It’s the quality of Kenya’s wildlife reserves that make Kenya the most popular safari destination in Africa. Kenya is a fairly inexpensive tourist destination with an endless array of activities and destinations that promise a lot of fun.
Listed below are the five best wildlife reserves near Nairobi that you should visit when you come to Kenya.
The Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara Reserve is the most popular wildlife park in Kenya because of the wildebeest Migration which is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Every July through to October, two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. There is also an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5, elephants, buffaloes, lions and hippos and the Maasai tribesman also offers cultural tours which really add to the experience. There are also several fun activities that you can engage in such as game viewing, camping, night game drives, visits to Maasai cultural Villages, ballooning, bush breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s largest parks. It surrounds Lake Nakuru which is famous for its huge flocks of flamingos that enjoy the alkaline waters of this shallow soda lake. The best time to plan your flamingo-watching tour of Lake Nakuru is during the hot-dry season in January and February. Other than a million flamingos and many more species of birds, the main park is also home to the warthog, giraffe, hippo, ostrich, and lion. Close to nowhere in the world can you watch a hyena stalking brilliant pink flamingos as the haunting sound of the African fish eagle echoes over the waters, and hippo and waterbuck wallow in the shallows. The lake and the surrounding National Park can be easily explored by taking part in activities such as bird watching, game drives, escorted walks, picnics at the baboon cliff.
Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park surrounds Mount Kenya which is the Africa’s second highest mountain and it also a UNESCO World Heritage. Mount Kenya National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and some of the most amazing plant life in Kenya, all of which you can discover for yourself as you come with Africa Point to trek Africa’s second-tallest mountain. Pack some comfortable hiking boots and set off on foot to discover the wonders of this national gem. You can take a game safari through the pristine wilderness and see the magnificent lakes, glaciers, and peaks. Birdwatching is also very rewarding as there are many prolific species including the multi-colored sunbirds and huge eagles. There are huts on the mountain and also lodges and private camps in the surrounding area.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a popular park with breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895m). Amboseli is also known for its large herds of free-ranging elephants. There are several lodges and campsites in the park and the best time to visit is between June and October before the rains. Amboseli can be hot and dusty but the vast open plains make wildlife spotting much easier. To maximise on your game drive experience, consider an evening game drive across the park as it has a level of excitement as predators begin their nightly search for prey.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is split into Tsavo East and Tsavo West located in the coast province of Kenya. Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s e.g. black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Maasai lion. Tsavo East, on the other hand, is known for its huge herds of dust-red elephants and the great Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. Tsavo East has Voi Wildlife Lodge and Tsavo West has several lodges that offer good accommodation. Both parks have private campsites and the best time to go is between May and October.