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Western Kenya

Lions in Maasai Mara
  Maasai Mara National Reserve – Maasai Mara is the main game park in Kenya, and is a must see. Maasai Mara is part of a huge grassland that extends down to the Serengeti Plain next door in Tanzania. The savanna is home to hyenas, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, gazelles and lions – such a wealth of animals, it’s just amazing for kids!
Lion footprints
    The reserve is huge, and you’ll either want to book a tour, or go on the morning and evening game drives organized by your hotel. (Driving on your own through the park isn’t recommended, as you won’t know where the animals are.) There are lodges and tented cabins throughout the reserve (book your accommodation well in advance).
    Spend about three days (two nights) in Maasai Mara. Remember, this is not a place where you can wander around on your own (except within the hotel complex).
      To get to Maasai Mara, fly from Nairobi (it’s a long drive and there’s not much to see on the way). From the plane, there are great aerial views of the landscape.
  Kakamega Forest – Visit this forest reserve to explore the native rainforest of East Africa. You can walk through the forest paths (the trees are filled with monkeys and giant squirrels), but hire a naturalist guide, who will be able to spot those hard to see birds in the trees and little chameleons on the forest floor. There are also nighttime walks to see bushbabies, fruit bats and other nocturnal animals.
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    Tip: Bring along binoculars for everyone in the family, so you can really zoom in on each animal. There are inexpensive binoculars, lightweight and portable, kids can have their own pair (and if something happens to them, it's not a big deal).
kids books wildlife  kenya
Water Hole Waiting
Jane Kurtz, Christopher Kurtz, Lee Christiansen

It’s a hot sizzling day, but thirsty vervet monkeys wait to take their turn at the water hole, letting the yawning hippos, grazing zebras, thundering elephants and galumpfing giraffes go first, until the sun sinks, and evening arrives. (Picture book)



Go on safari to look for lion, elephant, leopard, zebra, giraffe, kudu, baboons, and white rhino. Assemble the eight different safari animals and set them up in a stunning diorama! (Activity book)


Rain - kids books Kenya  
Manya Stojic

Animals of the parched savannah sense the rain is coming – zebras see the lightning, baboons hear the thunder, the rhino feels the first drop, and it rains until every water hole is full. Colorful, bold illustrations and irresistible animals, especially the rhino in the squelchy mud. (Picture book)


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