Kenya, the original home of holiday safari is one of the most popular attractions for game viewing in the world. The various parks and game reserves in this country offer wide open spaces and abundance of game. The Masai Mara National Reserve and the great wildebeest migration are the most amazing natural spectacles. Apart from the Masai Mara reserve, game viewing can be done in all other parks any time of the year. The best time to witness the wildebeest migration is during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October.A safari to Kenya will not be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara, where you will see the greatest show on earth. The endless rolling plains of Mara reserve lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Wild animals in the migration include; wildebeest, zebra, Thomson gazelle, giraffe and the black rhino. You will also see predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat-eared foxes and the jackal. Even though most of the game viewing is done on the valley floor, sometimes, the local guides conduct walk tours in the hills of the Oloololo Escarpment. It is a life and death scenery as the wild animals cross the great Mara river where they are awaited by many hungry hippos, including the large Nile crocodiles. About 53 different birds of prey and other birds have been recorded on this reserve.
Lake Nakuru National Park, in the great rift valley is one of greatest bird spectacle on earth. Nakuru means “dust place” in Masai language. This shallow alkaline water lake is located near Nakuru town. The lake is home to about two million flamingo birds who feed on the abundant algae created from the droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters. There are two types of flamingo species in this lake, the lesser and the greater. The lesser flamingo is recognized by its pink plumage and deep red carmine bill while the greater flamingo is established by its bill which has a black tip. Pelicans and cormorants are fish-eating bird species also found in the lake. Over 400 other bird species have been recorded in the park. The Tilapia Grahami and a diminutive fish are the only types of fish found in this lake. This park is also home to 25 rhinos ( the largest concentration in the country) including other animals such as lion, leopard and a number of Rothschild giraffe.
The Amboseli National Park, which is about 395 square kilometers is another famous park in Kenya. This park lies on the Kenya-Tanzania border. Many visitors tour this place to see the large numbers of elephants and to have a better view of Africa’s highest Peak (Mt. Kilimanjaro). Over the past years, there has been great drought and overgrazing in this park, which has resulted in dry, dusty and barren land. The wild animals on the hand have been forced to move into areas of shrub forest and marshland for their food. Other parks in Kenya include; Mount Kenya, Aberdare, Mount Meru, Lake Naivasha, Tsavo, Watamu Marine and many more.