Kenya National Parks and Game Reserves, Kenya Safari Attractions

Kenya's landscape ranks among the most fascinating and diverse the world over. From the low-lying coastlands to the snow capped Mt. Kenya that rises to 17,058ft. above sea level. From the tree dotted plains to the jaggered escarpment that marks the sudden drop into the floor of the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley with it's alkaline lakes. And much more. Kenya has many national parks and game reserves making it possible for one on safari to see many animal and more space. The scenery that includes the landscapes, is very unique with a lot of geographical features and a number of species. The great range of natural habitats shows that there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter. The land has the open Savannah which makes it easy to view the abundant bird life, till to the depths of a tropical rain forest.


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Kenya National Parks and Game Reserves


Aberdare National Park

The Aberdares is a mountain range which lies directly north of Nairobi, whose highest peak, Ol Doinyo La Satima, reaches 3,998m. The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, a fascinating region of Kenya. Mountain ranges and peaks give way to deep v shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls- Ideal for landscape lovers. 

Game viewing is very rewarding. Lion, Leopards, Baboon, black and white Columbus and Sykes are abundant. Rare sighting of the golden Cats Bongo a rare and elusive forest antelope, Elephant, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog and Kenya's indigenous and endangered Black Rhino.  Read more about the Aberdares National Park

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is a place of stark contrast. Meaning "Salty Dust" in the Masai language. Amboseli National Park lies at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain at 5,895m. Kilimanjaro snow capped peaks dominate every aspect of this Park and form a stunning backdrop to the wildlife. During the dry seasons a curious feature is the shimmering dry lake bed (Lake Amboseli - a seasonal lake) where mirages of populated horizons punctuated by real herds of Zebra and Wildebeest hover in front of visitors. The greatest attraction is the vast herds of Elephant within the Park. Plentiful game includes Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Impala, Leopard, Caracal and Serval Cat. Birdwatchers can see Pelican, Bee-eater, Kingfisher, African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle and Pygmy Falcon.

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Chyulu Hills National Park

The Chyulu Hills are a beautiful rolling ridge of volcanic hills in the south of Kenya. On the eastern side of the range is the black Shetani Lava flow, a ridge of lava rock formed when the Chyulus were formed. This lava flow is near the Chyulu gate of Tsavo West National Park. The hills consist of beautiful valleys and peaks with views in all directions, Mount Kilimanjaro can be visible. Rain on the hills gives rise to underground rivers. Wildlife encompasses giraffe, elephant, loin, monkeys, buffalo ...


Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell's Gate is an ideal family getaway for a day trip from Nairobi or a stopover en-route to Lake Nakuru or Masai Mara. Located just beyond Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park is particularly impressive with soaring red cliffs, isolated volcanic plugs, spreading grasslands dotted with game and a deep gorge where visitors can walk. Fischer's Tower is a challenging rock climb. This park is excellent for rock climbing, viewing  birds of prey and other bird species. There is a geothermal project at the far end of the park.


Laikipia Plateau/Laikipia Game Reserve

The Laikipia plateau in central Kenya is the last stronghold of romantic East Africa: vast open ranches, shadowed by snow-capped Mount Kenya, home to ethnically diverse communities including the Mukogodo, Masai and Samburu. These indigenous tribes people have joined together in partnership with the settlers and ranchers to create a conservation and wildlife haven that spans two million acres (800,000 hectares) of wild savannah. Read more about the Laikipia Plateau/Laikipia Game Reserve

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Lake Nakuru National Park

The world famous Lake Nakuru was created as a National Park to protect its stunning flocks of lesser Flamingo. A beacon for leading ornithologists and scientists. The Park spans an attractive range of wooded and bush grassland around the lake offering wide ecological diversity from lake water, woodland to the rocky escarpment and ridges. Notable game within the lake is Hippo and the diverse wildlife. 

On the shore roams Waterbuck, Bohors Reedbuck and Zebra and the woodland home to black and white Rhinos, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Giraffes, black and white Columbus Monkeys, Eland, Warthog, Impala, and many more. Read more about Lake Nakuru National Park

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Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo lies in the solitude of the semi-desert of the northern Rift Valley, a haven of beauty in harsh, rugged but majestic surroundings. In this fresh water lake hippo and crocodile abound but most visitors are entranced by the multitude of birds with over 400 species having been identified. Bird watching is by boat or on foot. The area is home to the Njemps tribe and a visit to a local Njemps village can easily be arranged to watch traditional crafts being made and tribal


Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria lies just south of Lake Baringo but contrasts sharply with Baringo's green and lush surroundings. This soda lake, with its shores of hot springs, boiling geysers and steam jets, stark evidence of the volcanic origins of the Rift Valley, lies hidden behind ridge after ridge of barren stony scrubland. Although primarily scenic, Bogoria is by no means devoid of wildlife.


Lake Naivasha

The highest and purest of the Great Rift Valley lakes, Lake Naivasha lies approximately 80 kms west of Nairobi on the floor of the Rift. The Lake shores are lined with fertile and flourishing horticultural farms and thousands of yellow barked acacias. Naivasha is home to more than 340 species of birds, has a resident population of hippo and small herds of plains game are found all around the shores. Bird and game viewing ...

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara is considered by many to be one of Kenya's finest game reserves. The rolling grasslands offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities and the grassy plains are broken by rocky outcrops .

The most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. Masai Mara Game Reserve offers breathtaking views an extra-ordinary density of animals including the "Big Five" and many varieties of plain game. An impressive feature is the annual migration of the Wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzania border and rivers to reach the Mara lush grassland from late June, hunted by the predators Lion, Hyena and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds. Read more about Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya

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Meru National Park

Meru lies to the east of Mount Kenya and is famous as the place where Elsa, the lioness of Joy Adamson's book 'Born Free', was returned to the wilds. Of all of Kenya's parks, Meru presents the widest variety of landscapes and habitat. Forest, swamp and savannah are criss-crossed by 13 perennial rivers all rising from the Mount Kenya massif and destined to reach the Tana River which forms the park's lower boundary.

Game to view in Meru National Park  includes Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Leopard and some of the rarer Antelope, Lesser Kudu, some of Kenya's largest herds of Buffalo. The rivers abound with Hippo and Crocodile. 300 species of Birds have been recorded including Peter's Finfoot, Inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel's Fishing Owl, Kingfisher, Roller, Bee-eater, Starling and Weaver.  

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Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya, Kenya's highest mountain, is an ancient volcano lying astride the equator, it's icy summit rising to a height of 5,199m. All of the mountain above the 3,200m contour forms a National Park. It's ascent takes you through several distinct vegetation zones - the game rich rain forests which cover the lower slopes; above this the bamboo belt; then parklands leading to alpine moorlands with their distinctive vegetation of giant groundsels and lobelias and tarns of crystal

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Nairobi National Park

One of Kenya's original National Parks established in 1946, it features 46 square miles of pristine savannah and yet is only six miles from the city center. Large populations of giraffe, wildebeest, eland and gazelle dominate the plains. Of the big five only the elephant has not been spotted. Prides of Lions may appear at the entrance to Mbagathi Gorge. This park also offers the spectacle of a Nairobi silhouette on the near horizon. Bounded by the Athi River to the south with its hippo ...


Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy – a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, ... Read more about the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the Masai. The landscape is rugged and dramatic - against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the ocassional flash of

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Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District and lies to the east of Buffalo Springs Reserve, just across the Great North Road. The Reserve takes it's name from a cone of volcanic rock and evidence of the intensity of it's volcanic upheaval is demonstrated by the formidable lava flow which the traveller has to cross to reach this remote wilderness. Shaba's northern border is marked by the flow of the Uaso Nyiro River on it's way to the Lorian Swamp, it's banks fringed

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Shimba Hills National Park

Shimba Hills consists 250 square km of scenic landscape comprising hills and valleys extending beyond the Reserve boundaries, coastal rainforest and Sheldrick’ Sfalls. Shimba Hills were gazetted as a National Forest in 1903, grassland areas were incorporated in 1924 and several subsequent extensionstook place to bring the reserve to its present size. In 1968 most most of the reserve was double gazetted as the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Two smaller areas to the west

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Taita Hills Game Reserve

The Taita Hills Sanctuary is a privately owned game ranch. In relation to its giant neighbour Tsavo, the sanctuary is tiny, only 11,330 ha, but it is a model conservation area with its own warden and rangers and at times has wildlife in plenty. Elephant and lion are resident and buffalo and cheetah are easily found. It is near to Lake Jipe, which can be approached from the sanctuary. It is also possible, from this location, to visit the Taita Hills. A switchback tarmac road makes the ascent ... read more about the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary

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Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park covers an area of about 12,000 km2 and 40% of Kenya's parks' total area. Tsavo East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks. It is accredited as one of the worlds leading biodiversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where the river banks give rise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. Camel safaris are a feature.

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Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The park has a beautiful landscape of plains, rocky ridges and outcrops. Tsavo West National Park offers tremendous views with diverse habitats ranging from Mountains, River forest, Plains, Lakes and Wooded Grassland. Its plains border with Tanzania. Game includes Leopard, Cheetah, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile and small mammals including Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik Dik and the nocturnal porcupine. The Park is excellent for visitors who enjoy walking, offering a number of nature trails and the opportunity to explore the Chaimu Volcanic Crater. Mzima Spring is a star attraction, a pool of natural spring water with underwater viewing hides for observing Hippos. Read more about Tsavo West National Park

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