5 Best National Parks & Game Reserves in Kenya

Kenya is well-known as the original safari country in Africa. The beautiful country is home to 24 national parks, 15 national reserves, six marine parks, and private conservancies. When visiting national parks and national reserves in Kenya, you will be overwhelmed with many options. To help you out, Drunken Elephant Mara has suggested a bucket list of some worth-exploring national parks and game reserves in Kenya.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for contemplating Mother Nature’s panoramic extravaganza – The Wildebeest Migration. This picturesque phenomenon involves over a million wildebeest passing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara Kenya through the Mara River, searching for abundant grasslands.

The Great Wildebeest Migration includes adventure-filled, thrilling scenes of Mara River crossings. In contrast, crossing the Mara River, the wildebeest slam and slash down the steep levee of the river into a crocodile and hippo-permeated waters.

Even if they get through the river successfully, they must go past the Mar’s massive concentration of Cats, anticipating them on the other side. Nevertheless, you will be rewarded with exhilarating experiences for sure. The best time to visit Masai Mara National Park to see the Migration is between July and September.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National is a wonder with magnificent spectacles of snow-capped, craggy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa- located in southern Kenya and bordered by Tanzania.

The national park is the best place in Africa to get close to the large concentration of elephants. You will find golden-colored grasslands, swampy, hippo-filled springs, blue skies, and dusky horizons. Apart from elephants, Amboseli gives you a chance to spot leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, lions, and much more wildlife species.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is located at the boundary of Nairobi – Kenya’s capital city. As the first national park in Kenya, it highlights an enormous array of fauna like buffalo, zebra, lion, rhino, etc. Take a game drive or a self-drive to explore the best of Nairobi National Park. You can visit there during the daybreak or the day end to get the best wildlife spotting opportunities.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is situated in northern Kenya on the fringes of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. This national reserve boasts a wide array of flora and fauna which deserves to be explored. Unfortunately, it is visited less due to being an out-of-the-way location.

The main sightseeing attractions in Samburu National Reserve are the unique wildlife species, i.e., the Grevy’s Zebra, a distinguished species whose stripes are narrower than the ordinary zebra. It has a taller and horse-like physique. Samburu National Reserve is ideal for safari-goers who are looking to escape the large crowds enthralled by well-known parks like Masai Mara National Reserve.

Aberdare National Park

If you want to visit a little different national park, embark on a safari to the Aberdare National Park, located next to the Great Rift Valley. The national park is the home to luscious, vibrant forests which give way to the expansive open moorland, prominent mountains, and scraped gorges.

The Aberdares stand out for their resident black rhino, giant forest hog, elephants, and a great diversity of gazelle and antelope. In addition, you will find the Treetops Hotel – which was on the buzz because it’s where Princess Elizabeth of the UK ascended the throne after her father’s demise in 1952. So, visit there to revisit those beautiful memories.

If you want one-of-its-kind safari experiences while visiting game parks and national reserves in Kenya, please contact Drunken Elephant Mara on +254 738 450 106 or adventure@drunkenelephantmara.com.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Tsavo National Park is a thirteen thousand hectare game reserve in Kenya. The park offers varied habitats from mountains and rivers to plains and wooded grassland. It is home to many different species including buffalo, cheetah, rhino and elephant. The park was established in 1948 and is named after the Tsavo River which flows along the boundary of the park for approximately 400 kilometers (248 miles).
They are two different types of parks: national and private. A national park is owned and managed by the government, whereas a private game reserve is owned and managed by the lodges within it.
The Masai Mara Reserve is the most popular wildlife reserve in Kenya. During the dry season from July to October, millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate there.