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Aberdare National Park

Situated north of Nairobi and just west of Mt. Kenya is Aberdare National Park, Kenya's third largest park.  Much of the park.  Contrasting the Savannah of the Masai Mara, it is distinguished by a humid, foggy rain forest and spectacular waterfalls led from the mountain streams. A stay in the Aberdare is generally at a tree hotel, where you have the opportunity to observe animals as they come to lit waterholes.

Samburu National Reserve

One of the smallest parks in Kenya (just 40 square miles), Samburu is probably one of the best parks in northern Kenya. Here, lion and elephant are plentiful, attracted by the Uaso Nyiro River. Leopards are frequently sighted, as are crocodiles, vervet monkeys, cheetah, giraffe and zebra.

Tarangire National Park
The Park was established in 1970 and covers over 1000 square miles. Because the Tarangire River runs through the entire park, wildlife gather in large numbers at the river banks. One of Tanzania's most beautiful parks, Tarangire is known for its landscape of distinctive baobab trees, as well as the large number of elephants - possibly more than anywhere else in Tanzania.

Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha
Renowned as an ornithologist's paradise, Nakuru is home to the alkaline lake of the same name which is most famous as the seasonal home of thousands of greater and lesser flamingos and more than 400 species of birds. The park has been declared a rhino sanctuary and is also home to leopard, Rothschild giraffe, hippo and cormorant. Located nearby, Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake, prolific in birdlife.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
An incredible sight, the Ngorongoro Crater is 12 miles wide, and the largest, unflooded caldera in the world. The crater is believed to be young - dating back only 2.5 million years, when a huge eruption occurred.  After the flow of lava subsided, the cone collapsed, leaving the caldera. Today, there are an estimated 30,000 animals living in this 100 square mile crater, and you are sure to see most of the big game.

Masai Mara National Reserve
Situated on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, the Masai Mara is the northern extension of Tanzania's renowned reserve, the Serengeti. It covers over 590 square miles and is home to all of the big game: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and buffalo. You will also undoubtedly see zebra, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, eland and Masai giraffe.

Serengeti National Park
Tanzania's largest and most popular park, the Serengeti is also believed to contain the largest concentration of wildlife on earth. From here, one of the greatest sights - the annual migration - begins. Millions of wildebeest and zebra head north to the Masai Mara in Kenya, in search of greener pastures.

Amboseli National Park
Established as a natural reserve in 1948, and later (in 1973) as a national park, Amboseli is in a semi-arid part of Kenya. From here, spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a highlight. Among the wildlife you might see are buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and baboons. Elephant are numerous, and you might even see the rare black rhino.

Lake Manyara National Park
Most famous for the tree climbing lion, this is a superb scenic park set around the lake in the Rift Valley, below a high escarpment. The terrain is diverse, including ground water forest and acacia woodlands.

Ruaha National Park
Tanzania's second largest park lies just west of the Selous Game Reserve. Here you will find vegetation and wildlife of both East and Southern Africa. A horticultural paradise, over 1650 plant varieties have been recorded. The name Ruaha is derived from the Hehe word for river, "lavaha", and much of the wildlife viewing takes place along the Great Ruaha River. Wildlife is extraordinary in variety, with such species as the shy eland, the greater and lesser kudu, impala, Masai giraffe, klipspringer and steenbok. Cats are also present along with vast numbers of hippo and crocodile. As with the Selous, this less frequently visited park is a real jewel.

Tsavo West National Park
The combination of Tsavo West and its neighbor Tsavo East make up more than 10 million acres of Savannah's, acacia woodlands and riverine forest area. This is big game country and may be most famous for the legend of the Man-eaters of Tsavo - the story of the building of the Nairobi-Mombasa railroad in 1899 and the struggle between man and two lions who preyed on the workers along the railroad line.  Tsavo is also a bird-lovers' paradise, annually attracting thousands of migrant birds - some from as far away as St. Petersburg! Also known for its elephant population (tainted red by the dust of the park), which by some accounts, has numbered as high as 7,000.