Kenya is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Attracting millions of tourists over the past few years, Kenya’s second largest source of foreign exchange income following agriculture has seen a major boost in the last year. A large portion of our tourism centers on safaris and tours of our greatest national parks and game reserves. From the exciting terrain of the Tsavo National Park to a leisure gam drive in the Nairobi national park; the only national ark located within a capital city, to water boarding and surfing along the white sandy beaches of the coast, the country has by far one of the most diverse offers of entertainment, leisure and adventure in the world.
Behind some of these amazing adventures is the Kenya Wildlife Services. The Kenya Wildlife Services not only manages most of the National Parks and reserves in the country, but also enforces related laws and regulations in ensuring the protection and management of biodiversity in the country. And in the Valentine craze, they have not been left behind.
Dubbed the ‘Love’s Gone Wild this February’ campaign, the organization is running this Valentine’s campaign to mobilize people into visiting their numerous National Parks and Game Reserves in the country as well as enabling them to utilize their facilities over the valentine’s period.
In addition to this, their long-term goal is to increase more domestic tourism not just over this month but moving forward. The campaign hashtag for the period will be #LoveGoneWild and this will also see various people from the country not only getting to experience the diverse magnificence and beauty that Kenya has to offer, but also be treated to hampers and giveaways to participants who engage in their #LoveGoneWild campaign. The campaign is also set on helping people express their love to those who matter to them with the participants who have the most creative messages being presented with secret hamper giveaways.
Who said love should only be expressed in flowers, teddy bears and chocolates?
Treat your spouse, lover or even friends and family to the amazing offers brought to you by the Kenya Wildlife Service this Valentine’s.
Where else can you spend your valentine’s day with your loved one?
1. Chyulu Hills National Park: Located near the Tsavo National Park, Chyulu Hills is home to the Leviathan cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the world and with various bird and animal species which surround the almost 100 kilometer long volcanic field.
2. Tsavo East National Park: with over 13,747 square kilometers of wild terrain and beautiful wildlife, Tsavo East is one of the oldest and largest arks in Kenya. It is considered a stronghold in biodiversity due to the presence of the ‘big five along with other vast amounts of wildlife. Having visited the park more times than I can count, I could not fail to recommend it for the rich diversity and culture, especially with the story of the ‘man-eating’ lions who terrorized and killed the construction crews who were then building the railway to Kisumu in 1898.
3. Tsavo West National Park: home to the Mzima springs, one of Tsavo’s most popular wildlife attractions owing to its ability to sustain not only the park’s wildlife consisting mainly of hippos and Nile crocodiles but also supplying up to 20 million litres a day to parts of Voi and the south coast.
4. The Aberdare National Park: Situated almost 100km from Nairobi, the park boasts with one of the most diverse species of birds and mammals in the country. What’s even more impressive is the rare sightings of the African golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. With facilities including the famous ‘the ark’ – which is built in the shape of an ark and the Treetops tree-house lodge which are both excellent for nighttime wildlife viewing, the Aberdare National Park is nothing short of activities for both spouses and family members.
5. Lake Nakuru National Park: This Park is mostly known for its vast quantity of flamingos that gloriously line the shore especially due to the lake’s abundance in algae that attracts the flamingos. The flamingos are mostly best seen from the Baboon Cliff. It is also a sanctuary that has been set aside to protect giraffes, white and black rhinos especially with the high rate of poaching in the continent
Here are some of the offers and activities being provided by some of the National Parks.
Both inclusive of park entry 9:00 am Pick up/Drop off point Nyeri Main Post Office
*People should carry packed lunch.
2. Free Camping Tents: There will be free camping tents for bookings made between 10-13th Feb at the following parks:
Hell’s Gate, Shimba Hills, Tsavo West and Ol Donyo Sabuk National Parks. The package will include the following:
• 2-person camping tent
• Camping fees for 2 pax for 1 night
• Park entry
• Offer is only valid on a first come first serve basis
• Offer only valid 10th-13th Feb 2016
3. 15% discount: The following bandas and self-catering will have offers at a 15% discount:
In addition to this, the Nairobi Safari Walk facility whose showcase of the country’s rich animal life which include the big cats, antelopes, primates and the rare bongo, white rhino and albino zebra and is also home to some 150 has not been left behind. Entry fee is only KShs. 250/- Adults and Kshs. 150/- for Kids respectively.
Meandering through 27 acres of wilderness within the city, the Nairobi Safari Walk offers an incredibly encapsulated walking safari with raised word walkways that provide souring views of savannah in the Nairobi National Park with observation points where one can be able to see the waterholes and wildlife that frequent them
So come on down to the large selection of the KWS National parks and let your love go wild with this amazing selection of offers and discounts.
Visit www.kws.go.ke and follow the #LoveGoneWild hashtag campaign for more details.