Hey guys! First post ever. So this is basically an introduction. This is going to be a blog showcasing Kenya. We plan to show you every single bit we can, not just the touristy places. Don’t have much to say for this post but do stay tuned for me.
Here’re a glimpse of pictures of what we have in store.
Mt. Kenya the highest point in the country and the 2nd highest point Africa. Sitting astride the equator its icy summit reaches 5199m (17, 058ft.). Adventurous attempting to climb the imposing mountain without special climbing abilities can reach the third highest point, Lenana at a height of 4986m (16,358ft), Point Nelion and Batian require experience and specialist climbing skills.
Kakamega Forest is the only remnant in Kenya of the once great tropical rainforest that stretched across Central Africa. It is home to several hundred species of birds, snakes, insects, monkeys, countless tree species and natural glades. An important bird area with an impressive 488 species.
Picture yourself on soft white sand, the sun streaming thrugh the leaves of palm trees, where the blue waters of the Indian Ocean shimmer on the horizon as waves break on a distant reef. That’s Kenyan Coast beckoning!
Its very easy to live in such beauty and forget or not notice it. There are many great sights in the city, the surburbs, the parks and the villages etc. Yes we do have the slums too, but Nairobi is much more than slums which are constantly portrayed by the western media that has taught us to think Nairobi and think slums.
The great Rift Valley is an enormous geographical feature caused by the separation of the African and Arabian tectonic plates. The feature runs north to south for 6000 km, from northern Syria to Mozambique. In Kenya the the valley is deepest to the north of Nairobi. As the valley has no outlet to the sea, its lakes tend to be shallow and have a high mineral content as the evaporation of water leaves the salts behind.
Situated in Western Kenya, close to the shores of Lake Victoria Ruma National Park is one of the country’s less well known parks. It is the country’s last remaining sanctuary for the endagered roan antelope.
Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare mountain range and stretches over a wide variety of terrains because it covers altitudes from about 7,000 feet (2,100 m) to 14,000 feet (4,300 m) above sea level. The park contains a wide range of landscapes – from the mountain peaks that rise to 14,000 feet (4,300 m) above sea level, to their deep, v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower altitudes.
Amboseli National Park is famous for its elephant population and its great scenic view of Mt Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa. Though the mountain is in Tanzania, Amboseli park offers the best view.
Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, situated in southwest Kenya. Famous for the abundance of Lions and the great Wildebeast migration. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over TWO MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.
Lake Turkana is an isolated alkaline mass covering 6400 sq km. It is located in the far north of Kenya, and its waters lie a series of live volcanic islands, home to the world’s largest concentration of crocodiles.
Meru National Park is a Game park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free.