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For many travelers, a safari is the main reason for visiting Kenya. Safaris are typically done in one of the Kenya wildlife resorts. This presents many travelers with a difficult question: "Which national park is best suited for my interests?"

An important choice is between beautiful scenery or animal viewing. Because animals tend to hide in the bush, parks with a lot of open plains give much more chances of seeing all big animals. This goes for example for Masai Mara and Tsavo East. Parks with a huge and vibrant flora, such as Aberdare and Meru National Park, are less suitable for animal viewing.

 

Limit Your Traveling Time

 

Many tourists fly in through Nairobi and want to combine a safari tour with a stay at one of Kenya's beautiful white sand beaches at the Indian Ocean. In that case, a safari in Tsavo East of Tsavo West is a good option, as most safari companies in Nairobi offer the possibility to end the safari in Mombasa, Kenya's second city at the coast. From there, many of the best beach resorts can be reached in an hour or two.

 

If you have little time, then Nairobi National Park is clearly the best. This is one of the few full-blown wildlife resorts on the planet which lies just outside a world capital. Nairobi National Park has all the features of a real Kenya wildlife resorts, and an impressive variety in animals. Yet it can be reached with a 30-minute taxi ride from the city center.

 

The Big Five

 

Many tourists are very eager to see all of the Big Five: rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants and buffaloes. Then your logical choice would be Masai Mara National Reserve, which is Kenya's most popular park. This is also where the annual Wildebeest Migration takes place. Masai Mara is also relatively close to Nairobi, where most tourists fly in.

 

Walking And Trekking

 

Aberdare and Mount Elgon National Park are great for walking and trekking. Mount Elgon is Kenya's second biggest mountain, but as most trekkers are more interested in claiming that they've climbed the biggest mountain (Mount Kenya) only few people come here. It's a great option if you like to have a whole park practically to yourself. If that's important to you, also consider little visited wildlife resorts as Saiwa Swamp National Park. It's small and not very quick to reach, but beautiful and tranquil.

Many visitors also come to Kenya for it's huge bird variety. Bird watching can be done best in Mount Elgon National Park, Lake Nakuru or Samburu. In Lake Nakuru, you'll also get to see the huge pink flamingo population, although due to quick changes between droughts and heavy rains, there's can be huge changes in the number of flamingos present.

 

All in all, there's a Kenya wildlife resort for every taste and interest. But it's wise to prepare yourself well, so you'll not end up regretting the choice you've made.Top of Form

 

Arjen Koopman is an Amsterdam-based journalist, and webmaster of http://www.kenya-advisor.com the independent Kenya travel site. The large Nairobi section of this site is at http://www.kenya-advisor.com/nairobi.html An overview of tourist destinations in Nairobi is at http://www.kenya-advisor.com/tourist-destinations-in-nairobi.html

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Mount Kenya Climbing info


Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya is roughly circular, about 60km across at the 200mm contour, where the steep font hills rise out of the gentler slopes of the centered highlands. At the centre of the massif, the main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500m to the main summit of Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the three Mt. Kenya main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers.

 

After the cultivated farmlands on the lower slopes of Mt Kenya, the trails pass through the rain forest, rich in trees of many species but noticeably camphors, then onto a bamboo zone growing to heights of more than 12m or more up through open moor land before reaching the moonscape of higher slopes. The forests on Mount Kenya are rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo and monkeys with even the moor lands offering a long list of mammals including the rock hyrax, the nearest living relative of the elephant. 

Mt. Kenya is an ancient volcanic mountain much older than Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hiking Mount Kenya is believed to have once reached well above 600m. What is left today is volcanic plug which erosion has fashioned into the complex jagged outline of the central peaks.

When to Trek Mount Kenya 


Although, Mount Kenya can be climbed all year round, it’s best and safest to climb Mt. Kenya during the dry seasons: months of January-February and August to September off the most reliably fine weather. The main routes are likely to be more crowded at this time of the year. If you favor complete solitude over the sunny skies, try going slightly off the peak season. It’s best to avoid the two rainy seasons from mid March until June and from late October to the end of December. 

Mount Kenya climbing Routes/Itineraries 

There are three main Mount Kenya climbing routes, which penetrate the forest and the moorland. The Mount Kenya trekking routes are Naromoru, Sirimon and Chogoria and each of which has something different to offer. Naromoru is the fastest route to point Lenana but not as scenic as the other two. Mount Kenya Chogoria Route is the most scenic and Sirimon the most interesting because it is on the drier side of the mountain. 

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