Kenya is our other preferred safari destination thanks to its historic stance against trophy hunting which dates back to the 1970’s. Even before the ban, President Kenyatta (the father to current President Kenyatta) assigned 24 hour protection to a famous bull elephant called, Ahamed, to protect it from international hunters, specifically American hunters who were targeting the elephant for its massive tusks.
Kenya is the birthplace of the safari. “Safari” is the Swahili word for “journey”. Kenya is home to the Masai Mara National Preserve; a haven for lion, leopard, and cheetah and the northern reaches of the wildebeest migration. The majority of wildlife though, 70%, is found outside parks and preserves. Tribes such as the Maasai have teamed up with safari operators to set up conservancies to enhance wildlife protection further. The tribes receive an annual fee from the operator and a daily fee from each visitor. Where many of the parks and preserves can be quite crowded, the conservancies offer exceptional game viewing with a fraction of the visitation. In addition to the famous Mara conservancies, the Laikipia conservancies are home to half of Kenya’s black rhino population and an increasing number of African wild dogs.
Other exceptional safari experiences can be found in Tsavo, Chyulu Hills, Samburu, Meru, and the Aberdare Mountins.
Click on the following link for detailed information on Kenya’s incredible array of protected areas. Kenya Tourism