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 hunting 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. Thanks to this courageous foresight, Kenya is one of the last places where you can see these giants with tusks nearly touching the ground. A sight that has become extinct in most places in large part to poaching and trophy hunting.
Kenya is the birthplace of the safari. “Safari” is the Swahili word for “journey”. The safari industry in its infant stages was dominated by trophy hunters, but that has changed dramatically. Photo tourism has taken over the safari world, but we still have a long way to go to ensure a Trophy Free Africa future for wildlife.
Kenya is home to the Masai Mara National Preserve; a haven for lion, leopard, and cheetah and the northern reaches of the wildebeest migration and the famed river crossings. This area gained international notoriety during the BBC’s highly successful wildlife series, “The Big Cat Diaries.” 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.
Other exceptional safari experiences can be found in Tsavo, Amboseli, Chyulu Hills, Samburu, Meru, and the Aberdare Mountins. One of the great conservation organizations we support, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, has its home at the edge of Nairobi National Park. Kenya also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a perfect place to end your safari.
Click on the following link for detailed information on Kenya’s incredible array of protected areas. Kenya Tourism