Although Kenya is one of the most popular wildlife countries, I have not yet visited the national and nature parks in the East African country.
I wanted to change that, especially the Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara I wanted to visit.
The Amboseli National Park is famous for its many elephants and the breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro. Although Tanzania’s highest mountain is situated in Africa, the best view is from Kenya. The Amboseli National Park is located on the Kilimanjaro, pretty much at its base, and in between there is only the national border. The national park got its name from the lake of the same name, but it is rarely filled with water. The region is known for its dry climate.
The distances in Kenya are large and the roads for the many vehicles rather narrow. The fastest way from the Amboseli National Park to the Masai Mara is via the Nairobi bypass road. This trip takes many hours, so an additional stop should be scheduled. A stay at Lake Naivasha is worthwhile not only because of the long drive, but also because of the hippos, sea eagles and fishermen. A boat trip is a nice change to the dusty Game Drives in Amboseli National Park.
In contrast to Amboseli, the Masai Mara is not a national park, but a nature reserve. It is part of the Serengeti and bordered directly to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is known for its high animal population, especially during the „Great Migration“, the wildebeest migration through the dangerous rivers. This is the time during which the crocodiles are able to fill their bellies so much that many of them do not need any further food until the next „Great Migration“.