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Top National Parks in Kenya

By Viator, June 2018

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Kenya has 54 national parks and game preserves scattered throughout the country.  There are parks teeming with tourists, and those that are seldom visited by outsiders. Some are on the plains, others in the Rift Valley, some in mountainous areas and others in the desert. All are home to varying populations of the wildlife for which Kenya is famous.

When you dream of going on safari, you’re probably thinking about a visit to one of these vast parks.

The best-known (and most visited) is the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which adjoins the Serengeti in Tanzania (across the southern border). Here, all of the “big five” on a visitor’s wish list can be seen: lion, elephant, rhino, cape buffalo and leopard, along with hundreds of thousands of other animals, including giraffe, warthog, hyena and wildebeest. 

If you’ve seen images of massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope -- as many as 1-1/2 million ungulates -- rushing in a migratory frenzy through the Mara River when it’s filled with hungry crocodiles, this is the place. There are more than a dozen full-service resorts in the Maasai Mara as well as budget campsites. 

Next in popularity is Amboseli National Park, just 160 miles southeast of Nairobi but with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Tanzanian border. Its main draw: the large herd of elephants (about 900 all told). There are a half-dozen resort choices in the park.

Aberdare National Park is a “must stop” for birders (250+ species), although it also includes black rhinos, elephants, baboons, black leopards and other wildlife in its varied landscape (mountain peaks, ravines, waterfalls). This high-altitude park is unusual in that it was created primarily to protect the moorland and slopes of the Aberdare Mountains. There are two resorts in Aberdare, both of which overlook watering holes (and thus have great nighttime viewing of the animals).

Tsavo West National Park is known for the hippos who love the pools of Mzima Springs. You’ll also find lions, cheetahs and hartebeest. Home to a large population of red-skinned elephants, it’s one of the largest reserves in Kenya.

Mount Kenya National Park includes (no surprise) Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro is first). Elephants, monkeys and birds are the stars here, but you can also indulge in some great trail hiking.

The Samburu National Reserve is mostly savannah, but a river runs through it (the Uaso Nyiro) -- so there are lots of crocodiles. It’s also said to be the best park in the country to spot the elusive leopard.

Smallest park in Kenya is the Saiwa Swamp National Park.  Tucked in below the Cherengani Hills in the Rift Valley, it’s known for sitatunga antelope (a semi-aquatic species) and its varied bird life.

Most accessible of all the places to see wildlife is the Nairobi National Park. Oldest of all the parks, it’s just a half-dozen miles from Kenya’s capital city. Here there be lions (with a backdrop of skyscrapers) plus black rhino, all sorts of antelope, hyenas and ostrich.

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4-Day Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari from Nairobi, Nairobi, null
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4-Day Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari from Nairobi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the Masai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park on a 4-day tour from Nairobi with transfers from the city’s hotels. Go deep into ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $580.00
3-Day Maasai Mara Guided Safari from Nairobi, Nairobi, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Maasai Mara Guided Safari from Nairobi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore the wildlife of Masaai Mara in this 3-day, 2-night safari. The variety of animals in Maasai Mara is amazing and you will not want to miss a chance to ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: Flexible

From USD $395.00
Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park, Nairobi, Multi-day Tours
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Day Tour: Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

This is a full day comprehensive tour of the most important sites around Nairobi. You will start with the giraffe center, then head to the elephant orphanage ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.00
Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen Museum ... 
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Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen Museum Day Tour in Nairobi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

This full-day tour is an excellent way to begin or end your East Africa safari. Search out wildlife at Nairobi National Park, on the outskirts of Nairobi. ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi, Nairobi, Day Trips
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Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

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This is a private tour and you will be picked up anywhere within Nairobi. This is a 1 day tour where you will be visiting Lake Naivasha for a walking/biking ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.00
8-Day Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari from Nairobi, Nairobi, Day Trips
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8-Day Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari from Nairobi

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This tour will give you the best Safari experience ever for Kenya and Serengeti. The Maasai Mara and the Serengeti are where the movie Lion King is set. The ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,980.00
Half Day Nairobi National Park Tour From Nairobi, Nairobi, Multi-day Tours
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Half Day Nairobi National Park Tour From Nairobi

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The tour to Nairobi National Park takes you to this unique wildlife sanctuary only 7 kms from the Nairobi bustling City Centre where you have chance to see 4 ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: Flexible

From USD $45.00
8 days Kenya and Tanzania safari from Nairobi, Nairobi, Day Trips
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8 days Kenya and Tanzania safari from Nairobi

This tour offered by Kenya Bush Expeditions tours and travel gives you the chance to explore the very best of Kenya and Tanzania. Starting with the expansive ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,800.00
8 DAYS BUDGET GROUP JOINING KENYA AND TANZANIA SAFARI, Nairobi, Multi-day Tours
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8 DAYS BUDGET GROUP JOINING KENYA AND TANZANIA SAFARI

Visit and see the wonders of nature both in Kenya and Tanzania. It's a trip not to miss for the whole family.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,607.00
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi, Nairobi, Cultural ... 
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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Full-Day Tour from Nairobi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Spend the day visiting the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphaned Trust and the Giraffe Center, home to the Rothschild giraffe. You will also be taken to the Kazuri ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $51.00

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