Here are the top 10 national parks in Kenya for wildlife enthusiasts, which will keep you spellbound as you experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these magnificent animals.
1. Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara reserve, one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves, is located in Kenya’s southwest. This area, which has been combined with the Serengeti National Park, is home to about 95 species of mammals and 570 kinds of birds. It offers a breathtaking view of the wildlife that cannot be missed.
2. Amboseli National Park
One of Kenya’s top national parks, Amboseli is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The highlight of this park is the chance to see hundreds of enormous elephants with impressive tusks. Also, the reserve boasts breathtaking views that can be enjoyed at twilight and morning.
3. Tsavo National Park
The Tsavo National Park, one of the oldest and biggest national parks in the Kenya, is located in the wilderness.This huge national reserve has a wide expanse which covers rocky landscapes, extinct volcanoes, and sparse grasslands. The national park is segregated in two parts, named the Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park.
4. Aberdare National Park
This national park, which is perched on a cliff in the Aberdare mountain range, was established to preserve the mountain’s slopes and moorland. This region is foggy and frequently rainy due to the high altitude. Although being high up, this park is home to the second-largest herd of black rhinos, an endangered species. In addition to this, a variety of Kenyan wildlife may be seen here, including African elephants, black leopards, and bongo antelope.
5. Lake Nakuru National Park
This park will take you on a ride to see various bird species up close, providing a break from the continual view of wild animals. Lake Nakuru, one of the best locations for a bird safari, is teeming with flamingos and indigenous wildlife breeds throughout the peak season.
6. Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park is tucked away amid the Mount Kenya wilderness. Nairobi, at 5,199 meters, is the second-tallest mountain in Africa. beautiful views of lakes, tarns, glaciers, mineral springs, glimpses of numerous endangered animals, and a distinctive montane plantation surround the area.
7. Hell’s Gate National Park
As there are geothermal activities in the vicinity, the park has an odd name. This location, which is stunning and amazing, is located in the Great Rift Valley and features high towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, an explored volcano and geothermal steams which makes this park one of the most atmospheric region among all the national parks in Kenya.
8. Nairobi National Park
Named as the “world’s wildlife capital” , this park is just a few minutes drive from the Nairobi’s central business district. A fascinating blend of the rustic wildlife and the city scrapers standing at the backdrop of the park. This park has diverse range of endangered species of animals like the black rhinos, hyenas, lions along with this it also shelter for variety of birds.
9. Samburu National Reserve
Resting amidst the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, this name of this national reserve is derived from the Samburu tribe of Kenya who were settled in this area for a long time. With no fences around, this park is almost an open savannah which shelters rare species of animals and birds like the long necked gerenuk, grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx.
10. Shimba Hills National Reserve
Just in the vicinity of the Mombasa or Diani Beach rests this national reserve rich in green vegetation and forested landscapes.Apart from being enriched with nature’s blessing, the reserve also hosts the African elephant in Kenya.