Kenya and the word ‘safari’ go hand in hand. Undoubtedly, this is the only country on earth where romance and adventure complement each other in fullest spirit. The diversity of adventure activities is sure to dazzle all visitors. While on a trip, enjoying the country’s vast wilderness tops the list. Marvel at the Nakuru Lake amidst the flamingos, shake hands with the elephant at Amboseli or see the wildebeest rumbling through the savanna – experience nature’s raw wilderness.
Along with the great Kenyan safari parks, the beaches are also worth mentioning. Dive and snorkel the coral reefs, romance on the pearly beaches, taste authentic African cuisines and delve deeper into the Swahili history by exploring the tropical islands – the choice is yours. Kenya is stunning topographically too.
Read on to know the most stunning locations of magical Kenya as you journey with us.
The top 10 list to check out
Nairobi, Kenya’s largest and the capital city is rich in colonial history. The British of East Africa were the initial rulers of this place. At present, some of the top historical sites of Kenya lie in Nairobi along with some stunning wildlife attractions. The Nairobi National Park, the Nairobi National Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum deserve special mention in this regard.
The Nairobi National Park is now famous as a sanctuary for the black rhino. Other specimens of African wildlife include leopard, buffalo, cheetah, hippos, elephant, and zebras. If you want to experience remains of Kenyan culture, nature, contemporary art and history, under one roof, the Nairobi National Museum is the perfect place. The Karen Blixen Museum is basically the restored abode of the author Isak Dinesen, who penned down Out of Africa.
2. Masai Mara National Reserve
The worlds most talked-about national reserve is the Maasai Mara National Reserve also spelled as Masai Mara. Mara is basically an extension of the northern part of Serengeti and it borders Tanzania. This stretch of land acts as a corridor encouraging free access to wildlife species. The name Masai Mara has originated from the Maasai people, who wears a red cloak and resides in the park. They have been grazing their animals for ages in this land.
Masai Mara Wildlife Park has earned popularity because of the Great Migration. During this migration period, thousands of zebras, Thomson, and wildebeest travel across the Serengeti. The main time period of the Great Migration is from July to October. The population of cheetah, lion, and elephant is also quite handsome here. To experience this exotic nature, opt for our Masai Mara Wildlife Park safari.
3. Lake Nakuru National Park
Situated in Central Kenya, the Lake Nakuru National Park is well known for a wide range of pink flamingos flocking on Lake Nakuru. Nakuru Lake covers near about one-third of the park’s area and is a soda lake lying in the Rift Valley. You can find 450+ species of birds here. Other wildlife species spotted here are leopard, lion, white rhino, pythons, waterbucks and warthogs.
The huge euphorbia candelabrum forest is also protected by this national park. These trees are tall and are endemic to this region. Consequently, the landscape has a mesmerizing texture.
4. Lake Naivasa
The topmost point of the Great Rift Valley is a heaven for bird lovers. Known by the name Lake Naivasha, this amazing water body is known to shrink extremely during severe drought. The quality and the level of water are highly impacted by the floriculture industry that has shaped up throughout this area. Lake Naivasha Kenya is the motherland of 400+ bird species, including the African fish eagles. And the best process to enjoy wildlife is by sailing in the lake on a boat. You can also spot some colobus monkeys.
The nearby attractions of Lake Naivasha include Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell’s Gate National Park. Two extinct volcano find their place in the Hell’s Gate National Park.
5. Amboseli National Park
Known as the most popular national reserve of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park welcomes you to take a walk amidst the free-ranging African elephants. Crowned by the highest peak of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, this National Reserve occupies 39,206 hectares of land and spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania Border. The name Amboseli is derived from a Maasai word that means ‘Salty dust’. The parched condition of this national park goes perfectly with its name.
Major wildlife spotted during the Amboseli National Park safari is a cheetah, lion, waterbuck, eland, impala, giraffe, etc. The most amazing Amboseli National Park fact is that it houses more than 600 different species of birds. Interacting with the local Maasai people residing around the park is also an experience of a lifetime.
6. Bogoria Lake
Lake Bogoria, lying slightly north of the equator, is a saline-alkaline lake. It is situated amidst a half-barren land in a volcanic region to the southern part of Lake Baringo. The world’s largest population of the famous lesser flamingos can be spotted in Lake Bogoria just like in Lake Nakuru. This lake falls under the Ramsar treaty and within the lake lies, the protected National Reserve named the Lake Bogoria National Reserve.
The drainage basin of the lake covers an area of 700 sq. km. The National Reserve within the lake, houses features like the Swamp Kesubo in the North and the Siracho Escarpment in the east. Hot springs and geysers are also popular attractions within the lake.
7. Ol Pejeta
Ol Pejeta is better known by the term the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Situated in Central Kenya, Ol Pejeta is basically a non-profit wildlife conservancy and they work with the sole aim to protect and conserve animals. This conservancy also offers shelter to the great apes. In addition, they encourage a way of income through wildlife tourism and re-invest the money generated for the conservation of wildlife. Come forward, join us to the Kenya tour and spread helping hands towards the endangered animals.
The largest East African sanctuary, for the black rhino’s lies within this conservancy and the population of black rhino, reached a milestone of 100 in 2013. The two existing northern white rhino of the world are also shipped here. Ol Pejeta Conservancy plays host to the ‘Big Five of Kenya’. Besides this, the chimpanzee sanctuary also plays an important role to make Ol Pejeta a popular Kenya safari destination.
8. Aberdare National Park
Located in Central Kenya, the Aberdare National Park lies in the Aberdare Mountain Range and is basically a protected area. The park sites moorlands, intriguing falls, and majestic peaks. Wildlife spotted in the park is elephants, leopards, bushbucks, warthogs, buffalos, colobus monkeys, olive baboons, spotted hyenas, and black rhinos. The endangered animal list includes the blue duiker, African civet cat, African wild cat, serval cat, golden cat, bongo, and the Giant Forest Hog.
You can indulge in adventure activities like moorland camping, fishing trout in the river and small, fun picnics. The National Park houses more than 250 species of different birds. As a result the most satisfying activity here is bird watching. View our Kenya images gallery and get ready with your photography gears.
9. Tsavo National Park
The Tsavo National Park is considered to be the largest park of Kenya. The park is divided into two parts- Tsavo East and Tsavo West. These two parts together make up near about 4% of the total area of the country. You are sure to enjoy the Tsavo National park encompasses because it houses volcanic hills, Savannah, a huge lava-rock plateau, a wide diversity of wild animals and rivers.
Tsavo East is located in between Mombasa and Nairobi. East Tsavo is quite popular among photography enthusiasts owing to its photogenic beauty. The Galana River flows through the National Park in a loop. The water of this river serves as a source of life to the dry lands. Some other mention-worthy features about this park include the Mudanda Rock, the Yatta plateau and the mesmerizing Lugard Falls that fall into crocodile rich pools and form rapids.
10. Samburu National Park
The Samburu National Reserve, one of the game reserves of Kenya is located on the banks of the Ewso Ng’iro River. Another side of the river opens into the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. This National Reserve lies at a distance of 350 km from Nairobi and its size is 165 sq. km. Its geographical location lies in the Samburu country, where it takes its name.
Samburu National Park is the smallest national park of Kenya yet it is the richest. Some of the big cats like the cheetah, leopard, and lion are found in the park. The endangered African wild dog can also be spotted here. The environment inside the park is well maintained. As a result the animals enjoy a healthy growing habitat. Other rare species include the Samburu Special Six (beisa oryx, Guenther’s dik-dik, long-necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, and the Somali ostrich).
Now that you have noted the top ten Kenya tourist attractions, so enroll for our once in a lifetime Kenya safari holiday package and meet the wild like never before.