Best Places To Visit In Kenya For Animal Viewing

Best Places To Visit In Kenya For Animal Viewing

Kenya is one of the top destinations for safaris in Africa. When you think of Kenya, the first thing that comes to your mind is the breathtaking immigration of the wildebeest in the Mara, the captivating sunsets of the coastal beaches and the vast scenic plains of the Rift Valley. Kenyan safaris are the jewel on the crown. Safaris are mainly the unspoiled natural beauty of Kenya. They offer an unforgettable travel experience. From the dry northern region to the highlands and the plains to the coast, you can explore a wide variety of wildlife and get involved in amazing safaris. Below are six of the best places to visit in Kenya:

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo national park is one of the oldest national parks in Kenya located on the southern side of the country. It also one of the largest national parks in the country separated to the eastern and western sides by a highway. The park boasts of a great diversity of animals including the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo. It also has beautiful surroundings and incredible waterfalls, making it an exciting tourist site. The park has springs that attract all kinds of animals. A visit to the Tsavo guarantees you all a view of a wide range of animals. It also has other attractions such as caves, lava flows, and recent volcanoes. These attractions make it ideal for exploring and hiking. With so many activities to choose from, one is always spoilt for choice when visiting Tsavo.

The Maasai Mara

A Kenyan safari cannot be complete with an adventure to the Mara. The Mara offers a typical image of what everyone envisions of Africa.  Vast plains, fallen trunks along the river and herds of wildlife wandering along the scorching plains characterize the Mara. The park has thousands of square miles of wildlife, with the famous wildebeest migration taking place between July and October every year. Besides, these spectacular sceneries, you also get to view the Big 5. You can also enjoy a hot air balloon ride while capturing the breathtaking sunsets on the horizon.

Samburu National Reserve

Leopard (Panthera pardus) watching zebras

The defining characteristic of the Samburu National Reserve is a smooth terrain. When combined with a glimpse of the ever elusive leopard or zebras grazing away, Samburu makes it to the list of the best places to visit in Kenya. You can also get to spot the Big 5 without having to drive for long. The park has a wide range of animals ranging from reticulated giraffes, the unique Grevy’s zebras and Oryx. The ultimate experience at the Samburu National reserve is spending a night at The Elephant Watch Safaris. These are six spacious, breezy tents under thatched mess tent on the banks of Ewaso Nyiro. The resort has lovely bathrooms built around trees as the water heats naturally by the sun. You get to chose from an array of activities including game drives, walks, and picnic.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is one of the best parks in Kenya. It is situated 240 km southeast of the capital, Nairobi. Amboseli is one of the best places to visit if you want to see free-ranging animals and engage in a thrilling African safari. Besides, the park offers spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is home to a host of wild animals such as lion, cheetah, buffalo, hyena, impala, and giraffe among others. It is also home to a lot of birds’ species such as kingfisher, raptor, crake, pelican, and hammerkop.  There many great lodges, hotels and campsites in the area and Shrike safaris will take care of your itinerary. It is advisable to take your safari between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm since this is the time animals are out in the clear zone. Amboseli national park is a premium park which has too much to offer.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is a game park located near Nakuru town. The park is famed for its numerous flamingos making it one of the best places to visit in Kenya. The 188 square kilometer includes a fenced off area which is used to protect black rhino, white rhino and giraffes. The park is also home to a host of other animals including lions, leopards, and waterbucks. In addition to flamingoes, the lake also boasts of other birds’ species such as heron, eagle, hammerkop, and kingfisher. Lake Nakuru National Park is also a premium national park with pretty cool weather.

  Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is a unique park. Located 7 km south of the City, it is the only park in the world which is in such proximity to a city. The park has a wide range of wildlife to offer. Besides being to three of the big cats- lion, cheetah, and leopard- the park also hosts African buffalo, wildebeest, black rhinoceros, baboon, impala, hippos among others.  Besides, the park boasts of a variety of birds such as ostrich and vulture. Nairobi National Park is the most exciting tourist destination in the city. Its attractions also include an animal orphanage, the ivory burning site monument, and the Nairobi Safari Walk. The park has everything one would desire for a safari destination. In case you are a safari beginner, you can start with Nairobi Safari park.

If you are planning to visit Kenya on a safari, these are some of the best places you can visit. These national parks and game reserves will give you an opportunity to see animals up-close and even interact with some of them. Shrike safaris offer you a variety of itineraries for Kenyan safaris.

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