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1. Angama Mara, Kenya

If the epic views from Angama Mara provoke a sense of déjà vu, it might be because you have seen them before on the silver screen. Taking its name from the Swahili for “suspended in mid-air”, the mesmerising vista of the remote Mara Triangle is the same as the one depicted in the 1985 film Out of Africa starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. This new camp, which opened last year on the edge of the Rift Valley Escarpment, is the culmination of the work of safari lodge veterans Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald, who have many years of African hospitality between them. There are two camps of 15 tents created by one of the continent’s finest tent-makers with a contemporary, minimalist chic look that incorporates 33ft-wide, floor-to-ceiling windows. The lodge is also committed to the local community; among other features, there is an in-house artisan workshop where Maasai women create beaded jewellery.

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya . Doubles from $825 (£570) per person, full-board.

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2. Ruckomechi Camp, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is back on the safari map. Peeping out from the shade of acacia and mahogany trees, right on the banks of the Zambezi river, the 10 rooms of Wilderness Safaris’ Ruckomechi Camp reopen later this month with a new look. It is set in the Mana Pools National Park; this part of the country is known for its large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, which can be seen on wildlife drives, walks or afternoon boat trips on the river. In July a new, smaller satellite camp, Little Ruckomechi, will open further downstream, with just three tented rooms.

Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Doubles from $702 per person, full board.

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3. Makanyi Lodge, South Africa

One of the newest arrivals on South Africa’s safari scene is this seven-suite lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on the edge of the country’s vast Kruger Park. The Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – proliferate here and there are game drives as well as bush walks, birdwatching, painting, guided stargazing and photographic safaris. Each of the rooms is designed in rustic yet slick safari style with a main lodge and an infinity pool, which proves the ideal place to lounge after a dusty drive.

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Makanyi Private Game Lodge, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger Park, South Africa. Doubles from R8,000 per person, full board including game drives.  

 
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4. Limalimo Lodge, Ethiopia

The jagged, gasp-worthy peaks of Ethiopia’s Unesco-listed Simien Mountains National Park are one of the country’s natural highlights. So too are the large colonies of Gelada monkey that populate it. Opened in January, the Limalimo Lodge is its newest place to stay, with just 12 guestrooms constructed in the vernacular style using rammed earth, wood and thatch. Guests can spend their days exploring the vastness of the surrounding landscape with its walia ibex, leopards and Ethiopian wolves.

Limalimo Lodge, Simien Mountains National Park, Debark, North Gondar, Ethiopia. Doubles from $200, full-board.

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5. The Highlands, Tanzania

Tanzania’s Unesco World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most spectacular and richest wildlife spotting areas on the continent. Both the Big Five and countless other species live and visit this vast caldera that formed two to three million years ago.To escape the crowds fully, check into Asilia Africa’s newest camp, the appropriately named The Highlands, set on the slope of the Olmoti volcano. When it opens on 5 June – in good time for the spectacular annual wildebeest migration between July and October – it will become the highest of all the camps fringing Ngorongoro. There will be just eight futuristic looking, luxuriously decked-out domed canvas tents. You can be down on the crater floor for dawn safaris, enjoy bush picnics and just revel in the isolated tranquillity of the setting, when the sun begins to set over the African wilderness.

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 The Highlands, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Doubles from $710 per person, full-board

Kenya National Reserves and Parks

Kenya National Reserves and Parks

The Best National Reserves and National Parks in Kenyanairobi ntl park 1 Kenya National Reserves and Parks

The national parks and reserves in Kenya are found in various places around the country. Some are small in size while others are very big in size. Some are known throughout the world while others are just famous locally but all for really good reasons.

Tourists visit Kenya all year round to have a taste of the safari experience in Kenya. Safaris in Kenya are usually fun packed with tourists having a lot of activities and adventure during the safari. The national reserves and national parks in Kenya have various accommodation facilities that tourists can use whenever they visit want to go on safaris.

Tourists visiting Kenya for safaris can either choose to use safari camps, safari lodges, hotels or tented camps. There are very many of these facilities around the country. Some are in the national reserves or national parks while others are outside the perimeter of the national parks and national reserves.

The prices in these hotels, lodges and safari camps vary from place to place. There is no fixed rate for accommodation. These prices also vary throughout the year. Hotels change their rate depending on what season it is. There are high and low seasons when it comes to tourism in Kenya. The high season always experiences an influx of the number of tourists visiting the country while the low season experiences a low turnout compared to the high season.

During the low seasons, the rates of different accommodation spots usually drop by a considerable margin. It is usually very significant that many tourists choose to visit Kenya during this period to take advantage of the low charges. Other camps usually choose to close down temporarily until normalcy resumes in the parks.

Top National Reserves and National Parks in Kenya

So what are the most famous national reserves and national parks in Kenya? If you are planning come for safaris in Kenya, it is important that you know what the best places are to visit and what activities to expect when you visit these places.

You have a big decision to make because unless you have all the time to spend on holiday and all the money, you can never visit each national reserve and national park in Kenya. You will have to do a good research on your best destinations to visit and make sure they fit on your holiday timeline. While making these decisions, it is important that you also consider your budget for your holiday.

Below are some of the most popular national reserves and national parks in Kenya that you need to consider when visiting Kenya. These are ideal destinations for safaris and are famous among tourists who visit Africa.

The Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve is found in Masai Mara. Masai Mara is in Rift Valley province and the closest town to the Masai Mara National Reserve is Narok Town. The native inhabitants of the area the Masai people and therefore the area gets its name from the Masai people and consequently the national reserves’ name is coined from the name of the place.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the most popular safari destinations in Kenya and it is also quite popular in Africa. This is home to countless wildlife species and therefore a great place for safaris and adventure in Kenya. It is home to the big 5, that is, the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

There are also other very many interesting animals that call Masai Mara home. These include cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, gazelles, giraffes and many others. When you go for game drives in the Masai Mara, these animals can be easily seen and if you have a good guide, you will be taken to various spots famous for various animals you are interested in.

The Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi National Park is one of the most interesting national parks in the world. This is because it is the only national park that is found with a city. Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and the busiest of all the towns in Kenya. Nairobi is a metropolitan with all walks of life residing in the city.

The National Park is about 7km from the city’s CBD and just a few minutes ride will get you to the entrance of this national park. From the Nairobi National Park, you can see the tall buildings of Nairobi town and it is usually a great experience even to the city dwellers. It is convenient in that you do not have to travel long distances to see the big 5 or other animals on safari.

The animals are kept within the park’s perimeter by a fence but many times some of the animals make it out of the perimeter and cause a buzz around the neighboring areas. Just a few months back photos made rounds around the world. Some lions made it out of the national park to cause a snarl up of traffic as motorists got a rare treat of the wild beasts wrestling it out on the usually busy Langata Road.

The Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is also in Rift Valley. The national park gets its name from the Lake Nakuru that is found in the area. The lake is famous for its pink flamingo cover. It is an ideal place for bird lovers and the serenity of the area makes it an ideal destination for holidays.

There are other very many animals you can find in the park including the rhino of course other water animals and fish like Tilapia. There are very many hotels and lodges in Lake Nakuru that tourists can use when they visit the area. Nakuru is close to Nairobi and therefore offering a bit of convenience especially to domestic tourists.

The Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks

These twin national parks are found in the coast province. You can access these national parks from Mombasa, Voi or Malindi. The area is generally semi arid and dusty but is very rich when it comes to wildlife. This is the place to visit if you are particularly interested in seeing elephants.

The Tsavo East National Park and the Tsavo West National Parks are separate National Parks and therefore one cannot simply hop in and out of both. There are very many attractions in these parks including springs and Tsavo is also rich archeologically. There are also countless activities to do in Tsavo including rock climbing among other adventurous activities.

The Mount Kenya National Park

The Mount Kenya National Park is one of the best places for adventurous safaris in Kenya. There are very many activities that tourists take part in when they visit the Mount Kenya National Park. This national park is found in the central province of Kenya and get its name from the Mount Kenya, the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second tallest in Africa.

Apart from the wildlife in the park, tourists also get the rare treat of climbing Mount Kenya. There are different peaks that you can climb but each has its own fair share of challenges to deal with. It is always a thrilling experience to make it to the top and back and that is why Mount Kenya National Park gets tourists visiting the area all throughout the year.

The Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is also one of the most popular spots for safaris in Kenya. It is just south of Masai Mara and is rich in both flora and fauna. However, it is most famous for its scenic views of the Mount Kilimanjaro. From various safari camps and safari lodges in Amboseli, you have a great view of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro which has its foot in Kenya.

There are very many animals to see including the big 5. The Amboseli has the Savannah vegetation and the weather in the area is just about right for safaris. The Amboseli National park is also famous for elephants and therefore is an ideal safari destination if you are particularly interested in elephant’s activities.

There are other very many national reserves and national parks in Kenya. These include Kakamega Rain Forest National Reserve, Hell’s Gate National Park, Meru National Park, Sibiloi National Park and Buffalo Springs National Reserve among others. All these national reserves and national parks in Kenya make safaris in Kenya a memorable experience and will surely leave you wanting for more.

Kenya Holiday Travel Tips

Kenya Holiday Travel Tips

Kenya Holiday Travel Tips you need to Know when Visiting Kenya

Tourist Attractions when Visiting Kenya

When visiting Kenya, there are very many tourist attractions to choose from. The tourists attractions in Kenya are found all over the country and therefore it is important that before you come for you holiday, you do a good research so that you know the places you will be spending your holiday.

Below is a list of the best tourist attractions in Kenya

Attractions in the Coast
  • Lamu
  • Gede Ruins
  • Fort Jesus
  • Vasco da Gama Pillar
  • Wasini Island
National Reserves and National Parks in Kenya
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Tsavo National Parks
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
Towns to Visit
  • Mombasa
  • Nairobi
  • Kisumu
  • Eldoret
  • Malindi and Watamu
Kenyan Highlands Attractions
  • Mount Kenya
  • Lewa Conservancy
Famous Events
  • The Great Wildebeest Migration
  • The Lamu Festival

These are among the best tourist attractions in Kenya. However, there are very many more tourist attractions that you can see when you are in Kenya. Once you get to Kenya, you may also learn of other attractions that are not really celebrated but might be something you want to experience.

Best Kenya Travel Tips

Below are a few Kenya travel tips that you need to know before visiting Kenya. These travel tips will ensure that you have a memorable holiday in Kenya.

  • Do NOT forget to carry your photograph especially if you are going on a safari. Target morning hours and the evening hours to get the best shots. You tour guide will come in handy in picking out the best locations for photography.
  • You will get to see many different wildlife and therefore it is important that you equip yourself with information on the different animals that you are likely to see and therefore giving you an opportunity to ask your guides the right questions. Download safari apps that will also guide you during the safari.
  • Ensure that you choose the best accommodation spot for you. There are many hotels, lodges and safari camps in Kenya. Do a good research on accommodation before you book into any place.
  • There are different times of the year that you can choose to visit Kenya. If you are interested in particular events such as the great wildebeest migration, ensure you time your holiday well. If you are on a budget it is probably best to visit during the low seasons. Learn the climate pattern of Kenya so that you are not surprised by the weather during your holiday in Kenya.
  • You can practically wear anything you wish when you are on your holiday in Kenya. However, it is important that you know what safari attire to park if you are planning for a safari in Kenya.
  • Major international currencies are acceptable when you visit Kenya. However, you may need to change some of your pocket cash into the local currencies.

I hope these few Kenya travel tips help you out the next time you are visiting Kenya so that you have the most memorable experience in this beautiful country.

safari camps for elephant viewing

 Safari Camps for Elephant Viewing

Safari camps for elephant viewing by Rose Hipwood on May 06, 2015 in Accommodation, Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana,Camping, Kenya, Leisure Travel, Regions, Resorts, South Africa, Speciality Travel, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Elephants hold a huge draw for people on luxury safaris, and it’s no surprise – these amazing animals have intricate family ties, and human like emotions. Much research has been done on the elephant and it remains one of the most fascinating animals to see on any luxury safari. Elephants are currently being heavily persecuted for their ivory, and now is the time to visit Africa and see these gentle giants. There is almost nothing better than watching baby elephants role around in the mud, or play with their siblings. African elephants are larger than their Indian counterparts and this can make watching them both humbling and awe inspiring. They move through the bush almost silently and are the real undisputed kings of the jungle. There are hundreds of conservation projects currently working on over drive to protect these magical beasts from poaching, but the battle is still very much ongoing. Here are the top ten luxury safari properties from which one can watch elephants.

1. Sirikoi, Lewa, Northern Kenya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya is breath-takingly beautiful with rolling hills, views of Mount Kenya, open plains and marshes surrounded by yellow fever trees. Sirikoi is an exceptionally special luxury safari camp boasting both tents and two private houses. From Sirikoi you can often watch family groups of elephant come down to drink at the waterhole in front of camp, and once you head out onto the plains with your private Samburu guide you will be treated to huge vistas often dotted with family groups of elephant.

2. Saruni Samburu, Samburu, Northern Kenya

Samburu National Park has long been known as one of the best places to see elephant and this is due to the Ewaso Nyiro River which runs through it. Sometimes you will be lucky enough to see large groups of elephant come together to play, mock fight and frolic in the murky river waters. Saruni offers a true paradise of a lodge with exceptional guides, food and some of the best views in all of Kenya.

3. Richard’s Camp, Masai Mara, Southern Kenya

Richard’s Camp is owned by Richard Roberts who started the Mara Elephant Project, so if you do want to see elephants you can go with one of the Richard’s Camp guides, all of whom really know their stuff when it comes to the elephants of the Masai Mara. This luxury tented camp is quirky and unique with a relaxed and warm atmosphere, and you will often have exceptional game viewing from your own luxury safari tent.

4. Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Sausage Tree is very special – you might even bump into an elephant on your way from your vast tented suite to the main area, as it makes its way down into the Zambezi River to feast on the long grasses and enjoy swimming (trunks make a fantastic snorkel). There are elephants everywhere here and you will not go for longer than a few minutes without seeing one.

5. Tena Tena, South Luangwa, Zambia

Tena Tena is set in its own private conservancy with the Luangwa River separating it from the South Luangwa National Park – wonderful scenes will play out before you whilst on drives or in front of camp, with elephants heading down to the river to drink. When the waters are shallow you can watch them protect the little ones from approaching crocodiles. Tena Tena is run by the famous Robin Pope Safaris and has absolutely everything you could want in a luxury safari camp.

6. Chindeni Bushcamp, South Luangwa, Zambia

Chindeni is set in a wild and remote area of the South Luangwa – your luxury rooms are elevated above a lagoon below, and you can while away the day watching elephants below from your comfy hammock. From this luxury camp you can also see the Chindeni Mountains, which make the most amazing photographic backdrop when there are elephants browsing beneath them. Chindeni is called a bushcamp, but feels exceptionally luxurious and boasts wonderful guides and delicious food.

7. Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Chief’s Camp is one of Botswana’s most luxurious safari camps and is impossibly spoiling. Everything here is perfect and that goes for the game viewing too. Chief’s Island is perhaps one of the most famous game viewing destinations in Africa and of course the elephant viewing here will not disappoint. Often you will be watching herds of elephants from the comfort of your verandah or the main area. You don’t have to go far here to see abundant elephant.

8. Savute Under Canvas, Savute, Botswana

Savute is absolutely pumping with game and this includes elephant. Savute Under Canvas is an authentic but comfortable luxury safari camp which really feels as if it is truly in the wilds. Here you can enjoy a mobile camp without having to pay the premium to take it exclusively. Savute Under Canvas has the most magical location which will certainly fulfill all your desires when it comes to game viewing, and experiencing the romance of a luxury tented camp.

9. Somalisa, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Somalisa has a classic elegance to it which comes naturally, and this luxury safari camp certainly delivers when it comes to elephant. There are many famous photographs of elephant coming right up to the deck in front of the camp – this is because large herds of elephant congregate on the pan which is directly in front of this amazing camp. With only six luxury rooms you will certainly feel as if you are in one of Africa’s most exclusive camps, which indeed you are.

10. Madikwe Hills, Madikwe, South Africa

Madikwe Hills is incredibly luxurious but has such a warm and friendly atmosphere that you feel as if you can throw your shoes off and walk around in your dressing gown (which they wouldn’t mind about at all!). There is a waterhole in front of the lodge which attracts elephant every day, but Madikwe itself is just fantastic for elephant, everywhere you turn there will be small family groups or larger herds, and the red dust and amazing sunsets make for some magical photographs.

By Rose Hipwood

US lifts travel warning on Kenyan coast

US lifts travel warning on Kenyan coast

Beach Holidays US lifts travel warning on Kenyan coast

The United States government has lifted travel restrictions it issued to its citizens on visits to most parts of Kenya’s coastal region.

The US Embassy stated travel restrictions to Malindi through Mombasa and Kwale counties to the Tanzanian border had been lifted.

“There are no longer general restrictions on travel to Malindi city in Kilifi County through Mombasa and Kwale counties to the Tanzanian border,” an email sent to its citizens and staff stated.

The US, however, restricted its staff from traveling to towns near the border with Somalia and cautioned them against using the Likoni ferry in Mombasa.

The US also cautioned those visiting Old Town in Mombasa, saying they should do so during the day.

The Barack Obama administration asked its citizens in Kenya to be vigilant and be aware of their own personal security.

The US issued a travel advisory in May this year and restricted its personnel from visiting Eastleigh in Nairobi and the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.

The travel restrictions also covered Tana River County, north of Pate Island, Kiwavu and Kiunga on the Kenya-Somalia border, and northeastern Kenya towns, including El Wak, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera and Liboi.

Any travel to the restricted areas by any US Embassy personnel had to be pre-approved by appropriate embassy offices.

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