Hello my beautiful friends! I’ve just came back from my trip in Kenya and Tanzania and can’t wait to share my African experience with you! First, let’s take a walk on the wild side and explore together some of the best national parks in Kenya through the lens of my camera. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Maasai Mara National Reserve
If you have ever wondered why the Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous parks, here are some of the reasons:
- Every year (from July to October) more than two million wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara river from Serengeti NP in Tanzania to the Massai Mara in search of new grass and water. This ANNUAL MIGRATION is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet!
- Maasai Mara huge grassland savannah is FULL OF WILDLIFE. In just a few minutes of game drive you can easily spot many different animals, from giraffes, elephants, wildebeests to not so easily spotted animals like leopards.
- Easy to spot 4 (lions, elephants, buffalos and leopards) of the BIG FIVE (rhinos can only be found in certain areas, not easy to see)
- Maasai Mara is also number one park in Kenya for seeing WILD CATS. Example, in one full day of game drive we saw a group of lioness hunting, two leopards and cheetah relaxing, big male lions playing… impressive!
I love this pros and cons list from SafariBooking.com page (it’s true to the point):
Pros and Cons
- Excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year
- Annual wildebeest migration (September and October) – prices for safari and accommodations can double during migration season!
- Open savannah makes for easy wildlife spotting
- Wide variety of accommodation for different budgets
- Hot air balloon safaris
- The park gets busy, especially during high season
Ok, let me show you the real thing, here are some of the pics and videos from 2 days safari in the Maasai Mara.
Mr. Leopard on the tree
Hungry lioness in action
National Geographic LIVE – lions hunting 🦁#maasaimara #safari#kenya #lions#wildlife
Posted by Restless girl on Friday, April 14, 2017
National Geographic LIVE – group of lions hunting
Giraffe with head in the clouds
Funny creatures, right? Ladies & gentlemen, meet TOPI
Miss cheetah – fastest animal on the planet, hips don’t lie!
Lake Nakuru National Park
DON’T MISS this Kenyan hidden gem!!! This park is unbelievable beautiful. It’s totally different from the Maasai Mara. Relatively small in size its concentrate around the spectacular Nakuru Lake, full of flamingos and pelicans. It’s EASY TO SPOT RHINOS in the park (I saw the cutest little rhino fella there!). Also, we saw a LION PRIDE near the road, on our way to the lake (the most impressive wild scene I have ever seen).
Pros and Cons
- Stunning Rift Valley scenery
- Excellent birding with big flocks of pelicans
- Easy to spot rhinos
- Small park makes it easy to see a lot of wildlife in just few hours of game drive
- No elephants
- The park gets very busy in high season
Lake Nakuru – Waterbuck
Lion family near the road, sugar overdose!
Baby rhino!!!! Preslatko čudo malo! 🦏
Posted by Restless girl on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Baby rhino, the cutest little fella ever!
Zebras on the lake side
Amboseli National Park
AMBOSELI IS MUST! Amboseli is all one could wish from a safari. Untouched wilderness full of wild animals roaming free, breathtaking sceneries of all kinds (from desert to swamp and acacia woodland) and stunning Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background, do I need to say more?
Pros and Cons
- Excellent wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present (no black rhino)
- Outstanding elephant sightings – BEST ELEPHANT SEEING IN KENYA
- Views of Kilimanjaro on clear days – you can easily see the mountain early in the morning from 6, 6:30 till 7, 7:30 and sometimes late in the evening
- Excellent birding, especially waterbirds in swamp habitat
- Good range of accommodation catering to different budgets and styles
- The park gets very busy, especially in the high season
- Big cats are relatively hard to spot
Elephants with big tusks and Mt. Kilimanjaro in the back covered in clouds
Hyenas in Amboseli NP
"Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization." Charles Lindbergh 🕊🐾 #amboselinationalpark #kenya
Posted by Restless girl on Monday, March 27, 2017
Spectacular scenery in Amboseli NP
Elephant in swamp eating grass, this is how happy elephant looks like!
Baby zebra on the waaaay!!!!
The grey crowned cranes in swamp and wildebeests in the back
If you are looking for an adventure that will change you in some many ways, then you should definitely go on a safari!
“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” – Brian Jackman