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White Water Rafting, Tana River

Tana River is Kenya’s longest river, flowing from the Aberdare Mountain Range to the Indian Ocean. The rafting section typically starts near Sagana and traverses through scenic gorges, rapids, and lush vegetation. Rafting on the Tana River allows participants to immerse themselves in Kenya’s natural beauty. The river winds its way through dramatic gorges, verdant forests, and rocky outcrops, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and abundant wildlife along the banks. The 3- to 4-hour rafting adventure can either be done as a stopover on the way to or back from Laikipia and Mt Kenya or as a day trip from Nairobi. The best time for white water rafting on the Tana River is during the rainy season (March to May and October to December), when water levels are higher, and rapids are more challenging. However, rafting trips are available year-round, with different levels of difficulty depending on the season.

Kilimanjaro Balloon Safaris

Kilimanjaro Balloon Safaris operate in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak. As the sun rises over the African savannah, the balloons gently ascend into the sky, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Passengers have the opportunity to see iconic landmarks such as Mount Kilimanjaro, vast plains, acacia forests, and wildlife roaming below. The duration of the balloon safari flight is typically around one hour, although it may vary depending on weather conditions and other factors. After the flight, passengers are treated to a traditional bush breakfast served in the wilderness. Balloon safaris with Kilimanjaro Balloon Safaris are typically booked in advance through tour operators or directly with the company.

Taita Hills

While on safari, hiking enthusiasts can enjoy trekking Taita Hills. The hills consist of three massifs: Dawida, Sagalla on the southern side of Voi township and Kasigau in the south near the border of Tanzania. The Dawida massif is the largest and tallest of the three, with an altitude of 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level at its highest peak, Vuria. Dawida has three other main peaks: Iyale, Wesu, and Susu. Around the hills are various lodges that enjoy the view of the hills and carry out activities including hikes, nature walks among game drives.

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.

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.

Bush Dining in Mara

Bush Dining in Mara

There’s regular dining and then there’s bush dining -Eating in the wild, surrounded by nature. A must-do for all travellers!

Salt Lick Lodge

Salt Lick Lodge

A unique and unforgettable safari experience in the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, combining luxury accommodations, unparalleled wildlife encounters, and breathtaking scenery.