Kenya’s top 5 among the popular safari destinations in the world. With its prolific wildlife, picturesque landscapes, and the culture of the people, Kenya is a backdrop of serenity. The country offers breathtaking destinations for family, honeymooners, and families alike. For wildlife lovers, there are numerous game reserves to visit while adventure-seekers are provided with a long list to select from. If you are planning to go on a safari, here are some best places to travel in Kenya:
- Amboseli National Park
Amboseli Nation Park is a popular destination due to its huge population of the BIG 5. The park is best known for its huge herds of elephants (the largest walking mammal on earth), prides of lions, leopards, buffalos, and cheetahs. It is located against a backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, gives the game park a scenic landscape making it the most sought-after photographers’ paradise. Amboseli is just a 4-hour drive from or a 30 minutes flight from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport. If you choose Mombasa airport, it is a 5-hour drive or a 60 minutes flight.
- Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park is located in the evergreen Aberdare ranges, in the heart of central Kenya. It is among the few game reserves that enjoy tropical kinds of forests in East Africa. The park’s lush green ecosystem supports a vast range of animal species. The park is best known for its huge population of mammals such as elephants, black rhino, buffalos, red duikers, colobus, and blue monkey amongst others. Aberdare is also home to a large number of leopards, a rare member of BIG five animals thus making it one of the best places to travel in Kenya. Apart from wildlife, the park offers scenic landscapes including tumbling waterfalls. You will get an opportunity to spend time in the famous Treetops Lodge and The Ark.
- Lake Nakuru Natural Park
The park has been referred to as ‘the greatest ornithological spectacle on earth’, and nothing has proven it wrong. The park serves as a congregational point for about 2 million flamingos and over 450 species of birds. The spectacle around Lake Nakuru is something you cannot miss, especially for bird lovers. The game reserve also hosts the BIG 5s including Lion, buffalo, leopard, and the rhino. Other animals include reedbuck, impala, gazelles, hippo, and waterbuck. The game reserve is a great safari destination.
- Masai Mara National Park
Masai Mara is a wildlife paradise and one of the best places to travel in Kenya. The game reserve is known the world around for its huge population of all the BIG 5 animals. The legendary black-maned lion is one of the major attractions in Mara. Masai Mara is the richest game reserve in Kenya and its savanna ecosystem provides a perfect game viewing experience. The 8th Wonder of the World happens here from June to October every year. During this time, millions of wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara into the Mara game reserve.
- Indian Ocean Beaches
For adventurers and beach lovers, Kenya has the world’s top-rated white beaches. The countries coastal beaches such as Diani Beach provide a perfect beach escape. Kenya also has a number of Indian Ocean Islands including Lamu, Pate, Mfangano, Manda and Chale, and several other islands that provide incredible beach experiences. Lamu archipelago also referred to as the Old Town has been recognized as a heritage site due to its rich ancient Swahili culture.