Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is only 20 minutes drive from the city and is the only park in the world to be located within close proximity to the city; game includes leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, antelope, wildebeest, eland, zebra and Thompson's gazelle as well as an abundance of bird species; there is also an Animal Orphanage, dedicated to young animals who are injured or deserted in the wild, and are sheltered here.
Just situated one hour from Mombasa and some 16km inland is Shimba Hills Reserve. Amongst these scenic rolling hills traversed by tropical streams and waterfalls live buffalo, elephant, leopard and rare sable antelope and many other species of forest and plain games. The variety and number of forest birds as they call from perches high in the beautiful ancient tropical rain forest is a sound and sight to behold.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo West National Park
Located approx. 230kms from Nairobi; has three rivers flowing through it - the Galana, the Athi and the Tsavo river which attract large concentrations of game including buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah crocodile and many varieties of antelope; Shetani Lava Flow, a massive lava bed created by an eruption in the Chyulu Hills where the raw cone at the centre can still be seen; Mzima Springs, which is one of the parks main attractions, is the collection point for the rainwater, and a haven to hippo and crocodiles. This is haven to crocodiles and hippo and a waterhole for a large variety of other game.
Amboseli National Park
The National Park lies approx. 176kms Northeast of Nairobi; covers an area of approx. 700 squire kilometers; Mt. Kenya is an extinct volcano straddled across the equator, & is Africa's second highest peak.; altitude ranges from between 11,000 to 17,058ft, with the highest peaks being Batian at 17,058ft and Nelion at 17,022ft; best times for climbing are from mid-January to late February &from late August through September; it is a botanist's paradise, with a vast variation in flora as the altitude changes; wildlife includes some unique species such as Black and White colobus and Sykes monkeys, bushbuck, buffalo, elephant, Olive baboon, waterbuck, black rhino, leopard, hyena, bongo, and at high altitudes zebra and eland can also be found.
Meru National Park
Situated approx. 360km Northeast of Nairobi; covers an area of 870 sq Kilometers; remains one of Kenya's most unspoilt parks and is remembered for Joy Adamson's book "Born Free"; known for the varied scenery from woodlands at 3,000 ft on the slope of Nyambeni Mountain Range to wide open plains which are interrupted with streaming rivers; game includes lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, antelopes, and buffalo; hippo and crocodile are found in abundance in the rivers; also known to home the only colony of the rare white rhino; there are also other smaller parks which are accessible n a day from Meru Park: Bisandi National Reserve, Kora National Park, Rahole National Reserve and Mwingi National Reserve.
Samburu & Buffalo Spring (National Reserves)
Lie Northeast of Nairobi and cover an area of approx. 300 squire kilometers; although arid and largely semi-desert, has a large concentration of game including some species not found elsewhere such as the Oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and grevy's Zebra. Other game includes elephants, lions, cheetah and leopards, as well as varied bird species.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lies 6km from Nakuru town; the main attraction is Lake Nakuru - paradise offering the spectacular view of up to 2 million flamingos at one time; also famed for viewing hundreds of other bird species, including birds of prey. An area of 190 sq km around the lake is fenced in as a national park and has been made a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffes and black rhinos.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Most popular game reserve in Kenya; lies approx 270km West of Nairobi and covers an area of approximately 1,510 sq km, bordering with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; mainly visited during the great migration – mid July through October; wildlife can be seen year through, including elephants, cheetahs, baboons, gazelles, giraffes, jackals, lions, leopards, hyenas, water buffalo, crocodiles, hippo, ostriches, vultures, and a large variety of antelope and bird life.