Amboseli National Park in Kenya is located at the border to Tanzania, beautiful at the food of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain with it’s almost 6,000 meters. Most of the parks approx. 400 km2 is swamp, which has been created from the melting water from Kilimanjaro. The contrast to the swamp area is Lake Amboseli, which is a dried out salt lake, which gives the park its dry and dusty look. The low vegetation at the lake makes it easy to spot the animals. Amboseli, means “salted dust” on Masai. Amboseli is also the favorable safari park, if you ask the natives.
Samburu National Reserve and the adjacent Buffalo Springs National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya, north of Mount Kenya where you find desert like areas stretching all the way up to Ethiopia. Samburu National Reserve with its 175 km2 is home to wildlife rarely seen in other parts of Kenya. The two parks are only split by the river Ewaso Nyiro (Uaso Ngiro, 'Brown River'). Samburu National Reserve on the northern side of the river and Buffalo Springs National Reserve on the southern side of the river. They are however, considered to be one park, even though they have different owners.
Tsavo National Park in Kenya consist of two areas Tsavo East and Tsavo West operated by Kenya Wildlife Service. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and the largest National Park in Kenya. Tsavo East covers an area of 13,747 km2 and Tsavo West covers an area of 9,065 km2. The two areas are divided by a highway and a railway. Tsavo National Park borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and together with the adjoining protected areas and ranches, the area is better known as the Tsavo Conservation Area. The Tsavo River flows east from the western end of Tsavo National Park. The Tsavo River joins with the Athi River, forming the Galana River near the center of the park.
Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is the natural continuation of the Serengeti wastelands in Tanzania. With its 1,800 km2 large reserve, Maasai Mara is the most wildlife rich place in the world. Maasai Mara is located in the southern part of Kenya in the Narok County and is part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem which also includes the neighboring conservancy Enonkishu, Mara Naboisho, Mara North, Ol Kinyei and Olare Motorogi. The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is also known for the biggest animal show in the world that takes place every year from July until the end of October. It is better known as The Great Migration where 1.4 million wildebeests, 500,000 gazelles, and 200,000 zebras move in a quest for the best pastures, finding along the way the crocodile-crowded river.
In the Great Rift Valley is where we find the famous soda lake, Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya with only 188 km2 it is an ideal place for a wide ecological diversity and varied habitat. The park offers a fantastic and famous birdlife, where two million of the small and large flamingo in periods colors the lake in pink. Pelicans are also to be found in large numbers where they prosper in the area where freshwater flows from the small streams.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also known as Sweetwaters Game Reserve with its 360 km2 (90,000 acres) large reserve where you can encounter the Big Five. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary and located at the foot of Mt. Kenya as a beautiful background with its snow peaks. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a non-for-profit wildlife conservancy and is located in the Laikipa County between the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. It is easy accessible from Nairobi with just three hours drive and therefore makes it an easy escape for the weekend, or as a stopping point when visiting the northern part of Kenya such as Samburu National Reserve.