Kenya is where “going on safari” started back in 1895 when the British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate. White hunters then popularized safari in Kenya with trophy hunters, including big names like Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. After the second world war, vast numbers of tourists started traveling to Kenya, lured by stories of plenitudes of wild animals; more than 3 million large mammals were roving East Africa’s plains at the time. Today visitors continue to flock to this East African destination each year. Although humans have made their mark, Kenya still holds onto its pristine wilderness.Kenya has been recognized by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading safari destination for 2021, a position it has held for seven years now.
Kenya is one Africa’s best safari destination, with 50 epic national parks and reserves that are home to diverse wildlife, including the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo.
Kenya is home the famous Masai Mara and the reserve has been voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Regarding the origin of the name, the word ‘Masai’ comes from the Maasai tribe.
Kenya’s Masai Mara national park is the site of the annual Wildebeest migration, simply called the ‘Great Migration’. Masai Mara National Park is famous for this migration, when large herds of a million plus wildebeest, zebra and other animals including the Big Cats migrate northwards into the Mara from Serengeti National Park.
Kenya is the original safari destination and remains one of the best places in Africa to see wild animals. Its bevy of iconic game reserves include the Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park and both East and West Tsavo making a must visit for safari lovers.
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