The Masai Mara in the South of Kenya and Samburu in the North are two landscapes that differ for size, history, climate, population density, rainfall, vegetation and wildlife and a general feel and atmosphere. Visiting both gives visitors an idea of how diverse Kenya is and how exciting it is to explore its regions.
The Masai Mara, with its mostly green hills and plains, is famous for its unique concentration of wildlife, birds, rich vegetation and open savannah. It has been classified among the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ due to the extraordinary annual migration (July to November) when over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebras cross from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures.
It sits at a high altitude, so it is cool to cold in the evenings and early mornings, and it offers an amazing habitat for mammals and birds. Its acacia and date trees that dot its landscape have become almost to symbolize for most people what a classic African landscape is.
Samburu is very different from the Masai Mara, but equally beautiful and inspiring. For many safari connoisseurs, a Kenya experience is not complete with a visit to Samburu and to the Northern Frontier, a Big North that has lured generations of explorers, adventures, travellers. Its Ewaso river is a catalyst for wildlife. With a small human population, Nature dominates this part of Kenya and ever visitor feels its immense power.
Dry, harsh, remote, the reputation of Northern Kenya has been transformed in the past few years by a community-driven determination to promote and maintain peace, protect the region’s unique wildlife and habitats, and preserve diverse and historic cultures. This area is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.
The spectacular landscape of Northern Kenya is said to be one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa.