Kenya National Parks, Game Reserves Map
National parks and game reserves in Kenya are among the most booked for African holidays.It is so thanks to the excellent climate and possibility for a safari with big 5 game viewing. Safaris was a term used in the past for a big-game hunt in Kenya. today, the word represents a journey or adventure. The National parks and game reserves are a long time not visited for hunting but to observe the wildlife.
Discover the best national parks and game reserves for big 5 game viewing in Kenya.
Below you is the list of the best National parks in Kenya. Before you choose, consider the activity you would like to do on your safari. Bear in mind there are some pretty rough areas out there.
If this is going to be your first visit in Kenya, have look on our what to pack list and travel advice to be well prepared for you adventure in east Africa.
National Park Aberdare
Truly paradise for all lovers of wildlife safari holidays! The land of the national park is approx. 70 km mountain chain stretch. The height of the mountains reaches around 4000m. Natural beauty of the Aberdare national park is due to a large number of crystal-clear water streams, waterfalls and lakes teeming with fish. The Aberdare national park provides excellent conditions for the habitat of many species of mammals and birds what makes this location excellent for birdwatching. The wildlife include rhinoceroses, buffalo, leopards, elephants, antelopes, monkeys and with little luck you will see all the representatives of the African Big Five. The most frequent are panthers and serval.
Lake Nakuru lays in the valley of the Great African Rift and is the most outstanding national park in Africa. The National Park is similar to a carnival in Rio or a massive exhibition of colorful birds. It is the alkaline waters of the Lake Nakuru, the rich local fish and seaweed what attracted over a million pink flamingos. The other lakes of the Great Rift Valley are not less picturesque: Naivasha, Baringo, Bogoria, Magadi, and Natrona, etc. Around of the lakes there is a set of healing hot springs and geysers. In Lake Nukuru you will find cormorants, pelicans, herons and other wildlife.
National Park Meru
Traveling to the east of Mount Kenya, some 350 km from Nairobi, Meru National Park is located. This holiday destination in east Africa became world famous thanks to the “white rhinos” inhabited the National park until 1988. The nature reserve Meru has never been in an intensive human manipulation and remained almost intact. The area is traversed by numerous tributaries of the largest river in Kenya – Tana River, where is the stunning beautiful waterfall with living crocodiles and hippos.
Maasai Mara Nature Reserve is located approx. 390 km from Nairobi and is an extension of the famous Tanzanian Serengeti. It is also one of the most popular national parks for luxury safari honeymoons in Kenya. There are two rivers – Mara and Telecom. The water in the rivers never dries out, what makes the local land moist and fertile. Lot of of food and water supply excellent conditions for inhabitation of the largest populations of African wild animals – around 80 species of mammals and more than 450 species of birds can be found in Maasai Mara.
During the main season, in June and September you can see the impressive mass migration of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles Thompson, who are hunted by the predators: lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, vultures, jackals, marabou. Nature reserve area is divided into three main zones: scrub, savanna, and river channels.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West
Tsavo East / West is Kenya’s largest nature reserve located in the south of the country open in 1947. The area is divided in two parts: Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Wildlife in Tsavo East and West is very rich, it inhabits more than 60 species of animals and more than 400 species of birds. The park is famous for its large herds of elephants bathing in small lakes that remain after the rains. Have a look on our experience on all-inclusive safari in Tsavo.
Amboseli is located 220 km south of Nairobi and according to many writers, it is the most beautiful place for safaris in Kenya. From here is possible to view the breathtaking volcano of Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) – the pride of neighboring Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa. Here you will spot leopards, buffalos, rhinos, elephants and lions. In a huge number are found cheetahs, hippos, gazelles Thompson, giraffes, spotted hyenas, zebras and wildebeest. Amboseli National park is home to variety of birds, including vultures and scavengers Bush’s marabou.
Samburu and Shaba
Samburu / Shaba are located in northern part of country and are very similar to each other. The red earth with dry grass and rare acacias on the peaks of volcanic mountains are home to baboons, Gerenuk zhirafovye gazelles, buffaloes, antelopes, reticulated giraffes, elephants, zebras, leopards and lions. By the river are resting lazy crocodiles and bathing large hippos. The entire area is inhabited with many birds: eagles, falcons, storks, ibises, marabou and even a rare blue Somali ostrich with a bluish neck.
Mount Kenya is the countries highest mountain (5199 m) and the second largest mountain in Africa after famous Tanzanian Kilimanjaro (5895 m). The Mount Kenya is the right place for climbing and hiking. The central peaks of twins Bathyal (5199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m) can be reached only with special climbing equipment. The nature of this area is absolutely unique and has been declared the International Reserve by UNESCO. The zone of high mountains, not typical of the equator, has created several endemic species (81 species), animals and birds. Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano and its mountain base is 50 km in diameter. There was feverish due to volcanic eruptions about 3,1 – 2,6 million years ago.
Arabuko Sokoke Park
Arabuko Sokoke Park is located only 110km north of Mombasa and there for is often combined with beach holidays. Arabuko Sokoke is the largest stretch of coastal forest remaining in Eastern Africa. The ecosystem is only 6 square kilometers and has three forest types, mixed forest, Brachystegia and Cynometra, each inhabitating many rare species of beautiful birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants. It is a great place for bird watching safari. The bird species includes Fischers Turaco, Golden Woodpecker and many others. The Clarke’s Weaver is endemic to the forest, while the Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, and the Amani Sunbird and Spotted Ground Thrush may be seen. Arabuko Sokoke Park is located between Kilifi and Malindi, one hour drive north from Mombasa, 15 minute drive from Malindi and 10 minute drive from Watamu.