Kenya Safari Circuits Guide, National Parks and Game Reserves

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Kenya Safari Circuits Guide, National Parks and Game Reserves
Central Kenya Region and Nairobi Region
The Central Kenya Safari Circuit Region is offers High Hill Country; a paradise for Daredevils. This is Kenya's high hill country above Nairobi - a land of mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls and remote alpine moors that provide a unique and breath taking African Landscape. It is also an area of coffee plantations and small farms that make up the region's thriving agricultural sector.

Mt. Kenya

Mount. Kenya                                                                                                     

Parks and attractions to visit while on the Central Kenya Safari Circuit include;

  • Nairobi Animal Orphanage
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Nairobi Safari Walk
  • Aberdares National Park
  • Mount Kenya National Park
  • Mount Longonot National Park

Activities while on safari to this region include; game viewing - high chances of seeing all the big five and rare forest antelopes like the bongo, the endangered black rhino, history of Kenya - settlers and the formation of Nairobi as a city, scenic views of hills and waterfalls, mountain hiking and trekking

Coastline Region
The Kenyan coastline consist of sun drenched beaches with soft sand, warm waters and refreshing sea breezes. the Kenya Coast has attractive creeks, sleepy rivers and shady inlets - The Kenya coast is an ideal  place for big game fishing, diving, water sports - or just lazing around on the beach.

Parks and attractions to visit while on the Coastline Region of Kenya Safari Circuit include;

  • Arabuko Sokoke National Reserve
  • Kisite Mpunguti, Kiunga, Malindi and Mombasa Marine National Parks and Reserves
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve
  • Tana River Primate Reserve

Activities while on safari to the coastal region include; a visit to the last major remnant of tropical rain forest - Arabuko Sokoke and a chance of seeing some of it's rare bird species, the Tana river rare and endangered primates like the mangebey and red colobus monkeys, the Shimba hills reserve - the only abode of the sable antelope in Kenya, water sports in Mombasa including, jet ski, scuba diving, snorkeling and much more

Southern Region
Kenya's Southern region safari circuit is dominated by Tsavo (Tsavo East and Tsavo West) Kenya's largest national park. Further is Amboseli - Kilimanjaro's home and Chyulu hills rocky volcanic outcrops harboring a huge amount of game and Lake Jipe - a lake fed by Mount Kilimanjaro's run-off.

Parks in the southern region safari circuit are close to the Kenya Coast (The coastline Safari circuit region) making them ideal for 1 to 4 days safari excursions.

Parks and attraction in this safari circuit region include;

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Chyulu Hills National Park
  • Tsavo East National Park
  • Tsavo West National Park
Eastern Region
The Eastern Region Safari circuit is just outside Nairobi and it include Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs which form a more-or-less contagious parks separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Further out is the Meru  National reserve consisting of open savannahs and is also adjacent to Bisanadi, Mwingi, Kora and Rahole National reserves and parks.

  • Bisanadi National Reserve
  • Buffalo Springs National Reserve
  • Shaba National Reserve
  • Kora National Park
  • Meru National Park
  • Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
  • Mwea National Reserve
  • Mwingi National Reserve
  • Samburu Game Reserve
North Rift Region

The North Rift safari circuit region offers remote and sometimes inaccessible attractions, a reserve of those who wish to explore Kenya at it's most rugged, these regions appeals to visitors because of their hot springs and bird sanctuaries,  Parks and lake attractions like Lake Bogoria, Baringo, Kamnarock, Turkana, South and Central Island, Nasalot, Sibiloi and Marsabit national reserve hold fascination for the traveller who like to go off the  beaten track.

One of the  main event in this circuit is the annual camel derby, other activities here include game watching , ballooning, camel riding, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking.

  • Laikipia National Reserve
  • Marsabit National Reserve
  • Nasalot National Reserve
  • Sibiloi National Park
  • South and Central Island National Park
  • South Turkana National Reserve
South Rift Region

The Southern Rift comprises of the best known attractions including Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Activities here include game watching with chances of spotting all of the Big Five game, bird watching, Ballooning, Hiking and rock climbing

  • Hells Gate National Park
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Mara Triangle (Masai Mara Conservancy)
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Lake Naivasha National Park
Western Kenya Region
The Western Safari Circuit region is Kenya's least visited in terms of tourism. This is a region of numbers. the western Kenya region consists of rich forests, swamps and some of Kenya's rarest animal species. Kakamega forest is a habitat for over 300 bird species, the endangered De-Brazza,s moneky, the balck and white colobus monkey while Ruma national park is the only home to the roan antelope in Kenya and the Saiwa swamp is the only home to the endangered semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope
  • Kakamega Forest National Reserve
  • Ndere Island National Park
  • Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
  • Mount Elgon National Reserve
  • Ruma National Park
  • Saiwa Swamp National Park