National Parks in Kenya, travel tips and Safari tours

Overview of the national parks in Kenya, taking into account                                tour guides on safari tours and travel tips.
Trained professional guides, safaris within East Africa.                                           Local tour guides in Kenya.

Aberdare National Park

With sprawling mountain ranges, streams and rivers cascading over waterfalls, surrounded by dense rain forests and a belt of bamboo, which gives way to the moorlands, the Aberdare National Park is a sheer delight for nature lovers. Discover the beauty of this national park with conducted tours offered by the Kenya Wild Safari.

Location Aberdare

Set amidst the sprawling mountain ranges of Aberdare Mountain Range.
Regular airfilds Nera Andes Naro.

Climate Aberdare

It is mostly wet and moist. It is advisable to wear clothing appropriate for camping and hiking.

Wild Life Attractions Aberdare National Park

Home to a wide variety of wildlife, one can see some very exotic and rare animals in the Aberdare National Park.
High atop the moorlands, one can see Elands, a species of African antelope. One can also spot the Bush Duiker and Black – fronted Duiker as well as the Black Rhino. The rainforests are inhabited by the red Duiker, Suni, Bushbucks, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, leopards and Colobus monkeys.
The Aberdare National Park also boasts of a rich bird life which includes the different species of the sunbirds like the Tacazze sunbird, the Golden-winged sunbird, the emerald green Malachite Sunbird and the tiny double collared Sunbird.

Things to Do
One can go hiking and camping in the hilly landscapes. Other options include night game viewing, trout fishing in ice – cold rivers and going on nature tails.

Accommodation Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park offers excellent accommodation by the way of lodges, tree-top houses, hotels, the Fishing lodge, Sapper huts and the Aberdare Country Club.

Kenya Wild Safari offers safari tour bookings and hotel bookings for Aberdare National Park. To book a tour, or for more information, please fill up the form below.

Amboseli National Park

Framed by the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro in its south, the Amboseli National Park is a melting pot of five main wildlife habitats ranging from open plains, acacia woodlands, rocky terrains, swamps and marshes to the massif of the Ol Doinyo Orok.

Location
The Amboseli National Park can be accessed from Nairobi along the Mombasa road past Emali or by the Athi river and then along the main Kajiado – Namanga – Arusha road, turning through the main gate at Namanga to Ol Tukai lodge.

Climate
Since it is generally hot and dry, loose cotton clothes are recommended while visiting the Amboseli National Park.

Wildlife Attractions
The Amboseli National Park is famous for its big game, which includes elephants, lions and cheetahs. Zebras, Massai giraffe, waterbucks are some of the other commonly available game at the eastern side of the park.
The marshy, swampy areas of the park are home to the waterbirds like the Madagascer Squacco Heron and the Lapwing. Vultures, Taita falcon, the southern branded Harrier Eagle and the Taveta golden weaver are also common sightings.

Things to do
The Amboseli National Park offers a variety of wildlife and adventurous activities in the form of game viewing, bird watching, hiking, camping, camel safaris and climbs on Mt.Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli National Park can accommodate upto 72 people in its Amboseli Serena Lodge, Amboseli lodge, Kilimanjaro safari lodge, Oltukai lodge and Oltukai bandas

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Bisanandi National Reserve

An example of true wilderness, the Bisanandi National Reserve was opened in 1979 with a total area of 606 sq km. in the Eastern Province, in Isiolo district. The landscape is mostly thornbush that changes into swamps and palm tree forests near the banks of Tana River.

Location
Bisanandi National Reserve shares its border with the Meru National Park and can be reached through Korbessa where there is an airstrip.

Climate
Since it is mostly hot and dry, loose cotton clothing appropriate for camping is recommended.

Wild Life Attractions
One can see wild elephants, buffaloes and giraffes, especially during the rainy seasons.

Things to do
There is a special campsite for visitors. People can indulge in game viewing.

Accommodation
There are no provisions for accommodation within the Bisanandi National Reserve.

Kenya Wild Safari offers safari tour bookings for Bisanandi National Reserve. To book a tour or for more information, please fill up the form below.

Boni National Reserve

 

The Boni National Reserve was conceptualized primarily as a wildlife sanctuary for elephants in 1976. This national reserve of Kenya derives its name from the Boni hunter tribe who live in that region.

Location
Situated at the northernmost corner of the Kenyan coast, the Boni National Reserve shares its border with the country of Somali

Climate
As hot and humid climate is experienced in this part of the region, loose cotton clothing is recommended.

Wild Life Attractions
Home to Africa’s rare elephants, the Boni National Reserve also has lots of buffaloes, giraffes, topis, gerenuks, Harvey’s and Ader’s Duikers.
Pelicans and other water birds can be seen near the wet areas along with the prey birds.
Some other birds that have been seen at the Boni National Reserve are the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher, Violet-breasted Sunbird, European and Carmine Bee-eaters, Honey Buzzard, Palmnut Vulture, Southern Banded Harrier Eagle and Brown-breasted Barbet.

Things to do
Tourists can indulge in game viewing and go for excursions inside the reserve.

Accommodation
Boni National Reserve does not have provisions for accommodations.

Kenya Wild Safari offers safari tour bookings for Boni National Reserve. To book a tour or for more information, please fill up the form below.

Buffalo Spring National Reserve

 

Named after the crystal clear Buffalo Springs, which flow through the eastern side of the reserve, the Buffalo Springs National Reserve is a unique blend of rounded hills and plains. The landscape is a mixture of arid thornbush savannah and scrubland interspersed with riverine forests and swamps.

Location
Situated in northern Kenya, against the backdrop of Mount Ol Olokwe, the Buffalo Springs National Reserve can be accessed either through air or by road.

Climate
The climate is moist and moderately dry.

Wild Life Attractions
With over 365 species of birds, The Buffalo Springs national Reserves is home to some rare species like the helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls, sandgrouse and doves in addition to a galaxy of smaller birds.
Among animals, the Reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, elephants, black rhinos, Ground squirrels, oryxs, Somali ostriches, hippopotamus, crocodiles, gerenuks, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are the major attractions.

Things to do
Tourists can go for a drive along the river, which gives a chance to catch glimpse of a variety of animals. They can also take a dip in on of the Buffalo Springs pools that are specially conditioned for bathing. The reserve is a haven for bird watchers and people can also go for camping inside the premises.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided for at the Samburu Game Lodge, which is located at the banks of Uaso Nyiro River.

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Central Island National Park

 

Spread over just five sq km, the Central Island National Park serves as an important place for crocodile breeding.

Location
Situated on the banks of Lake Turkana, the Central Island National Park can be accessed either by road from Nairobi or by air from Sibiloi.

Climate
Since it generally hot and dry, loose cotton clothes is recommended.

Wild Life Attractions
Apart from crocodiles, game includes hippopotamus, plains and Grevy’s zebras, topis, oryxs, reticulated giraffes, and Grants gazelles.

Things to do
Tourists can go for climbing, camping and walking through the nature trails. The Central Island National Park provides excellent opportunities for viewing and photographing. Also, a visit to the three crater lakes within the park- Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and the Tilapia Lake is a must.

Accommodation
There are no provisions for accommodation within the premises.

Kenya Wild Safari offers safari tour bookings and hotel bookings for Central Island National Park. To book a tour or for more information, please fill up the form below.
Chyulu National Park

Set up with the motive of protecting its unique habitat role as a vital catchment area, the Chyulu National Park derives its name from the Chyulu hills, a mountainous range of volcanic origin.

Location
Situated 190 km southwest of Nairobi, Chyulu National Park can be accessed by the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

Climate
As the climate is hot and dry, it is advisable to wear light summery clothes

Wild Life Attractions
Buffaloes, bushbucks, elands, zebras, giraffes, African elephants, oryxs, lions and leopards are the most common sightings. Among reptiles, there is the Black Mamba, Puff Adder and the Rock Python.

Things to do
Tourists have a range of activities to choose from, starting from horse riding, mountain hiking and hiking. Those interested in cave exploration can sign up for archeological and geographical safaris. Nature lovers can enjoy the scenic beauty from atop the Chyulu hills.

Accommodation
A small-tented lodge can accommodate up till 8 people.

Kenya Wild Safari offers safari tour bookings and hotel bookings for Chyulu National Park. To book a tour or for more information, please fill up the form below.

Laikipia Plateau Reserve

 

Originally a group of ranches, the Laikipia Plateau Reserve came into existence in 1991 when the ranches turned from farming to wildlife. The plateau extends all the way to the eastern side of the Rift valley. The Laikipia Plateau reserve is last bastion for the endangered Black rhinoceros.

Location
Bordering the district of Isiolo, the reserve is situated northeast of the Laikipia district and can be reached via road.

Climate
The Laikipia Plateau Reserve generally experiences hot and dry weather.
Wild Life Attractions
The rare black rhinoceros is the crowd puller. Also, the Laikipia Plateau Reserve can boast of having the largest elephant population outside the Kenyan national parks. Other animals include the wild dogs, cheetahs, warthogs, elephants, elands, buffaloes, Grevy’s zebras, bushbucks, and cats. Has a good bird variety that includes cranes.

Things to do
The Laikipia Plateau reserve is a good choice for game viewing and bird watching.

Accommodation
There are some lodges in the vicinity like the Sabuk Safari Lodge

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Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Location
The Lake Bogoria National Reserve, covering a toal area of 107 sq km is located at the northern region of the Kenyan Rift, 25 km south of Baringo and can be accessed either via road or air

Climate
Mostly hot and dry conditions prevail in this part of the region.
Wild Life Attractions
With over 135 species of birds flocking the region, the bird life is the primary attraction. Exotic birds like the tawny eagle, pratincole, swift, little bee-eater, cape wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill and augur buzzard can be seen.
Other major attractions include the Reserve’s herd of the rare Greater Kudue and other game like buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena and many small mammals.

Things to do
The Lake Bogoria National Reserve is an ornithologists’ heaven hence bird watching a must. Other activities include walking through the trails and game viewing. There are facilities provided for camping and picnicking too.

Accommodation
The 8 small cottages can accommodate up to 78 people at any given time. Adventurous people can camp outside at the three designated campsites.

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Lake Nakuru National Park

 

Landscaped by marshes and grasslands that alternate with rocky hillsides and acacia woodland along with the Makalia Waterfalls and the Euphobia forest, the Lake Nakuro National Park makes for a pretty picture.

Location
Situated next to the Nakuro town in central Kenya, it can be reached through an airstrip road connection from Nairobi. There is also a runway at Naishi.

Climate
As Lake Nakuro National Reserve receives about 965mm of annual rainfall, the climatic conditions vary from hot and humid, hot and dry to cold.
Wild Life Attractions
Home to a variety of wildlife, the Lake Nakuro National Park has over 56 species including the white rhinoceros and carnivores like lions and leopards. It also has a rich bird life comprising of flamingoes, pelicans and 450 more species.

Things to do
Besides game viewing and bird watching, one can go camping; visit the viewpoints at Baboon cliff, Lion hills and Out of Africa, admire the Makalia waterfalls and go picnicking.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided by the way of special and public campsites lodges like the Enjoro campsite and two lodges- the Lake Nakuru lodge and the Sarevo Lion Hill Lodge. Also tourists can stay at the Nakuru field study center, hostels and guesthouses.

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Losai National Reserve

Spread over 1806 sq km, the Losai National Reserve is typified by open plains, riverine woodlands and rocky hills set amidst a wild and semi-desert background.

Location
Situated in the Isiolo town of north Kenya, it can be accessed via all the weather roads from Isiolo.

Climate
It is generally hot and dry.

Wild Life Attractions
The reserve has a variety of wildlife that includes elephants, Greater and Lesser Kudus, Gerenuks and Grants Gazelles. Among the insects and reptiles, there are pythons, cobras, lizards, grasshoppers, beetles and scorpions.

Things to do
Tourists can admire the amazing scenic wilderness and go for game viewing

Accommodation
Tourism at the Losai National Reserve is tightly regulated and visitors need special permission to stay in the reserve.

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Mombasa Marine National Park

The Mombasa Marine National Park was formed with the notion of protecting the original coral heads and their resident marine life from the risk of over fishing and trophy collection. The reserve is spread over 200 sq km.

Location
Sited in the town of Mombasa, the marine park can be reached through water boats.

Climate
The climatic conditions are hot and humid.

Wild life Attractions
The prolific marine life includes crabs, corals, sea urchins, jellyfish, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Different varieties of coral species comprise of Acropora), Turbinaria and Porites.

Things to do
Besides admiring the beautiful gardens, the tourists can sunbathe on the pristine beaches. Water sports are also quite popular like scuba diving &snorkeling.; A visit to the the 17th century Fort Jesus in the Mombasa town, which is dominated by the Swahili culture is a must

Accommodation
Since the Mombasa Marine National Park is a major tourist attraction, there is no dearth of accommodation. There are lots of hotels and lodges in and around the marine park

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Masai Mara National Reserve

One of the most popular and oft visited national reserves in Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve offers an amazing variety in both flora and fauna. Open grasslands with patches of acacia woodland, thickets and riverine forests mark the landscape. The Mara River is the backbone of the reserve. Masai tribesmen live peacefully within the dispersal area of the game reserve with their herds

Location
Located on the borders of Serengeti National Park in south-western Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is easily accessible by road or through the four airstrips.
Climate
Since the reserve is located at an altitude of 1500m, the weather is milder and damper compared to other regions It is gentle and rarely too hot.

Wild Life Attractions
The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to the Big Five- African Lions, Leopards, African Elephants, African Rhinos & Cape Buffaloes. A major crowd puller is the annual migration of the wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the plains. Other wildlife species include Roan antelope, white-bearded Gnu, Oribi, Warthog, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, hartebeest and the big cats.
It has a prolific bird life too with over 450 species found within the reserve like the Orange buff Pel’s fishing owl, red winged Schalow’s turaco, Guinea fowl and the Ross turaco among others.

Things to do
Game viewing and bird watching are the obvious options. The reserve also has provision for balloon rides.

Accommodation
From stone lodges to luxurious tented camps, the Masai Mara National Reserve has it all. There are the Keekorok lodge, Mara Serena lodge, East African Wildlife safari camp and the Governor’s camp along with four tented camps.

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Malindi-Watamu Marine National Park

Famous for its vast stretches of sandy beaches, the reserve includes several coral islets and is a combination of complex tidal and marine habitats surrounded by the Mida Creek mangrove forests.

Location
Situated south of Malindi and 88kms north of Mombasa, the Malindi-Watamu Marine National Park can be reached either through road or the Malindi airport.

Climate
It is generally hot and humid. Tourists are recommended to wear loose cotton clothes and apt swimwear while visiting the Malindi-Watamu Marine National Park.
Wild Life Attractions
Marine life is the attracts the tourists in multitude that includes the Giant Groupers, fish urchins, sea slugs, crabs and starfishes and parrot fishes among others. One can also spot shore birds like whimbrel, sanderlings, greenshanks, curlew sandpipers little stints and plovers. Antelopes, Giant monitor lizards, mongoose and a variety of monkey species roam around on the mainland.

Things to do
Snorkeling, diving and boat trips are popular with the tourists who visit the Malindi-Watamu Marine National Park. A visit to the Vasco da Gama pillar is a must as much as a glimpse of the beautiful coral gardens and the Gede Ruins Coral Reefs.

Accommodation
There are lots of accommodation options available. Tourists can also stay in bandas and campsites.

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