KENYA – THE CRADLE OF MANKIND
Kenya is credited as the cradle of mankind, from where the earliest remains of human bones were discovered by Dr Richard Leakey at Koobi Fora on the shores of L. Turkana, formerly L. Rudolf. Kenya’s game reserves are among the best in the world, with large quantities of animal inhabiting vast tracts of land. The ecosystems, landscapes and wildlife highlight the diversity of this region with The Maasai Mara Game Reserve widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The prime interest for most visitors to this area, obviously, is to see wildlife ,the sheer volume and variety of the Mara will certainly not disappoint.
Lake Nakuru is a small, shallow, alkaline-saline lake located in a closed basin without outlets in the Eastern Rift Valley of equatorial East Africa. It is the centre of a most familiar national park of Kenya known for its spectacular bird fauna (495 species), particularly the vast flock of lesser flamingo.
Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination
Lake Bogoria is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the dramatic walls of the Siracho Range. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink.Its area is volcanically active, and the Western shore is lined with spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. Fresh water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife.
Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya, and its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains.This is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, a unique people who are the only pastoral, cattle herding, tribe who also fish. The lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles and not forgetting the Crocodiles.The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Lake Victoria is commonly known as Nyanza, is twice the size of Wales, and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The lake is the heart of the African continent, the source of its mightiest river, the Nile.
Mombasa The coastline south of Mombasa is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sand beaches, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs. The coastline North of Mombasa is a world of enthralling history and natural beauty. The coast is lined with pristine palm fringed beaches, and the calm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean
Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor a range of world class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Watamu is located further south, this sleepy village is fronted by wide white beaches and the Marine National Park has been established an ideal day trip for divers and snorkellers alike.
Mt Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro.
It is one of the few places near the equator on Africa with permanent glaciers. The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.
Loita Forest, also known as the Loita Naimina Enkiyio Forest or the Forest of the Lost Child, is an upland forest directly adjacent to the plains of the Masai Mara and the Great Rift Valley. The translation of "Forest of the Lost Child" is based on a Masai legend about a young girl.
Kakamega Forest is situated in Western Province Kenya, It is said to be Kenya's last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent. There are numerous grassy clearings and glades. Part of the forest also contain unique and rich highland ecosystems, but generally the fauna and flora of the Forest have not been comprehensively studied by science. Its home to numerous bird species and primates including the colobus monkey.
Ol Doinyo Orok (in maasai language), also called Namanga Hills, is situated in southern Kenya next to the Tanzanian border in the Namanga Division. Being one of the few remaining patches in Kenya, it contains a large variety of plants, herbs and also several animal species not found in the surrounding semi-arid lowlands. In the mountain valleys there are natural water catchments created by the high altitude rains and the high humid climate. These provide the surrounding maasai communities with water and pasture even during the dry seasons.