What is Safari?
Safari is an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat, especially in East Africa.
Places To Go On Safari In Kenya
1. Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s top safari destination. It is located in the Southwestern region of Kenya bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti national park. Popular for its alluring savannah landscape, the Mara is home to Africa’s largest concentration of wildlife. Do you want to see the big cats, large mammals such as elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes, you name it?
Masai Mara National Reserve will treat you to all of it. And oh, the dramatic Wildebeest Migration! This is the most iconic escapade in the Mara. Every year between July and October, millions of grazers dominated by mostly wildebeest cross the Mara River from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in search of lush green pastures and water.
The migration is probably the most thrilling sight travelers can experience while on a safari to the reserve. If you are looking for an exquisite safari to Kenya, Masai Mara should definitely be on your bucket list.
2. Lake Nakuru National Park
Welcome to Kenya’s birding haven. Lake Nakuru National Park is located just a few hours from Nairobi City in Nakuru town. Famous for its flocks of pink flamingos that gather at the lake, the Park is also home to several other bird species to make your birding spree a memorable one.
The Park features impressive views of the Rift Valley escarpment, the expansive Lake Nakuru, and the sporadic savannah landscape dotted with Euphorbia trees.
Lake Nakuru National Park is also a sanctuary for the endangered white rhinos and black rhinos, the Rothschild’s Giraffes. More wildlife species that can be spotted in Lake Nakuru National Park include; lions, leopards, impalas, antelopes, bush bucks, and baboons.
Visit Lake Nakuru National Park and enjoy bird watching, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. In addition, take to the Park’s superb campsites and lodges for a comfortable safari stay and delicious food.
3. Samburu National Reserve
Off the unbeaten path, Samburu National Reserve is one of Kenya’s top unique safari destinations located in the arid region of Northern Kenya.
The reserve is comprised of rugged vegetation and is situated on the banks of River Ewaso Ng’iro near Buffalo Springs National Park. Samburu is fairly small in size but it offers gratifying safari experiences to travelers.
Besides the large mammals, the reserve hosts some of Kenya’s rare animal species. In fact, there is the famous “Samburu five” which includes; the Somali Ostrich, Gravy Zebras, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, and Beisa Oryx. And for the birders, Samburu hosts over 450 recorded bird species.
4. Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park is found on Mount Kenya – the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa. Mount Kenya National Park offers the most remarkable views of the mountain itself and its landscape which is covered with bamboo and African rosewood forests.
The Park is home to a variety of elephants, leopards, duikers, elands, waterbucks, waterbucks, elands, giant forest hogs, etc. More so, Mount Kenya hosts over 130 recorded species of birds that are impressive for bird lovers. A safari to Mount Kenya National Park allows you to enjoy activities such as hiking, sightseeing, nature walks, game drives, and bird watching.
5. Nairobi National Park
Did you know that Nairobi, Kenya’s capital is the only city in the world with a National Park at its entrance? Yes, it is. Located just at the southern end of the city center, Nairobi National Park boasts a variety of wildlife and birds.
The Park has two game viewing options; one on a game drive through the Park and on a safari walk on the canopied bridge. Expect to appreciate nature and the immense sights of buffaloes, lions, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, leopards, warthogs, and over 400 bird species.
With a combination of a trail through the amazing sites, luxurious hotels, and lodges in Nairobi city, visiting Nairobi National Park can be another enthralling experience.
6. Amboseli National Park
The Territory of Elephants! Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s popular safari destinations. Positioned in southern Kenya, the Park is famously known for two particular facts. One, the Park hosts the largest herds of elephants and two, Amboseli offers the most astonishing views of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro on the horizon.
More so, the Park encompasses 5 diverse habitats that often thrill tourists. These include; the drybed of Lake Amboseli, savannah, woodlands, and wetlands with sulfur springs. The Park also gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy delightful cultural experiences with the Maasai who reside on the outskirts of the Park.
Where do people go on safari in Kenya?
Best for: wild & remote walking safaris
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves are three interconnected reserves on the edge of northern Kenya’s vast semi-desert wilderness. Far removed from mainstream Kenyan life, these northern regions have a wild reputation.
How much is a safari trip to Kenya?
There are highly exclusive safaris costing more than $1,000 per person per night, easily arranged mid-range safaris costing from $300 to $600 per person per day.
and budget adventures from just $125 per day. Kenya is the original home of the safari and offers something for everyone.
How to do Kenya safari on a budget?
For a cheaper safari, book between the short and long rains (January to March) when prices are usually lower than during the peak vacation season.
Beach resorts and hotels offer great deals outside the peak periods too. Shop for bargains in October and November or before the rains in March and April.