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Friday, 11 October 2013

Tour Africa's Upcoming Solar Eclipse in Lake Turkana


Kenya is a great natural beauty country in Africa. It is a safari destination where holidays are enjoyable, memorable and lifetime experience. It offers magnificent National Parks & Reserves with different species of wildlife living in their natural habitat; there are areas not fully explored and the opportunity to get off the beaten track away from the crowds.

The wide open spaces that stretch as far as the eye can see are breath-taking. The variety of wilderness areas including, National Parks & Reserves and private ranches & conservation areas offer you the freedom to step out of your safari vehicle and enjoy a variety of activities. The opulent forests, majestic mountains, breath-taking scenery, birdlife, ethnic cultures, fresh water lakes, beach holidays, favourable climate and warm hospitality of the people, all add up to make our country the best holiday destination.

At Kenya’s far Northern frontier lies one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Turkana is a massive inland sea, the largest desert lake in the world; it is widely known as the Jade Sea, because of the remarkable, almost luminous, colour of its waters. Turkana has one of the longest living histories on earth its unique geographical features, the richness of the surrounding traditional peoples and their cultures, notwithstanding the abundance of fossils especially hominid fossils, that earned it the name 'The `Cradle of Mankind' which has contributed more to the understanding of paleo-environments than any other site on the continent.

On November 3rd 2013, few countries will experience the viewing of the total solar eclipse, Kenya being one of them.  The umbral path of totality will traverse over equatorial Gabon in Western Africa, Congo, Uganda, Kenya and finally Ethiopia in the Northern part of Kenya in Turkana. One will witness a 14- 22 seconds sunset total eclipse of the Sun by the shores of Lake Turkana in a desert landscape. This will be the prime location to capture this wonderful display of nature in her magnificence. The largely conducive atmospheric conditions and meteorological records indicate a high percentage of clear skies during this event with the total eclipse expected late afternoon when both sun and moon are approaching the horizon. Turkana has been the site of past eclipses and the skies have always been clear.

The identified location for the best view in Kenya is at the heart of the Koobi Fora situated within Sibiloi National Park a World Heritage Site, and known as the Cradle of Mankind the best chance of clear skies along the entire eclipse track through Africa from which to experience this amazing phenomenon. Tourists‐ both local and international will have the chance to experience world‐class desert safaris while visiting the Cradle of Humankind (Northern Tourist Circuit).

To witness such an event is a singularly memorable experience which cannot be conveyed adequately through words or photographs and combined with this unique safari touching the most beautiful parks of Kenya and the rich culture of pokot, Samburu and finally the Turkana people and the El Molo the country’s smallest tribe, live as hunter-gatherer existence on the shores, in villages of distinctive rounded thatched huts, it’s a once in a life time travel adventure! 
 Some of the attractions include;
  • An elephant fossil dating 1.7 million year 
  • Archaic Kenyan forest that has been fortified for preservations – 12.8 million years old, among other things.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Destination Maasai Mara - Kenya; come with me...

Visit Maasai Mara for a spectacular view of the wild animals; the trip starts from Nairobi all the way to Maasai Mara. Apart from the journey you will enjoy the scenery down the rift alley. As you approach Mai Mahu escarpment you will stop at viewpoint and have a glimpse of Mount Longonot. You will be driven through the plains to Narok town on your way to Maasai Mara.
Eight(8) seater minivan

DAY 01 NAIROBI – MAASAI MARA
At 0730 hrs All time safaris tour guide will pick you from your hotel and head off towards the Maasai Mara, Kenya's most famous Game Reserve. The approximate time of arrival into Olmoran Tented camp or similar category is 1230hrs for Lunch at the camp. (This is the camp you have been booked into) You will rest till 1600hrs; where your driver/guide will take you for your first game viewing drive in this magnificent reserve. At 1830hrs, you will return to the tented camp after your game drive. Overnight at Olmoran Tented camp; the meal arrangement will be Full Board – Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.

DAY 02 MAASAI MARA
This morning at 0600hrs, you will be woken up to a lovely African sunrise and at the lobby coffee, tea and cookies will be ready for you. At 0630 hrs, drive off to another adventurous safari drive in search of wild animals. At 0830hrs you will return to the lodge / tented camp for a full buffet breakfast.   Morning at leisure and at 1230 hrs Lunch will be served in the restaurant after which the guests will have time to rest before the evening safari. And at 1600 hrs you will be taken for another exciting evening safari in search of the "big five" The big five are the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and the buffalo. At 1830 hrs after the game drive you will be driven back to the lodge / camp. Overnight at Olmoran Tented camp; meals arrangement on Full Board

DAY 03 MAASAI MARA – DEPART FOR NAIROBI
Early breakfast at the camp at 0630hrs after breakfast you will be assisted to check out and your professional driver/guide will drive you back to Nairobi. Approximate time of arrival into Nairobi 1300hrs drop off at your hotel or at Jomo Kenyatta airport.
End of services provided by All Time Safaris for a two nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve.

MAASAI MARA
Maasai Mara covering an area of over 1,500 square km, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment...

The swampy land provides more access to water and less access to tourists. The eastern end is closest to Nairobi and hence easier to access by tourists. The Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas.


There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Other game includes hippopotami, cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox.

The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November. However wildebeest are by far the dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara. Their numbers are estimated in the millions.

The Great Migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s Gazelle, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.
Wildebeest attackeb by crocodile crossing the river

Friday, 8 February 2013

Maasai Mara the Seventh Wonder of the World

Maasai Mara is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, situated in southwest Kenya. It lies in the Great Rift Valley, breath taking scenery which stretches through Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the obscure distance. Famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people; well known for their distinctive custom and dress; it is without a doubt that one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations.
 
The Maasai Mara is magnificent, home to Kenya's richest concentration of wildlife, and regarded by many travelers as an essential stop on any tour of Africa and often admits that the Masai Mara is one of their favorite places.  When westerners think of Africa and safari, this is the place they imagine - golden grassland plains pocked with acacia, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and jackals bound together by the cycle of life and death.
Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq. km (580 sq. miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of the distinctive acacia trees. It’s about 270 km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road and 40-45 minutes by flight.

The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. Perhaps it is because of the 'big skies', the open savannahs, the romance of films like 'Out of Africa' and certainly because of the annual wildebeest migration, the density of game, the variety of birdlife and the chance of a hot air balloon ride. A combination of all these things plus something to do with the spirit of the place - which is hard to put into words - is what attracts people to the Mara over and over. 
 
There are four types of topography in the Maasai Mara
  • Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game especially migrating wildebeest. 
  • Ngama Hills to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by black rhino. 
  • Central Plains forming the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling grasslands favoured by the plains game. 
  • Oloololo Escarpment forming the western boundary and rising to a magnificent plateau.
Best time to visit Maasai Mara
The months of December - March and July - October have very pleasant weather and are by far the best months to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve. April through June is also good months but might be rainy or cool. July to October is dry and the grass is long and lush after the rains. This is a good time to come and see the huge herds of migratory herbivores.

The Great Wildebeest Migration in Maasai Mara

Monday, 14 January 2013

North Rift Tourist circuit - Alltime Safaris welcomes you to the beauty and culture of Keiyo People


Welcome to Keiyo! The land of ravine, the landscape is breathtaking stretching from Metkei to Iten. Waterfalls cascade over the gigantic escarpment and provide beautiful scenery viewed from the roads that meander across the valley, from Kabarnet in Baringo to Iten in high bird’s eye view. You will be in a position to see the escarpment from top of the hill.
The lavish canopy of acacia trees around the Kerio Valley, chirping birds, wildlife and three different weather patterns combines beauty with a rich agricultural and cultural heritage.
The climate ranges from the cold of Iten to heat of Cheplooch and the moderate temperatures in the valley itself. Elgeyo-Marakwet County is a major attraction site in North rift that everyone is invited to visit throughout the year.
The weather around the valley can be cool and breezy in the mornings and evenings but often turns hot and windy for most of the afternoons.
Kerio Valley, one of the landmark features of the Great Rift, descends 4,000 ft, and is near the towns of Kabarnet, Fluorspar. (Kenya Fluorspar Mining Company, which has been operating in the region for years, is the only one in East and Central Africa exporting fluoride minerals to Europe and the Far East), Eldoret and Iten, about 500km from Nairobi.
Tourists will experience an aesthetic beauty and sporting heritage which have made the county a cut above the rest of tourists’ sites. There is a very beautiful landscape and historical sites like the natural caves where the people used to hide during cattle rustling, beautiful camping sites, and athletic training sites because of the high altitude in Kamariny areas adjacent to Keiyo view hotel. Athletes have exhibited in seeking training opportunities in the high altitude areas. The windy weather between January and March make the region one of the world’s favourite paragliding zones.
Kerio Valley is where world class runners live and train, but it also attracts townspeople who go camping. Because of the topography and altitude, sports have found the place ideal for bicycle racing, watching the safari rally and for paragliding; the best spots in the world and it will be harnessed soon
One can choose to look to areas other than the Coast where white sandy beaches, sunshine and warm temperatures are the main attractions; tourists will have every reason to visit into this striking vicinity.
The region is conducive for the sport because the skies are clear and we do not have many aircraft flying over the valley, and gliders can ascend thousands of feet without a worry
Tourists lounging in the breezy gardens sit for hours watching paragliders take to the skies and try out some daring stunts. Besides the valley’s scenic grandeur, the region also offers the cultural heritage of the Kalenjin sub tribes of the Keiyo and Marakwet. Cultural tourists get a chance to taste traditional delicacies such as mursik (sour milk), boiled and peppered meat, and the community’s special honey beer.
For visitors, resorts such as Kerio View, Lelin Camp, Sego Lodge, AIC Cheptebo Conference Centre. A tour of the county would be incomplete without a visit to the Rimoi Game Reserve home to thousands of species of Rift Valley’s flora and fauna; the reserve boasts a variety of animals including elephants, buffalos and dikdiks. There are also impalas, monkeys, baboons, and different birds alongside crocodiles in the Kerio River.

Keiyo Valley stretches to the Hills of Cherangani along
Rimoi Game Reserve

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Scenic Lake Bogoria National Reserve - The Boiling Point

The re known Hot Springs and Geysers of Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Kenya is one of Africa’s great tourism destinations, with wildlife being one of the richest and most diverse tourist attractions in the continent.Apart from wildlife, Kenya is known for its diversity of landscape, cultures, and sweeping savannas to tropical beaches and coral reef, dense equatorial forests to mighty snow capped mountains and more, the country is a world unto itself.

The country with vibrant tourism industry and it has developed it into second largest economic sector after agriculture, is visited by over one million tourists annually .This is thanks to long history of the efforts in wildlife conservation and emergence of laws controlling hunting methods and trade in wildlife which date back to 1898.

In the past, Lake Bogoria in Baringo County, which is today recognized as world heritage and Ramsar site, was called Hannington after a Bishop who explored the area.