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  • Marvin and Karen from California travelled to Rwanda & KenyaDear Mary, we want to thank you so very much for an outstanding experience!!!!! You were so lovely to work with during all of the planning and some of our last minute church changes! What an incredible experience we had!!!!! All of our transports were right on time, clean, and courteous. We learned so much local flavor in talking with our drivers. Virunga Lodge was spectacular. Every detail was seen to. They provided us with spats for the gorilla hike and even cleaned our boots upon return. We sat with groups of other travelers so that was fun to get to know people from all over. FYI: They now have power strips in the rooms and loan out battery operated hair blowers, Both the golden monkey safari and the gorilla safari were fabulous. Very well coordinated and we felt totally safe. We really over-thought the experience before we went…it was a breeze. Ngare Serian was our absolute favorite among favorites. Adrian runs a great lodge. The aaccommodations were so spectacular right on the Mara River. The guide and driver were so well prepared and courteous. Being guided and at night being protected by the Masai warriors was a fun treat. We felt the experience was very authentic. We were totally blessed by a great migration of zebras. We watched 4000-5000 zebras cross over a 2 hour period at the main crossing. I know timing is everything…and we had the timing. We skipped the tree house. It is pretty rough and we so loved our room we did not want to miss a day staying there. Emakoka was a perfect end to the trip. Nairobi is such a busy city we were glad to be able to spend our last night in their peaceful surroundings. We took a late afternoon game drive. The food looked great and the service was so classy. I was a little under the weather that day and did not get a chance to enjoy all of the great food. But Marv said it was great. I recovered the following morning and breakfast was terrific! I would be happy to post any high recommendations I can on whatever sites would be helpful to you and your company. You are the finest! Thank you so much.Marvin and Karen from California travelled to Rwanda & Kenya

    Marvin and Karen from California travelled to Rwanda & Kenya

Kenya

Wildlife Highlights

Wildlife Highlights of Kenya

Kenya offers wonderful big cat viewing, especially in the renowned Masai Mara, home to the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. Other good areas for the cats include Samburu, Nakuru, Amboseli and the Lewa Conservancy.

Elephant viewing is excellent in Amboseli, Samburu and The Mathews Range. Specialist elephant safaris are possible at a few camps in these areas, where your hosts are passionate and knowledgeable about elephants.

Some of the best viewing of black & white rhino in Africa is found in Nakuru, Lewa Downs, Ol Pejeta and various other private conservancies. The rare African wild dog can be seen throughout the country, but are not common.

The north of the country is home to some special species more adapted to arid conditions such as gerenuk, Beisa oryx, the very rare Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

The Masai Mara, perhaps the most famous wildlife area in the world, supports an incredible variety of mammals. The plains are dominated by large herds of herbivores of which the wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle are the most numerous. Eland, the largest antelope, mix with the other giants – elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, usually under the gaze of the predator species – lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena and crocodile. The smaller species are well represented too – dik dik, bat-eared fox, serval, caracal, aardwolf, a variety of mongoose, baboon, monkey, warthog etc.

The main seasonal wildlife highlight in Kenya is the annual wildebeest and zebra migration which usually arrives in the Masai Mara in late July, and stays until mid-late October. River crossings, when the herds ‘swim the gauntlet’ across the croc-filled Mara and Talek rivers, can be seen during this period.

Birding in Kenya is superb, with over 1100 species found through a variety of different habitats. Migrant species are most likely to be seen from October to March. Greater and lesser flamingo populations migrate between the Rift Valley lakes throughout the year, but not to a set pattern.

Please see our regions section for more detailed information on Kenya’s different wildlife areas. Please contact us to discuss specialist trips as well as general game-viewing safaris.