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Astounding animals in Kenya

Astounding animals in Kenya

Kenya is dream safari territory and you will encounter astounding animals in Kenya safari adventure, where you can watch leopards slink through the tall grass, lions laze in the shade of acacia trees and huge elephant herds trundle across the wide-open dusty plains. The Big Five grab the headlines here, but take a closer look and you’ll find that there’s more to Kenya’s wildlife than its majestic beasts. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite lesser-known species to spot on a Kenya holiday.

Astounding animals in Kenya
Gerenuk

The gerenuk is one of Samburu’s special five. With its long neck, large ears and unique way of feeding on its hind legs, it’s like a giraffe-gazelle hybrid – in fact its name translates to ‘giraffe-necked’. The gerenuk joins the Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe to make up the special five. These dry country animals can be found in the arid reserves of Samburu and Meru in the north of Kenya – try and spot them all on our Samburu & Maasai Mara fly-in safari.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Lilac-breasted roller

We think that the lilac-breasted roller is Africa’s most beautiful bird. The Kenyan government is on our wavelength; this rainbow-coloured roller is the country’s national bird. You’ll first come across this little bird as a flash of colour as it flits between trees to scan for prey; zoom in your binoculars to see its pastel plumage and long narrow tail. The lilac-breasted roller is just one of Kenya’s spectacular birds; spot large species from marabou stork and the statuesque kori bustard (Africa’s largest native flying bird) to the gloriously-named superb starling. There’s great birding in many of Kenya’s National Parks. Amboseli has more than 400 bird species and is one of our favourite places to spot the rare Taita falcon.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Pangolin

These shy anteaters are scaly from tip to tail and roll themselves up into a ball when threatened; inquisitive lions can often end up playing pangolin football. Pangolins are solitary nocturnal creatures. They’re also the world’s most illegally trafficked animal. Like rhino horns, pangolin scales are mistakenly thought to have healing properties. Also like rhino horns, the scales are made from keratin – the same substance as our hair and nails. Pangolins are heavily protected and it’s rare to spot one, but they can be found in areas of western Kenya including the Maasai Mara.

Astounding animals in Kenya

Flamingo

From the air, some of Kenya’s lakes appear to have a bright pink border. It’s not an illusion – look closely and you’ll see that thousands of greater and lesser flamingos line the shores. Watching the birds take flight en masse is a magical sight. These hot-pink- feathered birds are flighty and they migrate between the lakes that have the most algae – hope to catch them at Lake Bogoria, which you can reach from Loldia House or Lake Elmenteita.

Flamingos

Rothschild’s giraffe

You can recognise the Rothschild’s giraffe by its long white socks – it’s the only giraffe species that has no patterning below the knee. This is one of Africa’s most endangered giraffes, but thanks to initiatives like the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi – which has successfully released giraffe into nearby National Parks – numbers are on the rise. At Giraffe Manor there’s even a resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffe that pop their heads into the breakfast room to start the day with you. The Giraffe Centre isn’t Nairobi’s only place for ethical wildlife experiences – we love the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery, where rescued baby elephants are hand-raised and released into Tsavo National Park.

Rothschild's giraffe

Sea turtle

Away from the rolling plains, Kenya’s waters are surprisingly marine-rich. There’s great snorkelling and diving close to Mombasa, where marine parks up and down the coast include the Mombasa Marine Park. Among the psychedelic fish, seahorses and rainbow reefs, you can spot hawksbill turtles chomping around the coral and popping above the surface for air. Some hotels, like AfroChic, even have protected areas where you can see turtles nesting on the beach and watch as tiny turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean for the first time.

Beach Destinations in Kenya & Tanzania 

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Watamu Beach, Kenya

Just on the shores of the Indian Ocean, located in the small Kenyan town of Watamu is the Watamu beach. This is one of the more undeveloped areas along the coast, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. The beach has fine white sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral formations.

As such, snorkelling is a popular activity in Watamu Beach. A quieter beach, this is an excellent place to relax in general: take a refreshing dip in the water, go for a walk along the shore, or watch the sunrise or set.

Clifton Beaches, South Africa

A wealthy suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, Clifton boasts a set of four beautiful beaches and a luxury real estate which looks out into the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. These beaches are favorited by locals and tourists – thanks to its white sand and picturesque cliffs. The beaches are popular spots for sunbathers and sporty adventures (surfing on the waves and volleyball on the sand).

Buffalo Bay Beach, South Africa

Buffalo Bay Beach is an excellent choice if you will be travelling with family, especially kids. It has waters that are safe to swim in. This beach sports white sand surrounded by bush located in South Africa. Tourists and locals visit the beach to swim, surf, fish, and boat. It is also a perfect spot if you are working on your tan. The natural beauty of the area is protected as the beach sits within the Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you want to walk and take in this beauty, take a stroll along the beach to nearby towns.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Located in Zanzibar, Tanzania is the Paje Beach, which is a long strip along the Indian Ocean with beautiful white sand and clear turquoise waters. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, Paje Beach is a good choice as it is one of the island’s quiet beaches. This fabulous beach is excellent for surfing and kitesurfing. For snorkelers, enjoy the clear waters as you spot moray eels, starfishes, and turtles. When you are hungry, there are beachside eateries where you can enjoy a meal with astounding views.

The Hidden Treasures

The Hidden Treasures

The Hidden Treasures is a collection of Intimate and rare East African Lodges, set in some of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Africa.

The Hidden Treasures

Mahali Mzuri

Sits within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and boasts 12 luxurious tents designed to be your home away from home throughout your stay, with an ensuite bathroom, inviting private deck and views you won’t want to miss.

Sirikoi

Resembles an eco-chic African home and while it offers a sure sense of luxury and high level of service, it manages to be welcoming, comfortable and unpretentious. All the rooms are spacious and tastefully designed, with unique décor touches, a sitting area, big Victorian bathtubs, rain-showers, fire places and a private deck.

Surrounded by 68,000 acres of pure wilderness of the renowned World Heritage Site, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the location of the lodge is truly exceptional. With Kenya’s arid North to one side, and the lush foothills of Mount Kenya on the other, Sirikoi enjoys a beautiful spring-like climate year round.

The wildlife

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is abundant and includes many endangered species such as black and white rhino, and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra in the world.

Families of elephant have carved Sirikoi into their migratory routes and almost daily they can be seen just in front of the Sirikoi dining deck for hours at a time.

Finch Hattons

Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp offers guests stunning views from their luxury suites, fusing modern design with rustic charm to provide an experience that seamlessly combines the thrill of a safari adventure with the opulence afforded by contemporary comforts.

The open plan design of the tents invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting all the authentic African sounds, tastes and smells right onto your doorstep.

The camp has preserved the ideals that Denys Finch Hatton lived by; a dedication to elegance and style, coupled with a passionate love of the Kenyan wilderness and a long forgotten way of life.

covid-19 Travel

Covid-19 Travel

The U.S. will ease covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

covid-19 travel

Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.

The changes will take effect in early November, which the airline industry expects will spur holiday bookings.

“They must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane,” Zients said during a press briefing.

Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Trump administration had first issued the rules, which now apply to more than 30 countries, in March 2020. President Joe Biden upheld those rules in January, shortly after taking office.

The British Government has announced a move to remove the traffic light system in favour of a simplified approach for international travel, which comes into effect on 4 October 2021.

A red list of countries will remain with travel restrictions still in place, but we are slowly starting to see more destinations beginning to re-open for travel and testing requirements being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers.

For anyone who has a holiday due to depart in 2021, please be assured that our team will be calling you to talk to you about your booking and advise about the options available to you for your forthcoming trip.

We will be working through all bookings on a departure date order and will be working on a rolling 3 week basis ahead of departure

If you have a query regarding your booking which is due to depart in 2022, then please email  info@natureboundafrica.com or call +255 784 737 413 and one of the team will be able to assist you.

 

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