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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions | Activities | Safaris | Accommodation Lodges

June 26, 2020

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The Richness Of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a lovely scenic gem, a lush green paradise enjoying spectacular settings against the a back-drop of 600 m high rift-valley escarpments. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

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Lake Manyara National Park Location, Area, Climate
Location

Lake Manyara national park is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 Km from Arusha, about 180 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Area

Lake Manyara National Park occupies and area of 325Km².

History

Lake Manyara National Park is park of Lake Manyara Biosphere set up by UNESCO in 1981. It was established as a game reserve in 1957 and elevated to national park in 1960

Climate

Lake Manyara National Park experiences a modified tropical climate with two rainy seasons. Long rains between March and May; Short rains in November and December. April is the wettest month. June and July are the coldest and driest months with average temperatures of 25°C. January and February are the warmest months with temperatures averaging 30°C.

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions-A Summary

In summary attractions in Lake Manyara comprise of what visitors see (That is attractions or items of eye appeal), what visitors do (activities they undertake at the destination), the destination itself, annual events like the migration and the cultural tourism programs and encounters with the local people at the destination, . Below is a summary list of attractions:-

  • The location or destination Lake Manyara itself
  • What visitors see, attractions or objects of tourist gaze within and without the park like
    • Physical features-mountains/ hills, rivers, valleys, beautiful scenery, forests, lakes,
    • Wildlife-plants, animals, birds, insects
  • What visitors do / Activities they undretake like day/ night game drives, sight seeing. kayaking, sundowners, massage, hiking, cultural tours, bird watching/ bird walks, camping
  • The rich culture of the local people, the Maasai, the Iraqw, the Barabaig and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.
  • Events / festivals, natural phenomenon like the wildebeest migration
  • Cultural tourism programs of Karatu and Mto Wa Mbu towhships

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions And Activities

In summary tourist attractions in Lake Manyara National Park comprise of what people see, objects that attract the eyesight and what visitors do, activities at the destination

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Lake Manyara National Park Attractions

Tree climbing lions and Wildebeest Migration ranks among the top 10 attractions in Lake Manyara National Park which are:

    • Tree Climbing Lions

      Found in lake Manyara National Park are the tree climbing lions. Tree climbing lions are also to be found in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti Parks. In Uganda, will find them in Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. They climb up the trees to avoid the often painful bite of the tsetse flies.

    • Wildebeest migration

      The wildebeest migration spectacle is the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals in tow passes through Lake Manyara in May on its way to southern Ngorongoro and Serengeti. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

    • Visitor Activities /What to do in Lake Manyara National Park

      Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts visitors to Lake Manyara. These includes Game drives, nature walks, night game drives, cultural tours, mice, sundowners, wining and dining, picnics, bush breakfasts and meals, etc

    • Physical Features
      • Lake Manyara
      • Njoro Hotsprings
      • RiftValley
      • Rivers
      • Underground water evergreen forest
      • Ngorongoro Crater

        Ngorongoro has an impressive animal sighting. The crater is home to 25000 to 30000 big mammals including rare black rhinos, the beautiful scenery, phenomenal photography opportunities and local communities. Cultural visits organized through cultural tourism programs at Karatu. Other attractions include archeological site of

    • Wildlife

Lake Manyara National Park is part of Lake Manyara UNESCO Biosphere Reserve established in 1981. Lake Manyara national park is famous for its tree climbing lions, profusion of birdlife with 390 speicies recorded, 670 species of flowering plants and ferns recorded some of which have evolved into a beautiful stands of ever green ground water forests, the largest troop of baboons anywhere in the world, hot water springs, large herds of elephants. The wildebeest migration spectacle comprising of over 1.7m gnus, 200,000 zebras and gazelles pass through the park in May. The park too has 180 species of butterflies.

      • Mammals

Lake Manyara National Park has an overwhelming presence of mammals in terms of species and numbers. Besides the tree climbing lions other big mammals in the park include buffaloes, zebra, giraffe, impala, waterbucks, klipspringer ( on the cliffs), leopards, warthogs, mongoose.

      • Profusion Of Birdlife

Over 390 species of birds have been recorded in Lake Manyara National Park is a perfect bird watcher’s paradise. The star of this afivauna are the large flocks of pink feathered flamingos on the lake shores. The availability of geothermal heated hot-springs makes it possible for the green algae, spiralina (food of flamingos) to thrive. Other wanders (water birds) to be found on the lake shores are pelicans, storks, jacanas, egrets, plovers, ducks and geese. Elephants and other mammals do visit the forest too.

  • Cultural Tourism Programs

    A another attraction in Lake Manyara is the Mto wa Mbu, a multi-ethnic with lively colourful markets and thriving cultural tourism programmes. The central market is quite impressive with all the local produce including the Masai beads and shukas. The cultural tourism programe includes visits to shambas (Farms). This visits the local farms where you will witness and even participate in making of banana beer (mbege). Other excursions from Mto wa Mbu includes hikes to Lake Miwaleni, Balaa Hill or Njoro hotsprings. Canoeing is also available on the west side of the lake when the water is high.

    Open Air Market

    If you happen to be around on 22 of any month, visit the mnada, the animal auction market which attracts buyers from all over the country.

What to do in Lake Manyara National Park?

Lake Manyara National Park activities, what to do in Lake Manyara National Park, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara National Park Activities

The most popular, top 10 activities in Lake Manyara National Park Are:-

  • Game drives. Game drives are best undertaken in the morning and evening. However you can go opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunches
  • Excursions to the hotsprings and lake shores
  • Nature walks. Nature walks are conducted by local guides from your lodges
  • Bird walks/ warching
  • Sundowners/ sunset watch meals and drinks – romantic samptous meals served with sparkling drinks in the most scenic locations as the sun sinks in the horizon is an experience never to be missed. Most of the facilities do offer these on request
  • Picnics
  • Night game drives
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Bush breakfasts/ dinners
  • Camping – camping is available in the public and special campsites. Unlike public campsites, there is nothing special in Special campsites. Special campsites are do it yourself and lack amenities like toilets, showers, kitchens
  • Swimming most of the lodges have fitness centers that feature swimming pools
  • Mice- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibition facilities are available in the lodges
  • Cultural tourism programs to Mto wa Mbu and Karatu
  • Wildebeest migration
  • Campfires are meeting or gatherings open to all guests. At the campfire ground is a big fire to keep the guests warm as they dance, tell stories and jokes, drink and exchange contact. Yes most of the campfires feature campfire bar where guests can order drinks. It is a lovely experience never to be missed
  • Health and spa in massage parlours
  • Wining and dining with numerous avenues and opportunities to sample local cuisine
Wildebeest Migration

Every year, in the months of July August and September, over 1.7 million wildebeests accompanied by about 800,000 gazelles and Zebras migrate from Serengeti into Maasai (Masai) Mara and back. The river crossings are particularly dangerous as large crocodile lie in wait of unsuspecting animals, killing and maiming thousands of them. Besides predation, migrating herds have to contend with flooded rivers and disease outbreaks. The wildebeest mate in Maasai Mara and Calve in Serengeti.

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The annual wildebeest migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including human beings. Picture a never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.

Where are the Wildebeest? Maasai (Masai) Mara or Serengeti? The Migration Cycle:-

The migration follows a clockwise direction dictated by the rain patterns in the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The Migration has been going on for as long as our ancestors can remember and where it started is debatable. The best times to view migration in Serengeti is December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August to November. Between December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over half a million calves annually. April and May still in Serengeti the calves matures and gets ready for migration. June is the month of crossing Grumeti River along the Northern Corridor towards Maasai Mara. In July/August, the herds cross the Mara River into Maasai (Masai) Mara, where mating takes place. By November the succulent grass in Mara is finished and the migrating herds heads for Serengeti where curving will take place and the entire cycle starts all over again.

Lake Manyara National Park Getting There

Lake Manyara is accessible to visitors from all over the world. One can drive or fly to Lake Manyara from Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Dodoma.

Lake Manyara National Park Gates

Remember the rule is that you should enter the park through official gates.

Lake Manyara National Park Accommodation/ Lodges/ Tented Camps and Public Campsites:

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There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Serengeti varying from the luxury eco-lodges to basic campsites.-

  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC);USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC)

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    USD 161PP HS (01JAN-31MAR/01JUN- 31OCT/16-31DEC; USD 130PP LS (15MAR-31MAY/01NOV- 31DEC .

  • Kirurumu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Hotel

    USD 271 PP HS (01Jan-31Mar/01JUN – 31Oct/16-31Dec; USD 174 PP LS (15Mar-31May/01Nov – 31Dec

  • Migunga Forest Camp

    USD 316 PP Ps (01Jan-28Feb/ 01Jul 31Oct /22-31Dec); USD 251 PP Ps1(01-30JUN); USD 184 PP HS(01MAR-31MAR/JUN/ 01NOV-21DEC);USD 130 PP LS(01APR – 31MAY)

  • Lulimac Lake Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 162 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Octagon Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Eileen’s Trees Inn

    USD PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Flamingo Safari Lodge Karatu

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 230 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Karatu Tented Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

  • Burudika Manyara Lodge

    USD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC) .

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

September 25, 2012

Meru National Park Kenya-Accommodation Lodges, Hotels Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions.

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

Meru National Park is paradise, an adventure destination for wildlife safaris and adventures, sight-seeing, camping and relaxation. The Elsa story is the bait that draws visitors to the park.  It is an adventure fantasy of how two conservationists raised up the lion cabs, weaned them to maturity, the straggle and the suspense that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild.  Described as a complete wilderness,  Meru National Park is a beautiful paradise that has attracted visitor from all the corners of the globe.  Also called Elsa’s Country, Meru National Park is a destination of choice for nature and culture lovers and features a Rhino Rhino Sanctuary.  Leopard Rock LodgeElsa’s Kopje LodgeIkweta Safari Camp ,  Meru Mulika Lodge, Kiina Guest House, Off Beat Campsite, and Meru Rhino River Camp,  provide accommodation in the Park. KWS Bandas include Bwatherongi, Murera and Kinna.  Security has been beefed up security and access roads repaired.

Location:

The Park is located in Meru Country in Kenya’s Eastern Province below the eastern slopes of Nyambene Hills.  The Park lies 85 Km east of Meru town .  It is managed by  Kenya wildlife service on behalf of the Central Government.

The larger Meru conservation area is a cultural melting pot and the success of the Park depends on the generosity of the local communities. To the west of the park on the slopes of Nyambene hills are the agricultural Meru with hectares of Miraa (Catha edulis)   Tea and Coffee .  Other communities bordering the park are Kamba ,the Borana and Orma pastoralists.   A visit to the Park is not only about the big five experience but also a good opportunity to meet and interact with these communities, learn about their culture with long traditions of conservation. Always bear in mind that without their sacrifice, there would be no Meru Park.

Meru can be visited throughout the year.  A visit to the Park is best combined with the nearby attractions.  These include Mt Kenya National Park, Lewa Down, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, Sweet Waters game sanctuary.  Just email us and let us organize a wonderful safari to these places including Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Lake Nakuru Combinations.

 Accommodation Meru National Park:- Meru National Park Lodges

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

Meru National Park is a holiday destination of choice for nature lovers and features a Rhino Sanctuary.  Making it a home away from home are diverse accommodation facilities to cater for different categories of travelers.

Luxury Accommodation In Meru National Park

Rhino River Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge, Elsa’s Kopje Lodge , Meru Mulika Lodge, Off Beat Campsite provide  luxury accommodation in the Park.  Luxury accommodation facilities rates vary between USD 300 per person to USD 600 PP per night. 

Mid Range Accommodation in Meru National Park

Mid range facilities are located outside Meru National Park include Ikweta Safari Camp and Murera River Camp.

Ikweta Safari Camp (USD 150 Double FB)

Ikweta Safari Camp is the only mid range facility providing full board services. Ikweta Safari Camp is located just two kilometres outside of Murera Gate.  Ikweta Safari Camp features Ten (10) spacious tents thatched in makuti and tastefully decorated in Safari-style and with high quality furniture including either twin or double beds. Excellent meals prepared from the freshest local produce. Large swimming pool and other amenities.

KINNA Guesthouse ( High Season- Apr, Aug, Dec USD 300; Rest of the year USD 250 for entire House).  Resident Rates KES 18000 High season; KES 15000).  Built by the First Warden Mr. Peter Jenkins in the1960s, the guesthouse is 20Km from Murera gate and less than a kilometer from Kinna Airstrip. The guest house has total capacityof 10 pax.

Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, What to do

May 2, 2012

Often referred to as a complete wilderness,  Meru National Park is a perfect holiday retreat for wildlife safaris and adventures,  sight seeing, camping and relaxation. Meru National Park is often referred to as the Elsa’s Country.

Meru National Park Attractions, Activities, Safaris, Things to do.

Meru National Park Attractions

The Elsa story is the bait that draws visitors to the park.  It is an adventure fantasy of how two conservationist raised up the lion cabs, weaned them to maturity, the struggle and the suspense that follow as they try to introduce it to the wild.  While Adamson insists that Elsa is a tame domestic cat unlikely to survive in the wild, Joy insists that SHE was born free and must be allowed to live free, hence the name born free and living free.  By and by Joy prevails and the cat is released to the wild where she successfully is integrate into the wild prides and is able to bring up her own cabs.  We can positively argue that her descendants form some of the present day prides in Meru Park.  Upon her death, George buried Elsa in Meru National Park.  Her grave a monument not to be missed by any visitor to the park. Besides the lion cabs, Joy also brought up a cheetah cab named Pipa.  Pipa’s grave is also clearly marked attraction in Meru Park.


The tragic end of the two conservationists was an anti climax of sorts. Joy was murdered in Meru Park and her ashes were scattered within the park.  George was also murdered in Kora National Park is buried there. Adam’s home (Kampi Ya Simba) is an attraction on its own.

Wildlife Nirvana

In the earlier days, Meru was world famous for its large number of wildlife attributed to its agreeable climate.  With 14 permanent rivers, the park is a paradise compared to other parks in the region.  Receiving over 760mm of rainfall, the park is ever green and attracts large numbers of resident animals.  However the intensive poaching of late 70’s and early 80’s completely decimated the park’s herds of elephants, rhinos and other big mammals reducing it to a lifeless shell.  The devastation was so intense that lodges closed down.

Restocking and back to glory

The restocking of Meru NP has earned its place in the history of conservation.  It is the largest big mammal trans location in the human history in terms of intensity, the numbers  involved, the species and more so the size of animals.  It was a day and night affair that saw whole families of elephants were trans located from larger Laikipia region to Meru NP.  Besides elephants, rhinos have been re-introduced. Others translocated to the park were grevy Zebras and reticulated giraffes.

Today you are likely to see all the big five in Meru Park.  Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, zebras, giraffe, lions, hippos, reedbucks, hartebeests, gazelles, baboons, impalas.  In the rivers are crocodiles and hippos.  Reptiles are well represented with cobras, pythons.

472 species of bird have been recorded including Somali ostrich, weavers, starlings, mannikins, guinea fowls, rollers,

Another attractions is the beautiful landscape. Mt Kenya is clearly visible from the park.  Also one can go exploring Mt Kilimanjeru.

Things to do in Meru National Park

“Attractions determine what to do in any destination. Meru park  is about exclusivity.  Bird Watching, Picnics, Camping, Wildlife Safaris, Adventure and Cultural safaris can all be organized. Game and bird watching are best undertaken in the morning and evening.  Nature walks, rafting and fishing can be organized along Tana River.  Afternoons are best spent on cultural tours, fishing, rafting or just relaxing at the hotel swimming pools.”

Day break brings relieve to diurnals (day active) for its a privilege to be alive.  At that time you are also likely to see the nocturnal (night actives) going to their dens.  This is the best time to witness hunting.  Night game drives are not available in Meru Park. However these can be enjoyed in nearby private ranch of Sweet Waters.

Bird watching is a big attraction in Meru park. With over 427 species recorded, its a bird watcher’s paradise. Best time to watch is at dawn or at dusk.   Bring your binoculars and field guides.

The former home of the Adamsons-Joy and George and Elsa the lioness is a big crowd puller to the park.  Many visitors also visit the graves of Pipa ( the cheetah) and Elsa. 

Visits to the rhino sanctuary.

Canoeing and fishing in Tana River

Visit to the duo baobabs- the mau mau hideout.

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Gorilla Tracking Uganda | Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Hiking Safaris 4 days

April 24, 2012

 

Mother gorilla with twin babies

Gorilla Tracking Uganda | Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Hiking Safaris 4 days.

Gorilla Tracking/ Trekking Uganda 4 days

Gorilla tracking is a clean (eco friendly), multi million dollar adventure with immense economic benefits to the local community, without which the mountain gorilla conservation would be a liability.  Rules and regulations have been put in place for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse environmental impacts. Besides these rules and regulations guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas.  This daily adventure has made the mountain gorilla one of the most expensive animals though not in league of the teddy bears.

The 4 days gorilla tracking adventures in Uganda takes place Bwindi Forest national Park and Mgahinga National Park. The tour also includes visits to the Batwa communities who have contributed much to the conservation of Gorillas.   Guests depart Entebbe or Kampala on day 1 and return on day 4.

Price From USD 1960 per person sharing for budget travellers to USD 3452 per person sharing for luxury option

Itinerary

DAY 1:Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park.
You will be picked form your hotel by our representative and driven to the western part of Uganda. Lunch en-route and proceed viewing a remarkable scenic view of the well terraced vegetations and long-horned cattle. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 2: First Gorilla tracking Adventure.
Have early morning breakfast and head to the park headquarters to be briefed about the “dos and don’ts” while with the gorillas. You will then penetrate through the impenetrable Bwindi forest in search of the gentle giants. This may take about 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Have a maximum of one hour with the gorillas taking observations, photographs, and watching them feed or playing around. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 3: Second Gorilla Tracking.
After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing with your packed lunch. Here you are going back into the impenetrable this time to search for another gorilla group with absolutely different characters and ways of living. Later in the evening, you will then go for a cultural walk in the Batwa (Pygmies) community to see the local brewers, traditional healers, and cultural performances. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Mist Lodge (Mid-Range) or Wagtail Eco-Lodge (Budget).

DAY 4: Departure.
Take your breakfast and drive back to Kampala. You will have lunch en-route in Mbarara town. Make a stopover at the equator for photography and proceed for your flight back home.

Email us rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

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Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris

March 28, 2012

Lake Nakuru National Park Lodges | Accommodation Hotels | Tented camps Safaris.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park  or  Game Park is an ornithological paradise located two hours drive, 156 Kilometers west of Nairobi on the floor of Rift valley.  The park dates back to 1961 when the southern park of the lake was gazetted as a bird to protect the “greatest bird (ornithological) spectacle on earth“, for the future generations.  In 1964, the whole of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary.  in 1968, the Lake Nakuru shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2.  In 1990 Lake Nakuru Game Park  is a  designated a Ramsar site–  for protection of an important international wetland.

Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National is diverse to cater for different categories of visitors.  Visitors have a choice of either sleeping inside the park or outside the park.  Inside the park, there are two safari lodges, one tented camp, a private house , Kws bandas and public campsites.   The two safari lodges in the park are Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Lodge.  The two facilities offer mid range to luxury accommodation to their guests.  The only truly mid range property in the park is the Flamingo Hills Tented Camp.  Kws bandas and campsites offer budget alternatives to locals and tourists alike. Nakuru town has both mid range and budget hotels to cater for visitors.

Lake Nakuru National Park Safaris

Lake Nakuru National Park  is a premier tourism destination attracting diverse visitors of different backgrounds and with differing interests. It is the best place to see flamingoes, leopards and rhinos.   Nature lovers from all over the world congregate in the park for relaxation and adventure.  With over 450 species of birds identified, the home of flamingoes is an undisputed ornithological Paradise.  A two nights stay will give you enough time to enjoy the numerous activities on offer-game drives, bird watching, nature walks.  The greatest crowd puller is the annual Cycle With The Rhino Festival.  Lake Nakuru can be visited within a day from Nairobi(See 1 day Lake Nakuru Excursion, 2 Days 1 Night Lake Nakuru Safari) .  A combination of safaris enables one to visit both lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Parks (see Nairobi Lake Nakuru Naivasha Maasai Mara 4 days 3 nights.)

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

January 25, 2012

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions.

Meru National Park Lodges Hotels | Kenya Game Safaris | Car Hire Attractions

The Park is located in Meru Country in Kenya’s Eastern Province below the eastern slopes of Nyambene Hills.  The Park lies 85 Km east of Meru town .  It is managed by  Kenya wildlife service on behalf of the Central Government.

 

The larger Meru conservation area is a cultural melting pot and the success of the Park depends on the generosity of the local communities. To the west of the park on the slopes of Nyambene hills are the agricultural Meru with hectares of Miraa (Catha edulis)   Tea and Coffee .  Other communities bordering the park are Kamba ,the Borana and Orma pastoralists.   A visit to the Park is not only about the big five experience but also a good opportunity to meet and interact with these communities, learn about their culture with long traditions of conservation. Always bear in mind that without their sacrifice, there would be no Meru Park.

Meru National Park can be visited throughout the year.  A visit to the Park is best combined with the nearby attractions.  These include the national parks of  Mt Kenya National ParkSamburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, Sweet Waters game sanctuary

Meru National Park can easily be combined with the private ranches of Laikipia, including Borana, Lewa, Ol Ari Nyiro, Lekurruki, Il Ngwsei, Ol Pejeta, Sweet Waters, El Karama,  Ole Lentille, Ol Malo, Loisaba, Mugie.    The ranches feature luxury private houses and eco-lodges of international acclaim.  The local community Eco-lodges in these ranches  include –Il Ngwesi, Borana and Tassia.  Other facilities include Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa House, Ol Pejeta Ranch House, Sweet Waters Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Elephant Watch, Laragai,  Mutamaiyu House, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Sabuk Lodge, Mukutan Retreat, Makena’s Hill, El Karama Bandas, Rutundu Log Cabins, Koija star beds, The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille and many others.