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Situated near the Tanzania border at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya's most popular national parks and a UNESCO Man & the Biosphere Reserve. Here, visitors have the chance to meet indigenous Maasai, marvel at majestic, 18,652-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, and encounter over 600 species of birds and a wide range of animals, including: cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, rhino, wildebeest, and zebra.
Dominated by gentle hills, open bush, dense woodlands, and shimmering waterfalls, Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley is famous for the one million pink flamingos that feed in its alkaline waters, as well as for its populations of hippos, zebras, Rothschild giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, water buffalo, pythons, baboons, and over 400 species of birds. The lake was established as a national park in 1961 and as a rhino sanctuary in 1983. Today, the Kenya sanctuary has over 30 black and 70 white rhinoceros.
Considered one of Africa's finest wildlife reserves, Kenya's Maasai Mara is home to rolling grasslands, the tall, red-robed Maasai people, and abundant wildlife, with panoramic landscapes that inspired films such as Out of Africa. Here, visitors may encounter the "Big 9"-buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, leopard, lion, rhino, and zebra, as well as hyena, jackal, mongoose, baboon and other primates, warthog, antelope, and crocodile.
Dubbed the "Safari Capital of the World," cosmopolitan Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. Popular attractions here include Nairobi National Park, one of Kenya's thriving rhino sanctuaries and home to giraffe, zebra, ostrich, baboon, cheetah, and lion; Nairobi National Museum; Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa; the Giraffe Center, founded to protect the endangered Rothschild's Giraffe; and Bomas of Kenya, a village showcasing the rich cultures of Kenya's various tribal groups.
One of the more remote national parks, central Kenya's Samburu sits serenely along the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Rift Valley, a magnet for wildlife from the surrounding savannah. Among the frequently sighted animals are the "Samburu Special Five"-Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and the beisa oryx, as well as lion, cheetah, the elusive leopard, elephant, African wild dog, a huge population of Nile crocodile, over 450 species of birds, and the endangered pancake tortoise. Popular activities include the opportunity to visit a local Samburu village and experience the colorful native culture in its traditional setting.
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