place to bring the reserve to its present size. In 1968 most of the reserve was double gazetted as the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Two smaller areas to the west adjoining the reserve and almost entirely forested remain as Forest Reserves. A fenced elephant corridor connects the Shimba Hills with Mwaluganje Forest Reserve to the North. The Shimba Hills are a dissected plateau that ascends steeply from the coastal plains, 30 km south west of Mombasa and just south of Kwale town. The surrounding escarpment rises from around 120 metres to 300 metres across the bulk of the plateau and as high as 450 metres at Marare and Pengo hills.
The park lies on the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, about 800 km from Nairobi. The semi desert ecosystem was established to protect wildlife and the unique prehistoric and archaeological sites.
Region: Rift Valley Region
The Tana River National Primate Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to protect the Lower Tana riverine forests and two highly endangered primates, the Mangabey Monkey and the Tana River Red Colobus. The reserve consists mainly of patches of riperian forest extending for 16 km along the meandering course of the Lower Tana River, 350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa. At the time of establishment, the reserve occupied approximately 171 km of forest, dry woodland and savanna habitat on the east and west of the Lower Tana River, 16 patches of forests ranging from 10 to 625 hectares in size fall within the reserve.
Tsavo National Park is divided into two units - Tsavo East and Tsavo West and is one of the worlds large wildlife sanctuaries. The landscape in Tsavo East is flatter and drier. Much of the wildlife is concentrated on the Galana River, which has plentiful crocodiles and hippos. Tsavo West covers a huge variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanoes and rolling plains. Birds are very common and there are large populations of elephants, zebras, hippos, and Leopards.
Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenyas north coast stretching from Malindi town to beyond the entrance to Mida creek. It is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve which also encloses Malindi Marine National Park. Habitats include inter-tidal rock, sand and mud; fringing reefs and coral gardens; beds of sea grass; coral cliffs, platforms and islets; sandy beaches and Mida Creek mangrove forest. The park was designated as a Biosphere reserve in 1979. Mida creek is a large, almost land-locked expanse of saline water, mangrove and inter-tidal mud. Its extensive forests are gazetted as forest reserves and the extreme western tip of Mida Creek is part of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve.