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Samburu National Park

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve features numerous species of wildlife – including the rare northern specialist species most famously known as the “Samburu special” – and birdlife, a scenic landscape, and a good serving of privacy.

Located 345 Kilometers from Kenya’s capital – Nairobi, the reserve is among the lesser-known parks in Kenya; therefore promising an authentic safari experience. The reserve borders River Ewaso Nyiro to the south and occupies 165 Km2 of land.

Despite occupying a relatively small area, the reserve more than makes up for it with the big number of varied wildlife species. Among the wildlife that calls this reserve home are Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant, Wild dog, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, and the endangered Pancake tortoise. Birdlife is also abundant with a count of over 450 recorded species. Among them are Somali Ostrich, Taita Falcon, Martial Eagle, and African Darter.

The topography is made up of shrubs, open bushland, and riverine forests lining River Ewaso Nyiro. The climate is hot and dry, but the nights are cool. For game viewing, the best time to visit is from December to March, and June through October. Bird watchers would have a better time during the rainy season of April and May, and also in November.

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Samburu Wildlife
Route from Nairobi

Masai Mara National Reserve

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the South-west part of Kenya. 180 kilometres from Nairobi, right along the Great Rift Valley; and neighboring Serengeti National Park. Its location presents the chance to witness one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world – the annual Wildebeest migration. As huge herds of Wildebeests migrate between Serengeti and Masai Mara.

Annual Wildebeests Migration

Make no mistake, the Wildebeest migration is just one of the attractions in this famous reserve. Experience an aerial view of the breathtaking wildlife action; in the vast plains of Masai Mara just below your Hot Air Balloon ride. From the big cat’s chasing their dinner; to grazers and browsers cautiously feeding on the vegetation. You have a lot to feed your eyes on. You can expect to see: Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Serval, Hippo, Elephant, Buffalo, Bat-eared Fox, Jackal, Crocodile, Eland, Topi, Warthog, Hippo, Oribi, Zebra, Reed-buck, Thompson’s gazelle, Impala, Baboons, Grant’s gazelle, Waterbuck, Rhino, Wildebeest on certain months, and hundreds of bird species.

Moreover, the topography in here constitutes of acacia woodlands, rolling hills, grasslands. Not to forget rivers. Climatic conditions vary from rainy season in the months of November to May. And the dry season the rest of the year. Temperatures rise up to 30°C and fall to 20°C. The Wildebeest migration takes place from July to October. Wildlife viewing is better during the dry season.

On the other hand, other Parks in the same route from Nairobi include: Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha

Masai Mara Wildlife Wildlife
Route from Nairobi

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park

From the iconic Ziwani Voyager, Mzima Springs and the Shetani Lava flow, to the rugged wilderness where wild animals and 600+ species of birds reside, you have a lot to feast your eyes on in Tsavo West National Park. The park is located 240 kilometers from Nairobi, 250 kilometers from Mombasa; adjacent to Tsavo East National Park. The park can be reached by road, air, or rail. 

Whether you are a bird watcher, or wildlife is what gets you tingling with excitement, the attractions at the park will certainly satisfy your eyes. The animals include: Leopard, Cheetah, Rhino, Crocodile, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Gerenuk, Impala, Lesser Kudu, Dik-dik, Bush baby, and Monkeys.

As if this is not enough, there is also a hide where Crocodile and Hippos can be viewed from underwater. In addition, you can explore caves, climb rocks, or just have a bush walk with permission and accompaniment of a guard, of course. 

In addition, the topography at the park is composed of arid grasslands and scrubs, oases, acacia and baobab woodlands, hills and rocks, and volcanic lava beds. The climate is hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 29°C in the day and 18°C at night.  For wildlife watchers, the best time to visit is January and February, and also June through October, while bird watchers would have the best experience from the months of November to May.

Other popular Parks include Masai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park.

Tsavo West Wildlife
Route from Diani/Mombasa

Tsavo East National Park

TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

The Tsavo East National Park is famously known for the eye catching red dust-coated elephants. The unique maneless lions, the longest lava plateau – Yatta plateau, and a range of uncommon antelopes. Tsavo East is situated adjacent to Tsavo West National Park.  325 kilometers from Nairobi and 250 kilometers from Mombasa, it is conveniently suited for a quick getaway and airstrips are also available if you need a chartered flight.

Furthermore, this vast park is home to some rare species such as the fringed-eared Oryx, and the Hirola which is especially critically endangered. Other animals that reside here are: lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Giraffe, Crocodile, Hippo, Waterbucks, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, and more than 500 bird species.

The park is mostly dry plains, rocks such as the towering Mudanda rock which is a scene to behold, long stretches of grasslands, and scattered shrubs which makes it easier to spot animals. With the palm-shaded River Galana crossing the park, and a few water holes providing drinking water for the animals, you are sure to feast your eyes on the beauty of the majestic Jumbos spraying the blue waters as they quench their thirst.

The climate here is hot and dry with temperatures reaching to 31°C in the day and falling to 20°C at night. The best time to visit is June through October when there is very little rainfall, thinner vegetation, and animals can easily be found at predictable water sources.

Other famous National Parks in Kenya include: Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Aberdare National Park and Samburu National Park.

Tsavo East Wildlife
Route from Diani Beach/Mombasa

Lake Nakuru National Park

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Talk of a sight of lengthy blue waters, beautifully colored by the pink of the spectacular flamingoes, lionesses napping on trees on the far side, and rocky escarpments and waterfalls on the other, and I will tell you what you are talking about – Lake Nakuru National Park. Ooh, and that is not all.

Located on the Great Rift Valley — 156 kilometers from Nairobi and just 4 kilometers from Nakuru — the park is home to a myriad of wildlife species including: Rothschild’s Giraffe – which is a rare species in Kenya, Black and White Rhino, Olive Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Zebra, Hyena, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Jackal, Leopard, Cheetah, and Impala. Besides the Flamingos, other birds that live here include Pelicans, Kingfishers, Eagles, Cormorants, Ostriches, Storks among others.

The topography in the park is composed of rocky hills and escarpments, grasslands, and acacia woodlands. The climate is mild with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 28°C in the day, and falling to about 9°C at night.

Although the park is fenced so wildlife viewing is good all year, the best time to visit is during the dry season from June to February. The wet season of March to May is favorable for bird watching.

Other key destinations are: Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve

Lake Nakuru Wildlife
Route from Nairobi

Shimba Hills National Park

SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL PARK

Serving as the only home in Kenya to the endangered Sable antelope, and being the second largest coastal forest in the East African region, Shimba Hills National Reserve prides itself as a center for scenic beauty featuring an abundance of flora and fauna, birdlife, reptiles and insects, and the wildlife roaming underneath.

Located just 60 kilometers from the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, the reserve is a quick getaway where you can view big herds of Elephants in Mwaluganje forest, experience the beauty of Sheldrick Falls, or have a guided bush walk into the thick forests where you can spot most of the 111 species of birds that reside in the reserve.

Moreover, the reserve is home to many other animals including Giraffe, Civet Cat, Vervet monkeys, Genet, Leopard, Buffalo, Bush pig, Bush Duiker, Hyena, Shrew, Sykes Monkey, Bush baby, Leopard, and Blue Duiker among others. A few types of snakes also reside in the reserve such as Cobra, and Python. Lizards, Geckos, and numerous types of butterflies are also found within these borders.

The climate in the reserve is hot and moist and the average annual temperature is 24°C. The best time to visit is during the dryer months of June through October.

Other popular Parks are Meru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Tsavo West National Park, Aberdare National Park.

Shimba Hills Wildlife
Route from Diani Beach/Mombasa

Meru National Park

MERU NATIONAL PARK

Meru National Park is located 348 kilometres from Nairobi via the Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru road, and 290 kilometres via Meru. Bisected by the equator and 13 Rivers with Baobab trees and Doum palms growing along the waterways, this park — which was once home to the famous Lisa the lioness of “Born Free” –will surely give you the relaxation and scenic beauty that you so desire.

Additionally, the great Mount Kenya can be viewed together with Adamson’s falls. Animals to be seen here include: Leopard, Elephant, Lion, Black and White Rhino, Grevy’s Zebra, Oryx, Duiker, Lesser Kudu, Dik-dik, Cheetah, Hippo, Crocodile, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Buffalo, Gerenuk, Bohor Reedbuck, Eland, Hyena, and Waterbuck. Snakes such as Cobra, Python, and Puff Udder are also present. Birdlife features more than 400 species.

The topography in the park is mainly thorny bushes, wooded grasslands, riverine forests and many Rivers. The climate is arid and relatively hot with temperatures reaching 32°C in the day and falling to 17°C at night.

Moreover, the best times to visit is June through September, during which there are little to no rains and the grass isn’t too long to make it hard to spot the animals. Nonetheless, the park can be visited all year round and it is never crowded so you can have most of this beauty to yourself.

Also take a look at Masai Mara Game Reserve, Aberdare National Park, Amboseli National Park

Meru National Park Wildlife
Route from Nairobi

Aberdare National Park

ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

With long stretches of jagged peaks of the Aberdare mountain ranges, covered with the thick greenery of rainforests, waterfalls falling from as high as 273 meters, and both common and rare wildlife roaming around and birdlife perching on trees, it is pretty easy to describe this park – an oasis of scenic beauty.

Located 150 kilometers from Nairobi and 15 kilometers from Nyeri, the Aberdare is home to a multitude of wildlife including: Black Rhino, Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, White and Black Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Warthog, Buffalo, and Bushbuck among others. There are more than 250 bird species and a good number of rare animals such as blue Duiker, Bongo, giant Forest Hog, African Civet Cat, Serval Cat among others and who knows what else you could find in these dense forests.

Furthermore, the park is conducive for engaging in trout fishing, camping in the moorlands, bird viewing, and picnicking.

The topography in the park is mostly dense forests, mountain ranges, rivers and waterfalls, and moorland plateau. Due to the high altitude of the park, the climate is cool and wet with temperatures ranging between 11°C and 17°C. The best times to visit are June through September, and also January to February, during which the rains don’t make the roads unpassable.

Take a look at other popular Parks in Kenya; Shimba Hills National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, Meru National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve

Aberdare Wildlife
Route from Nairobi

Amboseli National Park

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National Park is famous for being home to big herds of elephants among other animals and birds, its scenic beauty, and an amazing view of the highest peak in Africa – mount Kilimanjaro.

The park is located on the north-west side of this beautiful mountain, 240 kilometres from Nairobi via the Nairobi-Arusha road, and 228 kilometres via Nairobi-Mombasa road. The distance between the park and Mombasa is 452 kilometres via Mombasa Road. The park can also be accessed through air as it has an airstrip.

Additionally, as sure as you are that the sun will shine tomorrow, you can be sure to see the Elephants right in their natural habitat engaging in serious elephant business. Other animals that call this park home are buffalo, Hyrax, Dik-dik, giraffe, Zebra, Wild dogs, Crocodile, Mongoose, Lesser Kudu, Nocturnal Porcupine, the big cats, and hundreds of bird species. You can also spare some time to visit the local Maasai community neighbouring the park and experience their rich culture.

The topography in this park constitutes of plains, acacia woodland, swamps and marshes, and rocky thorn bushes. The climate throughout the year is hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 27°C-33°C during the day, and falling to 22°C-24°C at night.

The best times to visit are January to February and also June to September when the rains won’t ruin your experience.

Other popular National Parks in Kenya are Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Meru National Park, Shimba Hills NationalPark

Amboseli Wildlife
Route from Nairobi