Kenya and East Africa at large is arguably; home to the most attractive National parks and reserves in Africa. The national parks and reserves are manned and managed by state organizations of the respective countries. Generally, in Kenyan national parks, human settlements are prohibited, while sustainable human settlements are allowed in National reserves and conservation areas. However there are tourist accommodation facilities inside and outside the Parks and Reserves , and Safari Desire, offers you the best, so as to make your stay comfortable as well as memorable.

Below are some of the most famous as well as some amazing less traveled destinations and National Parks in Kenya where our Kenya safari tours will take you to.

Kenya Safari Destinations

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Amboseli National Park

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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Mount Elgon National Park

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Shimba Hills National Reserve

Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta

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Aberdares National Park

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Masai Mara National Reserve

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Nairobi National Park

Diani beach

Diani Beach

Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria

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Kakamega Forest Reserve

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Meru National Park

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Tsavo East National Park

Solio Game Reserve

Solio Game Reserve

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Malindi

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Mount Kenya National Park

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Mount Longonot National Park

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Tsavo West National Park

Fort jesus, Mombasa

Mombasa

Kenya’s safari destinations offer a tapestry of experiences that celebrate the country’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. From the iconic plains of Maasai Mara to the rugged landscapes of Tsavo and the serene shores of Lake Nakuru, each park holds a unique allure that captivates the imagination and beckons visitors to explore its hidden treasures. Whether embarking on a game drive through the savannah, immersing in the traditions of indigenous tribes, or simply basking in the tranquility of nature, Kenya’s national parks promise an adventure of a lifetime, where every moment is a testament to the enduring beauty of the wild.

Kenya’s allure as a safari destination lies in its sprawling savannahs, vibrant ecosystems, and a kaleidoscope of wildlife that roams freely across its national parks. At the heart of the Kenyan safari experience is the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve, an iconic landscape that embodies the essence of Africa’s untamed wilderness. Here, the annual Great Migration sees millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles traverse the Mara River in a spectacle that epitomizes the circle of life. Visitors to Maasai Mara are treated to exhilarating game drives where encounters with lions, leopards, and elephants are commonplace, while hot air balloon safaris offer a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling plains, punctuated by acacia trees and grazing herds.

Beyond the Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park stands in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, providing a dramatic backdrop to the park’s expansive grasslands and marshes. Known for its large herds of elephants, Amboseli offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife photography against the awe-inspiring vista of the snow-capped mountain. Bird enthusiasts flock to the park to observe an array of avian species, including the iconic crowned cranes and vibrant flamingos that frequent the alkaline waters of Lake Amboseli. Meanwhile, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project provides invaluable insights into the behavior and conservation of these majestic creatures.

Venturing eastward, the vast expanse of Tsavo National Park beckons with its rugged terrain, ancient lava flows, and diverse habitats that sustain an abundance of wildlife. Split into Tsavo East and Tsavo West, the park is renowned for its population of ‘red elephants’, whose distinctive hue is a result of the park’s iron-rich soil. Visitors to Tsavo can explore the subterranean mysteries of Mzima Springs, where crystal-clear waters emerge from underground caverns, providing a sanctuary for hippos, crocodiles, and a myriad of aquatic life. The Chyulu Hills, an ancient volcanic range, offer scenic hiking trails and panoramic vistas of the savannah below, while the haunting landscapes of Shetani Lava provide a glimpse into the park’s tumultuous geological past.

For a taste of Kenya’s northern frontier, Samburu National Reserve beckons with its rugged beauty and unique wildlife that thrives in the arid landscapes along the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Here, the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and Somali ostrich roam freely, while elusive predators such as the leopard and striped hyena stalk the shadows. Cultural encounters with the Samburu people offer a glimpse into their traditional way of life, characterized by colorful attire, intricate beadwork, and age-old rituals that have endured for centuries. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River sustains an abundance of birdlife, providing a lifeline for the park’s diverse ecosystem. Check out our 9 Days Best of Kenya Safari which includes Sambur National Reserve. 

In the heart of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park is a sanctuary for flamingos, whose vibrant hues paint the shores of the alkaline lake in shades of pink. Home to one of East Africa’s most successful rhino sanctuaries, the park offers a haven for both black and white rhinoceros, whose populations have rebounded thanks to rigorous conservation efforts. Birdwatchers flock to the park to observe over 400 species of birds, including pelicans, cormorants, and the majestic African fish eagle that soars overhead. Meanwhile, the park’s lush woodlands provide sanctuary for buffaloes, giraffes, and elusive leopards, making it a photographer’s paradise and a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

Nestled within the Aberdare Range, Aberdare National Park offers a secluded wilderness retreat, characterized by dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and mist-shrouded peaks that tower over the landscape. Treehouse lodges provide a unique vantage point for observing wildlife, with elephants, buffaloes, and even elusive bongos frequenting the forest clearings below. Trout fishing in the park’s icy streams offers a serene escape from the rigors of safari life, while guided nature walks unveil the secrets of the forest, from towering cedar trees to delicate orchids that carpet the forest floor. Aberdare National Park is a testament to Kenya’s natural beauty, offering a sanctuary for both wildlife and weary travelers seeking solace amidst the splendor of the African wilderness.

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Nestled along the Indian Ocean coastline, Mombasa stands as Kenya’s vibrant gateway to the sea, blending Swahili culture with a rich tapestry of history and tradition. The city’s historic Old Town, with its labyrinthine alleys and intricately carved doors, bears witness to centuries of trade and conquest, while the imposing Fort Jesus stands sentinel over the bustling harbor, a testament to Mombasa’s strategic importance in the region. Beyond the city’s bustling markets and lively waterfront, pristine beaches beckon with their powder-white sands and azure waters, offering respite from the tropical heat and a myriad of water sports, from snorkeling and diving to deep-sea fishing and dhow cruises along the coast.

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