The Best Safari Parks in Kenya

By Dickson Osas

Suppose you are the traveler who fantasizes about witnessing the natural world in all its splendor. In that case, there is a reasonable probability that you have daydreamed about going on a safari at some point! It is possible to witness animals – sometimes even rare or endangered species – in their natural habitat while on a safari, which is a fantastic opportunity. It is an actual win-win situation for everyone involved when tourists are given a chance to watch wild creatures from a safe distance while also contributing to conservation efforts.

If you’ve been daydreaming about the ideal safari vacation, you’ve undoubtedly given some consideration to going on a safari in Kenya (and if you haven’t, you should get on that right away). While on safari in Kenya, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards), as well as stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the friendly people of the country.

Best Time To Visit Kenya Safari Park

Although Kenya is widely recognized for offering safaris at any time of the year, several factors must be considered before choosing to travel to this stunning nation. The dry season, which begins in late June and lasts through October, is the best time to view most of the animal population. This is due to a few different factors, namely the following: First of all, during the dry season, animals will congregate in large groups around sources of water.

This means that a visit to a waterhole will allow you to cross every animal off your list in just one game drive! Second, the Great Migration is a natural event in which millions of wildebeests and zebras move from Tanzania to Kenya. They arrive at the Masai Mara reserve in July and stay there until October. This natural event occurs every year. Not only will this ensure that you will see these grazing animals, but it will also improve the likelihood of seeing at least one or two predators.

List of Best 5 Safari Park in Kenya

  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Samburu Game Reserve
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve
  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Here is the list of the five best safari parks that you can visit in Kenya

1. Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve
Photo by Ron Dauphin

Safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park are the country’s most popular. It is known for its large herds of lowland game, including a unique population of Masai lions, African leopards, and Tanzanian cheetahs, and it’s also the finest spot to watch the Great Migration which involves zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest migration to and from Tanzania’s Serengeti. In addition, it is home to a large number of elephants as well as almost every other form of wildlife found in Kenya. This park is also well-known for having the friendliest animals.

2. Amboseli National Park

Elephant, Kenya, Amboseli National Park
Image by Herbert Aust

Any trip to Kenya should include a stop at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Her morning routine includes waking up early to graze among giant tuskers, which she does daily. She will also show you huge herds drinking from springs on the surface. In the park, there are zebras, wildebeest, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, buffalo, jackals, and leopards, among other animals.

3. Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu Game Reserve
Photo by Harshil Gudka

The actual meaning of safari’ is ‘journey,’ and Samburu is the ideal site to begin an adventure. During game drives, you will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, including the Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and reticulated giraffe to hundreds of elephants, lions, buffalos, and leopards. You also have the option of going on a camel safari, an experience unlike any other in Africa.

4. Shimba Hills National Reserve

Lion Afrika, Africa, Lioness, Shimba Hills National Reserve
Photo by Zdeněk Macháček

This small nature reserve is one of Kenya’s best safari parks. It has as much, if not more, to offer than its larger counterparts. Tourists at Diani Beach often visit this park on the southern coast. It is home to elephants, buffaloes, sable antelopes, Masai giraffes, warthogs, baboons, and more than 300 butterfly species.

5. Lake Nakuru National Park

 Flying Flamingo,Lake Nakuru , Africa Tourism
Photo by Bibhash Banerjee

Lake Nakuru is still beautiful, even though it used to be known for its flamingos. It’s about two hours from Nairobi, so it’s an excellent place for a one-day safari trip. The landscape here comprises the Rift Valley escarpment, the large lake, and the plants and grasslands in the area. Depending on the time of year, there may be waterfalls, and the river that runs along the lake is home to hippos, waterbucks, black and white rhinos, elands, impalas, and many birds. Lions hang out in the trees in the wooded area near the designated campsite.

Final Verdict

Many think seeing the Big Five and other well-known animals is essential to the best safari. But a safari in Kenya is all about the experience: going deep into the wild and seeing animals in their natural habitat. So above, we mention the top 5 best safari parks in Kenya you must visit.