Kenya is East Africa’s foremost safari destination, boasting no less than 60 national parks and game reserves. It is also home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you’ll find the famed Maasai Mara, running contiguous with the Serengeti on the other side of the Tanzanian border. It is known not just for the presence of the Big Five, but also the annual Great Wildebeest Migration that sees up to 1.5 million animals crossing the Mara River in search of fresh pasture.
Fifteen times larger, Tsavo has recognised as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots thanks to its sheer diversity of species. Divided into the semi-desert savannah of East Tsavo and swampier West Tsavo, it is bordered by the Chyulu Hills, the backdrop to the Oscar-winning Out of Africa. Elsewhere, Amboseli is known for its large elephant herds and views towards the snowdrifts of Mount Kilimanjaro.
In addition, Kenya safaris lays claim to an increasing number of privately-owned and operated wildlife conservancies, that see individuals setting aside large tracts of land for the country’s most feted species while ensuring a long term livelihood for the region’s human population. They offer an altogether more bespoke safari experience than the national parks they border, and now offer safe sanctuary to more than half of Kenya’s wildlife, making the likes of Laikipia, Ol Pejeta and Rukinga destinations not to be missed.
For the best variety, the ultimate Kenya safaris include the Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lakipia Plateau and Tsavo East/West National Parks.