Beyond Masai Mara National Reserve
Beyond Masai Mara National Reserve is a whole other world with amazing wildlife species that travelers can explore and enjoy while on the Kenya Safari Tour. Masai Mara National Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife species, breathtaking scenery and open savannah plains. Getting to know what is beyond Masai Mara National Reserve provides information about other attractions outside of the reserve which tourists can also visit during their trips to the south western part of Kenya.
For tourists to access the attractions beyond the Masai Mara reserve, they have different means of transport such as road and by flight.
The south western and the southern part of Kenya has attractions beyond the Masai Mara National Reserve such as Lake Nakuru national park, Loita hills, Nguruman escarpment, rift valley lakes such as Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Baringo, Amboseli national park, Tsavo east and Tsavo west national park, Mountain Kilimanjaro as well as the border of Kenya and Tanzania.
- Lake Nakuru national park is another attraction located beyond the Masai Mara reserve. This national park is known for its large number of flamingos and the rare rhino species. The sanctuary for black rhinos as well as other wildlife species can also be seen in the park. This national park is characterized by hills or viewpoints, grasslands, and trees. Attractions in this national park include Lake Nakuru, Baboon cliff, Makalia waterfall, wildlife and bird species among others. Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake that is found in the rift valley of Kenya. Activities in the Lake Nakuru national park include Game drives, hiking, bird watching among others.
- Loita Hills is a low-lying mountain range in the northeastern part of the Masai Mara National Reserve with beautiful green vegetation, remote forests and open plains. This location also acts as a pastoral grazing grounds for the Maasai people.
- Nguruman escarpment is located in the southern part of Kenya which is located near the Kenya- Tanzania border between Lake Natron and Lake Magadi. It offers the best landscape views such as small rivers, streams, springs and swamps.
- Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake that is also characterized by thick papyrus and forests which are a habitat for a variety of bird species as well as wildlife species which can be seen along its shores such as giraffes, colobus monkeys, hippos, buffalos among others.
- Amboseli national park is known for its large herds of elephants and for easy wildlife viewing due to its open nature. The name Amboseli means “salty dust” in the Maasai language. Other wildlife species which can be seen in this national park include wildebeest, buffalo, zebras, gazelles, hippos among others. Attractions in Amboseli national park include the views of mountain Kilimanjaro in the backdrop, Nomatior hill, wildlife and bird species, Maasai people. The best time to visit the Amboseli national park for a safari is during the months of January and February and from June to September.
- Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo
- Tsavo East national park is arid with thorn bushes and is also characterized by a flat topography. Some of its outstanding features include the Yatta plateau, River Galana, Lugard falls, Mubanda rock, Aruba dam, Kanderi swamp and the Tsavo river after which the national park is named. Activities in which tourists visiting the Tsavo east national park engage in include game drives, birding, and camping.
- Tsavo West national park is hilly and is known for its man-eating lions with a landscape characterized by wooded grasslands. Attractions in Tsavo west national park include the hippo observatory, Mzima springs, wildlife and bird species, Ngulia rhino sanctuary, Shetani lava flow, Chaimu volcanic crater among others. Activities in the Tsavo national parks include game drives, bird watching, cultural visits among others. Best time to visit the Tsavo west national park depends on the activities which the tourists will engage in during their visits to this destination. Birders can visit the Tsavo national parks during the months of October to April. For a successful game viewing experience, tourists visit the Tsavo national parks during the dry season which is experienced in the months of June to October.
Discover the other hidden attractions which are found beyond the Masai Mara national reserve and experience the beautiful nature of magical Kenya.