Top 5 National Reserves and Parks Kenya's 2023

5 best reserves and national parks in Kenya in 2023


Welcome to a world teeming with wildlife, where every turn reveals a scene from an epic nature documentary. Known for its diversity of fauna and flora, Kenya holds a proud place on the African tourism map. Reserves and national parks act as a platform for some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, offering visitors a front-row seat to these unforgettable shows.

From the sprawling savannahs of Maasai Mara to the vibrant birdlife at Lake Nakuru, we invite you to join us on an exhilarating journey through Kenya’s top five national parks and reserves.

These natural wonderlands offer a unique glimpse into Africa’s heart, making them must-visit destinations for any nature lover or wildlife photography enthusiast.

Discover these magnificent reserves and more, as Kenya’s wildlife awaits you.

1- Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Renowned for its vibrant wildlife, the Maasai Mara Reserve is a significant part of Africa’s ecological crown. This wildlife corridor is situated north of the Serengeti, connecting Tanzania and Kenya. Named after the Maasai people who continue to live traditionally within the park, the Mara is famous for the Great Migration from July to October. During this period, thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle traverse between the Serengeti and the Mara. It also houses an impressive array of predators, particularly in the drier months of December to February, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

2- Amboseli National Reserve

Amboseli National Reserve

Situated under the shadows of Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Reserve is an iconic tourist attraction in Kenya. With its sprawling elephant herds and diverse wildlife, Amboseli presents an enriching experience. This arid reserve, aptly named “salty dust” in Maasai, offers unique habitats to explore – from the dry Lake Amboseli bed to sulfur springs-fed wetlands, savannahs, and woodlands.

3- Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Covering four percent of Kenya’s land, Tsavo, the country’s largest park, is a haven for wildlife. It is split into Tsavo West and East and features varied topography, including savannahs, volcanic hills, and the Galena River. With the world’s most extended lava flow – the Yatta Plateau, Mudanda Rock, and Lugard Falls, the park is a picturesque delight. The denser vegetation of Tsavo West makes wildlife spotting an exhilarating pursuit, while the stunning scenery offers ample compensation.

4- Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves

Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves

These reserves border the palm-lined Ewaso Nyiro River in the arid north of Kenya. Shaba National Reserve is famed for being home to Elsa the Lioness, the star of the film ‘Born Free.’ The reserves boast unique wildlife adapted to desert conditions, including Grevy’s zebras, Somali ostriches, and gerenuks. One major highlight of Samburu National Reserve is the Sarara Singing Wells, where Samburu warriors harmonize traditional songs while drawing water.

5- Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park is famed for its pink flamingos, which blanket the soda lake covering a third of the park. With over 450 species of birds and diverse wildlife, the park offers a fantastic safari experience. The park is home to Africa’s largest Euphorbia candelabrum forest, adding to the landscape’s unique texture.