Kenya National Parks

 

Climate:

Generally the climate is warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east. Across most of the country, rainfall is strongly seasonal, although its pattern, timing and extent vary greatly from place to place and from year to year.  Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF KENYA

·  Buffalo Springs National Reserve
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  Aberdare National Park
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  Meru National Park
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  Shaba National Reserve
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  Samburu National Reserve
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  Mt. Kenya National Park
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  Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy
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  Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate N/Park
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  Lake Bogoria National Reserve

·  Nairobi N/Park
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  Amboseli N/Park
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  Tsavo East N/Park
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  Tsavo West N/Park
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  Masai Mara N/Reserve
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  Chyulu Hills
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  Chale Island
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  Central Island
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  Lake Nakuru N/Park



Activities:

Coastal Beaches,Game Viewing,The Wildebeest Migration,Mount Kenya,Snorkeling,Cultural Tours,Nature Walk,Bird Watching Safaris,Sport Fishing,Kipchoge Keino Stadium- Marathoners,Treetops- tree hotel where Queen Elizabeth learnt her hear-achy while on tour,Giraffe Centre,Bomas of Kenya

 

BUFFALLO SPRINGS NATIONAL RESERVE


Buffalo Springs Reserve covers 194 km2 on the southern bank of the Uaso Nyiro river. The reserve has unique landscapes of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains.

Hot and Dry, the vegetation is mainly wooded and bushy grassland, riverine forest and swamps. With over 50 species of large mammals, the parks’ bird life is diverse with Buffalo Springs having a record of 365 species.


ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

The Aberdares are part of Kenya's central highlands, running roughly north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls with a range of almost 13,000 ft. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that give way to gentler valleys separated by steep hills and rocky outcrops. The park is an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins. The climate is wet and moist. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest, whose management is under a MoU between KWS and the Forest Department.

Animal life is most abundant in the forest zone. Large mammals are represented by elephants, buffalo, bongo and black rhino among others. Carnivores include lion and leopard, whereas primates are represented by baboon, black and white colobus and sykes monkeys. The park is rich in bird life with over 250 species recorded. The Jackson's Francolin is endemic.


MERU NATIONAL PARK FACTFILE

Meru is a savanna National Park, 35km east of Maua town in the north eastern lowlands below the Nyambeni hills. Meru is part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana river that includes the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves (to the east and south respectively), Kora national park and Rahole national reserve. The wetter North Western sector is hilly, with rich volcanic soils. The land flattens towards the East, where grey alluvial volcanic soils appear.
Location: East-north-east of Mount Kenya in Meru District of Eastern Province, coverig 870km2.


SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE FACTFILE

Shaba National Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District and lies to the east of Buffalo Springs Reserve, just across the Great North Road. The Reserve takes it's name from a cone of volcanic rock and evidence of the intensity of it's volcanic upheaval is demonstrated by the formidable lava flow which the traveller has to cross to reach this remote wilderness. Shaba's northern border is marked by the flow of the Ewaso Nyiro River on its way to the Lorian Swamp, its banks fringed by riverine forest and clusters of doum palms. Many small hills and rocky kopjes punctuate the rugged and dry terrain south of the river. Shaba is home to the many different species of game found in Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves with small herds of elephant and other plain game moving freely throughout these three reserves and the surrounding wilderness.Shaba Reserve is 130 km2 on the southern back of the Uaso Nyiro River to the East of Buffalo Springs Reserve. The reserve has unique landscapes of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains.
Mainly wooded and bushy grassland, riverine forest and swamps, with over 50 species of large mammals including reticulated giraffe, grevys zebra, elephant oryx, somali ostrich, hippo, crocodiles, gemuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
Large flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls are a common attraction.


SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE FACTFILE

Samburu National Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the Masai. The landscape is rugged and dramatic - against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the occasional flash of vivid colour. The Ewaso Nyiro River, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve. Crocodile and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of the riverine forest.

Over 50 species of large mammals including reticulated giraffe, grevys zebra, elephant oryx, somali ostrich, hippo, crocodiles, gemuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Large flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls are a common attraction.


MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK FACTFILE

Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator. The mountain has two main peaks - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m). The mountains slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Mt. Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Nyiro systems. The park, which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715 km2, and includes the Peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200m with two small salients extending lower down to 2450m along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 km2.Climate, flora and fauna on Mt. Kenya varies with altitude.
Accessibility:

  • 175 kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or
  • Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru.
  • The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu - Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.
  • The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki.

Major Attractions:
Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.


LEWA DOWNS WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

 (Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy is located in the Northern foothills of Mount Kenya about 250 Kilometers Northeast of Nairobi. Lewa Downs is some 65 Kilometers North of Nanyuki in an area known as Laikipia. From Nairobi, you can either drive to Lewa Downs via Nanyuki (about 4 hours), or take a light plane to Lewa Downs airstrip (about 45 minutes)
Lewa Downs Conservancyis a Private Game Sanctuary in the Northern District of Kenya. This is an area of open plains, long, waving yellowy-gray grasses and gently rolling hills, rising in the distance. As one of Kenya's major private conservation successes located at the foot of Mt. Kenya, Lewa Downs Conservancy has been the Craig family home since 1924 when the Craig grandparents came from England and began raising cattle here. "Leave room for the wildlife" has been the Craig ethic, as the area is committed to the conservation of wildlife and diverse habitats found on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya...  Safaris


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HIGHLIGHTS OF KENYA

·  Buffalo Springs National Reserve

·  Aberdare National Park

·  Meru National Park

·  Shaba National Reserve

·  Samburu National Reserve

·  Mt. Kenya National Park

·  Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy

·  Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate N/Park

·  Lake Bogoria National Reserve

·  Nairobi N/Park

·  Amboseli N/Park

·  Tsavo East N/Park

·  Tsavo West N/Park

·  Masai Mara N/Reserve

·  Chyulu Hills

·  Chale Island

·  Central Island

·  Lake Nakuru N/Park