Kenya Safari Destinations
Located halfway down the East Coast of Africa, astride the equator, Kenya is the most accessible country in the region. With over 54 national parks and game reserves, a sheer diversity of wildlife, and an excellent network of international flights arriving and departing each week, Kenya is an easy and fascinating destination every holidaymaker should visit. Kenya being the home of safari, safari enthusiasts never miss an opportunity to encounter various forms of wildlife that coexist in their truest natural habitat. Better still, the destination is well endowed with excellent warm weather all year round, making it conducive for timeless travelers to visit the destination any time of the year.
Aberdare National Park
Situated north of Nairobi and just west of Mt. Kenya is Aberdare National Park, Kenya’s third largest park. Contrasting the Savannah of the Masai Mara, it is distinguished by a humid, foggy rain forest and spectacular waterfalls led from the mountain streams. A stay in the Aberdare is generally at a tree hotel, where you have the opportunity to observe animals as they come to lit waterholes.
Samburu National Reserve
One of the smallest parks in Kenya (just 40 square miles), Samburu is probably one of the best parks in northern Kenya. Here, lion and elephant are plentiful, attracted by the Uaso Nyiro River. Leopards are frequently sighted, as are crocodiles, vervet monkeys, cheetah, giraffe and zebra.
Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha
Renowned as an ornithologist’s paradise, Nakuru is home to the alkaline lake of the same name which is most famous as the seasonal home of thousands of greater and lesser flamingos and more than 400 species of birds. The park has been declared a rhino sanctuary and is also home to leopard, Rothschild giraffe, hippo and cormorant. Located nearby, Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake, prolific in birdlife.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Situated on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, the Masai Mara is the northern extension of Tanzania’s renowned reserve, the Serengeti. It covers over 590 square miles and is home to all of the big game: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and buffalo. You will also undoubtedly see zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and Masai giraffe.
Amboseli National Park
Established as a natural reserve in 1948, and later (in 1973) as a national park, Amboseli is in a semi-arid part of Kenya. From here, spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a highlight. Among the wildlife you might see are buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and baboons. Elephant are numerous, and you might even see the rare black rhino.
Tsavo West National Park
The combination of Tsavo West and its neighbor Tsavo East make up more than 10 million acres of Savannah’s, acacia woodlands and riverine forest area. This is big game country and may be most famous for the legend of the Man-eaters of Tsavo – the story of the building of the Nairobi-Mombasa railroad in 1899 and the struggle between man and two lions who preyed on the workers along the railroad line. Tsavo is also a bird-lovers’ paradise, annually attracting thousands of migrant birds – some from as far away as St. Petersburg! Also known for its elephant population (tainted red by the dust of the park), which by some accounts, has numbered as high as 7,000.