Wildlife Encounters

Kenya Safaris

Kenya Wildlife Safaris

Kenya Safaris : Kenya is one of the East African safari countries that is famous for wildlife viewing experiences in various destinations.

Places to visit in Kenya

Different destinations in Kenya can be visited during safaris in the country and they include the following;

  • Masai Mara Reserve

Masai Mara Reserve is among the safari destinations that are famous in Kenya and is home to numerous wildlife species including the Big Five such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalos.

The wildebeest migration can also be seen during the tours around Masai Mara Reserve located in Southwestern Kenya. During this migration, millions of wildebeests can be witnessed across the savannah plains in the reserve and as they cross the Mara River from Tanzania.

  • Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is another famous safari destination in Kenya located in the southern part of the country.

The national park has several wildlife species including large herds of elephants as well as giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, buffalos, zebras, and many others. Tourists can also enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park.

  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is among the best places to see rhinos and flamingos during tours in Kenya.

The national park is also home to various wildlife species such as giraffes, zebras, and cheetahs among others. Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the central part of Kenya.

  • Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is divided into Tsavo West National Park and Tsavo East National Park located in southeastern Kenya.

Many wildlife species can be encountered during tours in Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Park and they include man-eating lions, zebras, elephants, and antelopes among others.

  • Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is another safari destination which is located in the southeastern part of Kenya and is home to a variety of wildlife species.

Wildlife species that can be seen during tours in Samburu National Reserve include zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and many other animals and bird species.

  • Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is a safari destination in the central part of Kenya and is the only national park found within a city.

Tourists can enjoy views of wildlife species such as giraffes, buffalos, zebras, hyenas, elands, impalas, and many others during safaris in Nairobi National Park.

  • Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park is located in the central part of Kenya within the Aberdare Mountain Ranges.

During tours around Aberdare National Park, wildlife species that can be seen include elephants, bush pigs, waterbucks, buffalos, jackals, and elands among others.

Many other national parks are found in Kenya and they include Laikipia Conservancy, Mount Kenya National Park, Meru National Park, Hells Gate National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park and many others.

  • Beaches of the Kenyan Coastline

There are many beaches tourists can visit during their safaris in Kenya and they include Mombasa beach, Diani beach, Lamu island, Malindi beach, Tiwi beach, Watamu beach among others which are located along the Indian ocean. 

Activities to do in Kenya:

Kenya has a lot to offer in terms of activities and below are some of the things to do around the country;

  • Game Drives

The most popular safari activity tourists engage in when visiting Kenya’s national parks is game drives, which can be done in the morning, afternoon, and sometimes at night.

During game drives, tourists can explore the different safari parks of Kenya and encounter wildlife species like elephants, leopards, buffalos, hyenas, warthogs, elands, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, zebras, impalas, kudu, cheetahs, and many others.

  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Balloon safaris in Kenya can be done in destinations such as Masai Mara Reserve, and Amboseli National Park among others, and provide tourists with an aerial view of their surroundings, and wildlife species can also be observed as they roam in the plains below.

  • Walking Safaris

One of the best ways to explore the wilderness around Kenya is by engaging in walking safaris that can be done around the open savannah plains as tourists get closer to nature and also encounter wildlife species in the national parks.

  • Cultural Tours

Tourists visiting Kenya can also engage in cultural tours and interact with the locals to experience their way of life, enjoy their traditional dance performances, try out their local food, and visit local homesteads among other exciting activities. Some of the popular tribes that tourists visit in the country include the Maasai people who are nomads.

  • City Tours

There are many places around Nairobi city that tourists can explore during their city tours in Nairobi including the giraffe center, elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum among other locations.

  • Hiking

Hiking can also be done when visiting Kenya in destinations such as Mount Kenya and there are many other places where the activity can take place.

  • Bird Watching

Bird watching is another activity to engage in while visiting Kenya for bird lovers and some of the birding locations include Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and also around the different national parks.

  • Visiting the coast

The coastline of Kenya is also popular for safaris and tourists can enjoy beach holidays when visiting the different beaches and taking part in activities such as snorkeling, swimming, diving, and boat rides on the Indian Ocean among others.

Best Time to Visit Kenya

Throughout the year, tours can be conducted around destinations in Kenya which experience a tropical climate with a dry season and wet or rainy season.

The dry season is the best time to visit Kenya and it is experienced during the months from June to October when the wildebeest migration can be witnessed in Masai Mara Reserve from July, August, and throughout September.

The rainy season is a good time for bird-watching tours when visiting Kenya and wildlife safaris can also be done during this time of the year in the different national parks in the country.