Kenya Wildlife

kenya-wildlife-5Kenya is one of the few countries in the World that has the famous “Big Five”: the Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo all in the same ecosystem. This unique attribute of Kenya’s natural ecosystem sets it apart from other safari destinations. Plants, bird species and reptiles, all living in a wide range of natural habitats in Kenya’s undulating open Savannas are also part of the enthralling experience that awaits you in the wild.

kenyan-wildlifeSuch riveting scenes as a pride of lions lying lazily in the sun after hunting at night or a cheetah vehemently chasing and locking down a stray gazelle are only possible in the Kenyan wilderness.

Within the Savannah you can also witness a thrilling sight of the African Buffalo fighting off a pride of female lions with its horns or a closely-Knit herd of Elephants being led across the Savannah by a matriarch in charge of the herd, foraging for food. And perhaps the one that steals the show with its beautiful dark spots is one of the “Big Five”, the Leopard, found on the tall tree branches of forests or in rocky hills.

Kenya is also home to a wide range of bird species.  The weaverbirds have a huge presence in the Savannah with their bag-like nests hanging on acacia trees. Incredible sights of the storks, exotic cranes and a million or more flamingoes hovering around large water bodies add to the elegance of the Kenyan wildlife. Kenya also prides itself in being home to the largest bird on earth, the ostrich. Other bird species include the sunbird, the touraco, vulture, marabou stock and the huge hornbill – irritating to some but still a sight to behold especially for bird lovers or watchers.

Plants are also a key part of Kenya’s unique wild ecosystem. The Masai Mara grassland holds a big percentage of animal life and is a famous tourist attraction site. On the slopes of Kenya’s largest mountains, Mt Kenya and Mt Elgon, you can view flora changing with altitude. A beautiful, thick and evergreen temperate forest grows up to amazing heights of 1000m to 2000m and beneath it Bamboo that grows at 3000m. In the southern plains are the acacia trees which provide a habitat to vast species of the weaver birds and an equally recognizable and stunning sight of the baobab tree. The baobab tree is famous for its features that make it look like its growing upside-down.

kenyan-wildlife-2kenyan-wildlife-6 kenyan-wildlife-4Reptiles as part of the Kenyan wildlife are in plenty and vary in species. You will find the attractively marked leopard tortoise – a rare and spectacular sight; the Skink – one of the most attractive member of the lizard family with a shiny metallic look on its scales; the enormous monitor lizard which can grow as long as 3 feet and the crocodile which has a reputation for its fury and size can be seen basking near banks of rivers and lakes.