KENYA SAFARI ADVENTURE
An African safari experience in Maasai Mara, Kenya, one of the best-known reserves in the whole of Africa.
Kenya Safari Adventure | © Alessandro Mangione | 2019 | Canon EOS 60D
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MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
The Swahili word “safari” means “long journey”. In fact, just a few hours are not good enough to discover a multitude of astonishing wildlife. The Maasai Mara is one of the best-known reserves in the whole of Africa, and is globally renowned for its exceptional wildlife.
The Maasai Mara national reserve got its name from the local people who called the land “Mara” which means “spotted” in Maa. Maa is the name given to the Masai language. Despite comprising only 0.01% of Africa’s total landmass, more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals can be found here.
“The Big five” is the term to indicate the symbolic animals of Africa: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo.
Many would assume that the term “The Big Five” is attributed to the animals’ large size. However, it was actually coined by big game hunters who thought that these five African mammals were the most dangerous and most difficult to hunt.
Today, thanks to decades of worthwhile efforts in the conservation and preservation of the wildlife, this term is now also widely used by safari tour operators.
Carnivores have different levels in the pecking order. Lion, Hyena and Jackal is the common order, with voltures always around too. The Cheetah has the speed but often looses kills to Lion and Hyena due to it’s light frame size. The Leopard will take it’s prey up a tree for safety from larger predators.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Lake Nakuru National Park, located in the Southern Rift Valley, is Kenya’s most popular parks.
Nakuru means “Dust or Dusty Place” in the Maasai language. The park supports a wide ecological diversity but the biggest attraction is undoubtedly its huge flamingo population, which can swell to more than 1.5 million at times. The park is also famous for its rhinoceros sanctuary, in which 70 white rhinoceros and 25 critically endangered black rhinoceros can be seen.