Meru National Park
The park extends over 870 sq-km of moist savannah in the eastern rain shadow of Mount Kenya and Nyambeni Hills. The park is famous for its high density of buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and other wildlife.
Sometime back, poaching had affected the population of some wildlife but the park has been safe since the 1990s and wildlife numbers are on the increase. One of the magnificent animals includes the Reticulated Giraffe, stretched-necked gerenuk and the skittish lesser Kudu.
Mount Kenya National Park
The name Kenya derived from the Akamba word “Kiinya” meaning mountain of the ostrich, a reference to the Batian and Nelion peaks’ resembling a black-and-white ostrich tail feather has Batian as the highest peak with 5,199m. It was considered by the Kikuyu, Meru and Akamba to be the adobe of their gods.
It is suggested that it has was active some 2.4 -3 million years ago. Mount Kenya is characterized by its diverse flora, with forest on the lowers slopes and rising through bamboo forest, montane health and Afro-alpine moorland to its barren glacial peaks.
Its upper slopes are protected in a 715sq-km national park and the middle slopes in a 2,100sq-km forest reserve, jointly inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The mountain’s dozen glaciers, all of which are in recessions a result of global warming, are a good spot for adventurous climbers.
Aberdare National Park
Rising from the Rift Valley escarpments above Lake Naivasha to form the western buttress of Central Highlands is the 75-km long, tall mountain range is the pegged-out animal skin like the Aberdare bedrock. With an estimated 2,000 individual’s resident in the park, the African elephant is probably the most conspicuous of the Big Five animals here, although leopard, lion, buffalo and black rhino are all present.
Known for its walking safaris, Laikipia Plateau extending a good 9,500 sq-km supports wildlife densities second to Maasai Mara, with a population of about 6,000 elephants, plenty of predators and more than a half the country’s black rhino. The walking safaris are usually led by local Samburu or Pokot scouts, and provide an experience like no other and a thrill of seeing wildlife without the barrier of a vehicle.
Horseback Safaris enables visitors to approach the reticulated giraffe more closely than they would in a vehicle. While still in Laikipia, you will have a chance to spot the African wild dog and the Grevy’s zebra. Night safaris provide an excellent chance of seeing nocturnal creatures such as the genet, leopard, aardvark and the bushbaby.