Lake Naivasha is among one of the famous lakes in Africa. It is a habitat of more than 1500 hippos and 400 different species of bird! Its well knew for photo session, video shooting and film-making.

The lake has a surface area of 139 km² and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square km, but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. Apart from transient streams, the lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers. There is no visible outlet, but since the lake water is relatively fresh it is assumed to have an underground outflow.

The Lake is also famed for its hippo population, and there are more than 400 hippos. Lake Naivasha boat trips can be taken from many lakeside lodges and campsites, providing an ideal opportunity to see large pods of Hippo lying half submerged in the water. At night, they emerge to graze on the Lakeshore.

Attractions

Hippos, giraffes, buffaloes and zebras are just a few of the animal species that thrive at the lake and its surrounding swamps and grasslands. Lake Naivasha is a birdwatchers dream come true. Some areas of Lake shore have recorded over 400 species The acacia forests teem with Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Rollers, Shrikes, Hawks, cuckoos and much more. Boat riding, with surrounding scenery and plenty of channels to explore.

When to visit

All year round

How to arrive at Lake Naivasha

Drive approximately one hour from the capital city of Nairobi via the Nairobi- Nakuru Highway. Alternatively, charter flights are applicable to Naivasha air strip.

Activities at Lake Naivasha

There are various activities available in Naivasha including a visit to Crescent Island where you can walk among wild animals, a visit to Lake Elementaita, a visit to the geothermal Project in Hells Gate National Park, a visit to the Elsamere Conservation centre, boat rides on Lake Naivasha and climbing Mount Longonot.

Lake Nakuru is alkaline lakes that sit on 62km² of land. The lake is surrounded by woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest.

The Nakuru National park is one of the famous tourist destinations in Africa, well known to be the home of flamingos that flocks in its shores. It has been considered as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The lake is one of the best breeding grounds for the bird species.

The population of the flamingos fluctuates based on the availability of water and food conditions. To enjoy the view Baboon cliff gives one of the best lookout towers. Also, the 188kms area around the lake which is safe guarded for the Rothchild giraffe, black rhino, and white rhino makes it the unforgettable experience.

Best time to visit

All year round

Major attractions in Lake Nakuru

• Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds adding up to about 450 species in total.

• Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.

• Participate in the cycle with rhino event every September yearly • Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos,waterbuck etc.

• Waterfalls: Makalia. • Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa,

• View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa

• Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc

Getting to Lake Nakuru

By road: The Lake Nakuru National Park is situated in central Kenya about 150km (87 miles) by road. The main gate is 4km from Nakuru Town Centre.

By Air: Via the 12 km long ‘Naishi’ airstrip located in the southern part of the park

Amboseli National Park lies on Northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania. Due to its densely populated flora and fauna it has been designated as an International Bio- Sphere reserve. The park covers 400 km2 of plains redeemed by the stunning spectacle of Kilimanjaro towering over it. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli.

Over 53 species of herbivores and carnivores can be viewed with ease, the troops of over one thousand elephants who range the plain and wallows make it the most conspicuous spectacle. Amboseli national park is a home to many animals including, gerenuks, impalas, gazelles, hyenas, baboons, buffalo, rhino and over 425 different bird species.

The wildlife viewing is great all year round.The Amboseli area includes the Amboseli and Chyulu Hills National Parks, as well as large Maasai communities and wildlife sanctuaries. This is a very busy park because of its proximity to Nairobi and ease of reaching the many lodges/hotels built in and around the park.

Major Attractions

The snows of Kilimanjaro, white and crystalline, form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains’ game, creating Kenya’s most sought after photographer’s paradise.

Amboseli is not a large park, but it offers you the best opportunity of seeing endangered black rhino,

Best time to visit

All year round.

Getting to Amboseli

By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmaced up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).

The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmaced up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air: The Park has an airstrip at Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

The Maasai Mara is situated in the south-west of Kenya, a habitat of a million fauna and flora. The Mara is considered Kenya’s best park and Africa’s popular safaris destination. A pride of lions can be spotted ready to run for a kill, cheetah and its cub taking a nap on the rocks, a pair of ostriches walking and gazelle. The reserve sits on 1510 kilometres (583 square miles) of land. The quintessential Maasai safari delivers many attractions and is a home of excellent all year concentration of games over two million animal.

The Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. The Maasai Mara was made famous by the book Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, which was presently made into a movie starring by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

The migration of over two million wildebeest that start from Serengeti national park in Tanzania crossing river Mara which is inhabited by crocodiles to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National reserve in Kenya during the month of July to October makes Mara the ”seventy wonder” of the world

Maasai Mara Attractions

Over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and more than bird species have been recorded recently. Over 1.5 million Wildebeest migration.

When to visit

The great migration usually takes off between July all the way to sometime in October, which kicks off from Serengeti national park to Maasai Mara, however visiting any another time of the year can as well be worth-while and breathe taking.

Getting to Masai Mara

Mara is 224km from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya and all roads to the park are all weather. It takes 45 minutes by air to the three airstrips:- Keekorok, Olkiombo, and Musiara, all of them murramed.

Accommodation

Maasai Mara has the assortment of accommodation a perfect fit for all budgets, tastes and interests. The Luxurious safari lodges ranging from 3 starts to 5 start hotels, comfortable tented camps with fully furnished tents, classified camps for your private use, basic campsites where you can build a canvas tent and extra.

Nairobi national park is the only world national park found in the city, the park is strategically located, only 7km from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The savanna ecosystem supports a number of wildlife and vegetation. Acacia bushes and open glass are the predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest permanent river with riverine in the south. A number of man-made feature like the dam have also contributed for further habitat conducive for some species of bird and animal.

When to visit

all year

How to get to Nairobi National park

Major attractions

  • Major wildlife attraction is the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalos, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and over 400 bird species recorded.
  • Man-made dams within the park
  • Ivory burning site monument
  • Nairobi safari walk
  • The orphanage and walking trails at Hippo pools

Samburu national reserve is on the edge of northern Kenya’s arid savannahs. A variety of animal can be view and over 350 species of bird. The Samburu National Reserve is a destination that will appeal as much to the safari first-timer as it will to the veteran.

In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through palm groves and thick riverine forests and this river gives life to both fauna and flora in the game reserve given the fact that the park is located in arid areas. Samburu’s game viewing is definitely adventurous and a must visit destination

The Samburu National Reserve Is certainly the home of conversationalist and naturalist and filmmakers. The game reserve was made famous by George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness ,the bestselling book and award winning movie Born Free.

Attractions

Situated alongside the EwasoNyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisaoryx. The reserve is also home to elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah.

Best time to visit

All year round.

Getting to Samburu National Reserve

The reserve can be accessed to by road from Nairobi through Isiolo on all weather road. The road section distance from Isiolo to Archer’s gate is 34.3 km by road. The air transport is also made possible by the availability of Oryx Samburu Airstrip.