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Black Rhino

Black Rhino in Kenya

Kenya – home to black, southern white and the last two northern white rhinos – is one of the best countries in East Africa to see these iconic animals. Search for them by vehicle or head out on foot or on horseback.


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Quick facts about Black Rhino

Scientific name: Diceros bicornis Habitat: Scrub & open woodland
IUCN status: Critically Endangered Adult weight: 800–1,400kg

Kenya’s black rhino is the eastern subspecies, Diceros bicornis michaeli. Now classed as critically endangered, eastern black rhinos were once found all over the country: the aptly named J.A. Hunter shot more than 1,000 in Akamba-land, east of Nairobi, to clear the land for farming in the 1940s, and the Maasai killed most of the magnificent rhinos of Amboseli National Park (some with horns more than a metre long) when their cattle were driven from the park’s water points in the 1970s.

Today, Kenya’s 600-odd black rhinos receive high levels of armed protection in the well guarded parks, conservancies and sanctuaries where they roam free.

1.6m

HEIGHT

3,500m

MAX ALTITUDE

30–35 years

LONGEVITY

7.7km2

TERRITORY SIZE

Kenya's top camps for seeing black rhinos

Based on 57 reports since May 2018, the camps below have the best chance of seeing black rhinos. Simply follow the key below.


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Where to see black rhinos in Kenya

Kenya is home to some 600 eastern black rhinos. Reliably good sightings can be had in Nairobi and Meru national parks, and several conservancies in Laikipia and northern Kenya.


Top tips for viewing black rhino in Kenya

The Laikipia region is a stronghold for black rhinos and home to more than half of Kenya’s total number. The Borana, Lewa, Ol Pejeta and Solio conservancies all have stable, breeding populations. Further east, Meru National Park has a thriving black rhino sanctuary.

For the most exhilarating black rhino experience, visit Saruni Rhino Camp in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya. This is one of a handful of lodges in Kenya where you can track black rhinos on foot.

Black rhinos have small territories, so their general location is well known, but they like deep bush, where it’s sometimes impossible to spot them. If you don’t get another chance, Nairobi National Park has a good population of breeding black rhinos, and they’re relatively easy to see here.

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Holiday ideas to see black rhinos in Kenya

These trip ideas include places that will give you a chance of seeing black rhinos in Kenya


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Lanner Falcon Fly-In Safari

8 days • 3 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Three sister camps offer access to wonderfully remote regions across northern Kenya and the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Enjoy an exclusive safari experience with a range of activities that include great wildlife, superb guiding and considerable comfort.

US$6,170 - US$8,220 per person

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Golden Jackal Fly-in Safari

8 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

A contrasting safari of a lodge and a tented camp, action-packed activities in Laikipia and wildlife-filled game drives in the Maasai Mara, yet overall a consistently high quality experience.

US$8,050 - US$10,300 per person

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Rothschild Giraffe Safari

8 days • 3 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

A example of a luxury Kenyan safari, starting at the iconic Giraffe Manor before fabulous stays on the spectacular Solio Reserve and Sala’s Camp in a remote corner of the Maasai Mara.

US$9,200 - US$12,650 per person

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Tawny Eagle Kenya Fly-in Safari

7 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Explore Laikipia and the Maasai Mara ecosystem with stays in the Ol Pejeta and Naboisho conservancies. Two smart yet authentically rustic bush camps provide a traditional safari experience, offering a high standard of guiding and excellent level of care.

US$4,810 - US$6,920 per person

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African Hawk-Eagle Fly-in Safari

7 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Two luxurious camps provide quieter game-viewing within Laikipia and the Mara ecosystem. Situated on private conservancies, Lewa Wilderness and Naboisho offer the chance to sight all of the ‘big 5’ and enjoy a range of safari activities.

US$6,440 - US$10,070 per person

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African Finfoot Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

A unique start to the safari in Nairobi National Park, then classic, luxurious camps combine for a high end and exclusive safari in fantastic wildlife destinations.

US$8,180 - US$12,640 per person

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Purple Grenadier Fly-In Safari

6 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Fantastic guiding from intimate, well-run mid-range tented camps, in superb conservancy locations: this safari is all about making the most of the incredible wildlife in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara.

US$5,680 - US$6,750 per person

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Black Kite Fly-in Safari

10 days • 4 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Explore Kenya in-depth with visits to Nairobi and Meru National Parks, the Mara Conservancies and Amboseli. Nestled in remoter regions, four camps provide fantastic access to rich game, a range of activities and beautifully diverse landscapes.

US$8,380 - US$9,630 per person

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Steppe Eagle Fly-in Safari

7 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Two comfortable tented camps overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro and Mara River put you at the heart of the action. Experience spectacular diversity in species and habitat with safari in Samburu and the Masaai Mara National Reserve.

US$4,020 - US$6,430 per person

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