Kenya national parks and reserves are major tourist attractions. Kenya is the "home of the safari" with 54 national parks and game reserves scattered in various parts the country.  People - Kenyans, visitors and tourists go to experience the best Kenyan safaris.  The famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve is home of the migration in Kenya!

In the south-western corner of Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, is the Maasai Mara area. It is the most popular game park in Kenya. The Mara is an extension of the Serengeti eco-system where game thrives particularly during the great annual migration & millions of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River on their annual pilgrimage.

Kenya's Maasai Mara, famous for its Game Drives & Hot Air Balloon Adventures is definitely an experience of a lifetime. The Mara is also a part of the great wildebeest migration and has a big range of accommodations from remote camping with guides, luxurious tents to high end lodging. The Mara - 700 square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains stretching out to eternity is the most popular location for this adventure.

The Big 5 can be spotted with time and patience. 'Big Five' - elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard.

The Maasai Mara is famous for its black-maned lion and annual migration from the Serengeti Plains which is a vast area of rolling acacia and shrub studded grasslands, rivers, forests, hills and ambers stretching as far as the eye can see - where a constant pageant of wildlife endlessly unfolds.

The area also includes Narok, a small town with souvenir shops, a post office and some banks. There is a Maasai village nearby where you may walk around to take photographs, talk to the locals and buy some authentic beadwork.

Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi and is the second most popular safari destination in Kenya. This UNESCO site has a diverse ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is known as the best place in Africa to get close free-ranging elephants and the spectacular snow-caped views of Mount Kilimanjaro make for the most amazing photography. While Mount Kilimanjaro is located across the border in Tanzania, Amboseli has an amazing view of the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Many wild African animals call Amboseli home and the park is also known for the variety of birds that migrate annually. Located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya, Amboseli allows for the opportunity to visit the local Masai villages, this is an experience to include in your itinerary. Amboseli National Park protects two of the five main swamps and includes a dried-up lake and semi-arid vegetation. The park may be smaller in size however it offers one of the best opportunities in East Africa of seeing the highly endangered black rhino.

Samburu National Reserve is one of the 56 protected areas in Kenya. Situated 2785 feet above sea level this reserve is located in the northern corner of the country, 350 km  from the Kenyan capital city Nairobi. Samburu National Reserve covers an area of 390 km.

There is a wide variety of wild animal and bird life that inhabit Samburu National Reserve. Many species are considered unique to the area such as the Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and others can be spotted in Samburu National Reserve. Rhinos are unfortunately no longer residents in this park due to heavy poaching. The tree big cats, leopard, cheetah and lion can be found here, as well as buffalo, hippos and elephants.

In the middle of the reserve you will find the Ewaso Ng'iro River, it is well known for the large number of Nile crocodiles. While inside the reserve you are able to view the Ololowe and Koitogor mountains, grassland vegetation and a forest filled with acacia trees.

The bird life in Samburu National Park is a major attraction with over 350 species of birds such as Kenya's National bird the Lilac-breasted roller. Many other varieties of birds also migrate annually in and out of the reserve, to name a few; the red-billed hornbill, secretary bird, marabou stork, vultures, sunbirds, superb starling.

The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.

Mt. Kenya

Mt. Kenya National Park is a fascinating sanctuary in terms of scenic splendor & great variety of wildlife. According to local folklore, Kenya owes its name to this majestic mountain and is ranked the second highest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. Part of the mountain’s attraction is the variation of flora & fauna found at the different altitudes.

Composed of a huge volcanic base where the outer mantle and crater have eroded away, Mount Kenya has seven primary peaks, and a series of subsidiary cones scattered about its crest.

There are four main routes up Lenana. Sirimon Track is the longest, and driest route, much of it through thick rain forest and fabulous moorlands with long views of the peak.

Noted for its wildlife, Sirimon begins 13 km (8 miles) east of Nanyuki before the bridge crossing the Sirimon River and Timau. The most direct and popular, though less scenic is the Naro Moru route. There are lovely cedar cabins spaced among giant podocarpus tree, green lawns, garden, and along the south bank of Naro Moru

Nairobi National Park - All of the Big Five, apart from elephant can be found in this game sanctuary, the first established in East Africa in 1947. There are delightful nature trails along the Hippo Pools. Much of the scenery is dramatic, particularly the Mbagathi Gorge. The park’s vista and nearby Nairobi City can be viewed from specially demarcated points. This park is a sanctuary for the rare Black Rhino.

Aberdare National Park - This remarkable mountain range encompasses a countryside where icy rivers plunge in magnificent cascades and glorious waterfalls; misty moorlands are covered by strange six-metered tall mutants of alpine plants. The highest peak is Ol Doinyo la Satima that lies 398 meters above level, also home to a variety of animals, birds & rare plant species. The Aberdare ranges are home to the first tree hotel in Africa & harbors significant memories in world history. The tree hotels are uniquely built & offer flood lit game viewing.

Lake Nakuru National Park - A shallow alkaline lake on the bed of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of Greater and Lesser flamingo and many other water birds.  The rich acacia savannah shelters numerous bird species, elands, leopards, lions, buffalos and other plain game.   The park also has well guarded rhino sanctuary, containing black, and the rare white rhino.

Samburu/Buffalo Springs/Shaba Reserves - The Uaso Nyiro River with its large hippo and crocodile population winds its way through the doum palms of Samburu, haven for a wide range of animals from elephants to the grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and somali ostrich unique to this area. The charm of the north spreads through adjacent Buffalo Springs and Shaba – the last home of Joy Adamson.

Tsavo National Park - Tsavo East & West combined form the world’s largest game park. Tsavo is a vast landscape of open savannah, bush woodland and volcanic outcrops, escarpments and hills, where wildlife abounds.  Major point of interest is the crystal clear Mzima Springs; here hippo, crocodile & fresh water fish can be viewed from an underwater viewing base.  Major attraction in Tsavo East includes the Yatta Plateau - world’s largest lava flow, with magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Aruba Dam and its surroundings.

Shimba Hills National Park - Shimba is an enchanting forest plateau, a park of surprises and secrets, of superb scenery,  abundant bird and wildlife.  Its rolling hills and grasslands are home to the stately sable and roan antelope, elephant and other plains game. Shimba overlooks the turquoise blues and greens of the Indian Ocean and Mt. Kilimanjaro snow-capped dome can be seen on clear days.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve - The largest stretch of coastal forest in East Africa the adjoining Mida Creek forms an eco system of great diversity containing rare species of plants, birds, butterflies and amphibians. It is also home to a varied population of snakes, lizards, frogs and toads. Classified as an important site for bird conservation in Africa with over 230 recorded bird species. The reserve is the last strong hold for the golden-rumped elephant shrew & sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose.

Mt. Longonot & Hell’s Gate National Park - Only a short distance away from Nairobi this young volcano rises 2776 meters above sea level. It is a captivating sight as you drive to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Hell’s Gate National Park is close proximity from the Naivasha basin famed for its natural hot geysers & breeding ground for the rare Lammergeyer Vulture. The park features include Fischer’s Tower, Central Tower and the Njorowa Gorges. Plains game inhabit this fabulous park and allows visitors to either walk or cycle as an option due to the absence of predators.

Meru National Park - Neighbouring Mwingi, Kora, Bisinadi and Rahole National Reserve together with Meru form an integrated part of the northern circuit.  The park was first open in 1968 and one of the best watered sanctuaries as it is situated close to the slopes of the Nyambene mountain ranges north east of Mt. Kenya. The park is home to the largest herds of buffalo in Kenya & homes the other 4 members of the Big Five. Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free” was based on the chronicles of in depth study of Lions & Cheetah.