Kenya is regarded by many including us here at Revere Travel as the original and most authentic safari destination, so widely represented in print and on screen that it feels familiar even before you arrive mainly thanks to the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve.
On a luxury Kenyan holiday you can experience the archetypal east African safari with virtually guaranteed sightings of the 'Big Five'. From July to October the Masai Mara forms part of the annual great migration route of over a million wildebeest and zebra, with the Mara River’s flourishing hippo and crocodile population making this a hazardous spot for the game, but a great opportunity for photographers. The experience may be far from intimate, as the 'Greatest Show on Earth' draws visitors from around the globe, but it remains one of Africa’s essential ‘must-sees’.
While the Masai Mara is characterised by gently rolling hills and wide plains, Samburu National Reserve is more rugged and largely arid, covered in volcanic outcrops, swamps and small rivers. Wildlife thrives, nonetheless, with a range of animal and birdlife subtly different to that found further south. You can expect to see ostriches, reticulated giraffes, gerenuk, leopards, lions and cheetahs. The naturally arid landscape means that the rivers and waterholes make for especially rich wildlife-viewing, from the timid antelope, to the mighty mud-bathing elephant.
Meru National Park is most famous for being the setting for Joy Adamson's book, 'Born Free'. The park is especially scenic, straddling the equator, with great views of Mount Kenya and plentiful wildlife. After suffering badly at the hands of poachers in the 1980s, the Meru is once again a successful park, with breeding herds of elephants and other big game assuring its future.
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