The Best Safaris in Kenya

Best safaris in Kenya

In Africa, Kenya is ranked among the best tourist destination. Kenya is widely referred to as the ‘Jewel of Africa.’ When Kenya is mentioned, what comes to mind are the incredible wildlife reserves, the big five, tree conservancy areas, modern art, the great rift valley plains, the impressive sunset coastal beaches, and the vast Mara, widely known for the wildebeest migration. The best safaris in Kenya range from wildlife-dense national parks, game reserves and the country’s coastline.

Apart from excellent natural features, Kenya has a rich tribal culture and practices. For example, the Maasai community is a Nilotic ethnic group occupying southern Kenya spreading to Tanzania. The community is well known globally due to their residence in villages and towns close to game reserves.

Safaris are the major of Kenya’s natural beauty for a memorable travel experience. Are you planning for your next holiday during the upcoming summer? Here are some of the best Kenya’s most beautiful safari destinations.

Sweet Waters Game Reserve

Best safaris in Kenya's game reserves

Sweet water game reserve is the nearest reserve to Nairobi. It is less than 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi. It hosts all the big five game animals. The lavish green lawns, cold climate all year round and the magnificent view of snow at the peak of Mount Kenya make Sweet Waters a sheltered oasis of its kind. 

As a safari and wilderness lover, Sweet Waters is your perfect retreat. The reserve is home to abundant wildlife. The 24,000-acre private ranch offers a fantastic night and day drives, as well as nature walks to learn the unique wildlife species within the reserve.

You can visit the Sweet Waters 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary and also enjoy a 30-minutes free boat ride on the river. There are activities such as lion tracking, camel rides, and elephant viewing.

Samburu National Reserve

Lions in Samburu National Reserve
A lioness in Samburu National Reserve.

Samburu National Reserve is a semi-desert park that is dry most times of the year. The national reserve is close to the residential areas of the Samburu tribe of Kenya. The park retains a natural serenity for a charming vacation.

The hilly landscape is home for humongous termite mounds and different native animals such as Beisa oryxes, gerenuks, blue-legged ostrich, reticulated giraffes, and the Gravy’s zebra. Samburu National Reserve surrounds three adjacent parks: Shaba National Reserve (239 square kilometers), Buffalo Springs Natural Reserve (131 square kilometers), and the Samburu (104 square kilometers).

The Buffalo Springs, Samburu, and Shaba complex are small enough for thorough exploration in a day or two. The reserve topography is mostly open savannah with clusters of Acacia trees, thorn trees, forest, and grassland vegetation. Visit the reserve and enjoy the fantastic sceneries that include the big five and the Ewaso Nyiro River. Besides, you can choose from different activities such as picnics, walks and game drives at the ideal safari destination.

Lamu Island

Lamu Island in Kenya
Lamu Island in Kenya

Lamu is the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Way back from the 14th century, the safari destination island boasts of an enchanting culture mix of Indians, Arabs, and Africans. Lamu old town has a wealth of beautiful historical buildings, marking it as a coastal zone for the best safaris in Kenya.

Visit the Lamu Museum and learn about the island’s rich architecture and history. From the famous Lamu Fort, which was built between 1810 and 1823 by the Pate’s Sultan to the dhow boat ride from Shela beach, the safari destination makes your exploration a memorable one. The winding streets of the town perfect for donkey or foot exploration as you shop for batik and woodcarvings.

The Maasai Mara

Best safaris in Kenya's savanna
Wildebeests in Mara

Maasai Mara is the most visited national reserve in Kenya. It is a popular tourist destination in the whole of Africa and beyond because of its exceptional wildlife. Across the vast plains of Mara, you can find more than 40 percent of Africa’s biggest mammals.

Annually from July to October, visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve and experience the famous wildebeest migration. Also, make your holiday exciting by enjoying a hot air balloon ride as you capture the marvelous sunset on the horizon.

The excitement is not around the migration alone. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is also home for wild dogs, jackals, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, jackals, amongst others. Don’t let your safari come to an end before you explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve for a thrilling experience.

Tsavo National Park

Beautiful landscapes of Tsavo
Beautiful landscapes of Tsavo

A safari in Kenya would not be complete without an adventure to the Tsavo national park. Being one of the oldest and largest parks, the safari destination is found in the southern, eastern side of Kenya. Apart from the lion, Tsavo is a habitat of magnificent mammals and various wild animals, including the Zebras, Buffalos, Elephants, amongst others.

With impressing waterfalls and pleasant looking surroundings, the national park hosts a significant number of tourists every year, making it the favorite safari destination. The place is ideal for hiking, camping, underwater fish and Hippo watching, cave exploration, and game viewing.

Tsavo National Park gives you a memorable experience of natural springs, rocky hills, volcanic cones, and lava beds, all forming a dramatic vista. In your next safari destination, consider visiting the Tsavo park for an experience you will live to remember.

Nairobi National Park

One of the best safaris in Kenya is in the Nairobi National Park. The tourist attraction site was established in 1946. Only six miles from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the 46 square miles’ park comes with a massive population of elands, giraffes, gazelles, and the wildebeests. Besides, as you explore close to the river, you will find 400 bird species in the forested area.

The national park offers two gaming options. You can either enjoy a safari walk through a canopied bridge or drive around the park. However, you can visit the animal orphanage in the park and have a look of where sick, abandoned, or wounded animals are caged as receiving care and then rehabilitated into the park. For more details about the national park, you will find an educational center that features a safari walk. 

To get the best safaris in Kenya, book your safari package today. Safari packages include transport, accommodation and meals.

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