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Kenya tours /Kenya safaris /Kenya holidays is what can only be referred to as the dream destination for many travelers who wish to enjoy the splendor that Kenya offers . Kenya is blessed with several attractions to mention national parks and reserves, mountains, forests, lakes, and long stretching coastline filled with several beaches and beautiful marine features that have from time to time attracted a huge number of foreign and local visitors. Some of the most popular activity is conducted while on Kenya tours/ Kenya safaris/ Kenya holidays is the amazing African safari that sees you in different national parks across Kenya some of the popular include Masai Mara national reserve famous for the great wildebeest migration a popular event that sees several wildebeest cross over from Tanzania’s serengeti national park to Kenya’s Masai Mara the park also have several wildlife species including the big five, other popular Kenya safari destination include Amboseli national park, Tsavo east and west national park, Aberdare national park, Samburu national park, lake nakuru national park Mount Kenya National park , Nairobi national parks among others.
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Kenya is a magical safari destination ranked among the top safari destinations in the world offering a true unique African adventures, Kenya is a great safari destination locate in East Africa boosting romance, wilderness, thrill and adventure which is why the country receives thousands of tourists per year.
Kenya is a classic safari destination dubed kenya wildlife safari / kenya wildlife tours and one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations, Kenya is renowned for its abundant wildlife and annual great wildebeest migration which is recognized as the largest wildlife migration on planet earth. The great wildebeest migration is the circular migration of wildebeest migration recorded to be over 1.5 millions accompanied by thousands of zebras, gazelles and elands from Serengeti national park to Maasai Mara national reserve.
Kenya boasts of variety of wildlife and bird species, wildlife in Kenya include the big five (lion, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants) which are the most sought for safari animals, other animals to lookout for in Kenya on a Kenya safari/ kenya tours / kenya holidays include zebras, wildebeests, Beisa oryx, giraffes, long necked gerenuk, guenther’s dik-dk, lesser kudus, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, African wild dog, genet, suni, oribi and many more. Animals in Kenya are protected in various protected areas in Kenya including Maasai Mara national reserve, Amboseli national park, Chyulu hills national park and many more.
Kenya is a great destination birding safaris boosting over 1134 recorded bird species including endemic, accidental, accidental and introduced species. Bird species to lookout for on a Kenya birding safaris include flamingoes, Abbott's starling, Aberdare cisticola, Amani sunbird, Clarke's weaver, Grey-crested helmet-shrike, Hinde's pied babbler, Jackson's hornbill, Jackson's francolin, Montane white-eye, Sharpe's longclaw, Sokoke pipit, Sokoke scops owl, Taita thrush, Tana River cisticola, Taveta golden weaver, Williams's lark, Abyssinian crimsonwing, Bar-tailed trogon, Blue-headed bee-eater, Friedmann's lark, Golden-breasted starling, Golden-winged sunbird, Great blue turaco, Kori bustard, Red-naped bush-shrike, Secretary bird, Somali courser, Somali sparrow, Taita apalis, Turner's eremomela, Vulturine guineafowl, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye and many more. Birds and bird watching in Kenya is done in numerous destinations such as Lake Nakuru national park, Nairobi national park, Mount Kenya national park, Samburu and buffaloes springs national park, Lake Naivasha, Kinangop plateau and many more.
Apart from wildlife and birdlife, Kenya hosts numerous tourist attractions including mountains, lakes, archeological sites, museums, white sand beaches, cultural communities and many more.
National parks in Kenya
- Ruma national park
Ruma national park is a national park in Kenya and the only terrestrial park in country located in Lambwe valley covering an area of 120 square kilometers, the park is a home to the only indigenous population of antelopes in Kenya with about 40 individuals and because of this the park is referred to as “the last retreat of the Roan Antelope”.
Ruma national park was first established as Lambwe Valley Game reserve in 1966 and later its name was changed to Ruma national park, the name Ruma is derived from one of the most powerful and feared Wizards in Kenya by the names of Gor Mahia who was settled in the area of the park.
Ruma national park is a home to a variety of wildlife species such as Rothschild’s giraffe, serval cats, hyena, impala, vervet monkey, roan antelopes, Oribi, Bohor, reedbuck, leopard, buffalo, black rhinos, white rhino, Burchell’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeests and many more. The park is also a great bird habitat hosting over 400 recorded bird species such as African fish eagle, pelicans, kingfishers, ostriches, sunbirds, blue swallow, red-eyed dove, speckled pigeon, wood dove, black coucal, Dideric cuckoo, Klaas’s cuckoo among others. There are also reptile species in the Ruma national park such as Africa spitting cobra, forest cobra, python, eastern green mamba, black-mouthed mamba, puff adder, lizard, skink and gecko.
Ruma national park offers amazing Kenya safari activities such as game viewing safari, bird watching, boat cruise on Lake Victoria, fishing experiences on Lake Victoria and nature walks.
- Chyulu hills national park
Chyulu hills national park is one of the most picturesque safari destinations in Kenya located in Makueni County south east of Nairobi, the park lies within Tsavo West national park and Amboseli ecosystem and it is part of the Tsavo conservation area together with Tsavo west national park, Tsavo east national park and the Kibwezi forest. Chyulu hills national park covers an area of 741 square kilometers with a landscape consisting of various green rolling hills, hundreds of small lava flows, cones and caves which were formed as a result of volcanic eruptions.
Volcanic eruptions in Chyulu hill national park is said to have taken place in 1856 resulting into features such as volcanic ash cones, barren lava, big black rocks and Levithan cave. These volcanic features are still considered active, the landscape of Chyulu hills national park is dominated by grassland and thickets on the lower parts of the hills, montane forests on the altitude of 1800 meters and above.
Chyulu hills national park hosts a great ecosystem consisting of a variety of wildlife and birdlife species, animals found in the park include eastern black rhinos, cape buffaloes, bushbucks, elands, elephants, bush pigs, Masai giraffe, leopards, lions, mountain reedbucks, steenbok, wildebeest, grant’s zebras, cheetahs among others and snakes such as black mamba, puff adder and rock python.
The park is also a great birding site hosting over 171 bird species including Francolinus shelleyi, crested guinea, rameron pigeon, tambourine dove, African green pigeon, purple crested coucal, Eurasian nightjar, alpine swift, black crake, crowned eagle, pearly-spotted owlet, speckled mouse bird, common scimitar bill, scaly francolin, Zoothera gurneyi, Polemaetus and many more
Chyulu hills national park offers interesting Kenya safari experience such as game viewing, camping, birding, mountain climbing and horse riding.
- Kora national park
Kora national park is a Kenya national park located in Tana River Country and lies in a distance of 125 kilometers from Mount Kenya, the park was established in 1989with its northern boundary created by Tana River and the eastern boundary is marked by Mwitamvisi. Tana River is a great tourist attraction in the park consisting of Adamson’s falls, grand falls and Kora falls.
Kora national park has a scenic landscape which crossed by seasonal rivers and dotted by inselbergs, domed hills which rise at different altitudes in the park’s topography, notable inselbergs in Kora national park include Mansumbi, Kumbulanwa and Kora rock. The park is dominated by acacia bushlands and riverine forests offering a home for various species of wildlife and bird life living in the park, animals found in Kora national park include caracal, African bush elephant, Tanzanian cheetah, genet, hippos, spotted and striped hyenas, African leopard, lion, serval, wildcat, various types of antelopes and many more.
Bird species found in Kora national park include spot flanked barbet, black-throated barbet, Pel’s fishing owl, eastern yellow billed hornbills, white-backed night heron, orange-bellied parrots, busra reed warbler and Malindi pipit among others.
Kora national park offers thrilling Kenya safari activities including game viewing, birding, fishing, walking safaris and rock climbing
- Malindi Marine national park
Malindi Marine national park is a Kenya marine national park located in the East Coast of Kenya in the Indian Ocean in a distance of approximately 118 kilometers north of Mombasa city, the park is oldest Marine Park in Africa famously referred to the coral garden this destinationa makes another perfect kenya tours / kenya safari/ kenya holiday destination.
Malindi Marine national park consists of numerous tourist attractions including fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, colorful fish species, various species of shorebirds and white sandy beaches.
Marine animals found in Malindi Marine national park include tropical fish, barracuda, dolphins, turtles, zebra fish, star fish, jelly fish, deep sea turtles, octopus and several bird species along the shores of the ocean.
Malindi Marine national park offers amazing marine safari activities include bird watching, camping, diving, glass bottom boat rides, scenic viewing, snorkeling, sun bathing, water skiing, nature walks and wind surfing.
- Mombasa marine national park
Mombasa marine national park is a marine park in Kenya located on the coast of Mombasa lieing between Mtwapa and Tudor creeks covering an area of 210 square kilometers, this marine park comprises of warm Azure Ocean of blue waters and white sandy beaches dotted with swaying coconut palm trees.
Mombasa Marine national park hosts a variety of marine species including crabs, starfish, stone fish, cucumbers sea urchins, corals, turtles, sea grasses and various migratory bird species such as crab plovers and roseate tern among others.
Kenya safari activities offered in Mombasa Marine national park include diving, snorkeling, sun bathing, water skiing and wind surfing.
- Mount Longonot national park
Mount Longonot national park is a scenic Kenya park located in north east of Nairobi city the capital city of Kenya, the park is a scenic tourist destination covering an area of 52 square kilometers famous for Mount Longonot. Mount Longonot is an extinct volcano rising from the floor of the Great Rift Valley standing at the altitude of 2,776 meters above the sea level, mount Longonot comprises of a caldera of 8X12 kilometers which was formed due to eruption process.
Mount Longonot national park is a home to a wide range of wildlife and bird species, animals found in the park include several species of antelopes, Cape buffalo, zebras, leopards, baboons, giraffe, lion, elands, bushbucks, grant’s gazelles and many more. Bird species found in the park are recorded over 110 species and these include ostriches, Egyptian goose, helmeted guinea fowl, yellow-necked francolin, ring-necked dove, laughing dove, common swift, Nyaza swift, African swift, gray crowned crane, crowned lapwing, black stork, black headed heron, hadada Ibis, black kite, Augur Buzzard, secretary bird and many more.
Kenya safari activities offered in Mount Longonot national park include game watching, hiking mount Longonot, rock climbing, biking and birding.
- Ol Donyo Sabuk national park
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is a national park in Kenya located in Machakos County, Kyanzavi Division and lies in a distance of 65 kilometers from Nairobi, the park covers an area of 20.7 square kilometers with a rugged landscape consisting of a small mountain which is covered by montane forest.
Ol Donyo Sabuk national park habits about 45 bird species and many wildlife species, there is also a fourteen falls, Mc Millan grave and the park boosts scenic views of mountain Kenya summit. Bird species found in the park include white browed sparrow weaver, grey-headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard and Africa hawk eagle among others. Wildlife species in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park include buffaloes, bush bucks, leopards, baboons, aardvarks, porcupines, mongoose, pythons, monitor lizards and many more.
Kenya safari activities to do in Ol Donyo Sabuk national park include game viewing safari experience, mountain climbing experience and camping.
- Saiwa Swamp national park
Saiwa Swamp national park is an amazing Kenya safari destination located in Trans-Nzoi county in the Rift valley province, the park is a fascinating flora paradise with many species of exotic flowers and trees. Saiwa Swamp national park covers an area of 3 squares and a sanctuary for the sitatunga antelopes and a home to the rare and endangered Semi aquatic sitatunga
Saiwa Swamp national park’s landscape is dominated by tropical wetlands, riverine forest, sedges and acacia woodlands with patches of dense rushes and grass beds. The park is a home to various species of insects, reptiles and Amphibians and bird species.
- Insect species include African mocker swallowtail, Papillion Dardanus, rains ants, dragon flies, and damselfies.
- Butterfly species include swallowtails and charaxes.
- Reptiles and Amphibians include frogs and toads, bell’s hinged tortoise, blue headed tree agama lizards, side stripped chameleon and snakes such as forest cobra and African rock python
- Bird species include lesser jacana, African black duck, grey heron, narina trogons, collared and orange-tufted sunbird, yellow bishop, hartlaub’s marsh widow birds, noisy Ross’ turaco, gonolek, cinnamon-chested bee-eaters, and crowned cranes among others.
Kenya safari activities offered in Saiwa Swamp national park include bird watching, game viewing, photography safaris and scenic viewing.
- Sibiloi national park
Sibiloi national park is a Kenya national park lieing on the edge of Lake Turkana the largest desert lake in the world on the northeastern shores and located in the northern region of Kenya, the park is world heritage site as it is a cradle of humankind hosting unique fossil and archeological significance.
Sibiloi national park comprises some amazing physical features such as Lake Turkana, and Petrified Forest at the edge of Sibiloi Mountain at Alia Bay, there are also archeological sites in the park such as Jarigole pillars an excavation site of a pre-iron age and burial ground, Koobi a home of fossil skeletons.
Sibiloi national park is a home to a variety of wildlife species including Grevy’s zebra, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk and greater kadu, lion, leopard, cheetah, stripped and spotted hyena, jackal, caracal among others. The park holds over 300 bird species recorded to be residing in the park and these include flamingoes, pelicans, African skimmers, herons, gulls, heuglin’s bustard, crested lark, pelicans and many more
Safari activities offered in Sibiloi national park include game viewing, visiting Koobi museum, bird watching, cultural experience, visiting Lake Turkana Island, guided nature walks and camping.
- Central island national park
Central island national park is a gem of Kenya’s tourism located in the northern region of Kenya and situated in the middle of Lake Turkana in the island of the world’s largest permanent desert lake in the world covering an area of 5 square kilometers. Lake Turkana is the most saline great lake in Africa also referred to as the Crocodile Island and the park is famous for hosting a large population of crocodiles and volcanoes.
In central Island national park here is a large crocodile kingdom comprising of over 12,000 crocodile individuals and a crocodile nursery considered to be the largest in the world where tourists can hear baby crocodiles squeaking in their eggs buried beneath the sand. The park is a home to numerous
- venomous reptiles such as saw-scaled viper, night and puff adder and cobras
- fish species such as fish species in the park include Nile perch, puffer fish, tilapia among others
- over 350 bird species including goliath heron, African skimmers, Egyptian goose, great egrets, less egrets, sacred ibis, osprey, swallow tailed kites, grey heron, lesser flamingoes, duck and dulls, African open-billed stock among others.
Central Island national park offers several exciting Kenya safari activities including game viewing, bird watching, boat rides, guided nature walks and fishing.
- Meru national park
Meru National Park is a famous national park in Kenya because of its magnificent landscape, the park is situated in the eastern province with Meru as the nearest city and covers an area of 870 square kilometers straddling along the equator. Meru national park comprises of 13 rivers that transverse through the landscape which is dominated by wooded grasslands, lush of swamps and palms on the banks of the river.
Meru national park is a historical conservation site as it is where the famous lioness Elsa was released into wilderness by the conservationists George and Joy, in this same park it is where lioness was buried together with some ashes of Joy’s remains in 1966.
Meru national park is a home to a huge population of wildlife and bird species, animals in the park includes giraffes, bush elephants, lions, baboons, duiker, bushbuck, Eastern black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, hartebeests, kudu, Oryx, warthogs, zebra, leopards, cheetah, gazelles, hippos and many more. Birds in Meru national park are recorded to be over 300 species i9ncluding Somali ostrich, starlings, weavers, guinea fowls, bee-eaters, manikins, peter’s fin foot, Pel fishing owl and many more.
- Malka Mari national park
Malka Mari national park is a Kenya safari destination and a national park located in a remote area in the top north-eastern region of Kenya along the Dawa River along the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, because of the location this park is one of the least visited national parks in Kenya.
Malka Mara national park covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers with a landscape which is mostly dominated by semi arid and scrubby grasslands with riparian woodland along the Dawa River which transverses through the semi desert landscape of the park. The park boosts some of the amazing scenic views in Kenya including a plateau, hill, valley and clear sky full of stars in the night which is a reason to why Malka Mari national park a perfect destination for star gazing during camping adventures.
Malka Mara national park is a home to wildlife species including Dik-Diks, gazelles, Nile crocodiles, zebras, genet, lizards, antelopes, Somali giraffe, crocuta/hyena Agama and many more. The park also consists of Malkamari Fort which is visited during cultural tours.
Safari activities to do in Malka Mari national park include visiting Malka Mari fort, hiking, game viewing, guided nature walks, cultural experiences and hot air balloon experience.
- Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park
Kisite-Mpunguti Marine national Park is one amazing Kenya safari destinations located on the south coast of Indian Ocean in the coastal province near Kenya – Tanzania border, this park is made up Kasite park of 11 square kilometers and Mpunguti reserve of 28 square kilometers.
Kisite – Mpunguti Marine national park is dominated by 4 small islands surrounded by coral reefs with Kenyan barrier reef as the most outstanding tourist attraction in the park and on the Kenyan coast, there is also
- an enchanted under water kingdom consisting of living coral gardens, sculpted islands, sea birds and clear waters.
- Turtle territory with a huge population of turtles with green and hawksbill
- Kisite Island a habitat of various seabirds
- Shimoni slave claves situated in a 5 minutes’ walk
Kenya safari activities to do in Kisite-Mpunguti Marine national park include scenic viewing, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, camping, bird watching and visiting Shimoni slave caves.
- Ndere Island national park
Ndere Island national park is a beautiful national park in Kenya of 4 square kilometers found on the Island of Lake Victoria the largest lake on the African continent, the national park comprises of Homa hills in the south, Mageta Island in the east and from the park you get glimpses of the capital city of Uganda Kampala.
Ndere Island national park is a home to a variety of wildlife species including aquatic Sitatunga antelope, zebras, warthogs, and waterbucks, troops of monkeys and baboons, hippos, impalas, aardvark, monitor lizards, Nile crocodiles, snakes and may more. There are also birds in Ndere Island national park recorded to be over 100 species and they include hammerkops, kingfisher, Gonolek, fish eagles, goliath heron and many more.
Kenya safari activities offered in Ndere Island national park include wildlife viewing, sport fishing, bird watching, hiking the rolling Homa hills, guided walking safaris and sightseeing.
- Amboseli national park
Amboseli national park is a scenic national park in Kenya with a backdrop of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain on the African continent and large herds of free ranging elephants, the park is located in the south east region of Kenya in the Great Rift Valley region in Loitoktok district.
Amboseli national park covers an area of 392 square kilometers with a landscape dominated by savannah plains, the park is a home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Wildlife species residing in Amboseli national park include elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, leopards, Masai giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, hippos, impalas, grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles and many more. Birds in Amboseli national park are recorded to be over 400 species and they include hartlaub’s bustard, localized pangani long claw, steel-blue whydah, white-billed go-away bird, von der Decken’s hornbill, African jacanas, Rufous chatterer, Eurasian thick-knees, long-toed lapwings, pangani long claws, yellow necked spur fowls and many more.
Kenya safari activities offered in Amboseli national park include game viewing, bird watching, hot air balloon experience, cultural visits and scenic viewing.
- Tsavo West national park
Tsavo West national park is a famous land of man eaters and physical features such as lava, springs and man eaters situated in the coast province of Kenya, the park is part of the great Tsavo Conservation Area together with Tsavo East national park separated by a railway line. Tsavo West national park covers an area of 7,065 kilometers with a rugged landscape encompassing of savannah ecosystem including of open grasslands, scrublands, acacia woodlands and belts of riverine vegetation. The landscape of the park is also consists of Mzima springs, volcanic arena, Lake Jipe, Ngulia sanctuary, First World War site, and Shetani lava flow.
Tsavo West national park is famous for millions of lions which feasted on rail builders during the construction of the Uganda – Kenya railway, the park is a home to a variety of wildlife species such as lions, eastern black rhinoceros, leopard, cape buffalo, Masai giraffe, hippos, klipspringers, fringe-eared Oryx, gerenuk, lesser kudu, busy baby, hartebeests, elands and many more. Tsavo West national park is a great host for birds with over 400 bird species including African finfoot, Basra reed warbler, black-faced sand grouse, corncrake, golden pipit, golden-breasted starling, lesser kestrel, marsh warbler, pangani Longclaw, and red-bellied parrot among others.
Tsavo West national park offers thrilling Kenya safaris including game viewing, bird watching, cave exploration, underwater hippo and fish watching, rock climbing
Tsavo East national park
Tsavo East national park is a national park in Kenya recognized as one of the oldest and largest protected areas in the park location in a semi arid of Taru desert and situated in Taita-Taveta previously known as Coast Province. Tsavo East national park is part of the great Tsavo national parks together with Tsavo West national park, this park covers an area of 13,747 square kilometers and derives its name from Tsavo River flowing through the par.
Tsavo East national park is famous for human eating lions and other wildlife species such as lions, cape buffaloes, elephants, black rhinoceros, , aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, Cape buffalo, Senegal, southeast African cheetah, African civet, Kirk's dik-dik, African wild dog, African dormouse, blue duiker, bush duiker, Harvey's red duiker, common eland, bat-eared fox, northern greater galago, Grant's gazelle, rusty-spotted genet, common genet, gerenuk, giraffe, African savanna hare, springhare, Coke's hartebeest, Hunter's hartebeest, East African hedgehog, spotted hyena, striped hyena, yellow-spotted rock hyrax, southern tree hyrax, impala, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, klipspringer, lesser kudu, leopard, lion, banded mongoose, dwarf mongoose and many more.
Tsavo East national park is also a good birding habitat for over 500 bird species including African finfoot, Black-faced Sand grouse, Fischer’s starling, Golden pipit, Golden-breasted starling, Lesser kestrel, Martial eagle, Northern brownbul, Pangani Longclaw, Red-bellied parrot, Rufous chatterer, Shelley’s starling, Slender-tailed nightjar, Somali bee-eater, Somali bunting, Somali ostrich, Taita falcon, Taita fiscal, vulturine guinea fowl and many more. Other tourist attraction found in Tsavo east national parks include Mudanda rock, Yatta plateau, Lugard falls and Aruba falls.
Tsavo East national park offers amazing Tanzania safaris such as game viewing, bird watching, trekking and camping.
- Mount Kenya national park
Mount Kenya national park is a scenically fascinating national park in Kenya stretching around the iconic Mount Kenya, the park is situated in the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley and lies in a distance of 193 kilometer North East of Nairobi.
Mount Kenya the major attraction in Mount Kenya national park is an ancient extinct Volcano standing at the altitude of 5,199 meters above the sea level making it the second tallest mountain on the continent of Africa coming second to Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya consists of numerous peaks include Batian at elevation of 5,199 meters, Nelion at the elevation of 5,188 meters and Point Lenana at 4,985meters which are reached while on Kenya Mountain climbing safaris.
Though Mount Kenya national park is famously known for mountain climbing safaris and mountain Kenya, the park is a home to numerous species of wildlife and birds. Animals found in the park include elephants, cape buffaloes, white colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkey, skyes monkey, bush pig, genet cat, spotted hyena, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, bushbucks, waterbucks, elands, giant forest hog, leopards, mole rat and many more.
Bird species in Mount Kenya national park are recorded to be above 130 bird species and they include Abbott’s starling, lesser kestrel, Jackson’s widowbird, Sharpe’s Longclaw, olive Ibis, cape Eagle-owl, purple-throated cuckoo-shrike, long-tailed widow bird, Abyssinian owl, cape crowned eagle and many more.
Mount Kenya national park offers adventurous Kenya safaris such as game viewing, mountain climbing, cave exploration, scenic viewing and camping.
- Lake Nakuru national park
Lake Nakuru national park is a birding haven in Kenya famous for millions of Pink flamingoes which crowd the shores of Lake Nakuru, the park is situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley in the south of Nakuru County and lies in a distance of 164 kilometers from Nairobi. Lake Nakuru National Park stretches over an area of 45 square kilometers with Lake Nakuru is which is one of the major attractions of the park.
Lake Nakuru is a rift valley Soda lake of 45 square kilometers, the shores of this lake are crowded by millions of pink flamingoes and the come to the lake to feed on the algae at the shores. Apart from Flamingoes inhabits the largest population black and rhinos in Kenya, other animals found in Lake Nakuru national park include warthogs, baboons, Rothschild giraffe, lions, leopards, cheetahs, bushbucks, elands, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and many more.
Birds recorded to be present in Lake Nakuru national park are over 450 species and they include lesser and greater flamingoes, great white pelicans, Hottentot, Maccoa duck, southern Pochard, northern shoveler, cape teal, common teal and many more. Lake Nakuru national park amazing Kenya safari activities including game viewing, bird watching, camping, guided nature walks and scenic sightings.
- Nairobi national park
Nairobi national park is one of a kind national park being the only national park in the world to be situated in the centre of a capital city, Nairobi national park is located in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya in a short drive from the Nairobi’s Central Business District. The park covers an area of 117 square kilometers with a backdrop of city skyscrapers and flying aero planes landing at Jomo Kenyatta national park, the landscape of Nairobi national park is dominated by open grasslands and acacia scrubs.
Nairobi national park is a habitat to a variety of wildlife species and bird species which are the major attractions of the park, animals in the park include lions, leopards, hyena, cheetah, buffalo, zebras, wildebeests, hippos among others and bird species are recorded to be over 400 species and they include Madagascar pond-heron, Jackson’s window bird, corncrake, lesser kestrel, red throated tit, shoebill stork, Stephanoaetus coronatus, casmerodius albus, buphagus, africanus and many more.
There are other tourist attractions in Nairobi national park and these include numerous picnic sites, a rhino sanctuary, Ivory burning site monument and walking trails.
Safari activities offered in Nairobi national park include game viewing, bird watching, walking safaris and picnic and camping.
- Hell’s Gate national park
Hell’s Gate national park is one of the most scenic destinations in Kenya known for its spectacular rugged landscape comprising of towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers that are Fischer’s Tower and Central tower, scrub clad volcanoes and geothermal steam “Olkaria Geothermal station”.
Hell’s Gate national park stretches over an area of 68.25 square kilometers and it is situated in the Rift Valley Province south of Lake Naivasha with Nakuru as the nearest city and North West of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya.
Other tourist attractions found in Hell’s gate national park in a variety of wildlife and bird species, wildlife species living in the park include lions, cheetahs, leopards, serval, klipspringer antelope , chanler’s mountain reedbuck, zebras, hyraxes, elands, hartebeests, buffaloes, gazelles, hyenas, baboons and many more. Birds found in this park are recorded to be about 103 species and they include rare lammergeyer vultures, verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzards, swifts, hyraxes, swifts and many more.
Safari activities found in Hell’s Gate national park include biking, bid watching, game viewing, camping, hiking, rock climbing and guided nature walks.
- Mount Elgon national park
Mount Elgon national park is an amazing national park named after Mountain Elgon and shared between Uganda and Kenya, the Kenya part of Mountain Elgon national park is bisected from Uganda’s part by the border of Uganda and Kenya and the park covers an area of 168 square kilometers.
Mountain Elgon is the highlight attraction in this park, Mountain Elgon is an extinct shield volcano lieing along the border of Uganda and Kenya and in Kenya it is situated north of Kisumu and West of Kitale. Mountain Elgon consists of 5 major peaks and two of these peaks are seen in Kenya and Mountain Elgon national park of Kenya, these peaks are Koitobos Peak at the altitude of 4,222 meters and Sudek Peak at the altitude of 4,321 meters.
Apart from Mountain Elgon, Mountain Elgon national park hosts other tourist attractions including a variety of wildlife species and birdlife. Wildlife species include defassa waterbucks, elephants, oribis, bush bucks, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, black and white colobus monkeys and many more. And bird species are recorded to be about 296 species found in the park and these include black collared Apalis, Jackson’s francolin, lammergeyer black-shouldered kite, tacazze sunbird and many more.
Mountain Elgon national park offers amazing safari activities such as Mountain climbing, rock climbing, game viewing, walking safaris and hiking.Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara national reserve is a popular Kenya wildlife destination and worldly famous for the huge population of wildlife including the big 5 and the great wildebeest migration, Maasai Mara national reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in Narok County and borders Serengeti national park. Maasai Mara national reserve covers an area of 1,510 square kilometers which is dominated by open savannah plains, rolling hills and is crossed by two rivers that is Mara River and Talek River which fed the reserve and its ecosystem.
Maasai Mara national reserve consists is a batch of tourist attractions including the great wildebeest migration which is the movement of over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of zebras, Thomson and Grant’s gazelles from Serengeti national park. Other tourist attractions in Maasai Mara national reserve include a huge population of wildlife and birds, wildlife species include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, wildlife dogs, rhinos, crocodiles, zebras, antelopes, bat-eared fox, elands among others which make Kenya game viewing safari in this reserve entertaining.
Masai Mara national reserve is an excellent Kenya birding safari destination and a great bird habitant as well hosting over 470 bird species recorded to be living in the park, this huge bird population includes migrant species, raptors and resident species. Birds found in Maasai Mara national reserve include red-throated tit, Hildebrandt’s starling, foxy lark, long-billed pipit, pale wren-warbler, red-tailed and sooty chats, white-bellied and Senegal, red capped lark, Fischer’s sparrow lark among others.
Maasai Mara national reserve is a must visit destination for Kenya safaris with a lot of safari activities to do such as game viewing, bird watching, cultural walks, walking safaris and balloon safaris.Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve
Arabuko Sokoke forest reserve is a magical Kenya safari destination recognized to be the largest extant fragment of the forests that once covered the coast of East Africa, the reserve covering an area of 420 square kilometers also hosts the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa. Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve is located in the Kenya coast between Kilifi and Malindi towns, the forest reserve also lies in 110 kilometers from the north of Mombasa and neighbors Arabuko Sokoke forest national park.
Arabuko Sokoke forest reserve is more than just a forest as it is a habitat to mammals recorded to be 40 species and a huge concentration of birds recorded to be 270 species, mammals found in the forest reserve include African elephant, African buffalo, Africa civet, caracal, Skye’s monkeys, yellow baboons, lesser Galago, Sokoke bushy tailed mongoose, Ader’s duiker, golden-rumped elephant among others. The forest reserve also hosts 49 reptile species and 25 amphibian species.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve is a thrilling Kenya bird habitat boosting over 270 bird species living in the thick forests of the park and these include African pitta, Amani sunbird, Blue-mantled crested flycatcher, Chestnut-fronted helmet-shrike, Clarke's weaver, Crested guineafowl, East coast akalat, Fischer’s turaco, Green barbet, Little yellow flycatcher, Peter's twinspot, Scaly babbler, Sokoke pipit, Sokoke scops owl, Spotted ground thrush among others.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve offers some of the thrilling Kenya safari activities to do while in Kenya and these include game viewing, butterfly watching, bird watching, cycling, forest/nature walks, camping, and visiting Gendi town, cycling and picnicking.Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest national reserve is a forest reserve located in the western region of Kenya, Kakamega County in the Kakamega East district. The forest reserve stretches over an area of 238 square kilometers and is dominated by Kakamega forest the only tropical rainforest of Guineo-Congolian type in Kenya, Kakamega forest boosts a variety of forest habitants including wildlife and bird species. Wildlife species found in this forest reserve include bush pig, giant forest hedgehog, colobus monkey, DeBrazza monkey, potto, clawless otter, bushbucks, Aardvarks, porcupines, lizards, squirrels among others. There are also reptiles living in the forest reserve such as black lipped cobra, rhinoceros horned viper, Gabon viper, forest cobra among others.Kiunga National Marine Reserve
Kiunga national marine reserve is a marine reserve located in the further north along the Indian Ocean Coast in the Lamu district, Coast province, this marine reserve is made up of 50 islands and roof reefs of Lamu Archipelago covering an area of 270 square kilometers.
Kiunga national marine reserve boasts various tourist attractions including reptiles/sea fish, insects and islands, reptiles found in the marine reserve include sea turtles, olive Ridley, leatherback, turtles reef fish and insects/arthropods include lobsters, sea urchins, sea star, crabs, mosquitoes among others.
Kiunga national marine reserve offers some of the thrilling Kenya safari activities including wind surfing, water skiing, sunbathing, diving and snorkeling.Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National reserve is a reserve of 42 square kilometers located in the Eastern province of Mbeera district and is in a distance of approximately 200 kilometers from Nairobi the capital city of Nairobi. This reserve is comprises of savannah plains, small rolling hills, scattered Baobab and acacia trees and the landscape is crossed by Tana and Thiba river.
Mwea national reserve boosts a huge concentration of wildlife and bird species, animals found in the reserve include African elephants, lesser kudus, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, grant’s zebras, buffaloes, African leopards, common duikers, black-backed jackals, bushbucks, waterbucks, skyes’ monkeys, warthogs, rock hyraxes, bush pigs, impalas, hartebeests, yellow baboons, stripped ground squirrels, common Genet cat among others.
Mwea National reserve is an excellent destination for Kenya birding safaris and it is listed an important birding area, the reserve boosts over 200 bird species recorded to be found in the reserve including Malagasy pond heron, white backed night heron, Hindes babbler, Pels fishing owl among others.
Mwea national reserve offers amazing Kenya safaris to keep you entertained while in the reserve and these include game viewing, bird watching, boat riding, camping, nature guided walks, boat rides and picnics.Shimba Hills National Reserve
Shimba hills national reserve is a popular Kenya safari destination famed for being the only protected area in Kenya hosting sable Antelopes which are recorded to be about 100 individuals, the reserve is located in the Kenya Coast Province and lies in about 33 kilometers from Mombasa the nearby developed city.
Shimba hills national reserve covering an area of 300 square kilometers hosts one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa and is the second largest with Arabuko-Sokoke forest being in the first place. Flora and fauna in Shimba hills national reserve include a variety of wildlife and bird species, wildlife species in the reserve include elephants, endangered sable antelopes, giraffes, leopards, genet, civet cat, hyenas, waterbuck, bush pig, buffalo, African bush baby, bush buck, coastal black and white colobus, duikers (blue, red and bush), skyes monkey, serval cat among others.
Shimba hills national reserve is a good destination for Kenya birding safaris as it hosts over 100 recorded bird species and these include ostrich, eagles, falcon, cuckoo, guinea-fowl, honeyguide, hornbill, quail, Uluguru and many more.
Shimba hills national reserve is naturally gifted with spectacular features such as the Sheldrick falls, Marere dam and Elephant hill. Kenya safari activities to do in Shimba Hill national reserve include game viewing, birding, hiking, visiting the falls and guided nature walks.
- Tana River Primate reserve
Tana River Primate reserve is a reserve of 170 square kilometers located in the south-eastern region of Kenya, the reserve is dominated by semi-arid savanna woodlands, small patches of riverine forests and the landscape is crossed by Tana river which is the permanent water source in the reserve.
Tana River primate reserve gets its name from Tana River crossing through the reserve, the reserve was purposely established to protect the 2 endangered primate species that are red colobus monkeys and Mangabey.
Apart from the 2 species of primates, the reserve is a home to mammal species such as Grevy’s zebra, buffalo, Oryx, lesser kudu, crocodiles, and hippos. Tana River primate reserve is a good bird habitat in Kenya hosting over 262 bird species including African openbill stork, martial eagle, bat hawk, African pygmy-falcon, African barred owlet, scaly babbler, black-bellied glossy-starling, and golden pipit among others.
Tana River primate reserve offers memorable safari activities such as game viewing, bird watching, walking trails and primate watching.Samburu National Reserve
Samburu national reserve is another popular Kenya wildlife destination located in the north eastern corner of Samburu district, the reserve is found in the Great Rift Valley province and lies alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River with Buffalo Springs national reserve on the other side of the river.
Samburu national reserve is famous for being the one of the two protected areas where conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness and was featured in the award winning movie and best-selling book “Born Free”.
Samburu national reserve covers an area of 165 square kilometers and is dominated by a mixture of vegetation zones including acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. Samburu national reserve is a habitant to a variety of wildlife species including
lion, cheetah, African lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, Grevy’s zebra, Oryx, reticulated giraffe, warthogs, grant’s gazelles, kirk’s dik-dik, impala, waterbucks, olive baboons and many more.
Samburu national reserve is also of one of the important birding areas in Kenya boosting over 350 bird species including grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, Bateleur, vulture guinea fowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, vultures such as palm-nut vulture among others.
Kenya safari activities to do in Samburu national reserve include bird watching, cultural visits, game drives, photography and scenic viewing.Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Buffalo springs national reserve is a Kenya national reserve located in the Isiolo district of Kenya on the northern foot hills of the magnificent Mount Kenya, the reserve lies along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River with Samburu national reserve on the other side of the river.
Buffalo Springs national reserve consists of a very dramatic landscape comprising of old lava flows, olivine basalt volcanic soils plains and savannah grasslands, the reserve experiences dry, hot and semi arid climatic conditions. Buffalo Springs national reserve is a great habitant for a variety of wildlife species including Grevy’s zebra, elephant, gerenuk, Oryx, giraffe, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, hippos and crocodiles among others.
Samburu national reserve also boosts a huge concentration of bird species with over 365 bird species including Somaliostriches, acacia tit, Ashy cisticola, Bare-eyed thrush, black-bellied sunbirds, chestnut-headed sparrow lark, golden pipit, golden-breasted starling, hunter’s sunbirds, northern brownbul, palm-nut vultures, pink-breasted lark, palm-nut vultures among others.
There are a number of Kenya safari activities to enjoy in Buffalo Springs national park include game viewing, nature walks, cultural visits, nature walks and bird watching.Shaba National reserve
Shaba national reserve is a popular Kenya wildlife and the second conservation/protected area where conservationists George and joy Adamson raised Else the lioness, this reserve is located in the northern region of Kenya.
Shaba national reserve is covers an area of 130 square kilometers and is fed by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, the reserve is a semi desert and it is dominated by volcanic rocks and riverine forests. The reserve is a home to a variety of wildlife and bird species, animals include Masai giraffes, grant’s zebra though less common, Klipspringer, hyrax, Aardvarks, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, common eland, impala, grant’s gazelle, gerenuk, greater kudu, lesser kudu, lions, black-backed jackal, stripped hyena, spotted hyena, reticulated giraffes, African leopards, elephants among others.
Shaba national reserve boosts over 390 bird species which include Somali ostrich, great egret, African darter, white headed vulture, martial eagle, yellow-billed Oxpecker, acacia tit, African palm swift, shy cisticola, bare-eyed thrush, black bellied sunbird, brown tailed rock chat, chestnut-headed sparrow lark, chestnut weaver, Fischer’s starling, golden pipet among others.
Shaba national reserve offers thrilling Kenya safaris such as game viewing, bird watching guided nature walks, cultural encounters and scenic viewing.
VISIT ANY OF THE ABOVE NATIONAL PARKS FOR AN AMAZING TRUE AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCE