It's time to tick safari off your bucket list
Tsavo West National Park covers 7065 km², but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000 m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees.
A wildlife safari is the best way to see Kenya's wildlife close-up in its natural environment. Tsavo West is home to the largest population of red-skinned elephants as well as to members of the rest of the "Big 5" African animals (buffalo, African lions, leopards and rhinos). There is also a host of Kenyan birds and other animals, both large and small, to see.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest African safari parks in Kenya. It was established in 1948 and covers 11,747 km², although not all of the park is open to the public.
The Park is 333 km south-east of Nairobi, and 173 km north-west of Mombasa. Its relative closeness to the beaches and tourist attractions around Malindi and Mombasa make it an ideal one-day wildlife safari destination for those who do not want to stay overnight.
Tsavo East National Park is a natural area of flat, dry plains, with thorny bushes and swampy marshland near the river. It amazes with diverse Kenyan animals including large families of giraffes, gazelles, hartebeests and zebras, as well as four of the "Big Five" must-see animals - buffalo, African elephants, lions and leopards.
Although it is a popular African safari wildlife park, it is very rare to see other traffic except under certain circumstances when viewing the wildlife. The guides communicate with each other by radio if they find something unusual, such as a pride of lions, and there may be a sudden convergence of vehicles to the site, but they soon disperse again. The best time to view the wildlife is early or late in the day, as the animals tend to sleep in the hot midday sun.
Aberdare National Park is a high altitude national park created to protect the slopes and moorland of the Aberdare Mountains. The park is a perfect location for topography enthusiasts and for viewing Kenya's animals and birds.
The topography ranges from high moorland, hills and peaks to indigenous forest, ravines, streams and waterfalls.
Aberdare is home to the second largest herd of endangered black rhinos.
Many Kenyan animals can be seen here including African elephants, lions, rhinos, black leopard and the elusive bongo antelopes.
Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds. It is an excellent park for wildlife spotting and is home to many water-loving animals such as hippos and waterbucks.
A safari to Lake Nakuru National Park can be completed in one day or combined with a visit to Lake Naivasha and the nearby Aberdare National Park.
Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a "must see" for anyone traveling to Kenya. It is the ultimate bucket list trip for many Kenyans and visitors alike because of the park’s wide variety of unique and exquisite wildlife and birds. It is the best place to see the "Big Five" animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. Other animals you can encounter are zebras, antelopes, gnus, oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles and many more. The park has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.
Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara or the Mara) is situated within the Great Rift Valley in the southern part of Kenya. Measuring approximately 1510 sq. kilometres (approx. 938sq. miles) in size, this unfenced savannah grassland is roughly 150 miles southeast of Nairobi. Maasai Mara derives its name from the indigenous people of Kenya - the Maasai tribe - and the Mara River that cuts through the park.
Hugged by grassy banks and shingled with cacti and sand olive trees, the Rift Valley's highest lake (at 1884 m above sea level) extends like a vast, sunlit sea. But there's more to this spot than the lovely blue lake. You can ride among giraffes and zebras, sip on a glass of Rift Valley red, look for hippos on the lake and relax in the garden at Elsamere.
Amboseli National Park, the second most popular animal park after Maasai Mara, is 260 km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border with the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya's animals, make it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya.
Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelopes.