Kenya Safari: The Big 5 —Top 10 reasons to join this thrilling expedition—

10. From sweeping views of stunning savannas to Kenya's extraordinary national parks and reserves—each featuring unrivaled wildlife and habitat diversity—this remarkable destination provides visitors with unparalleled beauty and the opportunity to observe the incredible "Big 5" (endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).

9. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, considered the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. To date, the center has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

8. Embark upon exciting game drives aboard customized 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by expert game leaders and naturalist safari guides.

7. Explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy—a 90,000-acre, non-profit, private wildlife facility situated on the equator between the foothills of the Aberdares and magnificent Mount Kenya. Besides endangered rhinos, other rare animals found in Ol Pejeta include the endangered African wild dog, oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, serval, cheetah, and bat-eared fox. The Big 5, as well as giraffes, baboons, hippos, impalas, and hyenas—plus more than 300 bird species—also call Ol Pejeta home.

6. At the foot of the Ngong Hills, see Karen Blixen's farm house, which gained international fame after the release of the Oscar-winning movie, Out of Africa.

5. Discover Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary—established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the Jane Goodall Institute—with the mission to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. This facility is currently home to 43 chimpanzees and is the only place in Kenya where they can be seen.

4. Spend time at Lake Nakuru National Park, described by Roger Tory Peterson as the greatest ornithological spectacle in the world. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 5,755 feet above sea level. It's best known for its thousands—sometimes millions—of flamingos nesting along the shores. Other bird species also inhabit the lake and the surrounding area, including African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher, and Verreaux's eagle.

3. Travel along Rift Valley's western rim into the Maasai Mara National Reserve—a northern extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and one of the world’s most rewarding wildlife observation sites. The rich savannah is known for its concentration of plains animals. There have been approximately 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.

2. While in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, take a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. Enjoy a dawn ascent to experience incredible birds-eye views over the wildlife and vast landscape.

1. After each astonishing day of exploration, indulge in the relaxing atmosphere and luxurious accommodations of tented safari camps—an African tradition going back to colonial times. Situated amidst the wildlife itself, with lavish furnishings, delicious cuisine and friendly local service, it is an experience unlike any other.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp / Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge / Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Join us on an upcoming departure of Kenya Safari: The Big 5. It's the experience of a lifetime!

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