What are the Best National Parks in Kenya?

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The raw natural beauty of Kenya’s national parks is something that everyone should have the chance to experience. And there’s no better way to experience it than on Safari!

Kenya’s parks are known to still be home to the big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalos and rhinos – despite game hunting sadly destroying a large population across Africa. So it’s no surprise that Kenya remains one of the most popular safari destinations.

But how do you choose which of the stunning national parks to visit? Especially when Cheetah Revolutions run a wide range of safaris in numerous parks across Kenya.

Top 5 Wildlife Parks in Kenya

To help you narrow down your search, we’ve put together a guide to the top 5 Kenyan national parks, according to the reviews, that you can visit with cheetah Safaris.

1. Amboseli National Park

Accomodation Amboseli Serena Lodge Safari
Stunning Backdrops are guaranteed at Amboseli

Lying just at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most famous parks. A common, but spectacular, sight here is the hundreds of gigantic elephants with big tusks,  that move across the land. The reserve is also known for its stunning views, from dusk till dawn. Learn more about Amboseli National Park

Best Time to Travel: January-February and July-September

Places to Visit: Elephant research camp, Lake Amboseli, Sinet Delta

Top Experiences: Hiking at Mount Kilimanjaro, Observation Hill, meet the Masai Tribe

2 Tsavo National Park

Gazelle Safari Tsavo
Tsavo is a classic destination for wildlife enthusiasts

Tsavo Park is one of the oldest and largest National Parks in Kenya. Its wilderness location, far away from big civilisation, only adds to the beauty and wonder of the park. The wide expanse covers everything from rocky landscapes, to extinct volcanoes and sparse grasslands. It is worth nothing, before booking a trip, that the park is separated into two areas; East and West.

Best Time to Travel: January-February and June-October

Places to Visit: Tsavo East, Epiya Chapeyu Tented Safari Camp, Agenzia Safari Vera Africa

Top Experiences: Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Mzima springs, Ngulia Hills, Lake Jipe

3 Aberdare National Park

Aberdares National Park

Found at the cliff of the Aberdare mountain range, this park was initially created to protect the slopes and moorland of the mountain. Due to its high altitude, the area is prone to mist and rain. Despite its height, however, the park is still home to the second largest heard of the endangered Black Rhinos. On safari here you would also be likely to spot, elephants, leopards and antelope.

Best Time to Travel: January-February and June-September

Places to Visit: Thompson Falls, Kereita Cave and Waterfall, Soysambu Conservancy

Top Experiences: Bird watching, trout fishing, the Lesatima and Kinangop peaks, hiking to the elephant hills and twin hills

4 Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

If you’re looking for a different safari experience, to the usual wild beasts, Lake Nakuru is the park for you. Home to many different species of birds that you can witness up close, the most spectacular sighting is likely to be the thousands of flamingos that flock to the lake during during peak season – it’s no wonder the park one of the top places to visit for a bird safari in the world. Find out more about Lake Nakuru National Park.

Best Time to Travel: June-March

Places to Visit:  Lake Nakuru, Hyrax hill prehistoric site, Makalia waterfall

Top Experiences: Watching flamingos on Lake Nakuru, wildlife safari

5 Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate got its unusual name from the geothermal activities which happen in the area. Located in the beautiful Great Rift Valley, the landscape is one of the most spectacular in Kenya; towering cliffs, water-gouged gores, a volcano and geothermal steams. The park has a very unique atmosphere compared to the other national parks. Discover Hell’s Gate National Park.

Best Time to Travel: June-March

Places to Visit: The Olkaria Geothermal Station, The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide

Top Experiences: Nature trails, Raptor nesting in cliffs, Wildlife viewing, Hot springs ​

Pick Your Ideal Kenya Safari Experience

If you need more information on a safari day trip or would like to enquire about exploring any of the legendary parks featured in this blog, then don’t hesitate to contact our team – especially if you want to tell us exactly what wildlife and landscapes you want to see!

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