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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.

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What to Experience on Family Holiday Safari, Solo travel, Group travel & Honeymoon

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Serengeti National Park

What to experience on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon and where to go is something many people have on their bucket list. And when thinking about where to go on safari, a trip to the iconic places in Tanzania or Kenya often comes to mind.

Most people have heard of the migration of the wildebeest that happens annually in the Masai Mara in Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania. This vast wildlife area has a different name in the two countries, but it is essentially the same thing with an international border running in between. A border the wildebeest don’t know exists and without a worry about passports they make their clockwise migration every year and you can watch this spectacle either in Tanzania or in Kenya whilst on safari.

Safari Extensions

Popular extension of any safari is some relaxation on one of East Africa’s many pristine seasides, or lakeside, beaches. Giving you the opportunity to indulge in watersports, explore the underwater world, immerse yourself in the culture and history, or simply read a book and chill. But starting with the beaches is also becoming increasingly more popular, with many now opting to relax on the beach first and getting rid of any potential jetlag before chasing the Big 5 and other wildlife.

Many people on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel and honeymoon clients going on safari book a flight to Nairobi in Kenya as this is a bigger hub and more international airlines fly there which means there are more options and cheaper flights available. From Nairobi, you can either book another flight to for example Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania or fly directly to your destination in Kenya with a smaller domestic flight. Driving to your destination in the country of your choice is of course also an option and will help keep the safari cheaper if you are on a budget.

Popular National Parks in Kenya
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tsavo National Park
  • Aberdares National Park
  • Samburu National Park
  • Mt Kenya National Park
Northern National Parks of Tanzania

In Tanzania some people use road transport if they visit the parks in the northern area of Tanzania, also called the northern circuit. But it is often a lot faster and more comfortable to catch a short flight directly to an airstrip close to your accommodation, avoiding bumpy roads, potentially crazy traffic and long hours in the car.

Parks of the northern circuit are:

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Mkomazi National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Visiting the other national parks in Tanzania

This parks are best best done on a flying safari as it would take a long time to drive to most of them from Arusha in the north or Dar es Salaam in the east. Parks that can be visited with a short flight from either Arusha, Kilimanjaro International or Dar es Salaam are for example:

  • Selous National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Gombe National Park
  • Mahale National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Katavi National Park

So the most important thing for natureboundafrica is to work out which park or wildlife area you want to visit and where you want to relax before or after your wildlife safari. If you are a first-time safari goer you will most likely want to choose your destination based on the availability of the big 5 and how easy it is to see those animals. Excellent places to see the big 5 are for example the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania.

You can then add one or two more places to get a broader picture of the country or because you have a specific wish like:

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing the many elephants in Amboseli with the impressive Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Trekking with the chimpanzees in Gombe or Mahale
  • Relaxing on the beaches of Lamu (Kenya) or Zanzibar (Tanzania).

If you have already been on a safari before, if it is not as important to you to see the big 5, or if you like the remoteness and wilderness of the less visited parks, you can plan your trip to the other parks and wildlife areas. Many of those offers outstanding opportunities to see wildlife, but you might have to travel a bit further. However, for your effort, you get a totally different, deeply rewarding experience.

After deciding which national park or wildlife area you want to go to and booking your best option for the international flight and your onward domestic flights depending on your destination, you will need to also book your accommodation in line with your budget and then of course any experiences you might want to add to make it the perfect safari for you.

There are a lot of options to personalize your family holiday safari and it all depends on what you enjoy doing on your holiday. Think of things like:

  • A hot air balloon trip
  • A horse riding adventure
  • Some time on the beach before or after your safari for some relaxation time
  • Rafting
  • Scuba diving
  • Yoga retreat
Accommodation

There is so much choice, especially in the popular areas like the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, that deciding what is best for you often comes down to three things; your budget, the availability at the time of your trip and if you want to be in a specific location for example to witness the migration.

Once you know which park or wildlife areas you are going to visit you can narrow the search for accommodation down to that specific location. You can also check if a specific provider offers accommodation in all the areas you intend to visit, they might offer a better deal if you book more nights in several of their lodges.

Once you have booked your flights, your accommodation and your favourite experiences to personalise your safari, Nature Bound Africa would like to wish you a ‘safari njema’, as we say here in East Africa. This is Swahili for wishing you a safe and good safari!

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.

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Nature Bound Africa is not a general tour operator or travel agent, we do not sell every destination available on the globe. We carter for those that want a true African experience and seek advice of our portfolio of safari destinations.

At the heart of what we do is a common passion for sharing our love and expertise of our portfolio of safari destinations in Africa. With many years of experience in the East African tourism industry.

We are proud to say that we have specialised in a select portfolio of only 5 safari destinations in Eastern Africa and South Africa.

With our headquarters based in Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania, we will be welcoming you personally upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Other Safari destinations

Uganda Safari Tours, Rwanda Chimp Tracking and South Africa Safari Adventure Tours, we have established a relationship with very professional and trustworthy partners in every country.

Selecting one from these five safari destinations is your first step to an amazing journey, take your time to look at the careful selection we have made of only the best destinations Africa has to offer.

Feel free to contact us at any stage to help you with your decision. We will tailor-make your safari adventure exactly as you want it based on your requirements, flexible travel dates, choice of destination and accommodation.

K E N Y A SAFARI ADVENTURE TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

R W A N D A CHIMPS TRACKING

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S O U T H  A F R I C A FAMILY SAFARI TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations South Africa

T A N Z A N I A SAFARI ADVENTURE

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U G A N D A SAFARI TOURS

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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.

Safari Styles Experiences

Safari Styles Experiences

When thinking about African safari holidays, you probably think about seeing plenty of wildlife in big reserves from a 4×4 vehicle, luckily there is many options of safari styles experiences to chose from.

But a safari can be so much more and organising a good safari can be daunting.

There are so many safari styles experiences and destinations to choose from.
That is why Nature Bound Africa exists.
We will help you put together the ultimate safari experience all according to your needs and desires.
Once you’ve made your choice, we will make sure everything is booked and organised exactly as you want it.
As you will see when you scroll down this page, we have something to choose from for everyone and even interesting specials.

FAMILY SAFARI

Safari Styles & Experiences

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W E L L N E S S S A F A R I

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We are delighted to offer bespoke safari options for those who wish to create their own golf and safari holiday.

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A variety of optional supplements are available, all of which can be added on to any golf safari. These include:

  • Helicopter flights

  • Horse riding

  • Polo lessons

  • Golf lessons

  • Cultural tours

  • Community tours

  • Private conservancy tours (to the Maasai Steppe Conservancy)

  • Spa treatments

  • A visit to the Shanga workshop