Every wildlife lover would wish to appreciate the unending views of the great Wildebeest migration. This annual event takes place in two countries, but for unmatched encounters Kenya is the best option.
This destination consists of several national parks and Reserves which inhabit its wildlife species. For thrilling wildlife safaris in Kenya, make sure to include the protected areas listed below on your bucket list.
Maasai Mara National Reserve: It is a big Reserve found in Narok county in the north of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and both parks lie on the same ecosystem and sometimes they share some wildlife species.
Wildebeests, Zebras, Topis, Elands and Thomson’s gazelles always migrate from Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Park looking for good pastures and this migration takes place every July to late October of each year thus exhausting Maasai Mara National Park and making it more suitable for wildlife safaris than any other Kenyan Park.
Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Park is East Africa’s best destination for amazing wildlife safaris because during the migration of Wildebeest and other species, the species move in very huge numbers thus making the Park to be more ideal to visit in July to late October during the migration of Wildebeests.
During the Migration, almost two millions of the Wildebeests move to the Reserve plus half of Thomson’s gazelles, 250,000 Zebras, 97,000 Topis and almost 20,000 Elands.
In Mara River and Talek River which also exist in the Reserve, hippos and Crocodiles are viewed in large quantities. Lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, impalas, large roan antelope, jackals, cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, duikers are also seen in large quantity.
The Reserve is indeed East Africa’s and Kenya’s best because it has a variety of wildlife species and seen in large numbers of which other species present in the Reserve include; Grant’’s gazelles, Coke’s hartebeests and over 470 bird species including Vultures, Horn bills, Long crested eagles, Marabou storks, Ostriches plus the Kenya’s national bird which is called lilac-breasted roller and many other bird species.
Amboseli National Park: It is also a good destination in Kenya for wildlife safari tours and the Park is found in Kajiado county of which the Masai people are near to the Park.
For viewing the free-ranging elephants, Amboseli National Park is the best destination in the whole world of which a tourist will get close to view these free-ranging elephants.
The Park offers good opportunities to view a variety of African Wildlife species since the Park is made up of sparse vegetation.
Some of the present wildlife species in the Park include; African elephants, Cape buffaloes, Impalas, Grant’s Zebras, East African lions, cheetahs, blue wildebeests, spotted hyenas and Masai giraffes among others.
The Park is still a best destination for birding activity since it is home to over 400 bird species including; Pelicans, hammerkops, Kingfishers and others.
An interaction with the Masai people will absolutely be an exceptional because you will learn many things which you wouldn’t have known that they exist in the world.
The culture, songs and dances of the Masai people will not leave you the same thus you will also be forced to involve in some activities of which the Masai people are friendly and ready to teach you some activities which you will need to learn thus being at par with the entire society and ending up getting a joyous tour in Kenya.
Tsavo National Park: It is known for a variety of Tsavo lions, definitely you should visit this Park because it protects almost 700 Tsavo lions and other species in the Park include; bush bucks, Mongoose, Bush babies, Aardwolf, African hunting dog, African hare, Klipspringer, Monkeys such as Vervet monkeys and Sykes’ monkeys, Leopards, Hartebeests, hyenas, giraffes, bat-eared foxes, squirrels, rhinos, spectacled elephant shrew, African wild cat, water bucks, dik dik and many others plus being a home to over 500 bird species.
Some bird species in the Park include; Weaver birds, horn bills, Ostriches, buzzards, herons, secretary birds, kestrels, kingfishers and many more.
Other attractions in the Park are; Mudanda rock which is a best place for game viewing especially elephants and other wildlife species which usually go there for drinking water at its water catchment.
Other attractions are; Yatta plateau, Aruba dam, and Lugard falls of which they are also spectacular in their own ways.
Samburu National Reserve: It is with no doubt, the Reserve is one of Kenya’s best destinations for wildlife tours due to a wide range of wildlife species it resides.
It is situated on the River bank of Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya of which on the other side of the River is the ‘’Buffalo Springs National Reserve’’ thus allowing a tourist to explore both reserves and enjoy their inhabitants.
The Park is in the Samburu county which is an arid region thus besides attracting tourists, but the Reserve also holds the local people through providing them with water which flows from the Ewaso Ng’iro River and in absence of this River, this awesome community wouldn’t have survived thus the Reserve being one of the most important in Kenya.
The Reserve can either be accessed through Buffalo springs gate or through Ngare mare and once inside the Reserve, your first sight might be at the two mountains which include; Mountain Ololokwe and Mountain Koitogor of which they are both viewable.
Various huge game species common to northern plains can also be found here in plenty and they include; Cape buffaloes, cheetahs, East African lions, giraffes, Zebras, gerenuk, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, Olive baboons, Kirk’s dik dik, Impalas, Grant’s gazelles and also protects over 350 bird species.