Located in the eastern part of the African continent, Kenya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world due to its rich natural resources and dense forests. Kenya shares its borders with Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan. The Indian Ocean lies along the south east coast of Kenya. Over the decades Kenya has attracted millions of tourists from various parts of the globe with its wonderful national parks. The various national parks in Kenya comes with an extremely large variety of flora and fauna. Visitors coming from all over the world are often mesmerized with the charming forests and the adventurous expeditions through these national parks in Kenya.
While being in Kenya you will come across a number of cultures, like- Swahili, Maasai and the Pastoralist communities. There are a number of national parks in Kenya, where you will be able to spot numerous species of flora and fauna. Some of the most popular national parks in Kenya are- Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East & West National Parks, Aberdares National Park, Samburu Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves, Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National park, Meru National Park, Marsabit National Park and Masai Mara National Park.
While coming to these national parks in Kenya you will be able to see a number of wild animals, like- lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, different variety of monkeys,baboons, bushbucks and many more. These national parks in Kenya even have the diverse species of birds. Often the authorities of the national parks arranges different activities for the visitors,like- camping, trekking, bird watching, picnicking and many more. Most of the major cities in Kenya are having international airports which are well connected with various cities of the world through wide network of flights. Yo can easily avail the flight services and come to this beautiful African nation to witness its magnificent national parks.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Located in the central part of Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Kenya. Covering a total area of about 188 sq km the Lake Nakuru National Park receives an annual rainfall of about 965 mm. The visitors are usually fascinated with the splendid view of the large number of flamingos found in the Lake Nakuru National Park. The spectacular view of millions of flamingos resting along the shores of lake Nakuru draws huge number of crowds from different corners of the world. One of the most popular spot in Lake Nakuru National Park is the Baboon Cliff, which offers you a magnificent views of the flamingos.
Apart from the flamingos you will be able to spot other birds as well in Lake Nakuru National Park. It is believed that more than 450 species of birds could be seen in Lake Nakuru National Park. You will get to see about 56 species of mammals in Lake Nakuru National Park, like- leopards, baboons, giraffes, lions and many more. One of the most endangered species the white rhinos can be seen in this incredible national park in Kenya. For the accommodation of the visitors there is lake Nakuru lodge and Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Several activities are also organized in Lake Nakuru National Park, like bird watching and wildlife viewing.
A number of campsites are arranged in Lake Nakuru National Park, like- Bacpakers, Naishi, Reedbuck, Makalia and many more. You can even have the pleasure of climbing on the lovely hills like- Enasoit and Lion hill ridge. The Honeymoon hill is also quite popular with the tourists. Apart from the Baboon Cliff, two other view points in Lake Nakuru National Park are ‘Lion hill’ and ‘Out of Africa’. You will definitely enjoy the national park due to its scenic beauty.
Aberdares National Park
Kenya has been regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa due to its wide array of national parks. In the recent times, the Aberdares National Park has gained much popularity among the tourists due to its diverse range of flora ad fauna. Located at about 180 km away from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, Aberdares National Park covers a total area of about 767 sq km. Aberdares National Park covers a large area and you will get to see diverse range of terrains in this national park. The rivers, waterfalls, rain forests, moor lands and bamboo forests makes Aberdares National Park one of the most popular national parks in Kenya.
In Aberdares National Park you will get to see different varieties of mammals, like- white colobus monkey, white colobus monkey, sykes monkey, lion, baboon and many more. Some of the most endangered species like- bongo and the golden cat can also be spotted in this incredible national park in Kenya. The visitors are often mesmerized to watch the different varieties of lovely birds in Aberdares National Park. More than 250 species of birds are believed to be seen in this national park.
The visitors coming to the Aberdares National Park are often fascinated to stay in the Treetops tree house lodge as well as in the Ark. By staying in these places you might spot numerous animals. You can have the most pleasurable time by taking part in the various activities in Aberdares National Park. You can go for picnics, bird watching or even camping at the various sites in Aberdares National Park. The visitors coming to this awesome national park in Kenya are overwhelmed by the superb arrangements of camping in the moorlands in Aberdares National Park. So while being in Kenya, don’t forget to come to Aberdares National Park and witness the fabulous view of the nature.
Marsabit National Park
Nestled amidst the National Reserve in the north and the National Park in the south, is the quaint Marsabit town which lies 560 km away from Nairobi. Marsabit, Marsabit National Park and Marsabit National Reserve all are located on the Marsabit Mountain which has risen from the desert floor. Marsabit National Park is the most remote and seldom visited National Park in Kenya.
Though the lower lands are dry and arid, the Marsabit National Park offers you lush greeneries with marshlands, crater lakes, soaring cliffs, colossal trees an amazing diversity of wildlife. Marsabit National Park is that unspoiled corner of nature in Kenya where animals and birds who have their homes at Lake Paradise, a beautiful crater lake, play along the growths of podocarpus and juniper. Different species of raptors have their home in the bushy cliffs and atop huge trees along Lake Paradise and also around Sokote Guda, an arena surrounded with cliffs and forming a natural ground where the elephants, accompanied by the buffalos lead processions for drinking water from Lake Paradise in the multihued twilight.
Marsabit National Park was home to Ahmed for about 63 long years, head of the wildlife families who was given security against the hunters by a presidential declaration. Other animal species abiding in the Marsabit National Park are timid Greater Kudus, other antelopes, lions, leopards, rhino, wart dogs, giraffe, hyena and cheetah. The rarest of birds in Africa have also their abodes in the Marsabit National Park. It is best to fly to Marsabit as the road along Isiolo is perilous and frequently met by bandit attacks.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi, as the capital and the biggest city in Kenya, offers an exceptional experience of wildlife safari in the nearby 117 sq. km Nairobi National Park. Situated within only 7 km from the heart of Nairobi, Nairobi National Park can be reached by tarmac roads, especially along Langata Road. You can enjoy a peaceful yet exciting trip into the Nairobi National Park where you can take thrilling pictures of the rhino roaming on its own among the thorny bushes.
Many of the wildlife varieties in Nairobi National Park are drifting who go out into Maasailand in absence of water and vegetation within the park area. Diverse forms of games and predators who reside in the Nairobi National Park, offer you unique chances of meeting them. The Nairobi National Park is in fact, a well-organized example geophysical administration. Animals which roam about freely in the Nairobi National Park include lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos, excluding the gigantic African elephants.
The Athi River at the distant end of the Nairobi National Park is a wonderful natural limit which provides sheltered walks for the exotic species of birds and monkeys within the thick greeneries of a riverine forest to the river waters, home to the crocodiles and hippos. Other attractive residents of the Nairobi National Park comprise wildebeests, giraffes, elands and Thomson’s gazelles which rule over the plains with sashaying secretary birds and great ostriches as their convoys. At Nairobi National Park you will also get the opportunity to spot the cheetahs. Nairobi National Park is one of the most popular rhino sanctuaries in Kenya which is successfully accommodated more than 50 rhinos from distant areas in the country.
At Nairobi National Park, you can enjoy the sights of acacia, Cyprus, Themeda, Digitaria and Cynodon bushes spread all along the vibrant plains. The western part offers you dry dense highlands. In the south, extensive stretches of rock-strewn valleys and deep gorges with long growths and thorny bushes are abundant. These rocky vales contain numerous unique plant species comprising Drimia calcarata and Euphobia brevitorta. The man-made dams offer shelter to the diverse bird species and aquatic life forms. Nairobi National Park is the dwelling place of about 400 species of birdlife, though some of these birdlife forms are migratory. The southern limit of the park is known as the Athi-Kapti Plains and Kitenga Migration as well as distribution area.
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves
The composite site of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves is one of the amazing destinations in Kenya which can stated as exceptional due to its uniqueness. Samburu, Buffalo
Springs and Shaba National Reserves are the most reachable and the most frequently visited of the national reserves in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya. Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves are homes to the rarest of species in Kenya as they inhabit regions above the Equator. These rarest life forms include tall giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx.
The Samburu National Reserve is located at a distance of 325 km from Nairobi towards its north amidst hot and dry limits of the extensive northern stretches of Kenya. The natives inhabiting the land which is shared by the reserve are called Samburu. The long-necked gerenuk is a lovely antelope residing in the reserve. Though suffering from the burning scorches of the sun, Samburu is relieved of the heat by the soothing waves of the Ewaso River, home of the crocodiles. Hippos are seen at the pools at the meeting point of a tributary with the Ewaso River, which is bordered with acacias, doum palms and figs. These plantations offer shelter to the wildlife which goes to the water. Elephant roam over the hills and the occasional desert clusters.
Buffalo Springs National Reserve is parted from the Samburu Reserve by the Ewaso River, the reserve being named from a clear water oasis which is positioned at the western limits of the reserve. The common zebra is seen moseying along with the Grevy’s zebra. Diverse species of birds are also abundant in the reserve along with a wide number of Somali ostrich which is easily differentiated from the Maasai ostrich by its neck and indigo legs. You will be amused at the erratic conduct of the kori bustard. The male kori bustard offers an outstanding display of neck and neck feathers by expanding them.
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves form a unique game reserve, which is quite dissimilar from the other national reserves in Kenya. Shaba owns a historical reference as Joy Adamson, the authoress, was assassinated in 1980. The reserve got its name from an enormous portion of a volcanic rock which overlooks the area, its intensity being evident by the terrifying lava flow which you have to cross on your way to the reserve. The northern limits of the reserve are dominated by the sauntering flow of the Ewaso Ngiro along its way to the Chanler’s Falls. Other prominent features in the reserve are of four springs and of the scattered hills along with wide numbers of wildlife.
Tsavo East & West National Parks
Tsavo East & West National Parks jointly form one of the biggest wilderness reserves in Africa. Tsavo as a unit is spread over 10 million acres of unspoiled wilds including savannah, mountains, hills, montane and acacia growths and a wide-spreading river system. In fact, Tsavo East & West National Parks as a whole, cover more area than Jamaica.
The vast stretches of Tsavo are parted by the mail railway track of Nairobi-Mombasa. On safari at Tsavo East & West National Parks enjoy watching herds of elephants, lions, elands, buffalos,giraffes, kudus, rhinos and impalas. Tsavo East & West National Parks are paradis s for the bird lovers who can explore various birdlife forms in Kenya including rollers, hornbills, weavers, sunbirds and raptors. Tsavo East & West National Parks also are perfect locations for enjoying privacy and discovering the wilds in absolute peace. The lodges and camps are positioned at distant locations from the Tsavo East & West National Parks and can be reached only by driving or flying on light airlines. Tsavo East National Park is the more distant one among the both the national parks and also the infrequently visited.