An Introduction to Kenya

It would be a pity not to enjoy our Tanzanian hospitality, without meeting our neighbours, whose country though smaller than ours, has roughly the same number of inhabitants and also some of the best safari parks in Africa. In fact the Maasai Mara, is just across the border to the Serengeti, the two Parks are separated by the Mara River, crossed by many thousands of Wildebeest and zebra during the cycle that is the Great Migration, as they follow the grass in their perpetual clockwise movement.  Grouped together the Tanzanian Northern Circuit Parks and The Kenyan Southern Parks, such as Tsavo East & West, the Mara and the Amboseli National Park form a huge ecosystem that covers more than 8000² km and spreads across the borders of the two countries. For the ultimate safari experience, why not combine your Tanzania Northern Circuit safari, by moving into Kenya?In just two weeks it  is possible to move in a clockwise circuit from the Tarangire, Lake Manyara, The Serengeti and then cross the border into the Maasai Mara, the Tsavo East & West reserves and on into the Amboseli National Park, which is one of the most popular in Kenya, as it contains a swamp system that attracts large numbers of animals and birds , including 400 species of water bird including Pelicans ,kingfishers, Crakes, Hammerkops, and an amazing 47 different species of raptor. The Amboseli offers spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and its snowy peak just over the border.

When we are talking of mountains though, when we mention Kenya, the cognoscenti of mountains will immediately think of Mount Kenya, one of Kili-Worldborn Safaris most popular mountain destinations. Mount Kenya is all that is left of a massive volcano, which was created 3 million years ago. At 5,199m it is the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro. The mountain’s 3 peaks   Batian (5199m), Nelion (5188m), and Point Lenana (4985m) were once points on the vast crater rim. The original volcano was 6000m, higher than Kilimanjaro, but was worn away by glaciation, which gives the mountain its deep valleys, now wooded. Like Kilimanjaro the mountain still has glaciers, although they are melting. There are currently 11 small glaciers, which form an important watershed for Kenya. Like Kilimanjaro, the Mount Kenya ascent passes through all the main climatic zones. It is only possible to reach Point Lenana hiking, Nelion and Batian require mountain climbing experience and equipment. For those with the required qualifications we can arrange the ascent of the two highest peaks with an experienced guide. For those wishing to climb to Point Lenana we can arrange an interesting and beautiful ascent, a useful exercise for preparing the higher Kilimanjaro climb. Even if you don’t go on to climb Kilimanjaro,  the ascent of Mount Kenya is an unforgettable experience.