In Africa, Kenya is ranked among the best tourist destination. Kenya is widely referred to as ‘jewel of Africa.’ When Kenya is mentioned, what comes to mind of many is the incredible wildlife reserves, the big five, modern art, the great rift valley plains, the impressive sunset coastal beaches, and the vast Mara, widely known for the wildebeest migration.
Apart from excellent natural features, Kenya brings a rich tribal culture and practices. For example, the Maasai community 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
Sweet water game reserve is the nearest reserve to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, less than 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi hosts all the big five game. From lavish green lawns, cold climate all year round, and the magnificent view of snow at the peak of Mount Kenya makes 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 acres’ private ranch offers a fantastic night and day drives, as well as nature walks as you learn the different unique species within the reserve.
You can visit the sweet waters 200-acres chimpanzee sanctuary and also enjoy a 30-minutes free boat ride on the river. There are also lion tracking, camel rides, and elephants drinking water and to the charms of the unique game reserve.
Samburu National Reserve
Samburu national reserve is a semi-desert park which is dry most times of the year. The national reserve is close to the living areas of the Samburu tribe of Kenya. The park retains a quiet feeling and a natural serene 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: 239km square Shaba National Reserve, 131km square Buffalo Springs Natural Reserve, and the 104km square Samburu.
The Buffalo Springs, Samburu, and Shaba complex are small enough for thorough exploration in a day or two safari. 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 to select from, such as picnics, walks, and game drives at the ideal safari destination.
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, making it the right place for your safari exploration.
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, makes the safari destination exploration memorable. The winding streets of the town perfect for donkey or foot exploration as you shop for batik and woodcarvings.
The Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara is the most visited national reserve in Kenya. A popular tourist destination, is widely known in the whole of Africa and beyond for 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 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
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
Have you ever come across a safari destination that is within a city? One of Kenya’s original national parks, the tourist attraction site, was established in 1946. Only six miles from Kenya 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.