Kenya national parks and reserves are popular tourist destinations. A visit to Kenya cannot be complete without a tour of the park. This is where you will see and experience the animal kingdom in Kenya.
The national parks and reserves are spread throughout the country. All these parks are managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
KWS has a wildlife code that must be observed by all visitors to the park. This wildlife code consists of dos and don'ts while you are inside the park. This is meant to safeguard both the visitors and wild animals. The code also promotes a smooth interaction between visitors and the park.
Here is the Kenya wildlife code.
Popular Kenya National Parks and Reserves
Kenya has over 40 national parks and reserves. Here is a list of these parks, their locations, and most common attractions.
Use these links to know more about each park, how to get there, where to stay and much more.
- Maasai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most famous tourists’ destinations in Kenya. It is also one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. The reserve is located in the south-west of Kenya. It has one of the most spectacular eco-systems in Africa.
Main Attraction: If you want to experience the wildebeest migration, then Maasai Mara National Reserve is the place to watch the magical and incredible wildebeest movement. This migration takes place between July and October every year.
- Nairobi National Park
Nairobi national park is the only game park in the world that is located within a city's environs. It is situated 7 kilometers from Nairobi city center. An electric fence separates the park from the main city. This was the first park to be established in Kenya in 1946.
Attractions: Lions, Antelopes, burchell’s zebra, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, impala, leopard, hippopotamus, Masai giraffe, ostrich, vulture, baboon, and Thomson’s gazelle.
- Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park is located in the south-eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi. The park is visible on the western side of Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
Attractions: African elephant, lava and springs, lions, and a view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East is larger than Tsavo West National Park. It lies to the east of Nairobi-Mombasa highway, approximately 240 km from Nairobi. The two parks- Tsavo East and Tsavo West- collectively cover 4% of Kenya’s total land area.
Attractions: large plain, Galana- with the world’s largest lava flow, African elephant, Hirola antelope, Lugard Falls and a Rhino Sanctuary.
- Amboseli National Park
Amboseli national park is located in Loitoktok District in the southern region of the Rift Valley. It spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. This is one of the most famous Kenya national parks because tourists flock here to see the great wildebeest migration.
Attractions: Majestic view of Mt Kilimanjaro, birdlife, large herds of elephants, and an elephant research study Centre.
Kenya National Parks and Reserves at the Coast
- Shimba Hills National Reserve
Shimba Hills National Reserve is situated 56km south-west of Mombasa.
Attractions: Indigenous forest with large primeval trees, the beautiful sable antelope, elephant, buffalo, warthog, and monkey.
- Watamu National Park and Reserve
Watamu National Park and Reserve is enclosed by Malindi marine national reserve which also encloses marine national park.
Attractions: Amongst Kenya national parks, this park is unique with the following attractions: A United Nations Biosphere Reserve comprising of the whale Island and Mida Creek with over 1000 species of reef fish.
Other attractions: deep sea fishing, whale sharks, barracuda, spectacular coral gardens and manta rays. Watamu National Park and Reserve is ideal for snorkeling.