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Best places to see wildlife in Kenya, Kenya is truly a beautiful country. It tells a story of contrasting landscape, treasured wildlife, all year round sunshine and hospitable people. Kenya is blessed with diversity in wildlife including all the Big 5 animals and the annual great migration of wildebeests. This makes its one of the great places in the world to see wildlife. Kenya has 24 national parks, 15 national reserves, 6 marine parks and private conservancies. Best places to see wildlife in Kenya include;
Kenya Central Region
Mount Kenya National Park is home to rare species of animals which include Giant forest hog, Elephants, tree hryx, white tailed mongoose, black rhino, black-fronted duiker and Mole-rat. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second tallest mountain.
Aberdare National Park is home to most of the larger mammals, including some black rhino. The park has endangered species including the rare bongo, giant forest hog, rare wild dogs and endemic mole rat and mole shrew. Other game includes leopards, several endemic bird species, reptiles and insects.
Mwea National Reserve is a savannah ecosystem home to Acacia and Baobab trees and a diversity of African wildlife including all the big 4 animals, it is a great place to see hippos in Kenya.
Ngare Ndare Forest has an interesting canopy walk and is home to the big five animals (buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos).
Nyanza and Western Regions
The western region of Kenya is best known for Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and world’s second largest fresh lake. The densely populated Migingo Island is a small fishing village in Lake Victoria giving you an opportunity to visit local communities living in harmony with wildlife
Other locations of interest in this part of Kenya to see wildlife include Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Ruma National Park, Mt Elgon National Park, Saiwa Swamp National Park with various forest wildlife like sitatunga and monkeys.
Rift Valley region
Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to Kenya’s best known cultural group the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the region. This reserve is best known as well for the great migration which happens every year from July to October including the circular movement of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle travelling to and from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs lie in wait to hunt for food offering great documentary and sighting opportunity of this unique wildlife experience event.
Amboseli National Park gives you great views of Mountain Kilimanjaro as a back drop of large herds of elephants. Amboseli is one the best places to see large herds of elephants in Kenya up close.
Other parks of note to see wildlife include Hells Gate National Park, Siana wildlife Trust, Lake Nakuru National Park home of the pink flamingos living in its alkaline waters.
Eastern and North Eastern Regions
National parks and wildlife reserves to where to see wildlife in this region of Kenya include Samburu National Park, Kora National Park, Mwingi National Park, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves among others. Wildlife to see includes elephant, giraffe, leopard, zebra, and ostriches.
Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park are among the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, they are best known for its large herds of Elephants and other wildlife which include Leopards, Cheetahs, wild dog, buffaloes, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, plains game, crocodiles, mongoose, hyrax, dik-dik, lesser kudu and porcupine. Tsavo National Park will give you an opportunity to explore both sides of the park, wildlife including all the Big 5 animal and Cheetahs, its pristine habitats including open plains alternating with savannah bush and semi-desert scrub and acacia woodlands providing you with great scenery to shoot.
East Africa’s busiest port, Mombasa is one of the best locations in Kenya giving you an opportunity to feature wildlife, culture, history, golf, water sports and beautiful world’s finest beaches. Wildlife locations of note in or near the city include Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve, Shimba Hills National Reserve, and Nguuni Nature Sanctuary.
Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve is known for its colorful coral reefs and diversity of marine life, over 250 recorded species including fish, dolphin, sea turtle, whale, coral, sea grass and gastropod.
Our Popular Kenya Safari packages that include sighting wildlife
- 2 Days Masai Mara Kenya Safari
- 3 Days Kenya Masai Mara Safari
- 4 Days Kenya Wildebeest Migration Safari
- 5 Days Kenya Wildlife Safari
- 7 Days Best of Kenya Adventure Safari
- 8 Days Kenya and Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Safari
- 8 Days Kenya Big Five Safari
- 8 Days Ultimate Kenya Safari
- 13 Days Combined Kenya and Tanzania Safari
How to book a safari to Kenya?
Booking a Safari Trip to Kenya to see wildlife, once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for availability of services online once we confirm all services are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you a draft itinerary to start planning for your safari trip to Kenya. Once you confirm the itinerary we will send you an invoice for you to make a deposit, Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and secure all services accordingly. It is advised to book your safari to Kenya in advance at least 2-3 months’ prior your visit especially if you are planning to travel in the peak season of June to October.
Kenya Tourist Visa Advice
You will need to purchase the tourist visa to get to Kenya. Many travelers prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya this is the best option and you will be able to get the Kenya Tourist Visa online upon paying USD51.00 for Tourist Visa
Where to stay best for sighting wildlife in Kenya
Lodge options to stay in where best to see wildlife in Kenya range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for details.
What is the best time to see wildlife in Kenya?
Sighting wildlife in Kenya is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November this offers great sightings and easy shoots.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Safari Trip to Kenya to see wildlife?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Kenya. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine Kenya safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about booking a Safari Trip to Kenya and the Best places to see wildlife in Kenya.