March 5, 2024


In Kenya, the spirit of safari lives on, promising adventure, reflection, and a deeper connection with the natural world.

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Best safari destinations in Kenya

Best safari destinations in Kenya

Best Safari destinations in Kenya

Unforgettable Safari Experiences in Kenya

They don’t call it “The Magical Kenya”  for nothing! Whether you are a local keen on domestic tourism or a foreigner keen on ticking a Kenyan safari off your bucket list, you are guaranteed to have some great thrilling safari experiences.

Kenya has for years been ranked top as the World’s Leading Safari Destination by the World Travel Awards, offering safari experiences that are as diverse as they are profound. From the iconic Maasai Mara to the tranquil waters of Lake Nakuru, each destination weaves its own narrative, promising adventurers an encounter with nature in its most pristine form.

So what are the best safari experiences in Kenya?

The Great Migration in the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is synonymous with wildlife viewing on a grand scale, with the highlight being the Great Migration, a spectacle that draws enthusiasts from across the globe. You get to witness a magnificent natural phenomenon where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelle cross the crodile-infested mara river from the Serengeti plains to their fresh grazing grounds in the Maasai mara.

The Mara, as it’s affectionately known, also offers exceptional predator sightings, with lions, cheetahs, and leopards making their presence known. If you are lucky you get to experience a hunt; national geographic unfolding right before your eyes. For an elevated experience, consider a hot air balloon safari at dawn, where the savannah unfolds beneath you in all its early-morning glory.

Amboseli National Park – the mighty Elephants

Amboseli is another dream safari destination in Kenya, where herds of elephants move gracefully against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. This park offers one of the most iconic images of Kenya, combining close encounters with elephants with breathtaking landscapes. The wetlands attract a variety of wildlife, making Amboseli a photographer’s paradise.

You also get an opportunity to do cultural visits to Maasai villages adding a rich layer of human history and tradition.

Samburu National Reserve

In the arid north of Kenya lies Samburu National Reserve,  home to species rarely found elsewhere. The Samburu Special Five – the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and Beisa oryx – are the stars of this landscape, thriving in an ecosystem that challenges the resilience of its inhabitants. The Ewaso Ng’iro River snakes through the reserve, attracting a wealth of wildlife and offering a contrasting blue to the earthy tones of the savannah.

Here you also get to learn about the Samburu community, a minority ethnic group in Kenya with such rich traditions.

Tsavo National Park

The twin parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Tsavo East is known for its vast herds of red-dusted elephants and the legendary Tsavo lions, while Tsavo West offers a more diverse landscape of volcanic cones, springs, and underwater hippo viewing at Mzima Springs. The park’s sheer size offers a sense of solitude and adventure, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves fully in the wilderness.

Lake Nakuru National Park: A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

Although smaller in size, Lake Nakuru National Park packs a visual punch with its famous flamingo-lined shores. While the number of flamingos has declined in recent years, the park remains a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 species recorded. Beyond its avian attractions, Lake Nakuru offers rhino sightings – both black and white species – and is a sanctuary for endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

Meru National Park

For those looking to venture off the beaten path, Meru National Park offers a tranquil escape. The setting for Joy Adamson’s famous book, “Born Free,” Meru is a conservation success story, boasting an impressive recovery of its wildlife populations. With fewer visitors, it offers an intimate safari experience, where the landscapes range from dense woodland to wide-open plains.

The park in the City

If you are in Nairobi for only a limited time and you can’t travel to any of the above destinations worry not! The Nairobi National Park is located right in the capital, only 15 15-minute drive from the city center.

In Kenya, the spirit of safari lives on, promising adventure, reflection, and a deeper connection with the natural world.


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