- The parcs
Regarding the parcs, see websites like:
If I can suggest something, I think it is indeed best to visit the nature parcs first, eventually with a visit to Nairobi National Park and the Orphanages (see below). These parcs are not only very exciting but also very tiring. After that, it is wonderful to come and stay and rest on the coast (f.e. in my beach house). In terms of parks, the Masai Mara National Reserve and even better the Conservancies North of it, are absolutely a must.
The other parks are splendid, but nothing compared to the Masai Mara. In the Mara, you will definitely see all the animals you can imagine in large numbers and at close range (lions at few meters for example !). There are two exceptions that I can recommend:
- Lake Nakuru Park, which is renowned for its flamingos, but also hippos and rhinos, etc..
- Mount Kenya national Park as well as the Aberdares (see websites) are fantastic additions to the Masai Mara.
- Hell’s Gate National Park. This Park is situated on your way to the Masai Mara and the Lake Nakuru Park
2. In Nairobi:
Giraffe Centre: www.giraffecentre.org
Elephant Orphanage: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
Nairobi National Parc: www.kws.go.ke/parks/nairobi-national-park
Starting from my Beach House (the Red House Vipingo) There are a number of touristic places in the neighbourhood of the house. We can help you to organise visits to neighbouring villages, tradtional dances, etc..
There are a number of snorkling gears in the house you can use for snorkling in the Coral Reef in front of the house.
When you go elsewhere the agents that organise snorkling tours have the snorkling gear always included. For deep sea diving, you have again to go to the specialized agents as they have
also the gear. It comes normally in a package (for boat and gear).
There a number of marine parks close to my house in Vipingo: Malindi (1 hour), Watamu (45 minutes), Mtwapa (15 minutes), Mombasa (40 minutes) and Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve (1.5 hour). They show more species of fish than my own coralreef in front of my house.
A bit further are the National Parcs of Tsavo East and Tsavo West. For all the parcs (land and marine) and other activities at the Coast, try also the websitewww.tripadvisor.com
Closeby to the house is also the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, between Kilifi and Watamu. There is also a Mangrove walk in that area.
South of Mombasa are the Shimba hills National Reserve- branded as “Paradise of the Sable Antelope is about 75 minutes, but sometimes the ferry in Mombasa has delays.