For most Canadians, a Kenyan safari is a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. To make sure that dream becomes a reality, get the lowdown on five Kenyan sites that provide views of beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife.
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Lewa Safari Camp intertwines nature with luxury, offering anything from camel trekking to manicures and pedicures. Visitors stay in tented bedrooms with views of Mount Kenya. The 263 square kilometres of private grounds are home to the largest concentration of the rare Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx (a member of the antelope family), and contain 10 per cent of Kenya’s black rhino population.
The reserve’s 1,683-square-kilometre range stretches beyond Kenya and sweeps into Tanzania. It’s most famous for its felines and the wildebeest migration that occurs every year between June and October, filling the reserve with half a million of the animals.
The park is located only seven kilometres from Nairobi’s city centre. Along with a wide range of wildlife it also offers many different environments, including open-grass plains, highland dry forests and man-made dams.
This park is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and is home to more than 420 species of birds, as well as bat-eared foxes, mongooses, porcupines, yellow baboons and giraffes.
The only place in Kenya where you can see chimpanzees also features the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and four of the world’s seven remaining northern white rhinos. Visitors can also expect to see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalos.
Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic
Text: Alvina Siddiqui