Kenya National Parks: Which is the Best

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Kenya national parks and reserves are either managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service or by conservationists, organisations and communities. There are national parks, sanctuaries and reserves almost in every part of the country. From the sun-scorched region of Lake Turkana to the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, there is a rare species to discover. Each of these attractions has something unique for you to see. What is the best place for a safari in Kenya ? or what is the best beach ?

Here’s a brief comparison between various national parks or between beaches in Kenya.

  • Amboseli or Tsavo?

Which one is better? Amboseli is closer to the city than Tsavo. It takes about three and a half hours to cover the 216km between Nairobi and Amboseli, and about four and a half hours to reach Tsavo from Nairobi.

Tsavo is bigger than Amboseli, offering 20,812 sq. km to explore against Amboseli’s 390.26 sq. km. In addition to being the largest park in the country, Tsavo is also the oldest.  Amboseli is known or is remarkable view of Mount Kilimanjaro while Tsavo has its share of attractions like the expansive lava flow, Mudanda Rock and Lugard Falls.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

  • Maasai Mara or Tsavo East?

Maasai Mara is the world’s best destination for game lovers while Tsavo East has a range of attractions and a generous number of wildlife species. The Mara has the great annual migration while Tsavo East is a historic attraction, known for the man-eating lions.

  • Diani Beach or Mombasa?

Go to Diani Beach to have miles of a pristine beach all to yourself. Diani Beach is a haven for sky diving enthusiasts, it also has a vibrant nightlife and a variety of beachfront resorts.
Mombasa has other attractions for game lovers such as Mombasa Marine National Park and Haller Park as well as historic spots like Fort Jesus.

  • Mombasa or Malindi?

Mombasa has a variety of places to explore such as Bamburi and Nyali Beach.
On the other hand, you can easily reach Watamu from Malindi, for deep-sea fishing safaris.  Malindi is a historic town, with attractions such as Malindi Museum and the Vasco da Gama Pillar. Mombasa’s most popular historic attractions are the Old Town of Mombasa and Fort Jesus.

  • Maasai Mara or Lake Nakuru?

Maasai Mara is ideal for lengthy nature walks, fly camping and game drives in the savannah.
Lake Nakuru has the best place to spot flamingos and discover one of the greatest lakes in the Great Rift Valley. The national park, within which the Lake Nakuru is found, has a variety of species that include buffalos and rhinos.
Both Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru are excellent for birding tours, and you can combine a trip to Maasai Mara with a tour of Lake Nakuru.

  • Samburu or Meru National Park?

Both parks offer great game drives, and they were loved by the famous conservationist couple- Joy and George Adamson.
Samburu National  Park has the rare five species that are the Somali ostrich, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. You can find Grevy’s zebra and the reticulated giraffe in Meru National Park too.

Overall, Kenya national parks and reserves have distinct features. Don’t visit just one park; find a safari package that takes you to at least three of the main parks in the country. For instance, a 7 days’ safari can start in Maasai Mara, then you proceed to Lake Nakuru and later explore Samburu before getting back to Nairobi.


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