Six parks and reserves are a must see

It’s season! As large as France and with a population of 53 million people, Kenya is a safari country of equal excellence. The most beautiful national park to discover.

Kenya safari country equal excellence. That is the origin of modern safari. The story begins in the 1910s and is the first hunting expedition organized by the American Theodore Roosevelt. Since then, the East African country, which has taken its name from its highest places, has seen a wide open space to bring back pictures of their big cats like trophies and a flood of tourists from all over the world in search of African fauna. . This country, as large as France and with a population of 53 million people, full of natural resources করতে to discover them, select six of our most beautiful national parks and reserves.

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Most famous: Masai Mara Reserve

Masai Mara, a vast area of ​​more than 1500 km, is a protected area and not a park. It is actually inhabited by Masai, these iconic people we meet at the bend of the sandy track. However, the reserve is most famous for its iconic safari landscape: the infinite savanna is divided by a few umbrella acacias on which the scavenger birds rest and a few rocky hills ( Copges) Which serves as an observatory for hungry cats.

The presence of a large population of lions goes hand in hand with most of the larger animals in Africa. It is the most spectacular park in Kenya. Some general precautions are supposed to be taken to stay in Mara, especially choosing the right area. Leave the comfortable tracks and choose the muddy tracks, finally discover the solitude, the absolute height of the safari traveler.

If you want to see Marake on one of its best days, you’ll love to visit it between August and September, when the famous Great Wildbeast Migration, a buffet you can eat for hunters, goes through Savannah. You can’t imagine staying in Mara without an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight at sunrise … of course.

Most Photogenic: Amboseli National Park

The most legendary scene in Kenya in Kilimanjaro. Adobe Stock / adogslifephoto

If Kenya had an Eiffel Tower, Amboseli Park would be its Trocadero spot. Located in the south of the country, this national park, relatively small (392 km), has the most mythical view of the continent: Kilimanjaro. Here is a picture of an elephant in Savannah against the backdrop of this extinct volcano, the highest point on the continent. Although the famous volcano is located in Tanzania, the best view of it belongs to Kenya. This strato-volcano, extinct for 350,000 years and 5895 meters high, stands alone in the middle of this flat land, mesmerizing the traveler. From Amboseli Park, rich in elephant populations, the sight is simply looking for “mountains of light”.

If the scene is impenetrable, it’s also funny. Kilimanjaro does not always show himself, hidden by clouds or fog. But not a day goes by without him discovering himself … usually, at the end of the day. So it is advisable to return early from the safari, to find a good place and to sip on a suitable drink, while waiting for the show to offer you … with the fragrance of eternity.

Largest: Savo National Park

In the evening, the “Finch Hatton’s Camp”, located in Savoie West National Park, Kenya, is lit up with thousands of lights in memory of Karen Blixen’s boyfriend, who died on a plane a short distance away. Eric Martin / Le Figaro Magazine

With an area of ​​13,747 km2, this national park, larger than the entire Ile-de-France region, is one of the largest and most contrasting on the African continent. For many the mythical reason is that the first safari took place here, it has become synonymous with the excesses of hunting. Its size makes it impossible to control. The park, which stretches from the Indian Ocean coast to the center of the country, lost its elephant and other large mammal populations in the 1980s and 1990s. The big animals are back. Near Mombasa and its beaches, formerly very popular, it has become even more secretive in the past where we find jewelry like the famous lodge named after the legend, as it is by safari guide Karen Blixen, boyfriend of Finch Hatton.

Going by train (SGR, Standard Gauge Railway) between Nairobi and Mombasa is undoubtedly the most original and less expensive way to cross the famous Savo Park. Recently renovated but still picturesque, it allows you to traverse these vast landscapes with the strange feeling of traveling in two eras.

Highest: Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya is a paradise for adventurous mountaineers. Adobe Stock / JAG IMAGES

Mount Kenya, at an altitude of 5,200 meters, dominates the country to which it is named. A few hours after driving north from Nairobi, he sees you from a distance. It is rarely the final destination, and yet it is located at the equator. If you meet many animals, including elephants, rhinos and other monkeys, it is one of the paradise for reckless mountaineers. It takes three days to climb and it is difficult. At first, the elevation takes place in dense primary forests. Then, slowly, the plants give way to dry rock before reaching the summit just 5000 meters below sea level. The central location of the Mount makes the country dare to embrace from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the arid lands of the north and the major cities of the south.

Try spending the night in a “tree lodge”, these lodges are like boats stuck, on big steel. Here, safari animals, elephants, rhinos and other cats are expected to come and drink. One of them, Tritops, according to legend where Queen Elizabeth slept on the night her father died and where she actually became queen.

The farthest: Samburu and Shaba National Parks

These reserves offer landscapes and wildlife that are very different from other large parks in the country. Adobe Stock / gmcphotopress

Rarely visited because they are far from Nairobi and the main arteries, Samburu and Shabar National Parks are still essential. Located north of the equator, these reserves offer landscapes and fauna that are very different from other major parks in the country. Here, the Nile crocodiles are big and the desert deer, Orix, which was considered a privilege of the Namibian desert, is home. Straight, these great antelopes with taper horns can be the target of this trip. But giraffes, lions and other elephants compete with the 450 species of birds that live there.

Dry, this region is similar to the African shrubs found in South Africa. But the semi-desert climate makes life easier for travelers. To meet the animals, often enough to follow the bed of the rivers, this is the only green place between the yellow and ocher seas. No need to run, just stop.

Greenest: Lake Nakuru and Naivasha Park

Lake Nakuru. Adobe Stock / lotosphoto

The lake region is two hours by road from Nairobi … a holiday destination for affluent Nairobiians, we find in this region many resources of the country: large plantations of roses or peas but outstanding property, a legacy of the British colonial era. There are two lakes in the center of this region. Nakuru, which is not far from the town of the same name, especially surrounded by an early forest rich in rhinos and nyvasa. Their flamingos were depicted in the colony before they moved north. But their glorious primitive forests and lake landscapes are unmatched in the country. Here, everything is green or blue.

Be sure to visit Crescent Island in Nivasha Lake, the island where the animals used for filming the famous movie were released. Outside of Africa. Since then, they have been living in the wild on this small island that can be visited on foot in a matter of hours… and in complete safety, because only herbivores have been left there!


Practical notebook

To go

From France, count 8 hour flight. Kenya Airways and Air France offer direct flights from Paris. From regional cities, all the major European companies will take you to the Kenyan capital.

On site: Train costs between নাই 40 per person between Nairobi and Mombasa. Domestic flights are very valuable due to the length of the road trip. Calculate an average of থেকে 150 to € 200 per flight depending on the route chosen.

On the road: Choose a 4X4 ride. While “safari” minibuses are still popular, the 4X4 is the most remote and therefore the best way to access more confidential areas.

When to go

It is agreed that April and May are not recommended. Veteran, these months of the “green season” are also the ones with the lowest number of tourists and the most affordable prices. If you choose this season, use the savings to fly from point to point.

In the winter from November to March, the temperature is mild and you can take full advantage of the swimming pool after a day on the slope. Landscape clean and landscape green.

From June to October, we have winter equivalents, cool, dry but undoubtedly the most fruitful for animal lovers, who come from Tanzania in July-August and return there from October.

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