Kenya boasts of its richness in wildlife and cultural heritage. Starting from its breathtaking geographical formations, the vast wildlife species and the cultures her people posses. With a land area of 580,367 square kilometers ,a population of 47.5 million people and primary ecosystems of tropical, savanna and subtropical rainforests, their are places you wont want to miss to travel to. These include.
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
This is the oldest protected area in Kenya which was established in 1946 just 7km south of Nairobi CBD. There are 400 bird species,100 mammal species and also characterized by the big 5 exclusive of elephants. It has the highest number of black rhinos in the entire world.
THE MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Situated in the South-West of Kenya on the border with Tanganyika, this is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Together with the Serengeti of neighboring Tanganyika, they form the world’s most diverse and arguably the world’s top safari big game viewing ecosystems. With its signature attraction ,the famous wildebeest migration which to some is considered as one of the wonders of the world. There are 95 mammal species and 570 recorded species of birds. Not forgetting the big 5 and the lethal reptiles, crocodiles, are just some of the animals the Maasai Mara boasts of.
Not known to many as a UNESCO world heritage site, Lamu has origins dating back to the 12th century. Donkeys still rule the streets of Lamu as there are very few vehicles around, if any. This is a significant place for the study of the Swahili culture as we have the Lamu museum which displays on Swahili culture and the regions history. All the authentic building fabric have been retained since today and also not forgetting that unlike many of East Africa’s Swahili settlements along the coast which have been abandoned, Lamu has continued to be inhabited for the past 700 years. If the rich cultural heritage of Lamu wont be enough for you, remember we have the white sand beaches.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK.
Situated in the Great Rift Valley which runs all the way from Egypt to Mozambique, Lake Nakuru national park is well known for its large flocks of pink flamingos. There are more than 450 species of birds. This park is also ideal for hiking, bird watching, picnic, game drives.
In the central highlands, at the heart of Kenya and East of The Great Rift Valley lies yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Mt Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa standing at an altitude of 5199m above sea level. Mt Kenya provides a rare spectacle of Equatorial snow whereby its best known that snow is mostly found towards the polar regions. There are three glacier cloaked peaks namely Batian, Nellion and Lenana. We cant also ignore the biodiversity that Mt Kenya boasts of.
KAKAMEGA FOREST NATIONAL RESERVE.
This is a remnant of the rainforest that stretches from the Central Africa. It is situated in Kakamega and Nandi counties. It is also the only tropical rainforest in Kenya also Kenya’s last remnant of Guineo-Congolian rainforest that covered the African continent back then. There are 380 species of plants,9 species of these plants are only found in that forest in the entire world. Out of 367 bird species,9 species are not found anywhere else. Mammals and reptiles also grace the forest like the pythons ,monkeys, mongoose, bush pigs etc. Camping, hiking, bird watching, primate and butterfly watching are some of the vast activities here.
By Sir Musa Lee.
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