On this wildlife safari, we will visit Amboseli National Park, northwest of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. From Amboseli, it is possible to engage in a scenic flight to see the top of the Mount Kilimanjaro. The name Amboseli is a Masai word which means place of dust. Indeed herds of elephants can be spotted covering themselves in dust or wallowing in the swamp which is full of bird life. Covered by savanna and acacia trees, the open flat plains are ideal places to search for the wildebeests, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, zebras, hippos and more. There are two permanent water springs which are underground seepage from the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro with the park as its magnificent backdrop.
Lake Nakuru National Park has different habitats ranging from marsh, grasslands, rock cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a euphorbia forest. The shallow and alkaline lake was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and later upgraded to a national park in 1968. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. It’s a sanctuary for birds, Rothschild Giraffes and both Black and White Rhinos.
Later, we see the famous Masai Mara. Mara is a Maasai word for spotted. From the air, the visual effect of the Mara thickets looks like spots hence the name of Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is one of its kind where the migration of the wildebeest happen every summer, July through September and is the seventh wonder of the world. And also this is the home of all the Big Five. Rightly named, not because of their size but because of each of these animals were highly poached. Some for their horns believed to be aphrodisiac whilst others for their skin. Whatever the reason, the Maasai Mara has continued to be a safe haven for these animals.
A day in the Maasai Mara can also be spend with the Maasai people with their rich heritage, still holding tight to their traditions. A day spent with them will be forever be engraved in your hearts for these are a special people.