Kenya National Parks

Kenya’s 5 Most Beautiful Safari Destinations

When you think of Kenya, the first thing that comes to mind is the scenic vast plains of the Rift Valley, the breathtaking migrations of the Wildebeest in the Mara and the captivating sunsets of the coastal beaches. Safaris are mainly the unspoiled natural beauty of Kenya and for an unforgettable travel experience, we recommend these beautiful safari destinations. In no particular order, we present to you Kenya’s 5 most beautiful safari destinations;

1. Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is particularly known for the Great Migration, which passes through the reserve giving you the chance to witness thousands of animals crossing the Mara River.

The most popular way to witness the wildlife in the reserve is during a game drive. They are included in all safari experiences, but you may want to book something specialized, such as a night drive (organized by lodges from private conservancies).

Hot air balloon safaris, a bucket list item for anyone visiting the Masai Mare, are once in a lifetime experiences that will remain in your hearts forever.

Should you plan to get up close and personal with the animals, please note that walking safaris and nature hikes are only available in conservancies outside of the main reserve. All the while, horseback safaris are available in the larger Mara ecosystem.

For those looking for a romantic experience, a bush meal & sundowner at a scenic spot or a candlelit dinner are excellent choices. And if you want to understand the culture of the Maasai people, you can visit a traditional Maasai manyatta village.

From 1888 to 1962, Kenya was a British colony where wild animals would be allowed to live in their natural habitat.

2. Sweet water national reserve - olpejeta conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also known as Sweetwaters Game Reserve with its 360 km2 large reserve where you can encounter the Big Five. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary and located at the foot of Mt. Kenya as a beautiful background with its snow peaks. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a non-for-profit wildlife conservancy and is located in the Laikipa County between the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. It is easy accessible from Nairobi with just three hours drive and therefore makes it an easy escape for the weekend, or as a stopping point when visiting the northern part of Kenya such as Samburu National Reserve.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is situated on the Equator which is marked in the eastern sector near the Rongai Gate.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and was established in cooperation with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary was created to provide a home for abandoned and rescued chimpanzees. As some of the chimpanzees arrive with injuries based on sustained abuse from humans, they get a chance to start over and reintroduced to the life as a chimpanzee in the wild.

3. Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.It is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants.

Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species.

Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve. Five species categorized as vulnerable have recorded in the reserve. These are African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker.

4. Shimba Hills National Reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small National Reserve in the Coast Province of Kenya, 33 km from Mombasa and 15 km from the coast. The reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spur fowl, Croaking Cist cola and Zanzibar Red Bishop.

5. Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers .it is along with the 300 kilometer long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

6. Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania .The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.