The Ten Best National Parks in Kenya and Game Reserves

The Ten Best National Parks in Kenya and Game Reserves: Amboseli National Park Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, and Tsavo East National Park.

Amboseli National Park Kenya

Amboseli National Park Kenya was formally known as Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve. The Amboseli National Park is located in the southern part of Kenya in Kajiado South Constituency in Kajiado County.  Amboseli was set aside as the Southern Reserve for the Maasai in 1906 but returned to local control as a game reserve in 1948. Gazetted a national park in 1974 to protect the core of this unique ecosystem, it was declared a UNESCO site in 1991.

Amboseli National Park stretches on a total land area of 392 square kilometers and forms the unfenced core of an 8,000 km2 ecosystem that includes large tracts of Maasai community land both in Kenya and across the border in Tanzania. Amboseli lies at the northern base of Kilimanjaro and, clouds permitting, it offers tremendous opportunity to photograph plains wildlife below the snow-capped peak of Africa’s tallest mountain.

Amboseli National Park safari
Pink Flamingos in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Indulged deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most popular ultimate safari destinations in Kenya. The famous National Park is located in the central region of the country, 140 kilometers northwest of the capital, Nairobi. The Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya encompasses an area of 73 square miles (188 sq. km). The protected area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the large numbers of flamingos and abundant wildlife.

Lake Nakuru National Park is best known for the large numbers of flamingos nesting along the shores of Lake Nakuru. The lake is world-famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth, the world-famous Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m (5,755 ft.) above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya, and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park.

Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya

Maasai Mara, also sometimes spelled Masai Mara and locally best known as The Mara, is a large National Game Reserve in Narok, Kenya within the Rift Valley province that is contagious with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  The Reserve was named in honor of the Maasai People, the ancestral people who inhabited the area and are believed to have migrated to the area from the Nile Basin. The description of the area when looked at from afar by the local people Maasai; “Mara” means “spotted” in their local language. This is as a result of too many short bushy trees which dot the landscape. The Maasai Mara National Reserve comprises 1,510 square kilometers with the vast endless plains that encounter short sweet grasses, which is a source of ample feeding for the plentiful herbivores within the region.

Maasai Mara wildebeest entering river
Wildlife in tsavo east

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers, perhaps one of the largest wildlife strongholds in Kenya. The National Park feels wild and undiscovered, with its vast open plains looking mesmerizing and wonderful to be. Tsavo East Park is situated in a semi-arid area that was previously known as the Taru Desert. The National Park was established in April 1948 and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province.

The A109 road and a railway separate Tsavo East from Tsavo West. The National Park was named after the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the National Park; it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

If you’ve been to Kenya before or are searching for a more remote location with access to modern conveniences, the Samburu National Reserve is a great choice. It’s a safari location that provides interesting experiences and fantastic wildlife viewing, making it highly worthwhile. There are direct flights from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport, and a road transfer is an option if you’re traveling from Lewa or Laikipia (although it is fairly lengthy). Compared to driving, flying between locations allows for more time spent on safari (following animals).

Samburu National Reserve
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