Kenya Safari & Wildlife

Kenya is known for its vast game reserves, quiet beaches and ecosystem of rivers, lake, snow top mountains and wildlife. A Kenya Safari is what tops it all. Visiting tourists have a total of 16 national parks to choose from. We have ranked them by popularity. Do carry cash ($USD) for your Kenya safari and accommodation.

Top 10 Kenya Safari

Masai Mara (#1)

Undoubtedly the most famous game reserve in Kenya, Masai Mara shares its borders with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Tourists are attracted to Serengeti Migration (when millions of wildebeest and Zebras cross border). You can take the unique “hot air balloon Kenya safari” or in a 4×4.

Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

Masai Mara, Kenya Safari

Nairobi National Park (#2)

Nairobi National Park is the first game reserve in Kenya (in 1946) and 7kms from Nairobi. It will take you 30 mins by car to get here. A safari will cost about $40 and you are in to see the black rhino, lions, giraffes, wild buffalo, zebra, hippos and many more, but not as plenty as in The Masai Mara.

Rhino - Nairobi National Park

Rhino – Nairobi National Park Safari

Tsavo WestNational Park (#3)

Tsavo West is 250 Kms from Nairobi. You can get here by road or private plane. This Kenyan Safari offers leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile among others to those willing to get here. Cave exploration is another activity as part of the walking safari expedition.

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo East National Park (#4)

Tsavo East opened in 1948 and is known for its large population of elephants. It borders Tsavo West park and together cover 4% of land in Kenya. Tsavo East offers one of the only Kenya river safaris on Voi River. The highlight is seeing elephants rolling in red mud.

Bush Elephants in Tsavo East National Park

Bush Elephants in Tsavo East National Park

Mt. Kenya National Park (#5)

Located at the foothills of Mount Kenya this national park is a top tourist attraction in Kenya among trekkers and mountaineers. On a safari at Mount Kenya National Park you will see elephants, leopard, bongo, giant forest hog, Elands and rhino. It is also a World Heritage Site.

Horseback Safari in Mt. Kenya National Park

Horseback riding in Mt. Kenya National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park (#6)

Lake Nakuru National Park forms part of the rift valley ecosystem. The park encompasses Lake Nakuru and surrounding forest cover and is a bird watchers paradise. Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its flamingos that fill the lake in migrating season. Near extinct black and white rhinos are also now part of the park.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru – Bird watching

Amboseli National Park (#7)

Amboseli is an ecosystem of grassland spread across the Kenya Tanzania border where you will find free ranging elephants in plenty. On a Kenya safari you will see cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Amboseli is a top tourist attraction in Kenya because it’s the game reserve closest to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park - Elephants

Amboseli National Park – Elephants

Hells Gate National Park (#8)

Hells Gate National Park game reserve is popular for its inspiration of the Lion King movie setting. The land is dry from past volcanic activity in the region despite being near Lake Naivasha, which is a known for its birdlife.

Hells Gate National Park

Hells Gate National Park

Kora National Park (#9)

Kora is a  game reserve that is as popular for its scenic beauty as its wildlife. With many seasonal rivers, swamps and grasslands on one side and highlands that lead to Mount Kenya on the other, activities range from game watching to fishing.

Lions in Kora National Park

Lions in Kora National Park

Mt. Elgon National Park (#10)

Mount Elgon National Park. Elephants, leopard, giant forest hog, bushbuck, wild buffalo and 200+ species of birds are the main attraction of the park. While at the park you can choose from self catering facilities to full-fledged camping facilities.

Waterbuck in Mount Elgon National Park

Waterbuck in Mount Elgon National Park

Other Kenya Safari Locations

Aberdare National Park (#11)

Animals you can see in Aberdare National Park on a safari are; lion, leopard, black rhino, african elephant, cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland,African hunting dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, duikers olive baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and sykes monkey.

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park

Sibiloi National Park (#12)

In addition to safari, tourists come to Sibiloi to see the fossils excavated from the archaeological sites in the park. It is also the farthest from Nairobi.

Sibiloi National Park - Zebras

Sibiloi National Park – Zebras

Shimba Hills National Reserve (#13)

Unlike many other parks Shimba Hills is lush green. On safari you will see many African elephants. Safari on foot can find you the like of python and cobra.

Shimba Hills Kenya Safari

Shimba Hills Kenya Safari

Chyulu Hills National Park (#14)

You can access Chyulu Hills from Nairobi by taking the Nyeri to Meru route via Nanyuki. The airstrips in the park allow tourists to reach by air conveniently. You can see a variety of animals here.

Chyulu Hills Elephant Safari

Chyulu Hills Elephant Safari

Meru National Park (#15)

Meru National Park is a great park for all round safari and game viewing. One of the major attractions of the park is the former home of George and Joy Adamson, who wrote the famous book “Born Free”. The couple raised the lioness Elsa in this home.

Ruma National Park (#16)

Ruma National Park is home to Roan antelope, which can be found only in this park. Other wildlife include leopard, giraffe, black rhinos, hyena, monkeys, impala, bush pig and many more. The park also houses 400 species of birds

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