Kenya is a holiday destination that extends incredible natural beauty, soul-stirring cultural encounters, spectacular game viewing and, of course, the fun and spills of the Wildebeest Migration. No surprise it’s the birthplace of safari travel!
From seeing the wildebeest mega-herds migration into the Masai Mara and Amboseli’s fabulous elephant herds against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro to the grand leopards of Samburu, Kenya will not disappoint you. Also, you can effortlessly combine your Kenya safari with a gorilla-trekking adventure in Uganda or Rwanda, or even a tropical beach holiday facing the turquoise waters and waving palm trees of the warm Indian Ocean.
Due to its high altitude, it presents some of the best scenic views, hiking, and wildlife adventures. But you have to be on high alarm as the thick vegetation in some parks forms a good hideout for the animals. Elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, black rhino,,, we’ve mentioned this before, and even the rare black panther are some of the wildlife that you will encounter.
Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya, is dry most part of the year. It encompasses three nearby parks: Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba parks; which are all served by the Ewaso Nyiro river. Humongous termite mounds accent the mountainous landscape. The vegetation ranges from shrubs and doum palm trees to dry grassland. That is not all about it– it lies on the Equator. With that said, it is not only overrun with wildlife, but animals indigenous to both sides of the line can be located in the same place. They include reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, gerenuks, blue-legged Somali ostriches, and beisa oryxes.
Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is elephant territory. The thundering passage of these majestic animals is a one-of-a-kind adventure. To make it even better, tourists are escorted to a jaw-dropping view of Tanzania’s beautiful Mt. Kilimanjaro. As the Kenya Wildlife Service explains, ‘nature enthusiasts can explore five different environments here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli to wetlands with Savannah, sulphur springs and woodland.’
Maasai Mara National Reserve
It is the most visited park in the entire country. Why? As the grass in Tanzania’s fab Serengeti National Park dries up, millions of herbivores, frequently wildebeest, begin their yearly journey back to the Maasai Mara where by this time the grass is tall and green following the long April rains. The excitement is about the migration alone, but the hurdles they face along the way. Lions, wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and jackals prey on them over land, and as they pass the Mara river, some crocodiles lie in wait. There is lots of action at every turn.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
This is quite short, but the size hardly matters since it has just as much to offer you as its larger counterparts, if not more. It is established in the southern coastal area and is visited by tourists staying in the serene Diani Beach. With a lush vegetation and one waterfall, it hosts a diversity of beasts like elephants, Masai giraffes, warthogs, buffaloes, sable antelopes, baboons, and 300 butterfly species.
Meru National Park
The least-known national park on the list, but one with a lot to offer. The landscape is astonishing – the dry grassland contrasts with the rolling hills and the riverine forests located along several streams. Large Indigenous baobab trees stand side by side with doum palms. The collection of wildlife includes rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants and Grevy’s zebra among others.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Once famous for its huge flamingo population, Lake Nakuru hasn’t lost its glory. It is a couple of hours away from Nairobi city, making it an excellent destination for a one-day safari trip. The Rift Valley mountain, the expansive lake, and the enclosing vegetation, with patchy grassland form the landscape here. Expect to see seasonal waterfalls depending on the time of year. The river around the lake, waterbucks, hosts hippos, both black and white rhino, elands, impalas heards and plenty of birds. The forested region, near the designated campsite, is where to observe lions – up in the trees.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is situated right next to the city center, to the south. Despite its unique location, it is teeming with wildlife. You can locate lions and hyenas in the open prairie, but cheetahs and leopards seem to shy away. Other types of wildlife here include gazelles, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, and ostriches. There are also over 400 bird species further down in the forested area near the river. The park extends two game viewing options: a drive about the park or a safari walk through a canopied bridge.
Tsavo West National Park
This is the essence of wilderness. Its rocky hills, natural fountains, swamps, inert volcanic cones, and a lava bed combine to form a dramatic vista. Hippos and crocodiles rule the springs while gazelles, impalas, oryx, giraffes, lesser kudus, rhinos, zebras, and elephants opt for the various waterholes. Where there is a prey, the predators are not far behind. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas lie in wait by the water.
Sweet Waters Game Reserve
The Lush green lawns, cool climate all year round and Mount Kenya at its background, makes Sweet Waters a sheltered oasis in a class of its own. Rich in wildlife as the animals come to drink water both day and night, the beautiful ambiance and serene environment make the safari destination a perfect retreat for wilderness and Safari lovers. Sweet Waters gives a breathtaking experience that leaves one craving for more while you savour the magnificent view of the reserve. Sweet Waters offers a unique day and night game drives, as well as nature tours and getting to learn the various unique species around the game reserve. Camel rides, lion tracking and watching the elephants take a sip from the watering hole all add to the charm of the game reserve
Diani Beach and other scenic spots
The list is endless, visit the Kenyan coast and you will be astonished by the beauty of the coastal towns, their rich history and even skydives at affordable costs.