Isn’t a safari the first thing that one would think of while planning a trip to Africa? The beauty that this continent boasts of is beyond man’s reasoning, and the heritage is one to be admired. So what is there to expect? Where should you go to a safari park visit in Kenya?
What a Safari Entails
A safari tour is a visit to specific animal reserves or parks to either do some big-game hunting or enjoy the wild animals’ scenery preserved there. Particularly in Kenya, a safari trip will entail several activities to be enjoyed by a tourist and some of the unique ones worldwide. Have you heard of the wildebeest migration, the Big Five, herds of hippos, mating season, and one of the best hunting scenes? A safari Kenya offers more than the typical animals that you usually see in zoos. So which places will give you a once in a lifetime safari experience?
Best Safari Destinations
There are multiple national and game reserves in the country to be explored, each showcasing a unique safari experience to enjoy. To select the proper destination for a safari with your friends and family, you have to consider some factors. Once you have your safari gear ready, below are the factors to consider before arriving at your decision.
What You Want to See
The kind of scenery you want to enjoy will dictate where you want to go for the safari. There are a lot of animals to visit in Kenya including
- The Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) are located in almost all national parks and game reserves.
- Flamingos are at Lake Naivasha.
- Nile crocodiles – the significant populations, are seen at Mara River or Tana River.
- Wildebeest migration – the fascinating marvel of nature that constitutes two million wildebeests, zebras and gazelle migrating can be enjoyed in the Maasai Mara.
- White and black rhino – you can experience these rare herbivores in the Laikipia Plateau at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
- Wild dogs are in Tsavo National Park and Laikipia Plateau.
On the other hand, you can decide to visit a particular safari destination to explore more than a single experience. In a national park or game reserve, you can experience animals feeding, hunting, interacting, large numbers, breeding, etc. Some of the best safari areas in Kenya include
Tsavo National Park.
Located at Taita Taveta County, Tsavo National Park is divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa highways, bringing about two separate but similar parks; East and West. Tsavo East National Park covers an area of 13, 747 square kilometres and it boarders Voi Town. Tsavo West National Park lies on a 7, 065 square kilometres piece of land. At either of the two parks, you will enjoy wildlife in the form of a lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, wild dogs, porcupine, mongoose, and north of 600 species of birds.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers 1, 510 square kilometres and is located in the country’s South-Western part along the Kenya-Tanzania border. It is home to the likes of lions, zebras, hippos, elephants, and cheetahs. The place is also famous for the great wildebeest migrations and the Maasai people who live around the region.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park covers a region of 392 square kilometres, and it is located in the southern part of Kenya. The park is known for the large elephant herds, its swamps and plains too. You will additionally enjoy seeing giraffe, cheetahs, zebras, and multiple species of birds.
Meru National Park
Meru National Park is located in Maua, Meru County covering an area of 870.4 square kilometres. The park has a sanctuary that is home to several rhinos. There are other animals such as elephants, cheetah, leopards, hippos, and zebras.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is located in the capital city, covering an area of 117 square kilometres. It hosts animals such as buffalos, zebra, leopard, cheetah, lions, giraffe, baboons, and other hundreds of mammals and birds species.
While heading out for a safari, ensure that you grab your safari hats to save your face from the harsh sunlight, and safari water bottle to keep you hydrated. Be attentive to your safari guides because you will learn a lot from them along the tour. It would be best if you also remembered to grab your safari binoculars to get better views of the animals from afar.