Kenya boasts some of the most beautiful, amazing & magnificent landscapes and fantastic game viewing in the world, thus providing some extraordinary destinations. There are many lodges and camps across the country that go above and beyond to bring guests every comfort in some of the most wild and stunning settings.
Each destination is unique in its own way and will offer its own distinct attractions.
The short descriptions of our destinations give you a foretaste of the wide variety of habitats waiting to be explored while on safari.
ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Aberdare National Park was gazetted in 1950. This park is in the Central Highlands of Kenya and forms part of the third highest Mountain Range in Kenya – Aberdare Ranges (called Nyandarua ranges by the local people) with a summit of 4,000 meters. The Park has a variety of flora and fauna, and scenery that you would seldom find elsewhere. Elephants and buffaloes are the dominant animals, but rare species can also be found, including giant forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, blue duiker. The forests and moorlands of Aberdare National Park are a birder’s paradise with 290 species recorded in this park including the Aberdare cisticola that is critically endangered & endemic to the region, Jackson’s francolin, which is regionally endemic, scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, quite rare, Sharpe’s longclaw – near endemic in Kenya & globally threatened, Abbott’s starling, and Jackson’s widowbird – globally threatened, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, Ayres’s hawk eagle and many more different species of doves, hoopoes, hornbills, trogons, warblers, flycatchers, ibis, etc.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Situated south of Kenya near the Tanzania border & crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.
Amboseli National park is famous for its highest concentration of elephants, which have been researched on for over 30 years amongst other predators and wild game.
The park takes its name from Lake Amboseli, a seasonal swamp that attracts water birds and other migratory species and is also a quenching oasis for the plain game. The lake bed is criss-crossed by countless animal tracks during the dry season. It is noted for its astonishing mirages where grotesque shapes seen in the shimmering haze turn out to be a distant animal.
Because of its diverse animal population, the park has been named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Voted Africa’s leading beach destination for the third time running since 2015, the 17 km long Diani beach is one of the most spectacular and pristine beaches in Kenya.
Located 30 km south of Mombasa, Diani beach is famous for its palm shaded white sandy beaches and miles of unspoilt coral reef.
There is a good balance of accommodation in the area and various activities to undertake which include:
Yoga, deep sea fishing, nature walks, excursion to the nearby Shimba Hills National Park (home to Kenya’s only population of the Sable antelope), surfing, snorkeling & diving trips, sky diving, bike tours and golfing,
Kakamega Forest is a tropical rainforest situated North West of Nairobi near the border with neighbouring Uganda. The Forest is Kenya’s only tropical rain forest and last remnant in the country, of the ancient Guineo – Congolian rain forest that once spanned the continent.
This forest is surely a gem for nature lovers and is dominated by both Central African lowland species and highland species due to its elevation (predominantly between 1500 m and 1600 m) and proximity to the nearby Nandi Forest.
Kakamega forest is an Ornithologists dream where many different rare birds’ species are found including Great blue turaco, Blue headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petits cuckoo-shrike and many others.
Mammals in the forest include Bushbuck, Red and blue Duikers, Bush pigs, Porcupines and at night Flying squirrels, Hammer Headed fruit bats, Tree pangolins, Poto, Mongoose and along the rivers, Claw less otter amongst 380 species of plants, 400 species of butterflies and 7 species of primates.
Guided tours in Kakamega forest enable you at first hand to enjoy all these!!
An internationally recognized Ramsar wetlands site, situated 975 meters above sea level on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya. Its fresh waters are an oasis in the arid plains.
This region is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, cousins of the Masai though unique in their own way as they eat fish which is a taboo to the Masai.
The surrounding volcanic ranges of Tugen hills and Laikipia escarpment adds to the scenic beauty of the region…
Birdlife is amazing with over 470 recorded species which include migrating species which frequent the region from October – March.
The lake is also well populated with crocodiles and hippos which can be spotted on a boat ride.
Highlights in the region include, cultural visits, boat rides to explore the lake and surrounding islands and nature walks along the lake shore and nearby basalt cliffs.
This region lies on the thresholds of Kenya’s wild northern range lands stretching from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Its magnificent escarpments descend into the arid lands and semi deserts of Northern Kenya. This region is surely one of the best eco systems in the entire East African region.
Wildlife is the region is abundant and total numbers higher than any of Kenya’s protected areas except Masai Mara National Reserve. Laikipia has the highest diversity of large mammals in Kenya, including significant populations of predators.
In contrast to most of Kenya, where wildlife numbers have been on the decline, the region has recorded an increase by about 15% in the last 30 years. Considering that this is not a protected area, the conservation success has been attributed to the landowners and people of Laikipia.
The combination of abundant wildlife and exceptional scenic beauty has enabled Laikipia to become a world leader in the development of high quality eco-tourism.
The highest of the Rift Valley Lakes at an altitude of 1,884 meters above sea level, Lake Naivasha is one of Kenya’s freshwater lakes. Situated North West of the capital city, Nairobi, the lake provides diverse habitats for a variety of mammals, birds and fish. The proximity from the city has made the lake shore town popular for day excursions as it offers a perfect destinations due to its tranquility and varied birdlife.
Sunsets are always stunning, with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end.
Afternoon wind and storms can cause the Lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Maasai christened the lake Nai’posha meaning ”rough water”, which the British later misspelt as Naivasha.
The lake shore town of Naivasha serves as a gateway to other attractions including Hell’s Gate National Park – known for its scenic beauty, Crescent Island – the region’s best kept secret and popular for guided walks, Mount Longonot – well suited for hiking, Lake Oloidien – a bird watchers haven.
The saline Rift Valley Lake lies at the beginning of Kenya’s great northern wilderness. The lake is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the dramatic walls of the Siracho Range. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink.
The 32 square km lake is still volcanically active. The western shore is lined with spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. Fresh water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife. There are many Fish Eagles, which often prey on the Flamingos. The shores are always lined with Gazelle, Zebra, Baboons, Impalas and Grants Gazelles. This is one of the best places to see the Greater Kudu…
Lamu Town is a small settlement on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Situated 341 kilometers by road northeast of Mombasa. This UNESCO World Heritage site, is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along the coast of East Africa, founded in 1370.
Rich in history and culture and blessed with exquisite natural beauty, the Lamu archipelago has welcomed travelers for over a thousand years. Lamu is a magical place of long white sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes dotted with palms and acacia tortillis trees; turquoise seas, bounteous marine life and tranquil back waters; lush mangrove forests, river estuaries, deep forests and yellow grassy plains which hold some of Africa’s last truly wild game and bird life.
Lamu is renowned for its many festivals and more recently is becoming known not only as a wellness destination but also, with the up-and-coming conservancies, a wildlife destination, offering a wealth of unmatchable experiences for travelers and holidaymakers.
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. Situated Southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1,510 square km, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.
Meaning dotted plains in the Maasai language, Mara is a vast area with scattered pockets of acacia woodland and gentle rolling grasslands, which ensure that animals are never out of sight. Its flora is as profuse as its fauna. Bird life is also prolific with over 450 species having been recorded.
Masai Mara National Reserve offers breathtaking views as seen in the Film ‘Out of Africa’ much of which was filmed here. The Mara is also the staging ground for the great Migration, one of the most awe-inspiring natural events in the world.
MERU NATIONAL PARK
Meru National Park, located 350 km from Nairobi and covering an area of 8760 km2 is wild and beautiful. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially beautiful area of Kenya. The diverse habitat from woodlands at 3,400ft (1,036m), to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with Doum palms has contributed to the parks recognition as has having more wildlife diversity than any other park in the East Africa.
The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her resting grounds marked here.
The natural beauty, diverse fauna & flora of the park and surrounding region makes this conservation area one of the best destinations to sample the diversity of the country in all perspectives…
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city and covering an area of 117 kilometers squared.
The park is located only 7 km from Nairobi city centre. The savannah ecosystem comprise of different vegetation types which makes game viewing in the park dynamic. Bird life is also abundant with over 400 different species having been recorded.
Nairobi National Park is perhaps best known for its significant Black Rhino sanctuary. This is one of the best place to see these endangered animals in their native environment.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Samburu National Reserve is 320 kilometers north of Nairobi and covers an area of 165 Kilometers squared. The park derives its name from the Samburu tribe (Close cousins of the Masai), the indigenous peoples in the area who have retained their cultural heritage over the years.
The national reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals unique to the park, namely: the Gerenuk, Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe and Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also home to Elephants and large predators such as the Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah. Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby Oryx was a resident in the reserve
Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve with over 350 different species of birds which include the Somali Ostrich, only found north of the equator in Kenya.
Scenically and faunally dramatic, for most of the year Samburu is surely under the unsympathetic equatorial sun.
The main physical feature in the reserve is Ewaso Nyiro River which is the main source of water to the reserve and neighbouring communities…
TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
Tsavo National Park, located South East of Kenya, is made up of 2 separate national parks – Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, and is one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries covering nearly 21,000 km squared. The landscape in Tsavo East is flatter and drier, and much of the wildlife is concentrated on the Galana River, which has plentiful Crocodiles and Hippos. Tsavo West covers a huge variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanoes, and rolling plains.
Many bird species are prevalent in this area with 500 recorded species, as are large populations of Elephants. Other wild game likely to be seen in this parks include Rhino, Hippos, Lions, Cheetah, leopard, Buffalos, Crocodile, Waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and other smaller mammals.
Main features in this area include Yatta Plateau (the longest lava flow in the world), Galana River, which runs through the heart of Tsavo East National Park, Luggard Falls, a wonderful landscape of water-sculpted channels and striated rocks, Mzima Springs, with its crystal clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rock, Lake Jipe, one of Kenya’s most important wetlands, providing refuge for numerous water and marsh birds amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country…
Watamu (means “home of the sweet people” in Swahili), voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world, is a small peaceful town nestled between pristine beaches and lush tropical rainforest, located approximately 105 km north of Mombasa and about 15 km south of Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya.
Since it was first settled as a remote Swahili outpost at the historic town of Gedi (now a UNESCO world heritage site), this area has remained a haven of peace and tranquility and is still one of the coast’s most undeveloped and natural areas. Known for its unique, relaxed and laid back way of life, Watamu welcomes visitors seeking to chill out, explore and enjoy the wonders that it has to offer.
Activities on offer in this coastal gem include, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, sports fishing, diving – one of the top dive spots in the world, birding, cultural tours and water sports.