Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve covers some 250 sq. kilometres. The reserve is 418 kilometres west of Nairobi. The reserve was established to protect the only surviving tropical forest in Kenya, a remnant of the rain-forests that once stretched from West Africa through Zaire and Uganda all the way to the Indian Ocean. It is now a refuge to many endangered species of animals and plants. Kakamega Forest famous for its bird-life has some
| 145 species found nowhere else in Kenya. The forest is also home to a variety of butterflies, some exceptionally rare.
This forest Reserve also has over 30 species of snakes whose relations are only found in West Africa.
It is home to the deadly gabon viper and the black mamba. Also found here are rare species of primates such as the Red-tailed monkey and the Blue monkey.
Mt Elgon National Park
This park is unique, with its magnificent Kitum and Makingeny caves and natural salt-licks and nesting sites for birds. The caves and the mammals that enter them, including elephants, are a major tourist attraction.
Mt. Elgon is also home to buffalo, bush-buck, duiker and primates including the endangered De-Braza monkey, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey and olive baboon.
For visitors wishing to enjoy a more active holiday, the park offers wonderful climbing opportunities.
With its thick forests, Mt Elgon is a major water catchment area for Western Kenya. The Nzoia, Turkwel, Kerio and Suam rivers which
empty into Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana have their sources here. The experience of Mt Elgon is unforgettable.
|There are altogether eight game parks and reserves in Northern Kenya namely Nosolot, South Turkana, Losai Arawale and Marsabit National Reserves. Others are Sibiloi, Central Island and South Island National Parks.
These parks are known for their great scenic beauty, desert landscape, crater lakes as wll as their historic import.
Sibiloi and Marsabit are perhaps the most representative.
Marsabit National Reserve
Marsabit is 620 kilometres due north from Nairobi. It is a forested mountain which rises spectacularly from the middle of a desert wilderness. It has three beautiful crater lakes with a myriad of resident birdlife. In the local language Marsabit means "Mountain of Cold". It is like an oasis in the middle of a desert as it is the only source of permanent surface water in the region.
Marsabit is ideal for game viewing. Elephants and greater kudu are the most prominent species. Other game include giraffe, bushbuck, leopard and carcal. Over 370 bird species have been recorded and a special treat is the rare lammergeyer vulture. The park is especially good for butterfly viewing, with a wide variety of species.
Sibiloi, Central Island and South
Island National Parks
Sibiloi National Park is one of the world's greatest treasures where proof of man÷s origin was found. It has unique pre-historic and archaeological sites. Sibiloi's shores also provide a habitat for a diverse aquatic birdlife, crocodiles and hippos, while zebra, topi oryx, giraffe, greater kudu and Grant÷s gazelle occupy the terrestrial habitats.
The three parks, Sibiloi, Central Island and South Island, form a single complex that is unified by Lake Turkana. The two Islands lie within the lake. Central Island is a 5-kilometre park, while South Island covers an area of 39.8 kilometres. Lakeshore habitats form the long Western boundary of Sibiloi National Park.
Lake Turkana, which is 265 km. long with an average width of 35km, contains 60 species of fish and provide the lifeline for thousands of flamingos, pelicans, ducks and other water birds. Central Island has three scenic crater lakes, namely crocodile, flamingo and tilapia.The Island is an important breeding ground for crocodiles. Turtles are also found in the lake waters.
South Island is mainly barren rock with very scarce vegetation but a great scenic landscape.
These three parks are 882 kilometres north of Nairobi have all weather airstrips and are more easily reached by air.
The parks are popular for adventure safaris, but the rough and tough terrain makes them accessible only on 4WD for those who do not wish to fly. The parks are also great for hiking, biking, camping, sport fishing, bird watching and archaeological and geological safaris. Camel and horse safaris are also available and can be arranged with a tour operator. Boat trips in the lake are also available.
The accommodation is as interesting as the place itself. The Alia Bay has three campsites.
Our journey draws to a close as we leave the northern region of Kenya. Seeing the cradle of mankind along the Sibiloi is an eye-opening experience. We realise that Man has come a long way since those days when our forefathers rose up and began forever to walk on their legs. The Kenyan experience is a once in a lifetime experience, something that should not be missed.
Passport are a necessity.
Check with your Travel Agent if you need a visa.
Car hire available at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and Moi International Airport, Mombasa.
Electric power in Kenya is 40 volts.
Electric appliances should be the three-pin 13-amp type.
Currency & Banks
The unit of currency is the Kenya Shilling.
Check with your bank on the prevailing exchange rates.
Many international banks have branches in Kenya and most credit cards are accepted.
Largely Christian with Islam coming second.
English and Kiswahili are the official languages.
Kenya offers an all-year-round holiday.
Main Holiday Sports
Fishing, mountaineering, sailing, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, golf, cricket, polo, hockey, squash and game walks. Fitness clubs are available in Nairobi and Mombasa. Some major hotels in the country have fitness facilities.
Kenya is three hours ahead of GMT.
Valid yellow fever vaccination is required if you arrive from infected or yellow fever area. Consult your doctor on antimalaria medicine.
Verbal declaration is required to be made on things carried and one may be required
to open luggage for inspection by customs officials. Importation of firearms into Kenya
We cannot do justice to what Kenya has to offer in this limited space. We hope, however, that this serves as an exciting eye opener. One really has to experience it to enjoy the beauty and magic of this great land of contrasts. When you come, come with a spirit of adventure, a childlike curiosity and time to spare, because it would be a shame to rush this lifetime experience. Welcome, or in Swahili - KARIBU!
For more information please contact:
KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE
P.O. Box 40241, NAIROBI, KENYA Phone: 254 2 504164
Fax: 254 2 501752