No matter how many David Attenborough documentaries you’ve watched, nothing quite prepares you for the thrill of seeing real, untamed beasts in the wild.
The best way to discover Kenya’s incredibly diverse wildlife is to take a safari – not only is it the safest and most responsible way of seeing wild animals, it also allows you to travel across vast savannah plains without boundaries or fences between you and the animals. Take it from me, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into a magical scene of The Lion King as you ride alongside herds of majestic elephants and graceful giraffes.
For any keen explorer wanting to spot the Big Five – lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and African elephant – in their natural habitat, Kenya’s world-class national parks are a must-visit.
I advise travelling south to Amboseli National Park which promises sightings of elephants and lions against the striking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Alternatively, head to Lake Nakuru National Park for your chance to see the critically endangered, Jurassic-like white and black rhino, as well as the lake’s iconic flamingos. If you’re in the area, check out nearby Lake Naivasha, where you’ll notice a thriving hippo population, as well as an abundance of exotic bird species such as kingfishers, herons and jacanas that live in the papyrus swamps. (You can visit both lakes on this trip.)
If you’re looking to witness a truly spectacular natural phenomenon, I recommend catching the annual great migration of wildebeest as they travel clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem each year. Here, your senses will be bombarded by the stomping, bellowing herds of an one million or so wildebeest as they seek greener pastures in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.
Undoubtedly, veering off the beaten track allows for the rawest encounters with wildlife. So, go ditch that wifi and power shower and head out on safari – you’re guaranteed an experience that will stay with you forever.