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You inhale the raw pulsing energy; sit back, relax and feel the scintillating buzz spread up your body. Your mind sparks into life, then your eyes swarm with dancing landscapes; the colours exploding in a fireworks display as the huge herds of elephant seem to be marching to the sound of beating chukka drums before you exhale! This is the legal kind of high. You’re on a Kenya overland trip; on an expedition to experience all the phenomenal game viewing and exciting cultures Kenya has on offer. Here are Overlanding Africa’s top 5 experiences you can’t afford to miss on your Kenya adventure.
Soar through the cool air under a giant hot air balloon, hugging the colourful sunrise sky as you enjoy the greatest game concentration on earth from a bird’s eye view. Staring out over the stunning savannah of the Masai Mara Reserve you can really appreciate the enormous herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle grazing below you on your unique Kenya safari experience. As you listen to the roar of the burner taking you up higher and higher into the wide open sky and the plains open up beneath you, you will be carried away into a state of unadulterated bliss on a Kenya adventure unlike any other.
Climbing Mount Kenya
[Photo by Franco Pecchio]
"Tunapanda Mulima Kenya": We’re Climbing Mt. Kenya
Take a hike up the sheer ragged cliffs of Kenya’s largest mountain, on your Kenya holiday, and shout your newly learnt Swahili into the lush green echoing valleys of the Ngong Hills and Africa’s Great Rift Valley - opening up below you! As you hike through the dense forests surrounding the base of Mt. Kenya, before you ascend up the desert rocky slopes, keep your eyes peeled for herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as an elusive leopard and a hyena or two. Reaching Point Lenana (4,985m) is an arduous undertaking, but deeply rewarding. You will be gifted with a view of lion-coloured plains, stretching out in an endless panoramic sea of spectacular scenery. This is a top treat for any adventurous spirit on a Kenya trip.
Jumping with the Masai Mara
Is climbing not your thing? Visit the Masai Cultural Village and try and jump as high as the skilled Masai warriors. For a Kenya safari with a twist, add some soul and culture to your overland trip and stay in a traditional Masai Manyatta. Your new friends will teach you about their vibrant customs and traditional lifestyles, as well as the meaning of their brilliantly beaded jewellery and distinctive red dress.
[Photo by Ross Berteig]
Embrace your inner adventurer and take a nostalgic trip back into the days of the early Kenya Safari explorers on a camel ride through the deepest wilds of Kenya. Trekking through the forests at sunset you will feel like Lawrence of Arabia on top of your camel, enjoying unique game viewing encounters from a different perspective on your Kenya tour.
The Great Migration
Finish off your Kenya holiday with the jaw-dropping wildlife spectacle of the Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra across the Serengeti plains and the Mara river, teeming with hungry crocodile and lions looking for easy pickings on the river banks. A Kenya safari game drive between July and October will deliver you into the heart of the frantic and chaotic scene of millions of hooves pounding their way to the greener plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. You can enjoy the world’s greatest safari experience on your Kenya overland trip with plenty of exciting photography opportunities. For more information on any of our Overland Tours you can visit our overland tour page, contact one of our friendly Overlanding Africa experts or post your comments below.
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