Hell' s Gate National Park

This is located 90 km from Nairobi, and is about 68 square kilometers. Opened in 1984, the park is suitable for a day trip from Nairobi, or as a stopover en route to the Masai Mara Reserve. The park is located at an altitude of about 5,000-7,000 ft above sea level. Visitors to this park are offered a wide range of activities, like driving, walking, camping, rock climbing and many others. There are three camping sites. Hell's Gate is well known for its hot geysers. The common tourist spots within the park include Fisher's Tower, Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges. There are extinct volcanoes such as Olkaria and Hobley's. Moreover, a black glassy rock called Obsidian forms from the cool molten lava. Visitors can observe animals like the buffalo, Masai giraffe, eland, Coke's hartebeest, lion, leopard, and cheetah.There are over 103 species of birds in the park like vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts. A Masai Cultural Center for educating visitors about the culture and traditions of the Masai tribe.

Abedare National Park

This park is located in the range of the same name, described by Joseph Thomson in 1883 during his journey through the Maasai Land. Kikuyu people still use the range's traditional name, Nyandarua. From 1947 to 1956, the misty and rainy forests in the range served as a hide for the Mau-Mau guerrilla. The park was gazetted in 1950 with an extension of 584 km², but was afterwards enlarged to 770 km², making it the third largest park in the country.

The Aberdare range, 160 km long, is located in the Central Highlands, Central Province, west of Mount Kenya and north of Nairobi, serving as the Kenyan Rift Valley's east wall. The national park comprises a longitudinal strip from south to north, with a projection toward the east denominated The Salient, that runs down to an altitude of 2,130 m, near the town of Nyeri. The Salient has its origin in an ancient migratory route of elephants between the range and Mount Kenya.

its the highest park in all Africa as most of the plateau is located above an altitude of 3,000 m. The highest peaks in the park are

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Samburu and Shaba National Park

This area formed by Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba reserves is one of the most interesting places in Kenya and can be ranked as unique for several reasons. They are the most accessible and visited of the protected areas in the country's rough north, right at the edge of what was formerly called NFD or Northern Frontier District. Or, in other words, they are the most remote and unaccessible among the most popular reserves. It is also the place to see some species which are rare in Kenya or difficult to spot in other parks. Samburu and Buffalo Springs are adjacent reserves, separated solely by a river. Since this stream sets the border between two different districts and reserves are run by district authorities, in principle you are bound to pay the entrance fee to both reserves separately, when they are in fact a single natural unit. There is a bridge across the river some 3 km upstream Samburu Lodge.

The frontier condition assigned to this region also refers to the traditional problems with the Somali guerrillas that occur from time to time north of this area. Little after the gazetting of the reserves, in the 1960's-1970's, they remained closed for several years due to

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Meru National Park

Meru National park

This Park is 80 kms east of Meru town and can be reached good roads passing through green farmland and the rolling Nyambene Hills. Of all of Kenya's national parks and reserves, Meru likely has the greatest variety of habitats and landscapes within its bounds.
Savannah, forest and swamp can all be found in the reserve which is dissected by at least 15 seasonal rivers, including the Tana River. Meru's proximity to Mount Kenya and the Nyambene's contribute to the Park's good rainfall, particularly in its western sections. The eastern section of the park is generally more arid. There is a great variety of wildlife at Meru, including elephant, cheetah, leopard.
Meru National Park is perhaps most famous as the place where Elsa, the lioness, was returned to the wild in Joy Adamson's famous book Born Free.

Acces:
The main route into the park is from Meru along the C91 to Murera Gate. It is also possible to enter the Park via the Ura Gate, from the C92 Meru - Tunya road and a small track from C92 to Gatunga. Once within the park, the western section is well marked by tracks throughout, while the eastern sections require good four wheel drive cars
During the rainy season,

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Masai Mara Area

Its grass-carpeted smooth hills, the chocolate Mara river waters with hippos, as well as the rich faunal diversity, fulfill the expectations of any visitor searching the African landscapes portraited in motion pictures such as "Out of Africa" or "Mogambo". Save particular tastes or special requirements, this is the park on top of the "must" list in the country: no trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to Masai Mara. True that it's not the best park for birdwatching, and true that some species are not easily found. However, leopards and rhinos abound, and with more than 450 bird species, the reserve should not be envious of Samburu or the great Kenyan bird sanctuaries. Albeit, in an area only slightly smaller than the State of Rhode Island and with a diverse and complex geography, getting lost is far easier than finding a leopard or sighting a given bird species in its multiple woods.

The reserve, gazetted in 1961, is located west of the Rift Valley and is a natural extension of the Serengeti plains, in Tanzania. The Mara river, the reserve's backbone, traverses north to south heading for its westbound way unto lake Victoria, through the Tanzanian park. This course is the natural barrier crossed every year by the large migratory herds of wildebeests and zebras which march across the two parks. As explained below, more than one million wildebeests and 200,000 zebras move in a quest for the best pastures, finding along the way the crocodile-crowded river. When the herds ford the stream, many animals die flattened or drowned and leave their bones by the Mara banks. From July to October, Masai Mara is at

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Nakuru National Park

Nakuru is one of the alkaline Rift Valley lakes and a fantastic bird sanctuary, its shores populated at times by more than one million flamingoes. The famous ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson defined it as "the greatest bird spectacle on earth". The fortunate sentence has now become a cliché and is used up to fed-up-ism for promotional purposes. Sadly, along the past years flamingoes have vanished sporadically to reappear later in a similarly weird way, but flocks are now greatly reduced.

The park was gazetted in 1968, but since 1961 there was a bird sanctuary at the lake's south sector. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Kenyan government started a plan to purchase the adjacent grounds in order to widen the protected area. In 1964 the sanctuary yet included the whole lake, whose surface varies from 5 to 40 km², in addition to a shore strip. The park limits in 1968 and 1974 has been extended to its current extension of 188 km². Although the pictures on this page don't let it show, the truth is that the park lies only 4 km off the populous Nakuru town.

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Places to visit in Tanzania

1

Ruaha National Park

2

Selous Game Reserve

3

Pemba Island

4

Tarangire National Park

5

Mountain Kilimanjaro

Places to Visit in Uganda

1

Bwindi Impenetrable Park

2

Queen Elizabeth National Park

3

Murchison Falls National Park

4

Lake Mburo National Park

5

Kidepo Valley National Park

Places to Visit in Kenya

1

Masai mara,

2

Amboseli

3

Lake Nakuru

4

Lake Naivasha

5

Tsavo East Tsavo

Places to Visit in Rwanda

1

Nyungwe-Canopy Walk

2

Akagera National Park

3

Lake Kivu

4

Volcanoes National Park

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