Holidays in Africa: Go on Safari to Kenya or Tanzania
Kenya and Tanzania are two of the top safari destinations in Africa and indeed many from around the world have opted to visit these two nations. Many safari itineraries have been customized to ensure that visitors get to enjoy the most of what the country has to offer.
The Big Five, ie Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Rhinos and the Leopard can be found in these two countries. Visitors to any of these two countries will not be disappointed as they host countless wild animals spread across many national parks, game reserves and conservancies. For those that love taking photos, they will have plenty to do because some of the parks are teeming with attractive looking birds like the flamingos. Other natural attractions in Kenya and Tanzania include waterfalls, lakes and mountains.
The highest rated and most popular parks to visit In Kenya include: The Maasai Mara game reserve famed for holding the annual wildebeest migration recently named seventh wonder of the world and is referred to as the greatest natural phenomenon.
It is also home to the big 5 not to mention 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and over 485 species of birds. it also hosts a major concentration of migratory herbivores including about 250,000 zebra and 1.3 million wildebeest, gazelle, Topi, hippo, hyena, giraffe, leopard and mongoose. The best time to visit the reserve is during the months of July and October;
Another famous park in Kenya is the Amboseli national park. This park is home to over fifty three species of carnivores and herbivores. The most prominent of these is the over 1000 African elephants that roam freely in its plains. Other wild animals that can be found here include giraffes, wildebeests, impalas, gerenuks, hyenas, bats, baboons and about four hundred and twenty five species of birds. the best time to go on a visit to this park would be the months of January-February and June to September because these are the dry seasons here.
The other popular park in Kenya is Lake Nakuru national park. This park is home to millions of flamingos which paint the lake pink. We also have pelicans in the lake that adds color to it. Lake Nakuru is also home to the White and Black rhinos that can be seen from the favorite hideouts next to the lake shore.
Other wild animals that can be seen here are the zebras, bufalloes, waterbucks and the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Other parks in Kenya include the Mt Kenya national park, Tsavo East & West National park as well as Lake Baringo and Bogoria.
In Tanzania the Parks include: The Serengeti National park which is renowned for the twice a year migrations of 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle in search of new grazing lands, the Park is also renowned for its Lions, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Other wild animals that can be found in this park include giraffes, impalas, elands, hippos, cheetahs, lions and the klipspringer. The best time to visit Serengeti park would be between the months of December and June.
The other famous park in Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater found within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to over 25,000 large animals and nearly half of these are zebras and wildebeests. The other animals are bufallos, elands, warthogs and hartbeests.
Resulting from these astonishingly large numbers of herbivores, the crater also numbers one of the largest predator populations in Africa which includes lions and spotted hyena. The other notable species is that of the large elephant population, most of which are bulls due to the relative scarcity of food for the breeding herds.