Photography Safari

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the country of Kenya is beautiful. Filled as it is with natural wonders, flora or fauna, it’s plain to see that it’s blessed with bounties of many different kinds. It’s things like this that lead the stray wildlife photographer, or nature enthusiast, to chase after these simple pleasures of life and capture them on analogue or digital film, immortalizing them as part of the planet’s history at a given point in time. Well-known for nature experiences and safaris, what better place to chase after nature than the very country of Kenya?

Amboseli National Park

As many might agree, there is something especially calming and special about seeing one of the Earth’s most majestic creatures, the elephant, in its natural herd, roaming around the brown-green plains that it loves. At Amboseli Park, that’s exactly what you get and more – on clear days, you’ll also have the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro providing an especially impressive backdrop to these lovely animals.

Nairobi National Park

The only park in the world situated within a national city, this option provides any avid photographers with some things to think about! If you’re interested in taking a few shots of Nairobi and its natural environs, consider the convenience of such a short drive in comparison to many other camping safaris in Kenya, and the great numbers of 400+ bird species to capture here!

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The most popular wildlife reserve in Kenya, consider touring this place with reputed tour companies like SkySafari if you’re contemplating a visit! It’s home to one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles, the Great Wildebeest Migration, and is one of the great Wonders of the World. It’s a great place to visit at all times of the year and provides a unique landscape that we have become so familiar with thanks to popular culture.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve – Image via Flickr

Our final choice on the list – the Samburu Reserve. Situated in Northern Kenya, it is home to the “Special Five” – the Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk Antelope, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, and Beisa Oryx – excellent species to capture on your camera. It’s also home to other less unique species, although no less enjoyable to capture, such as leopards, cheetahs and other big cats that make their home here.

Wildlife in Kenya, an experience like no other

Kenya has earned a firm reputation as one of the world’s richest wildlife habitats, possessing many magnificent and appealing animal species. Thousands of tourists from across the globe converge on this African nation to view its captivating wildlife.

The largest creatures in Kenya are as one might expect the big herbivores. Of these, the mighty African elephant takes pride of place, and they are easily spotted in the country’s numerous game reserves. In fact elephants are found in several varied habitats within Kenya. Visitors will be thrilled by the sight of the powerful rhinoceros, which is now endangered and therefore some of the remaining specimens are being relocated to safe areas. However numerous rhinos remain on the Kenyan plains, notably at Nairobi National Park. The giraffe is another essential sight, as they graze on the tender acacia leaves.

The Cape buffalo, powerful and unpredictable, is another magnificent sight. Visitors should also take the opportunity to view the massive and ungainly hippopotamus, as it lounges in the basins and swamps. Other significant herbivores include the unmistakable eland, the largest of the antelopes and the wildebeest, in addition to a host of smaller plant eaters.

Naturally the aggressive predators feature prominently in the sights to be seen in the Kenyan game reserves. The big cats, notably the lions and leopards will be a memorable sight, particularly as they engage in their hunting. The sight of a sprinting cheetah is a spectacle that will truly never be forgotten. Hyenas, wild dogs, servals and jackals are other interesting features on the Kenyan plains. Not to be missed are the huge African crocodiles which may be seen basking in the streams and rivers.

Kenya also boasts a wide variety of bird species, including the unmistakable ostrich. Other fascinating varieties include the beautiful albatrosses and an array of other avian species such as grebes, petrels, pelicans, shearwaters, gannets, boobies, cormorants, darters, egrets, herons, storks and flamingos amongst many others. Kenya is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise.

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