Kenya Parks & Game Reserves

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Area: 1,510 sq kms (583 sq miles)

Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africas Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africas most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the worlds top safari big game viewing eco-system.

Amboseli National Park

  • Area: 392 sq kms (151 sq miles)

Second in popularity after the legendary Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park not only offers great game viewing but it's also the place to go for the best views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. The world's tallest free-standing mountain actually stands just across the border in Tanzania, but Amboseli has a postcard-perfect view of its snow-capped peaks, rising almost six vertical kilometres above the savannah. The best ti

Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Area: 188 sq kms (73 sq miles)

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds.

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo is one of the largest National Parks in Kenya. Made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, it is located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. It is famous for the Tsavo lions, a population of lions whose adult males often lack manes entirely.

Nairobi National Park

Welcome to Kenya's most accessible yet incongruous safari experience. Set on the city's southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park (at 117 sq km, it's one of Africa's smallest) has abundant wildlife which can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and airliners coming in to land. It is the only national park on earth that borders a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya. It is famous because of the richness of flora and fauna. Lying on the flood plains and bottom land of Waso Nyiro drainage system in the Great Rift Valley, it rises to an altitude of 2785 ft above sea level and covers an area of 390 km2. It can be reached through Nairobi-Isiolo-Marsabit road and Maralal-Wamba-Isolo road.

Sweetwaters Game Reserve

  • Area: 360 sq kms (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)

Sweetwaters Game Reserve is 24,000-acre private ranch with magnificent views across the plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Its popular waterhole is floodlit by night, providing excellent and secluded rarely seen game viewing.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometres. Situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert it opened in April 1948, it is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province.

Mt Kenya National Park

  • Area: 590 sq kms (228 sq miles)

Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi. The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya. At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country?s population and produces 70% of Kenya?s hydroelectric power.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley dominated by the harsh volcanic crater of Mt Longonot to the east and the Eburu Hills to the west. The lake sits at a deceptively high altitude of 6,000ft; higher in fact than Nairobi which is odd considering the massive drop you have to negotiate to get down on side of the Rift.

Aberdares National Park

Aberdare National Park is a high altitude national park created to protect the slopes and moorland of the Aberdare Mountains. The park is a perfect location for topography enthusiasts and for viewing Kenya's animals and birds. The topography ranges from high moorland, hills and peaks to indigenous forest, ravines, streams and waterfalls. Due to its high altitude, the park is very rainy and misty.

Shimba Hills National Park

  • Area: 192 sq km (74 sq miles)

The national reserve lies approximately 33km south of Mombasa town, in Kwale district of coast province. The coastal ecosystem comprise of a heterogeneous habitat including forestlands, exotic plantations, scrublands and grasslands. The ecosystem holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke forest.