Best Destinations for a Wildlife Viewing Kenya Safari

When it comes to having a memorable wildlife viewing experience on a Kenya Safari, your choice of the safari destinations to visit can make all the difference. A visit to the top wildlife viewing destinations in Kenya guarantees you a great show as you explore the wild with an experienced driver/guide. Each of the safari destinations in Kenya has something unique to offer.

For a truly memorable wildlife viewing experience, make sure you include all or any of these destinations in your itinerary. Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National park. In these top wildlife destinations, you can experience the best of Kenya’s wildlife in their natural habitat.

Masai Mara National Reserve

In the Masai Mara, you will get close encounters with the Great Wildebeest migration, which is a rare wildlife spectacle only experienced in the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Great wildebeest herds, closely followed by other herbivores make their way in and out of the reserve each year as they search for pasture. During your Kenya wildlife safari, you can catch the migration from mid-July to Mid-September. Other than the wildebeest migration, the big five and smaller animals are also found in the Masai Mara.

Male Lions in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Visiting the Lake Nakuru National Park as part of your single-day or multi-day Kenya Safari also gives you the opportunity to see some of the unique animals that inhabit Kenya’s parks. Some of the animals that you’ll likely encounter during your visit to the park include giraffes, hippos, Buffalo, Zebra and Rhino. Lions, leopards and hyenas can occasionally be sighted. An experienced driver/guide will be of great help to ensure you can see some of the animals sighted occasionally.

Samburu National Reserve

Similar to the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Reserve offers an equally rewarding experience in terms of wildlife viewing. As the Ewaso Nyiro river runs through the reserve, it brings life to the otherwise dry and inhabitable lands. Animals congregate alongside the river banks to drink and it is here that you have the opportunity to sight some of the unique animals that inhabit the Samburu National Reserve.

Giraffes in the wild - Kenya safaris

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is home to gentle giants. Large elephant herds freely roam the plains of the Amboseli National Park, as the backdrop scene of Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from a distance. The elephant herds have helped shape the landscape of the park, their large numbers bringing a unique perspective to the safari destination compared to other destinations in Kenya. The Amboseli is close to Nairobi, making it an ideal addition to your single-day or multi-day safari itinerary.

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National park, which is famous for the man-eating lions, is another top wildlife viewing destination in Kenya. Being one of the largest and oldest safari destinations in Kenya, the Tsavo National park is home to a large number of unique animals and bird species. You can choose Tsavo National Park as part of your southern circuit safari itinerary.

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Items to pack for your Kenya Safari

Making the decision of what to pack for your Kenya safari can be a challenge. There is a limit to the weight you can carry on your flight or road safari, while you also need to carry all the important itmes to make your Kenya Safari comfortable.

To strike a balance and have all you need during the safari, you can start by considering the number of days you will be on safari and the nature of activities you intend to engage in. If, for example, you’re packing for a safari that includes a hiking experience, make sure to carry shoes and clothing that are suitable for the specific activity in the tour. This can increase the weight of your package, but its what you need to make your safari comfortable. It might also be that you will spend much of your time in the safari vehicle and hotel/lodges. This allows you to pack light clothing that will reduce the weight of your package.

As you plan and pack for your Kenya safari, here is a [short] list of the important items you should carry for your safari. As a basic list of items, you can add more according to your needs.

  • Dull colour clothing to help you blend in with the safari environment. This includes clothing to keep warm during early morning and evening gamedrives.
  • Sunscreen and polarised sunglasses. To ensure you are comfortable and protected from the sun while in the outdoors. Carry along sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Face masks and sanitizers. The Covid restrictions and containment measures in Kenya require people in public to wear masks. Ensure you carry and wear masks when in company during your Kenya safari.
  • Camera, binnoculars, memory cards and chargers. To ensure you retain the memories of your time on safari, don’t forget to carry along the gadgets that capture the moments. If you prefer using your phone camera over a DSLR camera, it can work and will prove a cheaper option. Binnoculars for each person on safari will also be a good idea to avoid missing out on experiences when sharing.
  • Medication. Incase you are on prescription medicine, it would be a good idea to carry along your medication.

If you forget to pack any other essential items such as toiletries and similar items of personal nature, there is no need to worry. You can purchase the items you need from any of the retail outlets available in Nairobi.

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Best Time to Safari in Kenya

Kenya offers some of the best safari experiences all year round. As one of the leading safari countries in Africa, it is home to several tour destinations that host large populations of wildlife. The several safari destinations teeming with wildlife, beautiful Coastal beaches and conducive weather, make it correct to say that Kenya is open for safaris throughout the year.

One of the popular places is the Masai Mara, which is home to the Big Five animals, hundreds of different bird species and host of the annual wildebeest migration. Other destinations include the Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Reserve and the Nairobi National Park, all of which have made their mark as top wildlife safari destinations in the world map.

Whichever your choice of destination, a carefully customised itinerary can guarantee a memorable experience as you travel to Kenya throughout the year.

Whether you intend to travel during the high season, low season or Peak Season, you will get a package that is suitable for you.

Dry Season

Traveling to Kenya during the dry season makes it easy to move from safari destination as covered in your safari itinerary. Large herds of animals gather around watering holes, where they can get a relief from the tropical sun. This makes the dry months the most suitable for easy movement and highest chances of spotting the big game during your safari in Kenya.

Wet Season

The wet season usually has high levels of rainfall, which leads to the closure of some safari properties in Kenya. Lodges that are in areas experiencing high rainfall are usually closed during the wet months. This makes safaris during the wet season less popular among safari goers.

The Best Time to Safari in Kenya

To pick the best time on safari in Kenya, you can choose to spend less by getting low rates during the low season. On this option, you might have to deal with wet conditions while on safari. The dry season is the alternative option, which offers the best game watching experiences. The downside of going for a safari during the dry season is being among sizeable crowds of other visitors who are enthusiastic about traveling in the same season.

Consider your travel needs such as budget, time constraints that might affect your ability to travel to Kenya and have a memorable safari. Then pick a season that aligns with your needs.

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