From the Africa's wildlife in the Masai Mara to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, take a virtual journey through our top 5 African safari destinations in Kenya, the gateway to East Africa.
1. Masai Mara: Best Place to See African Wildlife and Game
There is a very good reason the Masai Mara is such a popular safari destination. It is hands down the best place to see wildlife in Kenya. It is also stunning. The Mara River winds through vast, open short-grass plains and the Oloololo Escarpment provides a breathtaking backdrop. Flat-topped acacias occasionally dot the landscape, and aerial views reveal hippos, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants. The Masai Mara is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, and teems with migrating wildebeests and zebras when they pass through on their annual circuit.
2. Amboseli: Stunning Mount Kilimanjaro Views
3. Mount Kenya in Laikipia: Elevated Adventures
The Laikipia National Park is one of Kenya's newest national parks, known for free-roaming game, spectacular scenery, and a traditional pastoral way of life. Its open savanna ecosystem supports a wide diversity of species, from the endangered Grevy’s zebra and elephant to the patas monkey, Somali ostrich, and Beisa oryx. It is also central to many surrounding private ranches such as the Loisaba Ranch and the Segera Ranch, where you can enjoy safaris unaffected by national park restrictions.
4. Samburu Game Reserve: An Oasis Amid a Lava Field
Samburu's Ewaso Nyiro River sustains an oasis amid an arid lava field, attracting animals from far and wide. Many leopards call this area home, increasing your odds of spotting the elusive hunter. Elephants, reticulated giraffes, zebras, oryx, lions, and hyenas are all to be found on the reserve. Samburu guides will familiarize you with the land, its wild inhabitants, as well as the traditions of their semi-nomadic way of life. Staying in camps on private conservancies like Sasaab allow guests to view wildlife in private surroundings, plus enjoy activities like night game drives and guided walks, not allowed in the national parks.