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Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located in Nairobi. The main objective of the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves and later reintegrate them into the wild. The orphanage also provides veterinary care to injured and sick elephants, as well as other wildlife species. The orphanage offers a unique opportunity for visitors to observe the orphaned elephants during their daily feeding and mud bath sessions. These visits allow visitors to learn about the challenges facing elephants in the wild and the conservation efforts being undertaken to protect them. The orphanage holds a public visiting hour every day from 11 AM to noon and advanced booking is required. The trust also runs an adoption program that allows individuals to foster an orphaned elephant or rhino. By symbolically adopting an orphan, supporters contribute to the ongoing care, feeding, and rehabilitation efforts. In return, they receive updates and exclusive access to information about their adopted animal.

The Great Migration

The Great Migration, often referred to as the “Wildebeest Migration,” is one of the most spectacular wildlife phenomena in the world, occurring in the Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Great Migration is a year-round event, as the massive herds of wildebeest, zebras, and other ungulates constantly move in search of water and fresh grazing land. However, the most dramatic and iconic part of the migration occurs from July to October when millions of wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. One of the most dramatic moments of the Great Migration is when the herds attempt to cross the crocodile-infested Mara River. The crossings are perilous, with predators lurking in the water and steep river banks posing additional challenges. Many animals perish during these crossings, but it’s also a time of plenty for predators such as crocodiles, lions, and hyenas.

Ol Kinyei Conservancy

Ol Kinyei Conservancy is a community-owned wildlife conservancy located in the Maasai Mara ecosystem of Kenya. It is part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. The conservancy is owned and managed by the local Maasai community, who are stewards of the land and partners in conservation. The conservancy operates under a community-based conservation model, where the community derives direct benefits from wildlife tourism while actively participating in conservation efforts. Visitors to Ol Kinyei Conservancy pay conservation fees, which directly support community development projects, wildlife conservation initiatives, and sustainable livelihood programs for the local Maasai community. These fees play a crucial role in funding the conservancy’s operations and contributing to its long-term sustainability.

Big Cat Safari Experience

Experience a special journey in some of the finest wildlife areas in the world to see the majestic big cats. Take in four very diverse habitats and immerse yourself in an authentic wildlife and cultural safari among pioneering and globally recognized conservancies that are engaging communities in a meaningful way.

Amboseli National Park

Located near the Tanzanian border, the Amboseli National Park is a renowned wildlife reserve. It’s close to Mount Kilimanjaro and is one of the most popular parks in Kenya. It is especially known for its collection of elephants and the natural habitats that surround it which are perfect for nature lovers. These are the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. Amboseli National Park is recognized for its long-term elephant research and conservation efforts. The park offers a wide range of accommodation options, including luxury lodges, tented camps, and campsites. Many of these lodges and camps are strategically located to offer uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro and easy access to wildlife.

Mijikenda Kaya Forests

The Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests are a group of sacred forests located along the coastal region of Kenya, inhabited by the Mijikenda people. These forests hold deep spiritual significance for the Mijikenda community, serving as ancestral burial grounds, religious sites, and centres of traditional rituals and ceremonies. The Kaya forests are not only culturally significant but also ecologically important, containing rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems. They are home to a variety of plant and animal species, including rare and endemic flora and fauna found only in the coastal forests of East Africa. The Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their cultural and natural significance. Efforts to preserve and safeguard these forests are essential for conserving biodiversity, protecting cultural heritage, and promoting sustainable development in the region.

Tsavo

Tsavo National Park is the largest park in Kenya and is divided into two: Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest parks in Kenya, located South East of Kenya near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province, inland from the Coast, it is 13,747 sq. km. The Tsavo West National Park is also located in the Coast Province of Kenya covering an area of 9,065 sq. km. The park was opened in April 1948. The parks can be accessed through several gates. Tsavo East can be accessed through Manyani Gate, Voi Gate, Buchuma Gate and Sala Gate. Tsavo West can be accessed through Mtito Gate, Man-Eaters Gate, Chyulu Gate and one other near Maktau. Some of the key attractions in Tsavo (Other than game safaris) include Mzima Springs, an exploration of the ancient lands of lions including caves, and a walk through the volcanic area. Tsavo is also full of various hotels and lodges so if you need accommodation, multiple options are available.

Chyulu Hills National Park

Also known as the Green Hills of Africa, Chyulu Hills are the perfect location for nature and adventure lovers. It’s a rugged wilderness still showing signs of its volcanic origins – and boasting some of the best views of Kilimanjaro. The reserve is a rugged jumble of ancient volcanic cones and craters, as well as the longest lava tube in the world. The hills are also home to various animals such as buffalos, elephants, leopards, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks and giraffes along with various reptiles and insects.

Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park & Reserve

The Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park & Reserve is like stepping into an underwater wonderland! Imagine snorkelling through turquoise waters, surrounded by colourful coral reefs and curious fish darting around you. This marine park is a haven for marine life, with dolphins, turtles, and even whale sharks making appearances from time to time. You can hop on a boat tour to explore the park’s hidden gems, stopping at secluded islands for picnics and beachcombing. Don’t forget your sunscreen and camera – the sparkling waters and stunning landscapes are perfect for soaking up the sun and snapping Insta-worthy shots. And when you’re ready for a break, kick back with a cold drink at one of the beachside cafes, where the ocean breeze and laid-back vibes are the cherry on top of your coastal adventure.

Haller Park

Haller Park is a unique ecological restoration project that has transformed a former limestone quarry into a thriving wildlife sanctuary. Initially barren and desolate, the park is full of lush vegetation and diverse animal species, making it a prime example of successful habitat restoration and conservation efforts. Visitors to Haller Park can embark on guided tours to explore its rich biodiversity, encountering a wide array of wildlife along the way. From towering giraffes gracefully nibbling on acacia leaves to playful hippos lounging in tranquil ponds, there’s no shortage of fascinating creatures to behold. In addition to its wildlife attractions, Haller Park offers educational programs and interactive experiences aimed at promoting environmental awareness and conservation. The park is also home to the oldest tortoises in Kenya which can be seen wandering around.