An Eastern African country with relatively short Indian Ocean coast line. Between Somalia and Tanzania, north and south respectively. Plus bordering Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda.
Kenya is the most powerful economy of East Africa however inequalities are easily observed and quite shocking. Middle to upper class Kenyans living moderately affluent lifestyles while many other Kenyans live in squalor.
Many diverse ethnic groups and tribes come together with a strong sense of national pride. Could be due in part to unity in the struggle for Uhuru (Kiswahili: “freedom”) – independence from British colonial rule, achieved in 1963. Most Kenyans feel optimistic about the country’s future.
More national parks than you can shake a stick at
- Aberdare National Park – cool and cloudy Rift Valley park with lots of large game, and over 250 species of bird recorded
- Amboseli National Park – a swampy lowland Masai park that is one of the best places anywhere in Africa to view large mammals
- Hell’s Gate National Park – a rather small National Park close to Nairobi, which allows you to get out of the car and offers some nice opportunities for rock climbing and some game.
- Lake Nakuru National Park – a stunning 400 species of bird have been recorded here including the largest flocks of Flamingos anywhere on earth
- Lake Elementaita – One of the smaller lakes in the Great Rift Valley recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. scenic and rich in bird life.
- Masai Mara National Park – likely the most popular reserve in Kenya due to the high concentration of large cats
- Mount Kenya National Park – challenging trekking on high peaks
- Nairobi National Park – virtually in Nairobi and a great option to see large game for those on a tight schedule
- Tsavo National Park – major game park on the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa
- Tsavo West National Park – popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River.
- Meru National Park – has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes.
- Sibilio National Park – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of Lake Turkana National Parks.