Where Safaris Began
Kenya was one of the first countries in Africa to develop what we know today as a safari, and today tourism accounts for most of the country's GDP, followed by the export of coffee, tea, and flowers. The Eastern Rift Valley cuts through Kenya and houses huge soda lakes, volcanoes, flocks of flamingos, and dramatic scenery, making Kenya one of the most photogenic countries in all of Africa. The wildlife is also superb and includes the great wildebeest and zebra migrations that come up from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara. Dry Samburu in the north is famous for its big game as well as its desert species such as the gerenuk antelope, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, and Grevy's zebra. In the South lies Amboseli National Park, where you will see swamps and savannas, some of Africa's largest tusker elephants, and the most classic scenes of Africa and Kilimanjaro.