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Nairobi in Kenya comes across as one of the most amazing place on earth! Where else, just on the edge of a capital city 15-20 minutes from the centre of town can you go see lions, rhinos, and much more? The Nairobi National Park is teeming with game and contains almost everything you might see in bigger more remote parks, except elephants. Habitats range from open grass plains to rocky river gorges and dry forest, over a huge number of bird and animals species. It takes 3-4 hours to get around and see most of the park.
The Rift Valley is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from the Middle East, down through Africa, onto Mozambique. The view as you approach from Nairobi is unbelievable. The ground suddenly disappears from under you to show the huge expanse of the great rift. The rift valley is home to Kenya’s many lakes, the first lake from Nairobi is the beautiful, deep-green Lake Naivasha, 90 km from Nairobi. Lake Naivasha Basin holds two small National Parks, both of which are well worth a visit. Excellent bird watching, a large population of hippo, good fishing and a wide range of superb hotels, camps and lodges make Lake Naivasha a favoured spot for weekend breaks.
The first Park in the Lake Naivasha Basin is the Mount Longonot National Park suitable forh iking, rock climbing, biking and normal game viewing activities, this park is perfect for the more active visitor.
The second park is the Hell's Gate National Park, famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, obsidian deposits and extinct volcanoes, it is possible to walk, game drive, camp, cycle and rock climb within the park.
Heading further northwest, Lake Nakuru is the next stop, home to stunning flocks of flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshore pink in colour. The Notable game within the lake area is hippo and the diverse bird life. Both black and white rhino are now resident in the sanctuary and Rothschild giraffe, buffalo, impala, eland, warthog, Mountain Reedbuck, klipspringers and Black and White Colobus Monkeys are all plentiful. This park is world-renowned and is a beacon for ornithologists, scientists and wildlife filmmakers.
The next lake jewel scattered along the Rift Valley floor is Lake Bogoria, a spectacular sight, reflecting searing blue skies and the rose pink of flamingo. With over 135 species of bird recorded, the area is of significant ornithological interest.The surrounding bushed grasslands are home to a number of animals, most notably the very rare Greater Kudu antelope.
The Masai Mara game reserve probably the most famous park in all Africa, is 270 km away from Nairobi, about 4 hours drive. The Mara is well known for the part it plays in the seasonal migration from the Serengeti of 1.3 million Wildebeest and quarter of a million Zebra, following the annual rains. The Mara region however provides for wonderful game viewing year round. Over 80 species of mammals, dozens of amphibian and reptile species and nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded in the Mara eco-system.