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Aberdare National Park

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The Aberdare National Park (also called Nyandarua National Park) is located in the highlands of central Kenya at 2000 to 3999 m above sea level, about 100 km north of Nairobi. The national park received its official name after the discoverer of the region, Lord Aberdare, a former president of the Royal Geographical Society.
The national park has an area of 766 km². It lies in the immediate vicinity of the Nyandarua Mountains and consists of the Aberdare Range, a mountain range of volcanic origin stretching from north to south, and its eastern, densely forested foothills. The wildlife is not very rich. There are bongos, buffalos, bushbucks and waterbucks as well as bush and giant forest pigs. The black rhino is not completely extinct here yet. With a little luck you can also see black panthers (black colored leopards).
Between the two largest elevations, Ol Donyo Lesatima (also Ol Doinyo La Satima; 3999 m) and Kinangop (3906 m), a saddle of alpine heathland runs at an altitude of over 3000 m. The mountain range of the mountain range is very steep and the landscape is very steep. In addition to the high moorland areas, bush land and mountain forests including bamboo occur. Gorges with streams and waterfalls cut through wooded slopes in the east and west. It is an important water catchment area for the Tana and Athi Rivers. In the national park you can go on safari, but this must be guided. Camps and lodges are also available in the national park. Special attractions of the park are the waterfalls Karuru, Gura, Chania and Magura.

Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park is located in Loitoktok District, Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The ecosystem mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. Amboseli is one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds, and 47 types of raptor. The park protects two of the five main swamps. 140 kilometres (87 mi) South of the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve and the visit can easily be done in a weekend.

 

Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its lions climbing on acacia branches. The national park is 330 square kilometers, 230 square kilometers of which fall on the waters of Lake Manyara. The park contains a great variety of habitats such as the Great Rift Valley, the Groundwater Forest, Acacia Forest and areas of open grassland, which provide a great variety of flora and fauna. Lake Manyara National Park under the wall of the Great African Rift Valley has an estimated population of over 3 million flamingos. A total of about 60,000 tourists visit the national park annually, mainly from Europe, America, Scandinavia and other parts of the world.
The national park has a surprisingly diverse vegetation with an abundance of wildlife, fed by rushing streams, bubbling waters from embankments and waterfalls pouring over cliffs. Nestled in the splendour of its surroundings, with the majestic African Rift Valley, Lake Manyara lies quietly in a widespread heat haze, supported by a thin, green band of forest with a 600 metre embankment of pure red and brown cliffs. The acacia forest seals off the national park perfectly and with the lions climbing trees, together with festively entertained mongooses on the tracks of buffalos and elephants, it is in this area the most densely populated wildlife per square kilometre in Tanzania.

Lake Nakuru National Park

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Lake Nakuru is located in the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and is considered a unique natural spectacle worldwide. The up to four meter deep lake, one of the alkaline soda lakes in the eastern East African Rift Valley, is world famous for its numerous flamingos. At times up to two million flamingos feed on blue-green algae (Spirulina) or small crustaceans, which give the white animals their pink colour. Already from a distance, one can recognize a pink band that usually runs around the whole lake at the lakeside. If there is a lack of food, the flamingos move to one of the other soda lakes such as Lake Bogoria or Lake Elmentea.
The lake has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 as part of the "Kenyan Lake System in the Great Rift Valley".
The lake is located in the eastern part of the Great Rift Valley. The lake basin is bordered in the north by the Menengai Caldera, in the south by the volcano Mt. Eburru, in the west by the ditch edge of the Mau Escarpment and in the east by the Kinangop Plateau and the Aberdare Volcano Complex (Aberdare Range). The 1800 km² catchment area is low in rainfall, which is why the hydrological budget of the basin is extremely negative and the lake is strongly alkaline.
The lake is completely located in Nakuru County in Kenya, about 140 km northwest of the capital Nairobi.
On the northern shore of the lake lies the city of Nakuru, with about 300,000 inhabitants (2000) the fourth largest city in Kenya.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is known as one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, situated in southwest Kenya and is part of the northern section of the Serengeti National Park. Famous for the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. There are many places to stay in and around the Maasai Mara. The Mara has several conservancies surrounding it, that have restricted number of vehicles allowing a more private game viewing. Safaris including the Maasai Mara are without a doubt some of the best you ever get. To get the best out of your safari time, try a book at seven day safari at least and cover two or more other destinations. 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. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.

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