If you are more interested in elephants, head to Amboseli Park on the border with Tanzania, where you can not only view these animals from a very close distance, but also photograph them against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
A little to the east is the Tsavo nature reserve, on the territory of which there is a chance to meet all the representatives of the big African five in one day.
Among the rest of the reserves and national parks of Kenya, the relatively small, but very original park of Nairobi stands out. Its border runs just 7 kilometres from the centre of the Kenyan capital, so here giraffes and rhinos roam against the backdrop of skyscrapers of glass and concrete.
Inside this park, there is a shelter for orphaned elephants, where they are first fed, and then they are trying to return to a full life in the wild. Since this nursery is in fact not a tourist attraction, it is open for visits only for one hour a day (from 11 to 12), but during the excursion the elephants can be fed and petted.
Elephants are not the only animals you can get to know in during Luxury Tour and Trip to Nairobi. Not far from the elephant nursery is the national giraffe breeding centre, where they are allowed to be hugged and hand-fed.
The Kenyan capital is interesting not only for animal nurseries and reserves – Nairobi, the best Family Travel Destination, has a rich cultural heritage. Be sure to visit the house-museum of the Danish woman Karen Blixen, the author of the cult novel From Africa.
The house has fully preserved the original furnishings of the early 20th century, which perfectly conveys the atmosphere of a typical African plantation of that time.
We also recommend visiting the Kenyan National Museum – in addition to an ethnographic exhibition and an exhibition dedicated to colonization, there are thousands of stuffed birds and mammals and an impressive collection of hominid skulls.
Kenya is called the “cradle of humanity” because it was in this country on the territory of the rift valley that the oldest remains of hominids, the first human ancestors, were discovered.
The Rift Valley or East African Rift is a deep rift in the earth that runs through nine African countries. Anthropologists believe that in 3-4 million years East Africa will become an island, separating from the continent along this crack, and the outlines of the continents that we are used to will change forever.
Of course, tourists are attracted to the rift valley not so much by its geological significance as by its magnificent views. This deep depression, along the bottom of which a chain of salt lakes stretches, and mountain peaks and volcanoes rise along the edges, is truly a magnificent sight.
On the shores of the lakes of the rift valley, birds like to settle, in particular, pink flamingos. One of the best spots to spot flamingos is Lake Nakuru National Park in Central Kenya.
Flocks of up to one and a half million flamingos gather on Nakuru, sometimes completely covering the surface of the lake. In addition to flamingos, the park is also home to about 400 species of birds and many mammals, including the rare white rhinoceros.
Kenya strikes with a variety of fauna not only on land but also under water. The waters of the Malindi and Watamu National Marine Parks are home to stingrays, octopuses, whale sharks, sea turtles and a huge number of tropical fish.
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