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5 must-see Kenya safari spots

Kenya must be one of the most peaceful and beautiful places to visit in Africa, and although many people go there to hike and fish, it’s definitely best known for wildlife viewing. If you’ve never visited Kenya or Eastern Africa before, you might not know where the game viewing can be had. Here’s a list of the five must-see safari spots in Kenya, whether you’re visiting with your family or solo and seeking a thrill:

 For photographers: snap some flamingos at Lake Nakuru
Home to a dozen small volcanoes and sparkling lakes, this area must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Situated in the protected Lake Nakuru National Park, its abundance of algae attracts many birds, but most noticeably flamingos, to the shoreline.

Kenya safari spots

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park

For families: explore the ‘Land of the Giants’ in Amboseli
Home to the big five, this wildlife park is one of the most popular in Kenya because of its abundance of animals, which graze beneath the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Known in particular for the large number of elephant herds that graze the lowveld, the park provides a picture-postcard experience of Kenya.

For thrill seekers: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Most of you will have read about the Great Wildebeest Migration, which is surely one of Earth’s most amazing phenomenon. Over two million herbivores begin the journey in search of lush areas where they can breed in safety before returning to grasslands in Kenya. If you’re not afraid of heights, book a hot air balloon and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole reserve.

For climbers: ascend Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa
Situated within the Mt. Kenya National Park, this World Heritage Site provides some of the most impressive views of Eastern Africa, and you can explore “Afro-alpine” terrain while camping and viewing game, including elephants, a range of buck, tree hyrax and mongooses.

For black rhino conservationists: visit Lewa
Set up as a private game reserve to protect the black rhino, which has sadly been hunted almost to extinction, this park offers lodges where visitors can stay and provides game viewing on foot, on the back of a camel or in a game vehicle.

Kenya safari spots


  About Justin Sweeney

Justin Sweeney has been writing about travel for over ten years. His passions are surfing, sailing and exploring the globe, particularly in out-of-the-way places like Eastern Africa and South America.

Image credits: Lake Naseru and black rhino



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6 Responses to 5 must-see Kenya safari spots

  1. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs July 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Great selection, I have already noted it down, I’m planning to go to work and travel in Africa for hal a year so it will be handy, as i love safari!
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    • Ted Nelson July 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Have a great time in Africa. That is awesome.

  2. Timothy Kirigha December 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Great post. The places you have mentioned are indeed some of the finest safari destinations in Kenya. To anyone visiting the country, I’d also suggest they take time away from the main safari circuit, and visit some of the less-famous places. Many of them give you a very rich experience, with the added bonus of being away from the tourist crowds (hence cheap), and giving you a chance to interact with the local way of life.
    Timothy Kirigha recently posted..50 Off-The-Beaten-Path Places to Visit and Things to do in Kenya

    • Ted Nelson March 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks Timothy for the tip,

      If one has time this is always a very enriching experience.

  3. Gerald Njuguna May 12, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    When you have time in Nairobi, i’d recommend you do two things

    1. Tell your guide to take you on a ride in the city’s transport buses that are run by private businesses…those buses that are colored with heavy graffiti, pimped out seats, flat screen tvs and blaring music..its an experience you wont easily forget

    2. If you are in the city on Thursday, go to Mayfair hotel where they have a special dining offer every Thursday where you eat unlimited pork ribs till you give up
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