Holidays in Kenya are considers to be a perfect vacation with its breathtaking scenic beauty and overwhelming wild life. The Indian Ocean shapes a beautiful beaches for Kenya which lying along the eastern coast of Africa. All names whose Africa’s second largest peak Mount Kenya such as Kikuyu, Embu, and Kamba words “Kirinyaga”, “Kirinyaa” and “Kiinyaa” created the name country of Kenya. All three words can be translated into” resting place of God” in English.
Tourism is the second major source of foreign exchange revenue after agriculture. Kenya holidays offer visitors with a variety of options from natural to man made attractions. Some of the key tourist points in the country are mosques at Mombasa, the Great Rift Valley, the Thika coffee plantations, view of Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches along the Indian Ocean. However, apart from all these magnificent locations majority of the tourists are lured towards the wild life adventures that Kenya is renowned for.
Wildlife In Kenya
The name Kenya has often been synonymous with wild life. The country is also said to be the home to the big five – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino. But this is not all that Kenya holidays have to offer. A run through the list of animals presents a much wider picture. Not only mammals but also birds and reptiles! The national parks are home to animals like the hippopotamus, elephants, spotted hyenas, impalas, leopards, lions, giraffes, vervets, warthogs, rhinoceros, yellow winged fruit bats and the list will go on and on. In Kenya one can spot a myriad variety of birds like the baglafecht weaver, barn swallow, black-chested snake eagle, black-headed heron, black crane, blue-cheek bee-eater, common ostrich, and much, much more. The reptile population is no less which includes the crocodile, chameleon, skink, tortoise to name a few.
The fact that Kenya has 48 national parks, including marine parks, is proof in itself about the great wild life reserves the country takes pride in. It would not be an easy task to list down all of the national parks, their reserves, and the attractions each one has to offer, so wide a variety exists. To get a tiny glimpse of the larger picture some of the well known national parks are:
Amboseli National Park – this low rainfall area offers one of the world’s best wild life viewing experiences.
Lake Nakuru National Park – this park is best known for the millions of flamingos that nest along the Lake Nakuru shores.
Mount Kenya National Park – the national park along with forest reserve was declared a World Heritage Site since 1997.
Nairobi National Park – established in 1946 it became the first national park of the country and is one of the country’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.
Kenya Cheetah Safari
When out on a safari every tourist would be eager to spot one of those rarely sighted animals. One such animal is the cheetah. Being the fastest land animal the cheetah has been admired by all – children and grown ups. To satisfy the curiosity of all, special cheetah safaris have been designed. Cheetahs can be seen in the Samburu National Reserves as well as the Masai Mara National Park. As statistics reveal, not many cheetahs are left in Kenya and the numbers are decreasing fast. Efforts have been started to conserve this super agile animal but its status is still that of a vulnerable creature.
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