With so many safari destinations to chose from, its very hard to decide where to go. Get a glimpse of some of the most amazing safari experiences you can expect in Kenya with our top 10 Kenyan Safaris.
1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
One of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world. It is the best place to see a range of game from big cats to the grazers and river game. From mid-June to October, Mara plays host to wildebeest, zebra and many other herbivores in their thousands as they battle for survival against Africa’s iconic predators. Vegetation is dominated by savannah with isolated forests.
2. AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Located on the Kenya-Tanzanian border, Amboseli is famous for stunning scenery which is dominated by the perfect view of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Tanzanian boarder.
The vegetation is varied but dominated by savannah which allows for viewing of plains game, ranging from lion, leopard and giraffe. The Elephants of Amboseli are some of Africa’s largest and probably the most famous.
3. LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
A World Heritage Site, Lake Nakuru is one of the most scenic parks in East Africa. It is home to a wide range of animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, rhino and many more. With 400 known species having being spotted here, this is a bird watchers paradise. Not to be missed, are the famous, million-plus grand flocks of pink flamingos.
4. SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Located in the homeland of the Nomadi & colourful Samburu people, Samburu is home to unique species of giraffe & zebra as well as leopard, river game and your usual plains game.
The reserve offers scenic panoramic views of the vast rugged landscape for which Africa is famous.
5. MT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
With Africa’s second highest mountain, this is one of the world’s highest national parks. This is famous for a variety of wildlife and for the climbs offered to its ice cliffs and rock faces. The best time to go for fair weather is from mid Jan – late Feb + from late Aug – Sep.
6. ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Situated 100km north of Nairobi, the park forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range. It is well known for its large population of Black Rhino as well as other game.
7. SHABA NATIONAL PARK
This is a small National Park with plenty to offer. No less than 17 beautiful springs provide water for wildlife. See rare species like Grevy's zebra, generuk and reticulated giraffe. Visit the monument to Joy Adamson Don’t miss the spectacular Shaba Hill, with its volcanic formations, in the south.
8. LAKE NAIVASHA
Explore the lake on spectacular boat trips for a chance to spot some wonderful birdlife.
It is home to a variety of wildlife, including families of hippo plus over 400 species of bird found along the lake shores. Enjoy a scenic forest of yellow fever trees and lush swamps.
9. MARSABIT NATIONAL PARK
Amid the deserts of Kenya's extreme north, this park offers an experience unlike any other. Lions, leopards and elephants inhabit what must be some of Kenya's most spectacular forests, emerging into the forest clearings around dawn and dusk. Located on the far-north of Kenya, very few travellers make it this to this park.
10. MERU NATIONAL PARK
Meru National Park counts among Kenya's least-visited parks which makes it ideal for those who don’t want to encounter tourists on a safari.
By: Charity Zulu - Thompsons Holidays