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The source of inspirations for many scenes in The Lion King. Visit multiple safari camps as each one offers unique experiences and scenes. Make sure you get your shots before you go!
Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
Kibera is Africa's largest slum and the friendliest slum in the world. Visit Toi market, an Orphanage/ School, a Bead Factory, a typical Kibera-House and The Biogas Center.
Sentrim Amboseli is located at the border of Amboseli National Park right next to Kimana gate. Indulge in their excellent services and relax in their luxury tents which spread out across the plains and offer fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.
Meet families of and get up close with Hippopotamus, lots of bird life including the Fish Eagle, Cormorants, Pelicans, King Fishers and many other bird species. There is also a chance to see animals such as the Waterback and Giraffes roaming the islands around.
On Crescent Island, game viewing is pretty easy. You can spot a variety of animals from giraffes, elands, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, etc. There are also several avian species and aquatic habitat. The Lake is home to lots of hippos which can be spotted easily from the island. Some of the birdlife residents at the Crescent Island are the fish eagle, herons, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. A good number of herbivores and mammals can be found grazing the surrounding areas of the lake. Some of the grazers include zebras, impala, buffalo, kongoni, giraffe and hippos at night.
Boasting a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar, Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp features accommodations in Naivasha with free WiFi and lake views. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the tented camp.
Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp offers a sun terrace. Guests can also relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area.
Crescent Island Game Park is 2.3 mi from the accommodations, while Hell’s Gate National Park is 19 mi from the property. The nearest airport is Wilson Airport, 47 mi from Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp.
Lake Nakuru is one of the saline lakes of the lake system lying in the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. Primarily known for its many species of birds, including vast numbers of pink flamingos, Lake Nakuru also has waterbucks, impalas, and hippopotamuses. The town of Nakuru lies on its north shore. Lake Nakuru National Park encloses the lake and adjacent lands.
A beautiful eco-lodge located inside Lake Nakuru National Park with unobstructed views of the lake and wildlife.
It also serves buffet breakfast each morning. There is an in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of Indian, African and American dishes and also offers dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The lodge offers an outdoor pool and a relaxing garden.
Sit and take in the panoramic view of the park, wildlife, and glassy waters of the lake before the fall of night while sipping on your cocktail.
Drift above the savannah plains with the soft calls of birds, low snorts and grunts of hippos and a distant roar of a lion.
Hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara offers a totally different perspective of the landscape. On game drives, you see that there are patches of forest but mainly time is spent on the grassy plains. From up above, the landscape takes on a new life. It’s from the hot air balloon that you see how the Mara River snakes through the Great Rift Valley and its’ tributaries trisect the landscape.
It’s also from up above where you truly understand how such large animals seemingly disappear.
Game drives in the Masai Mara are unforgettable due to the abundance of wildlife and the spectacular landscapes. With gently rolling hills and wide open plains, this is the quintessential African safari experience. Travellers can expect to encounter large numbers of animals year round, with big herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. It is also common to see predator interaction. The Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the Mara for approximately three months each year. Game drives may last from a couple of hours to the whole day, with a picnic breakfast and lunch.
If you are lucky enough to experience nature’s greatest spectacle, the Wildebeest Migration, it is a sight to behold. From July to November each year over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle embark on a cyclical movement through the Mara, driven by rainfall and the subsequent availability of grazing. Throughout their journey, the wildebeest face tremendous threats, crossing rivers teeming with wily crocodiles and encountering an abundance of predators following closely behind them.
Many travellers to Tanzania and Kenya visit a Maasai village and have the opportunity to take part in the adamu, the dance affectionately referred to as the “jumping dance.” It’s an impressive dance, not only for its energy but also for its deceptively simple appearance. Watch the Maasai do it; they make it look so easy. When it’s your turn, you realize it’s much harder than it looks. Everyone has a good laugh, including the Maasai.
The adamu appears rudimentary in its movement, but carries deeper meaning and reason. It's a sort of mating dance, a way for a young Maasai man who has just become a warrior to demonstrate his strength and attract a bride.
Traditionally, the adamu takes place during the Eunoto ceremony that marks the transition of morani (junior warriors) becoming senior warriors — after the morani live up to 10 years together in an emanyatta (warrior’s camp) away from their home villages. During this time, they learn how to take care of their animals, protect their family, and carry the obligations of a Maasai warrior.
The Eunoto not only marks a change in a warrior’s status, but also makes him eligible for marriage. The circle that the young warriors gather in for adamu, allows each warrior to demonstrate his strength and skills to attract a bride. They have continually practiced these moves since they were young, in a sort of life-arcing preparation for this moment.
Bonus: Here's a packing list you need as you tick off African Safari trip from your bucket list!