National Parks and Reserves

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is one of the most popular parks in Kenya and forms part of a massive eco-system, the park covers 392 sq km at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Elephants abound in the forest and swamps, feeding on the lush papyrus and other grasses. Cheetah, lion and many hyena, Giraffe, zebra and wildebeest  spotted on the open plains or congregating at the edge of the swamps.

Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves

These three adjoining reserves are situated north of Mt Kenya and total around 535 sq km. plenty of crocodile, hippo, gazelle, Beisaoryx, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, elephant, velvet monkey, cheetah, leopard and lion that still roam its acacia woodlands, ravines and grasslands.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The 62 sq km park, renowned for its magnificent array of birdlife especially the pink flamingos and white rhino, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, a small herd of buffalo, Dikdik, klipspringer, eland, the occasional leopard and many other plains game are also found here.

Lake Naivasha

A very picturesque freshwater lake and a favourite weekend haunt for Nairobi residents, who enjoy fishing and sailing on some 900 sq km of water. There are many boat trips or perhaps a visit to Crescent Island for a gentle walk. Nearby is the dramatic Hell’s Gate, overshadowed by the mysterious Mt Longonot.

Masai Mara National Reserve

East Africa’s most famous reserves, the 1,600 sq km. Game concentrations are at their greatest from around July to the end of October, when the migrating herds filter across the Mara River from western Serengeti. Witness a spectacular migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, eland, topi and hartebeest, herds of elephant, buffalo and giraffe. Beneficiary being great prides of lion, hyena, cheetah and the various other predators and scavengers. Many animals do not survive these annual trips due to exhaustion or the treacherous river crossings, where some of the world’s largest crocodiles await their feast.

The Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park consist mainly of tropical high-alpine vegetation, the park is about 766 sq km. The most common species include giant forest hog, black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, serval cat and a variety of monkeys as well as spectacular birds.

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya national park at Africa’s second-highest mountain covers more than 715 sq km. Common species includes giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, buffalo, suni, duiker, leopard, black rhino, bushbuck, bongo and a type of ‘golden cat’. Mountain buzzards, tinker birds etc

Meru National Park

East of Mount Kenya, in the northern frontier is Meru national park covers an area of 870 sq km. The area is famous for Elsa, the orphaned lioness reared by Joy and George Adamson .

Tsavo West and Tsavo East  National Parks

With a total area of around 2,000 sq km. The park is quite arid with only two permanent rivers with acacia and raphia palms, which line the riverine areas. Common spots game include elephant, buffalo, ostrich, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, gerenuk, fringe-eared oryx and Hunters hartebeest and the accompanying predatory cats. Popular attractions in the park are the Lugard Falls, Yatta Plateau and Mzima Springs.

Taita Hills Conservancy

Situated on the Voi to Taita road, south of the Taita Hills occupying 113 sq km reserve with interesting grasslands and woodlands. Zebra, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, impala, eland, gazelle and much more beautify the place.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta is a 360 km2 (140 sq mi) in Central Laikipia where the Big Five are commonly found

Laikipia

Found in the Great Rift Valley, among the smallest in Kenya with an area. Wildlife, including the big five roam freely on the range land.

Solio

A privately owned wildlife conservancy for conservation, protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. The animals live in harmony with other wildlife, including buffalo, zebra, giraffe and others.

Loisaba

A 57,000 acre wildlife conservancy  in Laikipia, Northern Kenya. 

Kenyan Coast

Kenya offers 536 kilometres of coastline along Indian Ocean.

Mombasa North And South Coast

Mombasa is split into three areas. The north and south coasts and the mainland with a number of beaches including the popular Diani Beach, Pirates beach, Nyali Beach etc

Kilifi

Kilifi is 53 kilometres north of Mombasa with beaches and resorts.

Malindi

Malindi is 120 kilometres north of Mombasa and travellers can use Malindi Airport for transfer. Malindi has several resorts and beaches.

Watamu Island

South of Malindi with exceptional beaches protected by offshore coral providing opportunity for swimming, snorkelling, SCUBA diving and deep-sea fishing. There are a range of resorts

Lamu

This UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the original settlements in Kenya dating back to 1370 full of local culture and historical sites

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