Safari Parks to Visit in Kenya
As one of the premiere safari destinations in all of Africa, Kenya’s safari parks present a unique experience for both the casual observer and the most advanced adventurer. The east African nation is home to 26 safari parks, all of them a little different, yet at the same time unified in their featuring of Kenya’s abundance of game and stretches of untouched land set against a natural backdrop many are only ever fortunate enough to view in films or photographs.
Toward the northernmost part of the nation sits Samburu National Reserve. If you’re looking to avoid rain during your safari adventure, Samburu is known for providing a more arid safari experience. The park is home to the typical big game species as well as more rare animals such as the reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra. Samburu is also a great park to visit on any type of budget; the park is home to both luxury and economy style lodges.
Visit Amboseli National Park near the border of Tanzani, home to the famed flat-topped Acacia tree. Amboseli is a bit smaller in size compared to the other parks in Kenya, however here you have the best chance of getting to see the endangered black rhino in person. Amboseli features formal tours as well as self-drive game tours where visitors can enjoy looking at lions, hyenas, zebras, gazelle, cheetah, buffalo and many other native animals. Camping and lodging is welcome on the grounds too. Since the park is on the border, you’ll find that essentially anywhere on the grounds you’ll be in full view of the gorgeous snowy peaks of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, a sort of natural bonus not featured in other parks.
Just to the east of Amboseli sits Tsavo National Park to the east, which features not only big game animals, but also volcanic cones, crops of rocky terrain and the occasional flow of lava. If you’d like to stay over in the park, there are lodges in the northern most part of the park with great views of the green grass plains and the active volcanic scenery.
Should you be looking for a single safari park to visit in Kenya during the summer months, it must be the Masai Mara National Reserve. Another of Kenya’s most famous safari parks, Masai Mara is home to one of the great Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wildebeest Migration.
This annual migration of at least two million zebra and wildebeest crossing the Mara River into Kenya is truly a sight to behold. It is a show of agility, prowess and well, how Mother Nature truly works. Many animals die during the process of the migration, as big game predators as well as crocodiles hiding in the river enjoy the buffet.
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