A great soft start to any safari, and with plenty of unique activities, from climbing a dormant volcano to rock climbing, cycling or horse riding and boat rides .
The two national parks are more adventure parks with most of the rich wildlife on private conservancies.
TAKE A BOAT RIDE
Lake Naivasha is one of very few places in Kenya where you can go out on a boat and enjoy the tranquility that only being on water can offer. Try your hand at bass or carp fishing or just relax and watch the manyFish eagles hunting over head.
CLIMB A VOLCANO
The dormant Volcano, Mount Longonot, is well work the 3 hour hike, for it offers unparalleled views over the Rift Valley and the neighbouring Hells Gate where you can cycle with wildlife in an area rich in Geo-Thermal activity.
Rather surprisingly, Naivasha, and especially its private conservancies, is a fantastic place to spot Leopards. These gorgeous predators loves the Leleshwa forests and are the most common predator in the area.
Lake Nakuru is one of the major Rift Valley Lakes. Home to a healthy population of flamingos, stunning landscapes and a breeding nucleus of the endangered White Rhinos, this small national park is a great day trip from Naivasha.
Famed for its troops of baboons (which will gladly steal your lunch if given the chance!) the Baboon Cliffs are still worth a visit for the breathtaking views across Lake Nakuru.
This extremely rare and unique giraffe species is only found in Lake Nakuru Park and across the border in Uganda. With less than 2500 in the world this is THE most endangered of all of the Giraffe species.
Just next to Nakuru national Park, on a private conservancy, is Lake Elementaita. This small but beautiful lake is relatively unspoilt and has a strong population of flamingos.
Rising to nearly 4000 metres above sea level, the Aberdare Rain Forest is one of Kenyas most valuable water towers. The highest peaks receive nearly 3000mm of rainfall on average!
WHY THE ABERDARES?
WATERFALLS AND TROUT FISHING
The Abderdare National Park has fantastic fly fishing, mainly for Brown and Rainbow Trout. And normally within walking distance of the road are some pretty stunning waterfalls!
BIRD LOVERS PARADISE
Due to its thick forest canopy, the Aberdares are home to a lot of seldom seen birds, but you can often hear them calling. Home to over 350 species, including 13 types of bird that are considered globally endangered, the forest is a bird lovers paradise.
GIANT FOREST HOGS
Possibly the weirdest (or scariest) of all of the pig family are the Giant Forest Hogs. Commonly seen in the Aberdares these large hogs live in family groups (or Sounds) and are often seen foraging on the road verges.
THE MAASAI MARA
Quite possibly the most famous wilderness in Africa, the "Mara" almost needs no introduction. Yes, it can get congested with vehicles at times, but the Mara should be on everyones bucket list!
WHY THE MAASAI MARA?
Every year from July to September a million crazy "Gnu's" create an amazing spectacle by crossing the Croc infested Mara River multiple times as they go in search of greener grass.
Quite possibly the best place in Africa to witness a kill. The Mara eco-system provides a safe haven for a large population of all of the big predators and it is not uncommon to see Lion, Leopard and Cheetah before breakfast!
Although the Mara can sometimes resemble a rush hour traffic jam, the clever guides know how to get away from it all. And then you can be lucky enough to have a stunning landscape, full of wildlife, all to yourself.
Situated completely off the typical tourist routes, but close to Nairobi, is the amazing Magadi/ Natron eco-system. Here the local community genuinely live side by side with the big cats, and the vistas are completely unspoilt and untouched.
All across Africa local traditions and customs have been adjusted to appeal to tourism. Magadi is the exception. Here the local Maasai continue to live the traditional way. And they love to share their life with us in an unspoilt manner.
FLAMINGOS BY HELICOPTER
It sounds outlandish but a helicopter safari over Lakes Magadi and Natron is the best way to experience the magic. An enormous number of flamingos call this eco-system their home and our pilots are conscious to not disrupt the birds during a flight.
In Magadi we only use one lodge and this is mainly due to their community ethos and eco credentials. They do, also, have an amazing hide within the camp that offers the most unbelievable photographic opportunities. This is one of those places where often you see more just by staying in camp!
A national park bordering a city, or a city surrounded by wilderness? Call it what you like but Nairobi National Park is a unique big game national park right on the fringes of one of Africas largest Capital Cities.
Nairobi National Park is home to one of Kenyas biggest populations of White and Black Rhinos and is one of the best places, outside of Laikipia, to see these highly endangered creatures.
Lions, especially, are frequently seen in Nairobi National Park! Where else can you have a cappuchino in a city suburb at 8am and be watching a lion feeding on a buffalo, in the wild, an hour later?
SHELDRICKS ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
On the border of Nairobi National Park is the incredible Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. This amazing organisation has reared and re-released a large number of orphaned elephants back into the wild.