8 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Amboseli National Park

The snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro dominates the backdrop of Amboseli National Park and creates a highly scenic setting which, for many, is the classic image of East Africa. A full host of plains game, more than 50 mammals and 400 bird species make this one of Kenya’s most sought-after destinations.

  • Where: Rift Valley Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, Gerenuk, Leopard, Lesser kudu, Lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Laikipia Plateau

Though the wildlife of the Laikipia Plateau is abundant (one of the last refuges for the black rhino), its tranquillity and remoteness is the major attraction. On walking and riding safaris, accompanied by Masai, a total immersion in the African bush is experienced; a feeling of solitude rarely found elsewhere.

  • Where: Central Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, Greater kudu, Leopard, Lion, Reticulated giraffe
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest and purest of the Great Rift Valley’s lakes and offers outstanding bird watching with more than 400 species recorded. Its lush vegetation creates a fine setting for Joy Adamson’s house and also supports a variety of other wildlife, as does nearby Hell’s Gate National Park.

  • Where: Rift Valley Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape clawless otter, Grant’s gazelle, Impala, Red and blue sunbird, Osprey
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Lake Nakuru National Park

Though Lake Nakuru is relatively small, the lake is known for one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth – thousands, sometimes millions of fuschia-coloured flamingos. Over 400 species of birds are found here, and the surrounding park is famous for its sizeable population of rhinos and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe.

  • Where: Rift Valley Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, Defassa waterbuck, Lion, Rothschild’s giraffe, White rhino
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy covers 251 sq km and has been in existance since 1995. This private reserve is particularly well known for its successful wildlife conservation, especially in connection with endangered black rhino. The conservancy also plays host to Grevy’s zebra, sitatunga, leopard, lion, Cape buffalo, elephant and wild dog.

  • Where: Laikipia Plateau
  • Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, Grévy’s zebra, Lion, Wild dog, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Wildlife for families

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara is a natural paradise of gently rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees. Remaining as the ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows a route for the large migrations and home for predators and plains wildlife.

  • Where: Rift Valley Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, Leopard, Lion, Thompson’s gazelle
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Meru National Park

The vast, remote, lowland area of Meru National Park is the setting for Joy Adamson’s book ‘Born Free’. Lined with doum plams, its border with Shaba Reserve is the Ewaso Ng’iro River, and boasts greater diversity of species than some other Kenyan parks (in particular its birdlife, for which the park is renown).

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Beisa oryx, Gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, Lesser kudu, Somali ostrich
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu is a remote, arid wilderness of scrub desert and scorched savannah coloured with sandy creams, muted greens and earthen ochre; perfect camouflage for its wildlife and bird species rarely found elsewhere, and the large herds of elephant attracted by the waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro river, bisecting the reserve.

  • Where: Northern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Beisa oryx, Gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Vulterine guineafowl
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

4 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.

Diani Beach

Diani Beach is one of the most exclusive locations for Kenya beach holidays.

Mombasa

The coastal city of Mombasa is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations, with some of the best beaches in the world.

Nairobi

Kenya’s bustling capital needn’t just be a place where you start or end your safari.

Watamu

Located about 20 kilometres south of Malindi, Watamu is a small coastal town that boasts the spectacular Watamu Marine National Park which is home to a thriving population of marine life.

7 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Masai Warriors & Wildlife Galore

Ideal for young explorers, this awe-inspiring journey visits the land of the Masai warriors on a fun family educational programme in some of Kenya’s finest wildlife reserves.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

Elephant Watch

Observe elephants at close quarters on this specialist safari providing an opportunity to learn about their social structure in the company of expert Samburu naturalists.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 5 days

Wings over Kenya

Experience the beauty of Kenya from skies and on the ground with this ‘access all areas’ itinerary.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 7 days

Ultimate Kenya Safari

A rich blend of outstanding scenery, memorable wildlife and award winning properties.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 11 days

Kenya Adventure Camping

An outstanding value safari and ideal for those who prioritise the opportunities for wildlife and adventure.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 7 days

Migration Special

Witness this astonishing natural phenomenon; an unforgettable experience and a photographer’s dream.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Big Cat Weekend

The ideal whistle-stop wildlife getaway and an opportunity to see sme of the finest wildlife on earth.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 4 days

When to go

Kenya is a year round destination, but the best season is July to February. The wildebeest migration from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara takes place from July to September.

Seasons

  • Dry season

    Jan to Feb: A brief dry lull between the short and long rains
  • Long rains

    Mar to May: This is the wettest time of the year
  • Cool and dry

    Jun to Oct: Cool and dry.The best time of year to travel, but peak season
  • Short rains

    Nov to Dec: A couple of months of intermittent rain to freshen things up

Wildlife events

  • Jul to Sep: Flamingoes in the Rift Valley Lakes
  • Aug to Sep: Time for butterflies!
  • Oct: Migrating humpback whales off the coast
  • Jul to Aug: The Migration – wildebeest & zebra head north to Masai Mara
  • Oct to Nov: The Migration – herds head south; birds arrive from Eurasia

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