Areas, parks & places to visit in Kenya

Amboseli lies sprawled beneath Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border…

Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills

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This region encompasses one of Kenya's most iconic national parks and a little known district of volcanic hills topped with misty cloud forest.
The coast often lives up to its reputation. This is Tamarind Village, Mombasa.

Kenya Coast

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Kenya’s coast is one of the most alluring parts of the country and very little developed in comparison with many tropical beach destinations in south-east Asia, the Caribbean or the Pacific. As well as beautiful beaches and a coral reef, it has fascinating historical sites and compelling tropical forest safari destinations.
Reticulated giraffe on El Karama Ranch, with Mount Kenya rising behind.


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Laikipia is an extensive region of large ranches and rolling, semi-arid savanna and bush country that is growing in importance for wildlife conservation and adventurous and luxury safaris. The upper tributaries the Ewaso Nyiro rise in the highlands south of Laikipia and flow north through the region, and out through the Samburu reserve system further north.
The Maasai Mara unites a striking mix of wildlife, local culture and accommodation.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

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The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the ‘human exclusion zone’ that forms the northern extension of the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. In common with the Maasai Mara Conservancies to the north and east, it is Kenya’s most wildlife-rich region, but it tends to be busier with tourists than the conservancies.
Private game-viewing (this hyena was in Mara North) is the hallmark of the conservancies.

Maasai Mara Conservancies

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The Maasai Mara Conservancies are the privately owned Maasai lands to the north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Together with the national reserve, the conservancies form the northern extension of the Serengeti-Mara eco-system and in common with the reserve are Kenya’s most wildlife-rich region. They tend however to be much less visited than the reserve.
Meru National Park is criss-crossed by streams and scattered with swamps and pools.

Meru National Park

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Meru National Park is a rejuvenated wildlife park on the well-watered northeast side of Mount Kenya, with excellent game-watching and the best KWS-run rhino sanctuary in the country. With barely a handful of camps and lodges it’s also exceptionally uncrowded.
Nairobi's heart is a grid of old streets, colonial-era buildings and modern glass and concrete.


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Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and East Africa’s biggest city. As well as large shanty towns and wealthy suburbs it also has a surprising number of green spaces, including the magnificent Nairobi National Park – a broad swathe of savannah, woodland and forested valleys home to all the plains wildlife except elephants.
The Lake Turkana Festival is a northern highlight, packed with interest.

Northern Kenya

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Northern Kenya’s landscapes range from semi-arid savanna and hill country to stony desert and dune systems. Lake Turkana splits the far north into west and east. Mountainous outcrops across the north are often swathed in forest and have mild, local micro-climates. While wildlife is relatively scarce, this is one of the best regions in Kenya for cultural contacts.
The Great Rift Valley is famous for its saline lakes (these flamingos were at Lake Bogoria)…

Rift Valley

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The Great Rift Valley stretches from the Middle East to southern Africa. Some of its most dramatic landscapes can be experienced in Kenya where the valley is embellished by a string of beautiful lakes. Most visitors take in this region during the course of a road safari, though it is also possible to use one or two airstrips as the base for a fly-in safari.
Samburu National Reserve is one of the most important reserves in Kenya.

Samburu National Reserve

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This richly rewarding dry-country ecosystem depends on the seasonal Ewaso Nyiro River to support its elephants and many other species.
Tsavo East is most famous for its huge herds of elephants, often brick-red from the dust

Tsavo East National Park

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Tsavo East National Park is the largest park in Kenya and one of the biggest in Africa – a vast area of dry bush, inhabited by huge herds of brick-red elephants. The Galana River creates a beautiful landscape as it cuts through the park.
Tsavo West's landscapes range from forest-fringed lakes to gaunt lava fields.

Tsavo West National Park

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Tsavo West National Park is an extensive region of spectacular, volcanic and hilly landscapes, encompassing rolling grassland, woodland, and stream and river valleys. A wildlife-rich area, its most magnetic attraction is Mzima Springs.
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