With top notch Game Parks, blinding white beaches, ancient sites and traditional towns, Kenya is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Kenya Safaris are highlighted with the real star of the show, wildlife. A safari holiday to Kenya offers you this chance to get close to the big five and big cats in their natural habitats. The key national parks in Kenya for a Safari are Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Nairobi National Park but there are many other amazing parks in Kenya with the largest being Tsavo which is divided to Tsavo east and Tsavo west then there is Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi National Park in the center of Kenya.
Kenya Safari Attractions & Destinations
Kenya has vast savannas, immense herds of wildlife and people with proudtraditions on the soil where humanity was born. This is the land of the Maasai Mara where wildebeests and zebras is migrate in Millions with great predators following in their way. Africa is the last great wilderness where these creatures survive, Kenya is a major weight to answer africa’s call of the wild, there’s possibly no better place in the world to watch elephants than Amboseli National Park. In the country’s South is Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro which is the backdrop for seemingly every picture you’ll take here apart from elephant sightings wildebeests zebras lions and hyenas which may cross your path to its rollin Savannah studded with flattop acacia trees. Maasai Mara is an iconic East African landscape that’s home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet occupying a special place.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in Narok County, Southern park part of Kenya. The Mara is considered to be one of the greatest wildlife reserves in African due to the incomparable population of lions, cheetahs, leopard and Elephants within the Reserve.
The Great Mara comprises of two major sectors; Masai Mara National Reserve and The Mara Triangle, however it also encompasses of other conservancies to include: Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Koiyaki, Naikara, Lemek, Ol Derkesi and Oloirien.
Maasai Mara National Reserve gets its name from local Kiswahili word, “Mara” which means “spotted”. The wildlife reserve was named in honor of the local tribe who occupy the plains of the region known as the Maasai people. The prominent group is one of the famous African tribes famously known for their residence near many Parks across Kenya and the African Great lakes region. The tribe has preserved their African culture up-to present day which is clearly reflected by their dress code, ways of living and their life dependence on strictly herbal African medicine up to today……… LEARN MORE
Masai Mara Game Reserve is undeniably one of the greatest wildlife viewing areas on earth. While the wildlife is what’s put Maasai Mara on the map, these lands are also home to one of the most extraordinary tribes on earth, you’ve probably seen footage Kenya Safari Tours and Holidays comprising of the Maasai colored beads close-cropped hair the brightest of clothing and the most enviable of bone structure but beneath the striking athletic exterior lurks a fearsome reputation renowned as ferocious warriors and cattle rustlers.
Maasai not only prefer their meat raw but they like to wash it down with pure cow blood. Circumcision is practiced in many cultures, the Maasai prefer to perform it without anesthetic. The bright red color of most of their clothing is used to scare off predators. While they still look fierce, the Maasai People are also mighty friendly,
they perform a dance to welcome visitors to their villages while on Kenya Safaris to the National Parks and the same dance is traditionally used for other more vital purposes. The jumping dance they perform is a source of popularity with in the community in a way that for a Masai man to have many girlfriends, he has to jump highest. On a Safari to Kenya, you will have a chance to visit this unique tribe, the Maasai are known to settle within most National Parks in Kenya….LEARN MORE
Lake Nakuru National Park
Internationally known as an important Bird natural sanctuary, Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of different bird species.
The 188 square kilometer lake Nakuru is the only Kenya Wildlife Service administered reserve that is fully enclosed. Once just a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru is now the best place for a Kenya Safari Holiday to see the highly protected black and white rhino, other animals in the park include lion leopard, flamingo, Egyptian geese, water buck, giraffe, impala, buffalo, Babu’s velvet monkeys and gazelles.
The park is most famous for the colony of pelicans and flamingos that cover the lake in thousands.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a popular park with breathtaking views of Africa’s highest mountain, Mountain Kilimanjaro.
A key attraction centrally placed at an observation Hill which offers great views of the plains below. A Kenya Safari Tour to Amboseli takes you to a home to more than 50 species of mammal including elephant, hippo, cheetah, leopard, hyenas and much more.
This park is one of the most photographed wildlife areas in the world, huge elephant herds stroll across the plains with a snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro forming one of the most recognized and iconic shots on the planet.Towards the eastern side of Amboseli lies the largest and oldest parks in the country the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks.
Hells Gate National Park
Covering an area of about 68 square kilometers, Hell’s Gate National Park is one of the few game parks in Kenya where you can visit on a Kenya Safari and walk, run or cycle alongside zebra gazelles and other wildlife.
The breathtaking scenery of this park has over the years inspired the filming of various Hollywood movies including King Solomon’s Mines and Tomb Rider. Besides that, Hell’s Gate National Park features the fishes tower a prominent volcanic plug standing 25 meters
high over the surrounding flat valley floor seasoned rock climbing enthusiasts and beginners. Hikers will often be spotted scaling their way up this imposing tower. The jewel of Hell’s Gate however is Oidonyi a gorge, a 24 kilometer deep ravine lined with short cliff, it is endowed with hot water springs feeding a stream that meanders down the floor of the gorge as it cuts its way through the rugged and semi-arid surrounding landscape the gorge widens out as it weaves its way down and out of the National Park it is arguably one of the most beautiful places to go for a hike
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks
These are located between the two cities of Nairobi and Mombasa at nearly 22,000 square kilometers, The two Tsavo parks are among some of the world’s largest National Parks.
The slightly larger Tsavo East fondly referred to as the theatre of the wild is generally flat with dry Plains across which the Galan River flows. Other features to explore while on a Kenya Safari Holiday to Tsavo include the yata plateau and the lugodi Falls on the other side of the highway lies.
The land of lava springs and man-eaters. Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world’s vast herds of dust, red elephants, fat pods of hippos, giant crocodile and a kaleidoscope of birdlife
Meru National Park
Meru National Park is a rarely visited and a remote park that was home to Joy and George Adamson in the 1960s in the 1970s that was visited by as many as 30,000 tourists each year mainly as results of the film “Born Free”. On its own mirror Meru National Park is not particularly large, at just 870 square kilometers. It’s framed to the northwest by the young Bonnie Hills which separated from the neighboring Shaba and to the south the Tana River forms the boundary on its way from Mount KenyaMeru is part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River that includes the adjacent bazaar Nadi and Winkie national reserves brilliantly painted on a magnificent scale this park features luxurious forests, rivers, swamps, grasslands, termite cathedrals and an ever evolving dance between clouds with sky presenting superb wildlife viewing opportunitiesThe park has 13 permanent rivers that flow out of the Ambani hills and drain into the Tana River, the rivers break up the monotony of the open woodland and are a defining vital life force during the dry season. The National Park is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Baeza Oryx. Other animals found in the park include elephants, lions and rhinos to be seen in the forty square kilometer rhino sanctuary within the park. The sanctuary is home to both white rhino and the indigenous black rhino, lavish vegetation stunning scenery big cats, giant tusksand glorious sunsets, Meru National Park in Kenya has it all.
Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and more of the Aberdare mountains. The scenery in this park is quite spectacular and impressive as is the range of wildlife.
There are series of spectacular Falls with the famous Karuru Falls having the deepest drop plunging more than 300meters. The park is part of the Aberdare range. To the Kikuyu people, the range is known as the fara, the place of mist and blue. This according to culture of the Kikuyu is the alternative place of their God whose main residence is on mounds camp.
The range was named the Aberdare range in1884 by the Scottish Explorer Joseph Thompson, the entire forest has been fenced to protect settlement farmers from animal and to create a rhino and forest sanctuary.Aberdare became famous in 1950 when Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England visted on a Kenya safari to the park, this was after the death of King George the 4th. She had been on honeymoon at the treetops hotel and had gone as princess only to come down a queen. Rugged terrain streams and waterfalls combined to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park.The spectacular countryside picturesque way with no doubt cut your attention while on a Kenya Safari visit to Aberdare national park, the park covers an area of 767 square kilometers, the topography is quite diverse all into the deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes.The park also has a wide range of landscapes including the mountain peaks that rise up to 14,000 feet above sea level. Established in 1950 the Aberdare National Park forms part of the Aberdare mountain range. A visit to the park will undoubtedly expose you to various wildlife species within the park including members of the big five. Visitors can indulge in picnic and camping activities in a protected environment
Established in 1967 the name OLDONYO means a large mountain in Masai language, it’s also referred to as Kili Mambo go in Swahili which means Buffalo Mountain. OLDONYO is a mountain in central Kenya, the peak at height 2,000 145 meters was named by the Messiah pastoralists. It is a great Kenya trip to travelers who love outdoors activities. The ecosystem of OLDONYOI constitutes a mountain which is entirely covered with dense montane forests except for a small area at the very top. The height makes a great bonding experience for a group of friends or familyNear the peak of the mountain is the grave of Lord mac millan his wife and their beloved dog. Lord mac millan was a decorated American soldier knighted by the king of England, he and his wife were great philanthropists and established the Matt Millen library in central NairobiA short drive east gets to Lord McMillan’s home visited by former American President, Theodore Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill amongst other very important guestsThe house had served as a jailhouse during the Second World War; here you can got to explore the theory space the prisoners were kept captive. A visit gives any traveler a unique historical experience on a Kenya safari.
Ruma National Park
Ruma National park is situated in Lamba Valley in South Nyanza, 140 kilometers from Kisumu, 10 kilometers east of Lake Victoria, southwest of Homer Bay and 425 kilometers west of Nairobi. The Park lies in the flat floor of the Lamba valley bordered by the Kanawha escarpment to the southeast grassy hills, Sumba Hill and brewery hills to the north.
The park covers an area of 120 square kilometers it was initially established as the lamba Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare Rhone antelopes which exists nowhere else in Kenya. In 1983 it was gazetted as the Ruma National Park, it was renamed Ruma upon request of the local community,
the area had been named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizards, the much feared Gore Mejia who lived around the park. The park is largely of black cotton soil and lies in western Kenya close to the shores of Africa’s largest inland lake, Lake Victoria. Ruma National park provides an gameviewing and birding excursions, tranquility and peace for meditation, historians campers, team-building picnics, sundowners and scenic beauty.Some of the wildlife you can view at ruma are the Roan antelope, leopard, Buffalo, hyena, Rothschild giraffe, baboons, honey badgers and many more
Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is home to the majority of large African mammals, there are elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotami, big cats such as the lion and leopard and an extremely large number of herbivores.
The reserve also houses a large number of lesser species which take advantage of the resources of an environment that remains sterile for the greater part of the year during the dry season.The waters of Oso nagito River flow even in the dry season except in years of prolonged droughts such as in 1986 and
1987 the rivers course enables large Nile crocodiles to live here which are to be seen sunning themselves on its banks. these crocodiles can reach lengths of up to 5 meters.
Kora National Park
Few places offer a more genuine wilderness ambience than the remote as the rugged Kora National Park, rarely visited utterly unspoiled and easily the most geographically diverse park in Kenya. Kora is a haven for Safari professionals and wildlife experts, alike the park is commonly described as the last wilderness. Its most easterly point is a place called Adamson’s falls on the Tana River. It borders on Mara National Park where Linus Elsa of Born Free Fame had lived and was in 1960. The two parks are linked by a bridge built over the Tana River forming one of the most important ecosystems in Kenya covering an area of 1,800 spectrometers. This is the third largest park in Kenya and perhaps the whole park of Kenya’s conservation with its rich history and inspiration of the award selling book and film” born free”Once a low season forgotten part of Kenya, Kora owes a large part of its existence to George Adamson, the father of lions or Baba a Simba as he was fondly referred to. His pioneering efforts go back to the 1970s when he had rented the poorer area for the rehabilitation of his lions, the area was subsequently proclaimed a national reserve and it was Georgia’s long cherished dream that Kora would one day be a national park was finally realized in 1989 just three days before he was murdered by poachers.George is buried in the park beside his brother Terrence who had died two years earlier and close to the graves of his two beloved lions. The grave a simple mound of quartz boulders among the thorn trees, it is very close to Campea simba where he lived. Campea Simba is situated at the base of the giant outcrop that is the Kora rock, here Georgia’s camp still stands as the camp’s fence, the workshop and the remains of the old kitchen. Striking sites in Kora include: the isolated rocky outcrops covered in vegetation which create random islands above the plains. Only one source of permanent water serves this arid region and that is Kenya’s largest river the Tana. The sudden appearance of lush green oasis created by the lines of domed palms which shelter the banks of the river create a stunning contrast from the thorny scrub bush thicket abound in the park along the river elephants are easily spotted sheltering from the sweltering heat but perhaps the best feature of Korra is its mesmerizing sunsets truly a marvel of Kenya Safari
Things to know before visiting Kenya on a Safari
There are some important things that you need to know before embarking on a Kenya safari, among these include;
Best time to travel Kenya
The best time to visit Kenya is actually the entire year but never the less the reason for your visit determines which Is the excellent time to visit. if you come for safari then it’s good all over the year but if you come for example for the wild beasts migration in Masai Mara then July to September it’s your time to be there. This is also the most expensive season for a Kenya Safari Holiday. Are you visiting for a beach holidays then January to March is perfect but if you wish to combine both Safari and beach holiday then July to October is perfect season
Language Spoken in Kenya
Kenyans speak Swahili which is a mixture between Portuguese Arabic and the local Bantu language. This will be the most common language you will hear while on a safari to Kenya within the National Parks. Swahili is also spoken in other countries like Tanzania and also Uganda but never the less most of the people speak English in Kenya
Kenya Visa Acquisition
You will need a visa to travel Kenya, applying for a visa to Kenya can be Both online and upon arrival. Upon arrival, acquiring a visa will cost you a fee of about 40 Euros.
ATM and money
When on a kenya Safari, keep in mind to ensure that you sort out your money in bigger cities like Nairobi or Mombasa and because you don’t get to find ATMS everywhere. Most national parks in Kenya are located in rural areas where you won’t be able to access an ATM. Further more, ATM machines In Kenya only accept Visa card, they don’t accept mastercard or the other way around so always have a little bit of cash with you or maybe also carry two different credit cards to be on a safer side. To not more, be aware that there’s a daily limit on some ATMs where you can only withdraw approximately 80 to 100 euros a day
Yellow fever Certificate and Malaria
When you’re traveling to Kenya for a Safari you need to have a yellow fever certificate, you are expected to show this certificate at the airport or borders as a requirement to let you through. Malaria does exist in Kenya especially in the Safari destinations that’s why you will find all Safari lodges with mosquito nets on their beds. But never the less you are required to carry with you mosquito repellent
Tipping people that work in bars and restaurants should be part of your agenda because these dedicated people don’t earn a lot so they depend on tips. It is advisable to tip them whenever you can.
There are different ways of getting around in Kenya to include; uber which works quite perfectly well in the big cities like Nairobi and Mombasa. Uber is very convenient in cases when there’s no rush hour, it really works. For the case of rush hour, matatus which are three tyre bikes specially made to beat the jam of the cities. As a tip, the best and cheapest option for you to travel is during the day, this also gives you an opportunity to mingle with the locals.