Kenya’s Awesome National Parks

Listen to an audio version of this blog post! Just press the play button below. Hear the word ‘safari’ and you’re sure to picture images of Kenya’s National Parks – thousands of herding wildebeests in the Masai Mara; the famous Tsavo Lions at Tsavo East and Tsavo West; and great trains of elephants parading by in Amboseli National Park. Kenya is safari country, and its parks offer the biggest variety, numbers, and concentrations of wildlife in Africa. And supporting these thousands of animals are every possible landscape to be found on the continent – green rolling hills, deep golden savannahs, wooded acacia forests, broad and red-dusted plains contrasting with rich, lush oases. So grab your safari socks and let’s explore.

Nairobi City Limits

Ever go on a safari just 10 minutes from a busy downtown? You can, just outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Amazingly, only minutes from a world-class city, one safari to lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo, and many more animals roaming in the wild at Nairobi National Park. This isn’t some city zoo – the lions are very real and you’ll spot them and roaming giraffes against a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. A most unusual African safari.

The Amboseli Giants

Surely, you’ve heard of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The great massif will fill your field of vision when visiting Amboseli National Park as it dominates the park’s southern border.

Completing this postcard-like vista are the families of free-ranging elephants marching before Kilimanjaro’s scenic backdrop. The park is famous for its great populations of the towering creatures, so much so that you’re guaranteed to spot them. Lots of them. How many parks can make that promise?

The Masai Mara in Kenya

Probably the most famous park in the world – even its name conjures the feeling of great safari expectations. Masai Mara Reserve is home to numerous prides of lions, as well as leopards, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and some 95 species, over its vast sweep of savannah, bush, and rivers.

Probably the most famous park in the world – even its name conjures the feeling of great safari expectations. Masai Mara Reserve is home to numerous prides of lions, as well as leopards, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and some 95 species, over its vast sweep of savannah, bush, and rivers.

It’s also home to the largest movement of animals on the planet, the Great Migration. Picture this: tens of thousands of wildebeests, zebra, and gazelle flooding into the park from neighboring Serengeti on their yearly search for more vegetation. Waiting for them: all those lions, leopards, cheetahs, and crocs. This is the timeless drama of nature’s cycles playing out before us.

More Mara Lands

A fascinating phenomenon has recently developed alongside the great Mara – the conservancy movement. These neighboring lands belong to the Maasai, the indigenous people of the area. A curious partnership has evolved between the Maasai and the tourism interests here.

A fascinating phenomenon has recently developed alongside the great Mara – the conservancy movement. These neighboring lands belong to the Maasai, the indigenous people of the area. A curious partnership has evolved between the Maasai and the tourism interests here.

Previously, the Maasai’s ancient herding lifestyle led to overgrazing of this ecosystem, threatening the land and its wildlife. However, through an ingenious arrangement, the Maasai have adopted more eco-healthy grazing practices and are now paid a yearly stipend. This has led to a better lifestyle for the Maasai, restoration of the land, and improved wildlife population. It has also created a rich, lightly touristed habitat for the lucky safari-goers who visit these Mara conservancies.

Legendary Tsavo National Parks

Everything is big at Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. They’re the largest wildlife reserves in Kenya and feature all the largest wildlife – the famous “Big Five” – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino. Especially of note are the legendary Tsavo Lions, distinctive with their unusually short manes. The lions were known in times past for their ferocity.

Everything is big at Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. They’re the largest wildlife reserves in Kenya and feature all the largest wildlife – the famous “Big Five” – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino. Especially of note are the legendary Tsavo Lions, distinctive with their unusually short manes. The lions were known in times past for their ferocity.

The landscapes also intrigue at these two sister parks – you’ll find unusual lava formations, unexpected green oases, and red dusty soil, in which the elephants like to roll and give themselves a rouge “makeover”.

Kenya’s incredible national parks – anything you can imagine and innumerable sights you can’t are all waiting for your discovery. Let Africa Kenya Safaris take you on a dream excursion to these places of fantastic beasts.

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