- Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. The Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the World. There is an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, zebra.
During the migration (July to November), huge numbers of wildebeest move in. The Mara Triangle is serviced by two all-weather airstrips– Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo. The main road access into the Triangle is through Narok and Sekenani Gate. The best time to visit is July through October, during the migration. Early November and February can also offer excellent game viewing.
The activities include; Game viewing, camping, night game drives, visits to Maasai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast.
- Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. Nairobi National Park it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife.
Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains.
The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five). The reserve is also home to elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah. Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby oryx was as a resident in the reserve. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area.
- Tsavo National Park
Tsavo being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. It is located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. The major attractions in the park include the mudanda rock, the Aruba dam and the Lugard falls that whose scenery is a series of white water rapids on the Galana River. The Yatta plateau is that is the world's longest lava flow from the Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain. Famous are the Tsavo lions, a population of lions, where adult males often lack manes entirely.
- Lake Nakuru national park
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park and it is a sanctuary of birds especially the flamingos. It is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives. The varieties of attractions are the flamingos, the white rhinos, waterbucks, and the makalia waterfalls. Every September annually, there is a cycle with rhino events in the park.
The Park has Kenya’s largest population of rhinos and it supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its color and is a food source for flamingos. During peak season over millions of flamingos and Pelicans congregate on the lake.
- Samburu, Buffalo springs and Shaba national park
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba are in Kenya's arid northern region. Wildlife is sustained by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Seek out desert animals such as Oryx and Gerenuk not seen elsewhere in the country. The area has a stark arid beauty, due to its semi-desert terrain; despite this the reserves are home to a surprising amount of wildlife including the rare Gerenuk.
Due to this dry climate you can easily see animals that are rare in other regions of Kenya, such as Oryx and the Somali Ostrich with its distinctive blue coloured legs. The parks have several rivers which support riverine forest, making for a truly inspiring landscape. You will see many Elephants in the Samburu Park and it is one of the best places in Kenya for spotting Cheetah. Shaba Park is known for its natural springs fed by the waters of Mount Kenya.
- Amboseli National Park
Amboseli lays immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty and the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture. The swamp below Observation Hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose.
- Hell’s Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25 square km and is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi. It is an important home of the lammergeyer (The Bearded Vulture). The spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. The visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa.
The park is equipped with three basic campsites, camping is safe in the park even though there are no guns or fencing between you and wildlife. There are also several lodges around Naivasha Lake, popular among tourists for watersports, bird and game viewing in private ranches and walks along Crescent Island, Crater Lake, and Mt. Longonot. The visitors can also visit a Maasai Cultural Center that provides education about the Maasai tribe's culture and traditions.
- Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa and it is an ancient extinct volcano. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.
Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, Mount Kenya is actually comprised of three glacier-cloaked peaks. The highest is Batian, although Nelion, the next highest, is a tougher climb. The lowest peak, Lenana, is considered the easiest climb, although unpredictable weather can pose challenges. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.
- Malindi Marine National Park
Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve is sure to be an amazing treat for all visitors exploring its waters. From swimming with zebra fish to windsurfing, this beautiful slice of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is provides the perfect getaway. The park is endowed with magnificent resources such as fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles and various species of shorebirds. Visitors can also enjoy glass bottom boat rides, snorkeling, camping and beach walks in this veritable paradise.
Here tourists can visit the Jami Mosque, two pillar tombs from the 14th century, and the Church of St Francis Xavier, one of East Africa's oldest churches. On the promontory, the Vasco De Gama Cross is one of the oldest standing monuments in Africa. In the former home of an Indian trader, the Malindi Museum has displays on Vasco de Gama and also doubles as an information center. Another popular tourist attraction is the Falconry of Kenya, a rehabilitation center for sick and injured birds. About 30 km northeast of Malindi, the Marafa Depression, also called Hell's Kitchen or Nyari, is a set of sandstone gorges sculpted by the wind and rain.
- Lake Naivasha
A haven for birders, Lake Naivasha lies at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley and has been known to shrink considerably in times of extreme drought. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea-the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination.
Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops. The region surrounding the Lake is well worth exploring. There are two smaller lakes nearby, Oloidien and Sonachi, a bright green crater lake.
- Aberdare National Park
Picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland characterize the Aberdare National Park. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat and the blue duiker. Visitors can indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson's Francolin, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
The major attraction include the Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains, Elephants, Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdares, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops, The Kimathi Hideout, Night viewing of wildlife at the Ark & Treetops.