Best places to go on safari in Kenya

An ideal Safari is all about the experience; going out in the wild


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Lake Nakuru National Park

Once famous for its flamingo population, Lake Nakuru hasn’t lost its luster. It is a couple of hours away from Nairobi, making it a perfect destination for a one-day safari trip.

The Rift Valley escarpment, the expansive lake, and the surrounding vegetation, with patchy grassland, form the landscape here.

Expect seasonal waterfalls depending on the time of year. The river around the lake, hosts hippos, waterbucks, both black and white rhino, elands, impalas, and plenty of birds. The forested area, near the designated campsite, is where to find lions – up in the trees.

Tsavo West National Park

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This is the epitome of wilderness. Its rocky hills, natural springs, swamps, dormant volcanic cones, and a lava bed combine to form a dramatic vista.

Hippos and crocodiles dominate the springs while gazelles, impalas, lesser kudus, rhinos, zebras, oryx, giraffes, and elephants opt for the numerous waterholes. Where there is prey, predators are not far behind. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas lie in wait by the water.

Nairobi National Park sits right next to the city center, to the south. Despite its odd location, it is teeming with wildlife. You can spot lions and hyenas in the open grassland, but cheetahs and leopards seem to shy away.

Other types of wildlife include buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, zebras, and ostriches. The park presents 2 game viewing options: a drive around the park or a safari walk through a canopied bridge.

Lake Naivasha

The spacious fresh waters of Lake Naivasha draws a great range of wildlife from the surrounding hills.

A boat trip on the lake will let you encounter local fisherman, countless hippos and over four hundred species of birds


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