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Masai Mara National Reserve (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#1 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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Mara Triangle (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#2 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara... more » Owner description: The Mara is a beautiful but sensitive environment that can survive only if properly respected. Well-watered by the Mara River, enjoying abundant vegetation, wildlife and rainfall, its ecology would appear, at first sight, to be relatively resilient. It also appears to have withstood the erosive effects of huge numbers of visiting tourists extraordinarily well. There are signs, however, that the delicate balance between tourist numbers and wildlife populations cannot be properly maintained for much longer as evidenced by the reduction in the protective vegetation cover and the emergence of a series of dust bowls. Meanwhile, the Reserve is host to 95 species of mammals, amphibians and other reptiles and 485 species of birds. During the dry season (July to October) it also hosts a major concentration of migratory herbivores including about 250,000 zebra and 1.3 million wildebeest. Amongst the list of easy-to-view species are: gazelle, elephant, topi, buffalo, lion (Kenya's largest population), black rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, leopard and mongoose. « less
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Mara River (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#3 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ol Kinyei Conservancy (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#4 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Mara Naboisho Conservancy (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#5 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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Olare Orok Conservancy (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#6 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Amboseli National Park (Amboseli National Park)
#7 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: National Parks
Owner description: Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and... more » Owner description: Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. With its large concentration of African elephants, Amboseli National Park is a fantastic choice for a truly breathtaking camping safari, in front of the world's finest photographic backdrop.Day 1 Amboseli National ParkDepart early from Nairobi, venturing south to the famed Amboseli National Park. Stop at your camp to enjoy lunch before beginning your safari in search of lions, elephants, rhino, and other large game, with "Kili" providing the ultimate photo backdrop.Venture south to the famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Amboseli covers only 392 sq km, though despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem the park supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). After lunch at your safari camp, spend the afternoon criss-crossing the park in seach of lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhino, cheetah, and of course the photo of a lifetime.A part of the park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers fromsafari camp, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. The park's best game drives are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the park and beyond.Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. In addition, the park that has been made famous by Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author who has one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might even see some of the elephants that Cynthia has immortalized in her many books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.Day 2 Amboseli National ParkThis is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to camp, stop at a traditional Masai village for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.This is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to your safari camp in the evening, stop at a traditional "Manyatta" (Masai village) for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.Part of Maasailand, Amboseli National Park is thus the home of the Masai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Masai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment, and coexist and thrive together with the wildlife that surrounds them. The park is surrounded by Manyatta quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.Day 3 Amboseli National ParkRise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon, where your safari ends. Rise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon « less
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Laikipia District)
#8 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, Acacia woodland and evergreen thicket extending for... more » Owner description: The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, Acacia woodland and evergreen thicket extending for over 350 square kilometres. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, is situated at the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta boasts an astounding variety of animals including non-indigenous chimpanzees and the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo & lion). The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. « less
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Observation Hill (Amboseli National Park)
#9 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Selenkay Conservancy (Amboseli Eco-system)
#10 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Masai-owned conservancy and safari camp near the Amboseli National Park.
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Lake Nakuru (Lake Nakuru National Park)
#11 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: National Parks; Bodies of Water
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Shaba National Reserve (Samburu National Reserve)
#12 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: National Parks
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Lake Oloidien (Naivasha)
#13 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Bodies of Water
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Musiara Swamp (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#14 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Excellent game-watching location to see lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe.
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Baboons & Vervits (Lake Nakuru National Park)
#15 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: National Parks
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#16 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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#17 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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#18 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Owner description: Under our Conservation Education Program, groups of students and school children can arrange private daytime visits to our... more » Owner description: Under our Conservation Education Program, groups of students and school children can arrange private daytime visits to our Wildlife Rescue Centre where they will learn about wildlife conservation, rescue and rehabilitation. Visitors can see our monkey enclosures, cheetah pen, elephant house, aviary and hippo pools. « less
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#19 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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#20 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Museums
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Kapenguria Museum (Kapenguria)
#21 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Museums
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#22 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Architectural Buildings
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#23 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
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Eluai Plain (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#24 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Kitale Museum (Kitale)
#25 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Museums
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Central Island National Park (Turkana District)
#26 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: National Parks
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#27 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Historic Sites; Museums
Owner description: Situated an hour's drive from Nairobi City, Olorgesailie is a pre-historic site. The site includes a museum that interprets... more » Owner description: Situated an hour's drive from Nairobi City, Olorgesailie is a pre-historic site. The site includes a museum that interprets the archeological discoveries made here by Dr. Leakey. Located on Magadi road, the site can be accessed by both public and private means. Attractions at the site include:MuseumPre-historic siteNature TrailCamping AccomodationBandas (in door)Campsite (out door)Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy tranquil moments in the heartland of Maasai country. « less
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Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site (Lake Nakuru National Park)
#28 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites
Owner description: With the discovery of Iron Age and Neolithic artifacts on this spot, paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey unlocked thrilling... more » Owner description: With the discovery of Iron Age and Neolithic artifacts on this spot, paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey unlocked thrilling mysteries to Kenya’s ancient prehistory. « less
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#29 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Volcanos
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Olypunyata Swamp (Maasai Mara National Reserve)
#30 of 45 attractions in Rift Valley Province
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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