Charting Your Course through Africa: A Week in Kenya

by Sandy Salle on May 18, 2011

Below is our list of the top five things to see and do while visiting Kenya:

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: For a truly enlightening experience, visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her highly experienced veterinary team and anti-poaching units offer their untiring support and hands-on assistance to help rehabilitate orphaned elephants and endangered black rhinos. The Trust places most of its attention on Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, lending 24 / 7 support to rearing and protecting orphaned elephants and black rhinos, creatures that have suffered nearly 20 years of poaching. Visitors to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage can witness elephant calves being exercised, bathed, and fed via a bottle using a special milk formula that Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick invented. This milk formula provides rhinos and elephants with the nutrients and sustenance they need to grow and reach adulthood.

Where to stay: Ol Donyo Lodge

elephant orphanage

Gedi Ruins: Become a modern-day Indiana Jones as you journey through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest and play detective through ancient ruins of the long lost city of Gedi. Established in the 13th-century, Gedi boasted a population of more than 2,500 individuals, and hundreds of homes, mansions, mosques, and ancient tombs. To this day, historians debate on what really happened to the town of Gedi and why it was abandoned in the 17th-century. When visiting the area, book a private tour to learn about the mysteries of Gedi and some of the many archeologist theories.

Where to stay: Ol Tukai Lodge (located in Amboseli)

Cultural Visits with the Maasai: You’ll have the extremely rewarding opportunity to interact with the local Maasai people when you visit Masai Mara. Whether you wish to journey through the plains on an interactive bush walk with a Maasai guide or explore a nearby Maasai village, there is no other place in the world where you can interact with the people of this unique culture. No matter what activity you choose to take part in with the Maasai, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the people, learn about their culture and traditions, and witness their everyday life.

Where to stay: Mara Plains Camp

masai mara

Horseback safaris through Chyulu Hills and Amboseli: One of the most breathtaking locations in Africa, Chyulu Hills, Kenya, is a picturesque locale, spotted with the snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, sprawling plains, and rolling countryside. Arguably the best way to explore this unspoiled area is on a riding safari, where you’ll witness all of the unique wildlife Kenya has to offer at a close range, while feeling the sheer exhilaration of horseback riding through open plains. With nearly 1.4 million acres of untouched wilderness to explore, Chyulu Hills and Amboseli appear almost infinite. Comprised of savannahs, swamps, acacia forests, and rolling hills, Chyulu Hills and Amboseli combine to create a melting pot of biodiversity and eco-systems. On a horseback safari, you’ll witness the Big Five, giraffe, hyena, zebra, and much more.

Where to stay: Ol Donyo Lodge

lake nakuruVisit Lake Nakuru: It’s hard to imagine what a cluster of thousands of pink flamingos looks like in the wild, but as soon as you step foot in Lake Nakuru National Park, this awe-inspiring vision comes to life. Covered with wildlife-clad marsh, grasslands, outcrops, and acacia forests, Lake Nakuru National Park is a peaceful sanctuary for both large and small game, as well as a variety of bird species. Aside from the almost-endless amount of flamingos, Lake Nakuru is also home to residential black and white colobus monkey, black and white rhino (which is an extremely rare feature to boast!), waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, pelicans, and much more.

Where to stay: Giraffe Manor

Where in Kenya would you love to visit?

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