Kenya wildlife safaris are experienced to various wildlife species which are reserved in protected areas such as national game parks and Reserves. Kenya is among the favorite destinations in Africa where a tourist can enjoy his or her wildlife safari tour from due to Kenya’s well conserved protected areas/national parks and Reserves. Kenya is an East African economy under governance of Uhuru Kenyatta who is a son to Kenya’s fallen President Jomo Kenyatta who granted independence to Kenyans from the Britain back in 1963 on 12th of December.
Visiting Kenya wildlife safaris is most joyous and enjoyful only if you consult a good tour agency such as Eco Tours Kenya to plan and organize your safari before even accessing Kenya such that on your scheduled dates of accessing Kenya you will not need to do anything required for your tour since all the bookings will be done by the tour agency. The process of booking for a wildlife safari in any country is quite delaying most especially the delay is brought about by the high populations of tourists who go for adventure.
Therefore, since its delaying to book for hotels for your arrival, accommodations in the park plus other things you are required to use a best agency like the above mentioned one though you are still emphasized to book earlier (advance booking) and remember to pay some deposit to secure your safari tour with the agency for better services. The agency will then do all your bookings plus reserving for you a good vehicle depending on which one will you have decided to use among the ones possessed by the tour agency.
Kenya is made up of many gazetted national parks and Reserves thus favoring the wildlife safaris to take place in the country. Due to the many national parks and Reserves protecting a huge number of wildlife species, Kenya is one of the mostly visited country in Africa and the tourism sector has greatly led to the development of Kenya and the following are some of Kenya’s best Parks and Reserves that have greatly led to Kenya’s development;
Maasai Mara National Park:
You can’t mention five best destinations for wildlife safaris in Africa minus speaking about this Reserve. Though it is an extension of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it is found that it is even better than its real origin when it comes to memorable wildlife safaris though its origin Park is also good. Serengeti National Park is constituted on the same conservation area with Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve of which Serengeti National Park extends or stretches northwards to form the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
They are both East Africa’s best Parks for wildlife safaris together with Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park though Maasai Mara National Reserve looks to be the best in all. Though Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda protects many wildlife species than Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park, but the fact is that these two protects the available wildlife species in large populations unlike in Kidepo Valley National Park.
The annual migration of Wildebeests in every July to October of every year from Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve is the most attractive thing that brings in more tourists to visit the two Parks than in any other East Africa’s national park or Reserve. Over 1.5 million of Wildebeests, half a million of Thomson’s gazelles and 250,000 Zebras migrate to Maasai Mara National Reserve from Serengeti National Park together with a large number of elands and Topis.
The reserve protects a large number of Africa’s big five which include Lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos. Other wildlife species in the Reserve include; Cheetahs, hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s gazelles, Bat-eared foxes, Coke’s hartebeests, jackals plus hippos and crocodiles which exist in the Reserve’s Rivers (River Talek and River Masai).
Tsavo National Park:
The Park is situated in a semi-arid area called the Taru desert which is near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County. The Park is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest in that it is divided into two regions (the eastern and western sides) thus protecting a large number of both wildlife species and bird species. The best side to visit the Park is the eastern side though the western is also good. The Park can be accessed from Voi through the Manyani gate or even from Mombasa through Bachuma gate and it can too be accessed from Malindi through the Sala gate.
The Park is a best place to view all Africa’s big five which include; Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes and Rhinos though it is famously known for inhabiting a large number of Lions. The Park is a home to over 675 Lions and other wildlife species in the Park are; dik dik, African hyena, bush babies, duikers, Jackals, Impalas, Hartebeests, Hyenas, Vervet monkeys, Sykes’ monkeys, Zebras, Squirrels, Mongooses, Cheetahs, Wild cats, elands, bat-eared foxes and many more plus over 500 bird species.
Inside the Park is the Galana River which is formed due to the converging of Athi River and Tsavo River thus the Park being more attractive plus many other attractions including the Lugard falls, Yatta plateau and Mudanda rock plus many others.
Nairobi National Park:
Kenya is really a true place for wildlife safari tours because it is made of many amazing things to an extent that it has a national park in its capital city which is rarely seen all over the world. Nairobi National Park is situated just few kilometers from the centre of Nairobi city thus favoring Nairobi road trippers and those in city tours in Nairobi to view this awesome national park and since it is situated in Kenya’s capital city, it offers other activities to its visitors such as city tours, visiting the Nairobi national museum which is Kenya’s national and largest museum, visiting the Uhuru Park which is a famous Park in the country and it is a centre for outdoor speeches and rallies plus many others.
Nairobi National Park itself boosts a large and varied wildlife population which include; Rhinos, Rode horses, Impalas and Zebras. The Park is a good habitant of lions, cheetahs, giraffes, Coke’s hartebeests, leopards, baboons, elands, hippos, Wildebeests among others. It is a habitant to over 500 bird species and the Park was Kenya’s first Park to be gazetted of which it was gazetted in 1946 thus being historical to Kenya. Dafani hotel and Ole-Sereni hotel are some of the Parks best accommodations to tourists who visit the Park.
Samburu National Reserve:
The Reserve is one of Kenya’s best destinations for wildlife safari tours and it is situated on the River banks of Ewaso Ng’iro River thus offering a variety of activities to its visitors. It is located in Samburu County which is almost 350km from Kenya’s capital city (Nairobi) neighboring the Buffalo Springs National Reserve which is also situated on the other hand of Ewaso Ng’iro River opposite of Samburu National Reserve. The Reserve inhabits a variety of wildlife species such as; Reticulated giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, Zebras, Gerenuk, elephants, hippos and elephants as well. The Reserve also boosts over 350 bird species and other wildlife species here include; warthogs, Kirk’s dik dik, Grant’s gazelles, Water bucks, Olive baboons plus a large number of crocodiles seen at Ewaso Ng’iro River.
The Reserve still resides two visible mountains of which they include Koitogor Mountain and Ololokwe Mountain also give pristine views to the visitors. The Reserve’s best accommodations include; Samburu game lodge, Samburu Serena safari lodge, Sarova Shaba game lodge, Samburu intrepid luxury tented camp plus the elephant watch camp & safaris plus many others.
Amboseli National Park:
Talking of wildlife safari tours in Kenya when skipping this Park is truly unfair because after Maasai Mara National Reserve, there is no any other Park in Kenya which can stand for wildlife safari tours before Amboseli National Park. Therefore, briefly it is one of the best two destinations in Kenya for taking your wildlife safari tours from next to only Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Park is the best place in the world where you can get close and view the free-ranging elephants of which these elephants are viewed in large populations when they are freely grazing and not seen in fenced hubs. The Park has views of Mountain Kilimanjaro situated in Tanzania of which it is the highest free-standing Mountain in the world.
The Park protects a wide range of wildlife species such as; Lions, Blue Wildebeests, Cheetahs, Leopards, Maasai giraffes, Impalas, Spotted-hyenas, Zebras and over 400 bird species plus many other attractive features and wildlife species resided there. The Park also gives opportunities to meet with the Maasai people who are too friendly and a tourist will enjoy their exceptional culture, dressing codes, dances, poems, songs and their interesting stories as well and though they speak their local language known as ‘’Maa’’, they can also speak English and thus you will be able to co-ordinate and interact with them.